Lemonaid Response Unit is a collaboration between an artist (Victoria Melody) and the Metropolitan Police. Lemonaid Response Unit is about visibility and getting a rare opportunity to speak to the human behind the uniform. You only usually have to speak to the police during a stressful situation. This is creating a new fun and accessible line of communication between the police and the public.
We have built a mobile lemonade stand in which we can take to public locations. The public are invited to come and chat to a policeman about anything in exchange for a glass of lemonade.
LRU is a simple idea with radical intentions to break the cycle of stereotypes and create social capital between the police, young people and the community. It’s really fun and accessible, yet it has the capacity to change how people think.
It was commissioned through Battersea Art Centre through their Agents of Creative Change program.