Tower Hamlets Arts Information and Resources - News & resources Arts information and resources announcements from Tower Hamlets Arts & Events Team from the News & resources category en-gb 60 Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:12:49 +010 Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:12:49 +010 Mayor of London Gives Extra £1m Boost To London Borough Of Culture Award A further £250,000 will fund a new Mayoral creative entrepreneurs programme, supporting the next generation of culture leaders by investing in young people in the two winning boroughs

With just days to go before the winning boroughs are crowned the capital’s first London Borough of Culture, the Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced a further £1million boost to the hotly-contested scheme.

The London Borough of Culture award, a flagship manifesto commitment, is a major new initiative launched by Sadiq in June 2017 which offers more than £1million of funding to the winning boroughs to stage a programme of world-class cultural events and initiatives, and to develop a plan to make culture an integral part of the boroughs’ future.

The two winning boroughs for 2019 and 2020 will now each receive an additional £250,000, specifically to help young people from diverse backgrounds get involved in creative projects.

This is on top of £1.1m already committed to each winning borough, to deliver a programme of ambitious cultural activities, placing culture at the heart of communities and celebrating the unique character of local areas. This brings the total award available to each winning borough to £1.35 million.

Twenty-two boroughs, including Tower Hamlets, have applied to become the London Borough of Culture and the winning boroughs for 2019 and 2020 will be announced on Tuesday 27 February by Sadiq Khan at a special ceremony at City Hall.

A further £250,000 will boost the funding available for up to six exemplary projects, bringing the total fund available for exemplary projects to £850,000. These projects were highlighted by boroughs in their bids. This ensures that as many Londoners as possible are able to benefit from the Mayor’s record investment in culture.

The Mayor has also committed £250,000 to launch a new creative leadership programme for young people from diverse backgrounds. This will enable young Londoners in the two winning boroughs with creative talent and entrepreneurial flair to develop the next generation of creative businesses – providing the mentoring and investment they need for success. More information about this programme will be announced in due course.

Only a third of Londoners feel that they make the most of the culture on their doorstep. From the outset of his Mayoralty, Sadiq pledged to make growing the capital’s cultural industry a core priority. Culture and the creative industries are worth £42bn to London's economy and the sector accounts for one in six jobs.

This extra boost to the London Borough of Culture award will ensure the capital’s cultural riches are celebrated throughout the entire city and are accessible to as many young Londoners as possible.

In particular the Mayor is encouraging young Londoners from BAME communities to get involved in cultural projects. Research by the Creative Industries Federation suggests that the creative industries are failing to reflect the diversity of the populations where they are based. Eleven per cent of the UK’s creative industries workforce is BAME – a similar level to the BAME workforce in the UK economy as a whole. However, 32 per cent of all creative jobs are based in London, where 40 per cent of the workforce is BAME – so the industry is yet to reflect the diversity of the city.

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Despite London’s position as the world’s culture capital, too many young Londoners do not have access to the city’s exceptional cultural institutions and don’t get involved in cultural projects.

“That’s why I’m delighted to be able to allocate an extra £1million of funding for cultural projects aiming to unlock young Londoners’ creative potential and inspire the next generation of artists, performers and creative talent.

“From the outset of my Mayoralty, I made culture a core priority. That’s why I’ve invested more in culture than any other Mayor.”

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2366331
Silk River - It's a Wrap! An exhibition is about to open at the Beecroft Gallery, Southend which marks the culmination of Silk River, an ambitious year-long programme which ran throughout 2017 to mark the 70th anniversary of Indian independence and the cultural relationship with the UK. Internationally renowned arts organisation Kinetika delivered this by exploring the unique relationship between London and Kolkata through artistic exchange between communities along the Thames Estuary and India’s Hooghly River.

As a Thames-side borough, Tower Hamlets was a key partner in this significant and multi-faceted project, and it was mainly the borough's young people who benefitted through taking part in a number of associated activities run by the council's youth arts provider, 'A' Team Arts. Engagement in The Silk River Young People's Creative Arts Project followed two distinct, but interlinked strands; an exciting textile project earlier in the summer and a performing arts element within the high profile and celebratory procession in September.

Young people researched the silk route from India to London and, inspired by the cultural and economic history of the silk trade within Tower Hamlets, learned how to use batik on silk to tell a visual story of this journey. They helped design and create a striking banner using silk batik, and hand woven silk from Murshidabad. Some used this opportunity to work towards an Arts Award or to progress from the Bronze arts award already achieved from enrolling in the House of Fashion Summer Academy.

The stunning banners which resulted from this hard work, and that of a partner community in Kolkata, were then conveyed through the borough from Spitalfields to Docklands as part of the Totally Thames Tower Hamlets Silk River Procession. At various historic locations en route, young people studying for bronze awards devised and choreographed site specific performance art pieces which told the stories of generations and communities whose lives were woven together through layers of history and a sense of place. These were interpreted and reinforced through song lyrics, rap and spoken word elements along with dance moves.

Each of the participating boroughs created a silk batik banner depicting stories from their own unique area and the full panoply of beautiful silk scrolls created in 2017 will be on display in Southend from March 2-31st 2018.

You can download the full report of the entire Silk River project below.

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2366339
Arts Council Release ‘Economic Contribution of Arts and Culture’ Report ACE has commissioned two new independent reports which highlight significant economic growth in arts and culture. It found the industry had grown 10% in a year, contributing £8.5bn to the economy and that culture pays £2.6bn in taxes, £5 for every £1 of public spending. Read the report here,5GL46,FR725M,L5L9N,1#section-1

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2366343
Live Music Census Reveals Unpaid ‘Exposure’ Does Not Benefit Musicians’ Careers The ‘world first’ live music census also reveals key challenges for venues and information about the economic value of the industry.

The financial instability facing professional musicians and the huge strain placed on music venues by rising business rates have been laid bare in a major new piece of research.

Over half of musicians worked unpaid over the past 12 months, and 66% of musicians who worked for free ‘exposure’ believe doing so did not benefit their career, according to the ‘world-first’ live music census.

It also reveals that in the past year one in three music venues have struggled to cope with a business rates increase and 27% of venues have been affected by noise complaints.

The extensive research, funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, also covers the economic contribution of the live music industry to society, ticket re-selling, and audience attendance.

“This survey is the largest of its kind in the UK,” said Dr Matt Brennan, from the University of Edinburgh, one of three institutions that collaborated on the research.

“We hope it can influence the valuable contribution live music makes to wider society and help support the protection of the live music ecology.”

Read more at Arts Professional :

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2366344
Indomitable Spirit – an art exhibition dedicated to Henry Moore’s Draped Seated Woman A new exhibition charting the history of Henry Moore’s Draped Seated Woman has just opened in Canary Wharf, providing an insight into the story behind one of his most famous works which became affectionately known as ‘Old Flo’. It runs until Friday 6th April.

Entitled Indomitable Spirit and free to the public, visitors have the opportunity to learn more about Moore’s remarkable career as one of Britain’s most feted artists and a man who devoted his life to sculpture.

The exhibition features imagery of Henry Moore at work, with archive photos of him sculpting and creating plaster versions of Old Flo in various studios. Visitors are also able to view quotations from Henry Moore himself on how he worked, alongside wartime shelter drawings which influenced Old Flo and other sculptures. Old Flo’s complete history is shown through a series of photographs, detailing everything from her creation, removal, and eventual return to the East End.

Visitors are also able to visit Old Flo – just one of the six bronze editions in existence worldwide – in Cabot Square, following her triumphant return to the East End late last year.

In 2015 the Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, pledged to bring Henry Moore’s sculpture back to the borough to be enjoyed by the local community. In 2017 Canary Wharf’s Cabot Square was chosen as its new home until spring 2022.

The exhibition explores Henry Moore’s life, career and legacy and the reasons as to why Old Flo came to be of such importance to the East End.

Visitors can attend a tour of the exhibition, hosted by curator Ann Elliot, on 26th March. The tour is free, but visitors should email to reserve a space.

Sally Williams, Public Art Consultant for Canary Wharf Group, comments:
“This exhibition is a fantastic way to demonstrate the importance of Old Flo as not just a work of art, but a symbol of history and community. She has an important place in the borough’s heritage and this display will help to educate many people, both young and old, on the fascinating history of one of Henry Moore’s most celebrated sculptures. We strongly believe in making art accessible to everyone and Old Flo is the latest addition to our 70-strong and growing collection of public art.”

For more information on the events at Canary Wharf, please visit:

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2366347
Creative Industries Federation Report - ‘Deep Concern’ About UK’s Creative Reputation Post-Brexit More than one in five Creative Industries Federation members say they would consider moving their business abroad if the UK and the EU reach no favourable trade deal.

Creative organisations have expressed “deep concerns” about the prospects of a post-Brexit future, with some suggesting an unfavourable trade environment may cause them to leave the country.

A new report by the Creative Industries Federation (CIF) finds almost 80% of its members are “not confident” that Britain will maintain its leading reputation after the country leaves the European Union, 40% believe a ‘no deal’ outcome would harm their business’ ability to export, and 21% may consider relocating should no deal be reached.

It also urges Government to ensure any new relationships with European Union countries are as free from bureaucracy as possible.

“From Great British Bake Off, to Stormzy, to Shakespeare, British creative exports are an expression of our culture and values and are recognised across the globe,” a CIF spokesperson said.

“As Brexit negotiations continue, the creative industries are being side-lined. The UK’s fastest growing sector of the economy needs to be at the heart of political debate, but government is focusing on financial services and ‘traditional’ trades such as the automotive sector.

“The news is that the UK’s creative industries employ 700,000 more people than the financial services, and is worth £8bn more than the automotive sector.”

Reat more at Arts Professional

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2366287
Half Moon Nominated for Two Offies! Limehouse based young people's Theatre, Half Moon, have had two of their shows shortlisted for the Offies 2018 (The Off West End Theatre Awards)! Boy’s Don’t (Papertale) has been nominated for the Best Production for Young People 8+, while What Once was Ours (Zest Theatre co-production) has been nominated in the new category of Best Production for Young People 13+. Winners will be announced on Sunday 4 March. "In 2017, Offies assessors saw over 190 shows at around 60 venues across London, and put forward over 350 nominations, so we’re honoured to be included"

To find out more about Half Moon, visit the website:

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2366288 < > Not/ are very excited to announce that on 31st March 2018 they will begin a year long transition to a new, artist run co-operative to be known as Not/

Not/ will have a new organisational structure, with Noor Afshan Mirza, Brad Butler, and James Holcombe stepping into new work and projects. James and Noor will remain as members in this new co-operative structure.

This transition marks the culmination of several years of material and emotional labour behind the scenes at looking at sustainable models for the future of cultural worker led projects in London and the UK against a backdrop of continued austerity, cuts to arts funding, and the difficulty in finding and holding onto affordable space in which arts organisations and communities can survive and thrive. This work has included workshops, open meetings, working groups, site visits and readings.

The lack of disabled access at the current building at 316 - 318 Bethnal Green Road also makes this move necessary so that Not/ can be truly open to all.

The immediate timeline for / Not/ is as follows:

March 2018 leaves its current premises at 316 - 318 Bethnal Green Road by March 31st 2018.

April 2018
Not/ will open a new resource in London with a selection of equipment in circulation, the full list to be announced shortly.

For more information visit the website.

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2366289
East End Film Festival: 11 – 29 April 2018 East End Film Festival is moving to the Spring for 2018! After taking over a whole month of summer weekends in 2017 this year London’s East End Film Festival (EEFF) is back to embrace the new life of spring over three packed weeks in April.

2018 sees a massive expansion of our Roots strand celebrating local culture, shared heritage and demonstrating the power of cinema as a vital, enjoyable shared experience. This return to Spring also sees the return of the East End Film Festival Awards with an illustrious line-up of films competing for Best Film (reserved for first and second time directors); Best UK Short Film; Accession Award (reserved for a particular industry discipline); the EEFF Short Film Audience Award; the Rising Star Award; and our £10,000 Transit Award.

Returning in 2018 will also be the EEFF Opening and Closing Galas premiering huge new films in the East End before anywhere else. Between these two tent-pole events will be three weeks encapsulating all of EEFF’s core values: utilising non-cinema venues, engaging with diverse audiences, supporting emerging filmmakers, breaking artistic boundaries and premiering bold, challenging and vital new films.

As always EEFF will be welcoming many special guests to the East End with one of the UK’s most talented actors Chiwetel Ejiofor already confirmed to be appearing at the festival for a very special in conversation event discussing his career and his upcoming directorial debut.

For more information and the festival programme, visit the website.

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2366290
DCMS Committee Launches Live Music Inquiry The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee has launched a new inquiry into the economic, cultural and social benefits of live music. MPs will use the inquiry to continue investigating the growth of secondary ticketing, given that the previous committee’s investigation was curtailed by the 2017 General Election. This inquiry will incorporate the findings and evidence that were submitted previously, and will invite ticket reselling companies to submit evidence.
The inquiry will also cover music tourism, the impact of Brexit, small music venues, sustainability and the impact of live events.

Written evidence can be submitted via the live music inquiry evidence portal on the Committee’s website until 5pm on 28 February.

For more information and to submit evidence:

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2366235
Creative Subjects Being Squeezed, Schools Tell BBC Creative arts subjects are being cut back in many secondary schools in England, a BBC survey suggests. More than 1,200 schools responded - over 40% of secondary schools. 9 in every 10 said they had cut back on lesson time, staff or facilities in at least one creative arts subject.

However, schools told the BBC that the increased emphasis on core academic subjects, together with funding pressures, were the most common reasons for cutting back on resources for creative subjects.

Read more at the BBC website:

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2366236
Opening of Tommy Flowers Pub Mural and Street Art Events In the build up to a new a mural of Tommy Flowers on the gable end of 50 Aberfeldy Street, E14 0NU, street art miniaturist Ben Wilson AKA Chewing Gum Man will be making paintings on discarded chewing gum on the pavements around The Tommy Flowers on the Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 4pm. We will also be making a practice wall in the backyard, where participants can hone their spraypainting skills with local artists on the first two Saturday afternoons, 7th and 14th April before the grand opening on on Saturday 21st April from 2pm.

Supported by Tower Hamlets Council and Big Local Aberfeldy.

every Thursday, Friday & Saturday
Thu 5 Apr 18 - Sat 21 Apr 18
Time 12 noon-4pm Thurs-Sat from 4th-20th April and from 2pm on 21st
Venue The Tommy Flowers
50 Aberfeldy Street, Aberfeldy Estate, Poplar, E14 0NU


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Thu, 08 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2366238
Women's History Month in East London 1-31 March 2018

In 2018 we are celebrating the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act which gave the vote to some women for the first time #Vote100 and the 1928 Equal Franchise Act which gave the vote to all women over the age of 21 #Vote90.

Contemporary women artists, activists, writers, performers, women’s groups and community organisations will present a diverse programme of events and exhibitions in galleries, venues, libraries and institutions across East London.

WOMEN’S HISTORY is explored through a wide range of events:-
Women in Parliament:100 Years On Panel Discussion at the Bishopsgate Institute chaired by Fatima Manji, Channel 4 News Correspondent, with panelists including Dawn Baker MP, Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities and Catherine Mayer, co-founder of the Women’s Equality Party discussing how the proposed equal representation of women in Parliament is to be achieved.

A Mural celebrating Sylvia Pankhurst and the East London Federation of Suffragettes will be painted on the side wall of the Lord Morpeth pub at 402 Old Ford Road in Bow next to the site where the ELFS Women’s Hall once stood. The Museum of London has a new display dedicated to those who campaigned for over 50 years to achieve Votes for Women. From Pithead to Politics is the title of the show by Vanessa Short of images of miners wives at Four Corners Gallery. East End Women at Work at the Brady Arts Centre is an exhibition of photographs by Sarah Ainslie taken in the early 90s. At the Tower of London there will be a work shop about Leonora Cohen – the suffragette who was imprisoned there. Making Her Mark:100 Years of Women’s Activism - an exhibition created by the East End Women’s Museum at the Hackney Museum. Worldwrite will be screening their film ‘Sylvia Pankhurst:Everything is Possible’ at the Idea Store Watney Market. Eastside Community Heritage will be looking at Equal Pay campaigns from the First World War to the Ford Dagenham sewing machinists.

The TOWER HAMLETS IDEA STORES present a series of events with women writers talking about their books – Katherine Connolly, Judith Orr, Sarah Jackson, Nicola Stratton and Cath Tate.

PERFORMANCES include: Louise Ashcroft and Marcia Farquhar at Toynbee Studios, Does My Bomb Look Big in This by Nyla Levy at Rich Mix, Insula Orchestra at the Barbican, Two Pale Ladies at the Rosemary Branch Theatre,
Barb Jungr and Solar Flares presented by Blow the Fuse.

ART EXHIBITIONS include: The You in US/Lydia Ourhmane at Chisenhale Gallery, Here and There/Lisa Milroy at Parasol Unit, Sheroes at Ugly Duck, The Frisson of Togetherness/Leonor Antunes at Whitechapel Gallery .Agadir/Yto Barrada at the Barbican.

WOMEN’S groups and community organisations in Tower Hamlets are putting on special events during International Women’s Week 3-10 March. This year they are following the theme ‘Votes for Women’ and celebrating East London Suffragettes.

Women’s History Month is co-ordinated by Alternative Arts and supported by Tower Hamlets Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the many artists and venues participating.

Supported by Tower Hamlets Council, Heritage Lottery Fund & Alternative Arts

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2366200
Lottery Shortfall Forces Arts Council to Cut 2018-22 Budget By £156m £39m less per year is available as Arts Council England announces new funding streams and a new name for Grants for the Arts. Arts Council England has been forced to cut its budget for 2018-22 by £156m and completely restructure several funding streams following a collapse in Lottery sales. Whilst the annual £409m earmarked for National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) remains untouched, the national funder’s plans to spend £212.5m a year on project funding and strategic funds have been re-assessed.

Project funding will increase from £87.5m to £97.3m a year, but be broader in scope to permit a wider range of applications. Strategic funding will fall from £125m to £72.2m annually. With £4m a year for contingency funding, this translates into an annual fall of £39m. ACE has also announced name changes for both funds, and a new funding stream of small grants for individual artists.

Source: Arts Professional; read more here :

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2366169
RIFT present a new work for Vault Festival working with Queen Mary University VOID // TWO PLAYS IN FREIGHT CONTAINERS //

Inspired by a movement; two stories captured in two boxes.

We have placed two freight containers outside Vault Festival. Inside them two one-on-one performances. Written by Annie Jenkins and Joe Kerridge these stories are born from current dialogues about harassment, abuses of power and gender. One of bath bombs, quavers, an adolescent relationship that has left an indelible mark. The second looks back from the future on the toxic nature of masculinity.

Working with Queen Mary’s University RIFT are building fully responsive immersive environments for these stories to live within. VOID is supported by Arts Council England, Queen Mary’s University and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

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Wed, 31 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2366181
London Design Biennale Returns for The Second Edition Taking over the entirety of Somerset House, the London Design Biennale will see the world’s nations presenting newly commissioned works in response to the theme of ‘Emotional States’ from 4-23 September 2018

Together the countries, cities, and territories responses to the theme will present an exciting laboratory of ideas that will investigate the important relationship between design, strong emotional responses, and real social needs.

Over 20 participants have already been announced: Follow @london_design_biennale and visit the London Design Biennale website to stay up to date with exclusive early bird ticket offers, latest news, and project information.

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2366182
Tower Hamlets' Young People achieve Arts Award Success! The Council’s youth arts provider ‘A’ Team Arts is delighted to announce that on 25 January, 25 young people gained Bronze Arts Awards through their specialist areas of Music, drama and Art and Design.

Rregular, free Thursday evening and Saturday sessions in both visual and performing arts are offered by ‘A’ Team Arts which encompass a fantastic range of engaging activities. These not only help young people aged 12-19 yrs get their creative juices flowing, introduce them to new techniques and hone their skills, but provide them with the opportunity to achieve an Art Award, a meaningful, nationally recognised accredited qualification which supports young people from primary up to 25yrs to develop as artists and arts leaders.

Bronze, Silver and Gold levels are equivalent to GCSE and AS level and aim to foster creative, communication and leadership skills as well as helping to prepare young people for further education and employment. ‘A’ Team Arts provides one of the most active Arts Award Centres in London offering accreditation at all 5 levels; Discover, Explore, Bronze, Silver and Gold, whereby young people can gain their awards through any art form, as creators of their own work or supporting an arts production.

As specialist art subjects such as ceramics or textiles, along with A Level art are being reduced or withdrawn from many schools, ‘A’ Team Arts, in partnership with Central St Martins University of the Arts London, can offer a valuable alternative progression route to further and higher education through Arts Awards.

This is a wonderful way to open doors and nurture talent and previous ‘A’ Team students have gone onto gain places on prestigious degree courses as a direct result.

Sessions are based at the Brady Arts Centre in Whitechapel. For more information, please contact

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2366184
Talk to Top Professionals About Career Opportunities in the Arts Creative Pathways Post 16 is an exhibition which showcases the best of Tower Hamlets' young artists to progress from our sixth forms. It runs from Wed 21st to Sun 25th February from 10:30 - 17:30 daily at the beautiful Art Pavilion in Mile End Park, and constitutes a week of workshops and seminars with opportunities for young people to engage with the artists themselves and inquire about the various creative pathways available in our schools.

Public workshops for young people aged 12+ will be provided by ‘A’ Team Arts in partnership with Central St Martins UAL under the banner Campaign for the Arts. These include a session on Wednesday 21st February from 5.30 – 7.30 whereby students interested in a career in art and design can come and debate the importance of art in schools and find out options for doing art outside of school with Tower Hamlets Youth Council. This is particularly aimed at young people who’s schools do not offer the course they want. On Saturday 24th February – 12noon – 4pm there will be a poster design workshop with graduates from CSM.

Participating schools include St Paul’s Way Trust School, Bishop Challoner Catholic Federation of Schools, Raine’s Foundation School, Mulberry School for Girls, Morpeth School, Swanlea School, Bow School, Stepney Green Maths, Computing and Science College, Central Foundation Girls’ School, Langdon Park School

There will be a private view on Thursday 22nd February from 4.30-8:30pm to which all are welcome. Speakers will include a film maker from The Chisenhale, a curator from The Whitechapel and a creative director from CSM.

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2366186
Tower Hamlets Celebrates Chinese/Lunar New Year Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival in modern China, is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. Also known as simply the Lunar New Year, it is celebrated in other Asian countries and territories including Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Mauritius and the Philippines….. and of course, right here in Tower Hamlets!

The New Year festival is centuries old and gains significance because of several myths and customs. Traditionally, the festival was a time to honor deities as well as ancestors. The upcoming year of the Dog commences on Friday, 16 February 2018.
Dog is man's best friend who can understand the human's spirit and obey its master, whether wealthy or not. The Chinese regard it as an auspicious animal. If a dog happens to come to a house, it symbolizes the coming of fortune. The invincible God Erlang in Chinese legend used a loyal wolfhound to help him capture monsters.

PingHub UK and Opustique Infinity present Spring 2018 London Chinese Photography Exhibition at the Art Pavilion in Mile End Park from Saturday 10th – Sat 17th February (see details here -, and on 25th The Community of Refugees from Vietnam East London will be holding their Lunar New Year celebrations at St Nicholas Church. The whole family is welcome. See details here

There is also a host of activities at the V & A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green on Saturday 10th February and at Museum of London Docklands on Friday 16th February – See details here

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2366083
Arts Council England Begins Consultation On Next Ten-Year Strategy A 12-week online discussion will inform a draft strategy for the funder to replace ‘Great Art and Culture for Everyone’. A new public consultation has been launched to determine what the mission, vision and objectives for Arts Council England (ACE) should be over the next ten years. ACE’s current ten-year strategy, Great Art and Culture for Everyone, will come to an end in 2020, and ACE is asking for input from the public, arts workers and stakeholders to shape its new strategy for 2020-30. Working with consultants BritainThinks, ACE has launched an online discussion platform and will be holding a series of workshops across the country, alongside a public survey.

The conversation will run for 12 weeks, and ACE are encouraging people to contribute to debates on a range of discussion topics. They are asking crucial questions about the role arts and culture can play in local communities and in our lives, for example:

• How is the world changing and how should the Arts Council’s priorities reflect this?
• What can ACE do to strengthen the social impact of their work?
• How can publicly funded arts and culture become more open, accessible and diverse?
• How can they respond to the challenges and opportunities of new technology?
• What will they do to ensure that they develop the next generation of audiences and practitioners?
• How can they prepare for continuing uncertainty in public funding?
• What impact will leaving the EU have? What skills and resources do they need to best support the sector?

In addition to the online platform, BritainThinks will be running a range of workshops in different communities across the country and undertaking a public survey.

The online platform, which will be live until 11 April, will encourage people to share their views on a range of topics, including how ACE can strengthen the social impact of its work; how publicly funded arts organisations can become more accessible and diverse; and how the sector should respond to the uncertainty created by Brexit, reduced public funding and the impact of new technologies. Find out more about this conversation and the timeline for shaping ACE strategy here:

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2366084
Shape Open 2018: Collective Influence, at The Art Pavilion, Mile End Park “Collective Influence” is a group exhibition of artwork created by both disabled and non-disabled artists in response to provocations such as: what influences you? How does influence go further than inspiration? What power does influence have to provoke change, and what capacity does it have to affect society?

Showcasing work across a wide range of art forms by some of the UK’s most compelling emerging artists, and supported by Patron Yinka Shonibare MBE, Collective Influence investigates the interwoven influences of art, disability and the power of a collective voice. Questioning how the “collective” has the power to evoke and influence change, this exhibition is an examination of the role art plays in activating social developments, and vice versa.

A winning artist, selected by a small panel including Shape Open Patron Yinka Shonibare MBE, will be awarded £1,000 at the Private View; a second artist will receive the People’s Choice Award of £250, as voted for by attendees of the Open throughout its duration. The People’s Choice Award is kindly supported by Crucial Colour.

Collective Influence will take place at The Art Pavilion, Mile End, from Thursday 22 March until Thursday 5 April 2018, and will be open from 10am to 6pm every day except Mondays and Easter Sunday.

Private View: 6.30 to 8.30pm, Thursday 22 March, open to the public

This event is fully wheelchair accessible, including toilets, and has Audio Description provision. The Private View will also have BSL provision.

For full information on our Shape Open 2018 event or for contact information, please visit our website:

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2366091
Government Unlocks £330 Million From Dormant Bank Accounts For Good Causes The UK Government's Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has announced that the Big Lottery Fund will be involved in the distribution of up to £300 million pounds released from dormant bank and building society accounts. The money will be used to help the homeless, disadvantaged young people, local charities, social enterprises and other good causes over the next four years. Through Big Lottery, up to £50 million will be made available for good causes in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with £280 million going to initiatives across England. The Big Lottery Fund will jointly design funding initiatives to distribute the cash with the DCMS and the Department for Education alongside input from young people. Included in the windfall is Big Society Capital which will benefit from up to £135 million to fund stable and long-term accommodation for vulnerable groups such as homeless people and those suffering with mental health issues.

Further information will be made available over the next few months on the Big Lottery website. Read more at:

Source : Arts Development UK

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2366021
David Granick: The East End in Colour, 1960-1980 Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives are delighted to announce a new exhibition of previously unseen photographs by David Granick which depict Stepney, Mile End, Whitechapel, Spitalfields, Limehouse and the Thames riverside in the warm hues of Kodachrome film. In the decades following the end of the Second World War, the East End was a place usually captured in black and white, so these photographs present a rare chance to see views of these neighbourhoods in the 1960s and 1970s - some still familiar, many since vanished - in colour for the first time.

David Granick was born in 1912 and lived his whole life in Stepney. A Jew, a keen photographer and a long-serving member of the East London History Society, he gave lectures on various local history themes illustrated with colour slides taken by himself or his fellow members of the Stepney Camera Club. Bequeathed to Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives after his death in 1980, where they have been preserved ever since, these photographs show the East End on the cusp of social change.

These amazing photographs are now to be exhibited for the first time at Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives, from Saturday 3 February to Saturday 5 May. To coincide, selections from the David Granick collection are also to be published in a beautiful hardback book, The East End In Colour, 1960-1980, by Hoxton Mini Press. This book can be purchased directly from us at the discounted price of £15 during the exhibition.

The book and exhibition have been curated by local photographer Chris Dorley-Brown. A few years ago, volunteers began gradually to scan the slide collections we hold, and a few were posted on our social media. Chris, a collaborator of ours on a number of recent projects, immediately recognised the special quality of those taken by David Granick and volunteered to digitise them all himself in a higher quality, removing any dust and scratches.

For this exhibition, our staff have worked with Chris to present the images as Granick originally showed them during his lifetime – using a carousel slide projector. Visitors are invited to take a seat in a darkened area in the centre of our exhibition space and watch eighty of Granick’s slides appear on screen in rotation. In addition to this, copies more than 200 images will be hung on the walls of the exhibition hall with a blank space beneath ready for you to add your memories of the people or buildings pictured.

The exhibition is free of charge. The first few events we have scheduled to tie in with this exhibition are listed below. Please keep an eye on our social media, website and future issues of this newsletter for more events to be added in March and April! Visit for further info.

Saturday 3 February – Saturday 5 May
Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2366030
It's Time to Get Creative Bigger, better and back for 2018 - it's time to #GetCreative! The new Get Creative Festival website has just gone live so now it's time for you to start adding your events to the listings and help us fill the map with amazing creative events.

What is Get Creative?

From Saturday 17th – Sunday 25th March hundreds of organisations are putting on events to help you get creative – and they’re free or have just a small fee to cover costs.

Get Creative Festival shines a light on all the great cultural activity that takes place right across the UK on a regular basis and encourages people to try their hand at something new and creative. The annual festival is a merger of the previous Get Creative Weekend and Voluntary Arts Festival – now joined together to make one huge nationwide event.

Get Creative Festival is brought to you by arts and creative organisations and individuals across the UK and is supported by 64 Million Artists, Arts Council England, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Arts Council of Wales, the BBC, Crafts Council, Creative People and Places, Creative Scotland, Family Arts Campaign, Fun Palaces, Voluntary Arts, and What Next?

For more information contact

The new website also includes a toolkit and templates for posters and press releases to help get your planning and promotion off to a good start.

Source : Voluntary Arts

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2365972
LADA partners with Queen Mary University of London LADA is delighted to announce two new partnerships with the Department of Drama at Queen Mary University of London: we have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and, subject to final approval, are launching MA Live Art, a new postgraduate programme.

Our MOU builds on many years of close collaboration between LADA and QMUL on a range of curricular, professional development and public programmes, and we look forward to deepening our work together in future. The MOU formalises and defines our partnership processes, recognising our shared commitment to championing artistic and cultural experiences informed by issues of difference and diversity, and creating the conditions in which innovation, experimentation and risk can thrive. We will continue to work together to cultivate new forms of public engagement and new discourses around the nature, role and value of contemporary culture.

• QMUL and LADA also recognise the unique opportunities of our collaboration to explore the development of learning opportunities for QMUL students, and we are pleased to partner on a new MA Live Art programme at QMUL to commence in 2018-19. MA Live Art is a specialised programme of taught postgraduate study led by research leaders, industry professionals, and high-profile artists. Graduates will gain theoretical and practical grounding in histories and practices of Live Art, while developing professional capacities and networks.

More information on MA Live Art

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2365906
Countries and Territories Announced For London Design Biennale 2018 Building on the enormous success of the inaugural 2016 London Design Biennale, over 40 countries and territories will be welcomed from the 4-23 September 2018, including France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, UK and USA.

A highlight on the global cultural calendar, the Biennale will see some of the world’s most exciting and ambitious designers, innovators and cultural bodies gather in the capital to celebrate the universal power of design and explore the role of design in our collective futures. Taking over the entirety of Somerset House, the exhibition will see the world’s nations presenting newly commissioned works in response to theme of ‘Emotional States’. The exhibition will include AI and robotics, virtual reality, large-scale sculptures, immersive digital installations, performances and renderings of the future.

Tickets will go on sale in Spring 2018.

A diverse group of countries from 5 continents are the first to be confirmed as participants, with a further tier being announced in the New Year. They are: Argentina, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Kenya, Latvia, Lebanon, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland, Taiwan, UK and USA.

The UK entry will be curated for a second time by the V&A.

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2365831
Daily Life Ltd: How to Measure the Art World! How to make art in unusual spaces:
Daily Life Ltd launches Artful Measures, an interactive learning platform

Artful Measures is an innovative, interactive web platform sharing digital case studies about our projects. These case studies, packed full of illustrations, original material and videos, will be useful to anyone interested in art in unusual spaces.


This area of evaluation is poorly represented in research practices. Producing this type of work is not easy, and we’re passionate to share our knowledge to benefit the cultural sector.

Right now you’ll find three case studies on Artful Measures:
• Mad Gyms and Kitchens: commissioned as part of London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, this was a national touring show to the places that other art doesn't reach.
• The Daily Life Project: a tour of our work across three East London boroughs, setting up a network of new partnerships and audiences.
• The Expert View Light-box Exhibition: focuses on the production of our first light-box street exhibition, challenging notions of expertise within the mental health system, and within society.

We’re keen to hear what you think – so drop us a line:

Best wishes
The DLL team

Big thanks to our collaborators:
Outlandish - Build digital applications and websites for companies, charities and universities that make their lives easier and help them to discover and communicate new insights from their data.

Dr Caoimhe McAvinchey - Senior Lecturer in Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at Queen Mary University of London.

Sarah Pickthall - A coach (IHD), diversity consultant and facilitator specialising in leadership development, organisational change and digital inclusion across the arts, culture, heritage, creative media and education.

Funded by Arts Council England and Wellcome Trust.

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2365832
Improving Places: Culture & Business Improvement District Partnerships Arts Council England, King’s College London and the Mayor of London have jointly produced a report that examines Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) across the UK.

The Improving Places report presents examples of how BIDs and cultural organisations can work together to drive economic growth and help their communities thrive. It includes examples of best practice to inspire BIDs and cultural organisations. It makes the case for even greater collaboration, and includes priorities for next steps as well as recommendations for BIDs, cultural organisations, and local and national authorities to help them work together more effectively.

Source : Arts Development UK

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2365688
New NCA Arts Index published National Campaign for the Arts has published the third edition of its Arts Index a snapshot report of the health of England’s arts and culture provision. The 2007–2016 Index pulls together data from a multitude of sources and compares year on year figures for 20 key indicators (from public participation to West End revenues). The last index: (last edition of the Arts Index was published in 2013 and now further trends can be seen in areas such as public and private investment, arts education and public support for spending in the arts. The report gives the evidence needed to form robust arguments for investment in the arts.

The overall Index shows a small rise in the two years since the last Index was published. This recent improvement has been fuelled largely by increases in philanthropic giving and arts funding from the national lottery. There have been substantial falls to arts sponsorship, local government funding and public support of arts funding through taxes in the same recent period.

Source : Arts Development UK

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2365629
Arts Council England - New Fundraising Guide ACE have issues a new practical guide to lawful fundraising for arts and cultural organisations. Fundraising in arts and culture is changing. As philanthropy becomes more important, ACE created a guide to help organisations understand how to fundraise following both the law and best practice - including the legal requirements of data protection. Download a copy here

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Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2365283
New Guide To Help Arts Organisations & Health Commissioners Work Together NCVO hopes a new guide it has co-produced will help bodies commissioning health and wellbeing services work more closely with arts and culture organisations to prevent illness and improve existing conditions. The Art of the Possible has been produced by NCVO in collaboration with the Association of Directors of Public Health. The guide is available here: and is aimed at local authorities, clinical commissioning groups, NHS hospital trusts and other health bodies that have not worked with arts and cultural organisations before.

The new guide says that studies are increasingly highlighting the positive impact on the health and wellbeing of people participating in arts and culture. It aims to bring both sides together, pointing out that arts and cultural organisations are not always well connected with the wider voluntary sector or with other providers, may have limited knowledge of how to find out about commissioning opportunities, and can miss out on partnership opportunities. Meanwhile, it hopes to help commissioners new to the concept to learn how to work with such organisations.

Research carried out for July’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health & Wellbeing Inquiry report highlighted several examples of savings through avoided hospital admissions. For instance, Core Arts, which promotes mental health through arts in the London borough of Hackney, estimates savings through avoided hospital admissions up to £2.58 for every £1 invested; in the Merseyside town of St Helens, an arts-on-prescription services showed a social return on investment of £11.55 for every pound invested in the arts. The guide draws on experience from NCVO’s Cultural Commissioning Programme (CCP), and various reports and inquiries on the role of the voluntary sector in health and wellbeing, including the 2016 Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise Review.

Source : Arts Development UK

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2365163
Age-Friendly Standards launched by the Family Arts Campaign The Age-Friendly Standards have been developed in consultation with leading experts including Age UK, arts and cultural organisations, and older arts attenders, and provide guidance for cultural organisations on welcoming older people. They are a response to reported trends which indicated a significant drop-off in cultural engagement in later life, due to multiple barriers which older people may encounter.

Download the Age-Friendly Standards here:

Source: cCLOA News

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2365011
Arts Council Publishes Equality Action Plan Guidelines Arts Council England wants to support and inspire arts and culture organisations to achieve equality, access and opportunity for all. With the Stephen Lawrence Foundation, they have published new guidance on how to produce equality action plans to help you to achieve this.

Find out more at the Arts Council website.

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2364764
Arts Council Launches Self Evaluation Toolkit Arts Council England has launched a self-evaluation toolkit for people, companies and partnerships in the arts, cultural and creative sectors.

Self evaluation is a vital first step towards improving your work. It can also help with self confidence and resilience.

To use the toolkit click here:

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2364256
Voluntary Arts Briefing : Getting Started Marketing If you want people to take part in your activities, marketing is an essential and inherent part of what you do. It is about communicating with people who are interested in what you are doing, giving them access to something they want, and building a closer relationship with them.

This Briefing gives an introduction to developing a marketing campaign including:
•your 'product'
•your USPs (unique selling points)
•target audiences
•your messaging
•different media you can use
•monitoring and evaluation

Download Briefing 75: Getting started marketing

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Wed, 17 May 2017 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2363777