Tower Hamlets Arts Information and Resources - News & resources http://www.towerhamletsarts.org.uk/ Arts information and resources announcements from Tower Hamlets Arts & Events Team from the News & resources category en-gb 60 Wed, 26 Sep 2018 06:25:25 +020 Wed, 26 Sep 2018 06:25:25 +020 ‘Don’t Let Our Future Go To Waste’ Consultation and Summit – Tell The Council What You Think http://www.towerhamletsarts.org.uk/?cid=67926 What do you think about waste and recycling services in Tower Hamlets? Are there barriers that the council could help you to overcome? Are there things we all need to do? Or something that, together, we should stop doing?

As the population in Tower Hamlets grows, and the amount of waste produced globally increases, the ways in which we treat refuse and think about recycling must change. This is why we are consulting with residents and businesses throughout Tower Hamlets.

It will only take a few minutes to complete our survey and let us know what you think. Your feedback will help us to shape future services.

Furthermore – we are hosting a summit event on 1 October (6pm to 8pm) at The Atrium, 124 Cheshire St, London E2 6EJ. You will be able meet experts, hear their thoughts and share your views with them and council representatives.

Spaces are limited so please RSVP to reserve your space: communications@towerhamlets.gov.uk

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Wed, 19 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2367926
Vote for Victoria Park in the Green Flag People's Choice Awards http://www.towerhamletsarts.org.uk/?cid=67937 Having previously been voited one of the nation's favourite parks, Victoria Park is once again nominated for the prestigous Green Flag People's Choice Awards.

Vote for Victoria Park here: www.greenflagaward.org/park-summary/?park=1577

A place for a great day out, Victoria Park was commissioned by Queen Victoria in the 19th century following a petition from the local community. The park officially opened to the public in 1845 and today is still the largest and most popular park in East London. The park has recently undergone a £12 million refurbishment to restore many of its historic features to their former glory and meet the needs of current and future generations.

Victoria Park hosts many events, particularly during the summer months, from large concerts to small scale community led festivals. Today the landscape has matured into a fine park with over four thousand trees, numerous lakes, a boating pond, playgrounds and plenty of space for sports relaxation.

Heritage highlights and listed features of the park include the Burdett Coutts Fountain, the Dogs of Alcibiades statues, Chinese Pagoda, three listed canal bridges and two stone alcoves from the original London Bridge.

The Regents Canal and the Hertford Union Canal link the park to a wonderful series of walks through East London and beyond.

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Wed, 19 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2367937
Decorated Whale's Tooth Reveals Extraordinary Rags to Riches Story In Victorian London http://www.towerhamletsarts.org.uk/?cid=67943 Newly acquired scrimshaw reveals extraordinary rags to riches sailor’s tale.

The Museum of London Docklands has recently aquired an engraved, silver-mounted scrimshaw – or whale’s tooth. It has revealed an extraordinary rags to riches story, highlighting the extent of social mobility within Victorian London.

Inscriptions and details engraved onto the stunning whale tooth allowed curators at the Museum of London to research the details of Alexander Munro, who presented the expensive item to Sophia Knight in 1837.

While a record of their marriage has not yet been found, it is highly probably that Munro and Knight were romantically linked.
Records reveal that, at the age of 21, Munro was resident in the workhouse of St. George’s-in-the-East, Wapping, in 1817. He was admitted to the ‘Lock’ ward, where paupers suffering from sexually transmitted diseases would be locked away while being treated.
Munro was given the opportunity of a new life in March 1817, when records show him registering as an apprentice aboard HMS Foxhound, a decommissioned naval ship which had been converted into a whaler, to suit the booming demand for the ivory and oil that whales provided for the increasingly prosperous British Empire.

Since the 15th century London had been one of the world’s major whaling centres, and the wealth of this industry offered former naval seamen an opportunity to use their skills and experience to earn riches.
Within 20 years, Munro had accumulated enough wealth to present the ornate scrimshaw – which had been mounted in solid silver by Benjamin Smith III, one of London’s most exclusive silversmiths – to Sophia Knight.
Although working conditions were hard for many Londoners during the Industrial Revolution, the opportunities that arose from the sweeping changes that the economy provided allowed people such as Munro to improve their fortunes in a short period.

The scrimshaw will soon be on permanent display in the City and River gallery at the Museum of London Docklands www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london-docklands

Danielle Thom, Curator of Making at the Museum of London, said: “As well as being an extraordinary object in its own right, this scrimshaw is a time capsule that tells us a compelling tale of a Londoner who lived almost 200 years ago, during a period of dramatic economic change for the capital.
“Thanks to Munro’s inscription on the scrimshaw, we have been able to research his life, and that of the ship he sailed with, through archives and historical records.”

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Wed, 19 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2367943
Tower Hamlets Arts Development & Networking Event 2018 http://www.towerhamletsarts.org.uk/?cid=67945 Tuesday 16th October 6-8.30pm

The Art Pavilion, Mile End Park, Clinton Road, E3 4QY

Book your FREE Place here : www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tower-hamlets-arts-development-networking-event-2018-tickets-49994535000?utm_campaign=order_confirmation_email&utm_medium=email&ref=eemailordconf&utm_source=eb_email&utm_term=eventname

Speakers include:

- William Chamberlain, founder of Creative Wick
- Anne Hatley, GLA, Mayor of London’s Culture Seeds
- Ciara Brennan and Chris Rawcliffe from Arts Council England
- Jim Grover, Photographer, Windrush: Portrait of a Generation
- Fleur Derbyshire Fox from English National Ballet
- Alison Denning, Festival & Events Officer on Tower Hamlets Event Fund
- Steve Murray, Head of Arts, Parks and Events

Plus Q&A opportunities and networking

What’s it all about?

The Council’s Arts, Parks and Events team is continuing to build on a range of partnerships that it has developed over the years with key arts and events organisations across the voluntary, charitable and community sectors. The team has also helped support or deliver a substantial number of arts-based projects and events with advocacy and guidance, small grants, marketing and more. We have listened to what you want, and are utilizing these experiences and relationships to deliver our sixth arts networking evening.

Tower Hamlets remains a thriving hub of activity for the creative sector and home to so many high calibre and firmly established, as well as emerging, arts organisations. Many of these will be in attendance in order to share some of their expertise and professional know-how!

CREATE, ENGAGE, LEARN AND SHARE

Please note that this event is for Tower Hamlets based artists and arts professionals. Please forward this information to your Tower Hamlets colleagues and contacts.

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Wed, 19 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2367945
Audience Agency Opens Up Huge Dataset http://www.towerhamletsarts.org.uk/?cid=67819 “The largest set of aggregated data on cultural engagement anywhere in the world” is being made available for academic researchers.
A huge dataset on cultural engagement, described as “the largest…anywhere in the world”, is being opened up to researchers by The Audience Agency (TAA).

The agency, which receives funding from Arts Council England (ACE) to gather national data on arts audiences, is inviting proposals for papers using this resource (see more about the call for proposals here) www.theaudienceagency.org/call-for-papers These will be published in a special issue of the academic journal Cultural Trends next year.

Historic data

Every month, TAA publishes anonymised, aggregated data on ticket sales to an online portal, from organisations participating in its audience development tool Audience Finder.

There are now more than 600 organisations participating in Audience Finder, including “performing arts venues, touring companies, museums, galleries, festivals, outdoor arts and many other kinds of cultural organisations”.

Their ticketing data has been gathered over the past seven years and dates back to 2011/12, although data from these early years is less comprehensive and accessible than more recently gathered information.

As well as extending access to this public resource, TAA will also grant researchers access to data from more than 400,000 audience surveys carried by Audience Finder participants, dating back to 2013/14. These include questions on areas including demographics, previous visits, quality of experience and motivation.

To be part of Audience Finder, organisations must contribute either ticketing or survey data, or both. Most of ACE’s National Portfolio Organisations are required to participate.

In total, the data describes the behaviours of more than 10 million UK households, and the agency admits: “so far, we have only scratched the surface in terms of the potential application”.

Read more at Arts Professional https://www.artsprofessional.co.uk/news/audience-agency-opens-huge-dataset?utm_source=Weekly-News&utm_medium=email&utm_content=nid-209229&utm_campaign=24th-August-2018 or find out more about The Audience Agency and Audience Finder www.theaudienceagency.org

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Wed, 29 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2367819
60 Years On - Jackson Pollock Retuns to The Whitechapel http://www.towerhamletsarts.org.uk/?cid=67820 Jackson Pollock’s (1912 – 1956) monumental masterpiece Summertime 9A is the centerpiece of this exhibition exploring the UK premiere of the revolutionary painter’s work, held at the Whitechapel Gallery 60 years ago.

Displaying Pollock’s works within a radical exhibition layout, the first UK display of the American Abstract Expressionist provoked bewilderment and excitement. Staging Jackson Pollock presents Pollock’s 5-meter-wide drip painting, returning to the Whitechapel Gallery after six decades, alongside rare archival material. A new exclusive audio interview with British modernist architect Trevor Dannatt (b. 1920, UK), the original show’s designer, provides fresh perspective on this seminal moment in the history of exhibition-making and Pollock’s legacy.

Trevor Dannat was invited to design a new environment for Pollock’s works by the Whitechapel Gallery’s then Director Bryan Robertson (1925 – 2002) in 1958. The original exhibition consisted of 58 paintings created during Pollock’s ‘drip period’ between 1947 and 1950, during which the painter became internationally famous.

Dannatt’s constructivist approach to the display transformed the salon style gallery into a theatrical enviornment. His ‘cohesive architectural ensemble’ included freestanding breezeblock walls, black panels, and an undulating ceiling of suspended fabric. This audacious layout enabled a dynamic encounter with the paintings from numerous angles, immersing visitors in a powerful encounter with painting as environment.

The new interview featured in Staging Jackson Pollock reveals Dannatt’s architectural approach to creating the display and his collaborative process with Robertson. The pair travelled together to Berlin to the exhibition, which was travelling to Europe from New York’s Museum of Modern Art after Pollock’s untimely death. MoMA’s International Programme was rumoured to be sponsored by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as part of a raft of cultural initiatives serving as soft power in the Cold War. Abstract Expressionism was used to emblematise freedom of expression, countering the communist ideology of the Soviet Union.

Staging Jackson Pollock
4 September 2018 – 24 March 2019
Gallery 5, Free Entry
#StagingJacksonPollock

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Wed, 29 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2367820
October is Huguenot Month! http://www.towerhamletsarts.org.uk/?cid=67821 "Diverse and remarkable"… "a monster of a programme"… "amazing line-up of talent"… "I expect to be spending the whole of October in Spitalfields!". These are just a few of the comments which have been received about the Huguenot Festival Programme.

Part of the City of London Corporation’s ‘Women: Work and Power’, this 30-day Festival is a mixture of talks by prestigious speakers on a wide variety of topics, access to Huguenot homes, music, food and pleasure.

Why October? On 22nd October 1685, King Louis XIV revoked the Edict of Nantes at Fontainebleu. If you happen to be visiting Spitalfields, do call in to Christ Church around lunchtime, to hear the Revd. Chris Moody speak about the difficulties facing the Huguenots living in England.

You can sip gin with Dan Cruickshank; find out whether your ancestor was a Huguenot with expert genealogist Dr Kathy Chater; sample French and Cape wines at Town House; get creative with a ‘Walk and Draw’ around the vibrant area and savour ox-tail soup in an 18th C Huguenot kitchen in Fournier Street.

To book visit www.wegottickets.com/Huguenots
To download the Festival leaflet, click here http://www.huguenotsofspitalfields.org/images/newsletter/Huguenots%20PDF%202018-web.pdf

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Wed, 29 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2367821
Tower Hamlets Black History Month 2018 - brochure now available http://www.towerhamletsarts.org.uk/?cid=67823 October is Black History Month! And once again there will be a fabulous array of events right across the borough to mark this important celebration of black and African Caribbean art, culture and history. This includes exhibitions, film screenings, talks, spoken word events, plenty of history as well as some music and dance thrown in for good measure. We now have a gorgeous brochure which will be winging its way back from the printers next week and distributed to venues throughout Tower Hamlets.

But you can download it below for a sneak preview of everything that’s happening this autumn, as well on clicking on links to book events! Keep an eye on our webpages which will of course be updated in due course and start planning your diaries. We hope you come along to enjoy some of the great activities on offer.

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Wed, 29 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2367823
Elmgreen & Dragset at The Whitechapel - Large Scale Site Specific Installation to Transfor Gallery http://www.towerhamletsarts.org.uk/?cid=67673 The first major overview of artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset in the UK combines a large-scale site-specific installation to be unveiled in September 2018 with six new sculptures and 29 works created over 20 years of the artists’ collaboration.

Michael Elmgreen (b. 1961, Copenhagen, Denmark) and Ingar Dragset (b. 1969, Trondheim, Norway) have worked together since 1995 and are now based in Berlin. Their beguiling spatial scenarios explore social and sexual politics and unveil the power structures embedded in the everyday. Through displacement and alteration they challenge the architecture of their exhibition venues allowing visitors to re-experience domestic and institutional settings.

Commissioned especially for the Whitechapel Gallery, Elmgreen & Dragset’s immersive new installation relates to the gentrification of London’s East End and points to a loss of faith in public space in an era of austerity. Transforming the ground-floor Gallery, this remarkable environment will transport the visitor to an alternative civic space permeated by abandonment.

Elmgreen & Dragset said: “This is How We Bite Our Tongue is an exhibition about emotions held inside, not said out loud. It is about withdrawal and resignation, about absence and impermanence, the feeling of loss, of losing agency as well as community. But it is also about reconciliation and resilience”. The artists draw inspiration from the 19th-century Danish painter Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864 – 1916), who subtly turned his depictions of domestic spaces into psychological dramas of bourgeois repression.

One gallery is dedicated to Self Portraits – monumental labels carved in marble or painted on canvas – that pay tribute to works of art that have inspired the artists and shaped their identity. Their tributes to artists ranging from Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) to Mark Morrisroe (1959-1989) are accompanied by a desk complete with a diary and a bottle of whiskey. The Bottle and the Book (2015) invites visitors to break common gallery rules by sitting on the artwork and taking a drink.

This Is How We Bite Our Tongue culminates with a display of figurative sculptures presented in a chapel-like atmosphere, much like relics or icons. According to the artists, they ‘speak of misguided reverence and of judgement, lust and fear’.

Some sculptures question traditional perceptions of masculinity: in One Day (2015) a young boy gazes at a rifle in a display case; while Invisible (2017) depicts a boy hiding inside a mantelpiece. The housemaid is a recurring figure in the artists’ oeuvre; here Pregnant White Maid (2017) might serve as a symbol of abuse or bear hope of the future. In Elmgreen & Dragset’s uncanny universe, we will never know for sure.

Iwona Blazwick, Director, Whitechapel Gallery, said “Having sited a monumental boy on a rocking horse among the admirals of Trafalgar Square, revealed a failed modernist architect’s flat inside the V&A and perched a vulture in the trees of Regent’s Park, Elmgreen & Dragset will make visible the disappearance of civic space while also offering an overview of two decades of their uncanny sculpture”.

Elmgreen & Dragset: This Is How We Bite Our Tongue
27 September 2018 – 13 January 2019
Galleries 1, 8 and 9
Supported by Phillips

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Wed, 08 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2367673
Mental Health Tips for Arts Workers from Shape Arts http://www.towerhamletsarts.org.uk/?cid=67537 Working in the arts, though rewarding and enriching, can take its toll on your mental health, whether you’re an artist, performer, curator, programmer, or facilitator; whether you work in a studio, gallery, office or venue; whether you consider yourself disabled, abled, neurodivergent, neurotypical, a self-carer, a mental health systems user or survivor, or none of the above.

Our team have put together their best tips on how to care for your mental health, and that of others, when working in the creative sector.

Have a read here! www.shapearts.org.uk/news/mental-health-tips-arts-workers

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Wed, 25 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2367537
Mayor Launches First Map Of London’s Music Spaces http://www.towerhamletsarts.org.uk/?cid=67425 The Mayor has launched a new map showing music facilities across the capital. After a decade of decline, the number of grassroots music venues in the city is no longer falling. Their numbers have stabilised following a range of measures the Mayor and London's Night Czar have led to champion and protect these important venues for London. All Londoners are encouraged to use this map and add venues and facilities they know of, so we can create the fullest picture possible of London’s vibrant music scene. See the map here : www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/arts-and-culture/culture-and-good-growth/music-facilities-map?utm_campaign=London+Culture+Newsletter+-+June+2018&utm_source=emailCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=&utm_campaign=London+Culture+Newsletter+-+June+2018&utm_source=emailCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=

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Wed, 11 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2367425
Totally Thames 2018 Programme Announced http://www.towerhamletsarts.org.uk/?cid=67435 The Totally Thames 2018 Programme announcement is here! Whether it's storytelling in unique riverside locations, artwork by young people exploring the river as a source of creativity connecting London to other cities around the world, foreshore archaeology, exhibitions spotlighting the heritage of the world's oldest boat race, there's something for everyone to enjoy in, on, or by the River Thames this September. Find out about what's going on at the website http://totallythames.org/whats-on

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Wed, 11 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2367435
The National Disability Arts Collection and Archive has launched! http://www.towerhamletsarts.org.uk/?cid=67356 The National Disability Arts Collection & Archive, a £1 million digital project delivered by Shape www.shapearts.org.uk/ is officially live! An open, free-to-use resource, #NDACA is the first archive in the world to offer a major retrospective of disabled people's art & activism.

The Archive and Collection preserves the legacy of disability arts, allowing future generations of disabled people to celebrate the creative and political artefacts of disability.

Click here for more information www.shapearts.org.uk/blog/ndaca-launch-announcement

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Thu, 05 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2367356
From Brandt to Brick Lane - Four Corners Digital Archive Now Live http://www.towerhamletsarts.org.uk/?cid=67295 Feminist photography to anti-nuclear campaigns, the digital archive covers issues as live today as in the early 70s. Listen to oral histories and watch fascinating film clips in new archive website https://www.fourcornersarchive.org/the-archive-project?mc_cid=9772f9fb3d&mc_eid=38ed44eb73 The site includes all 31 issues of the renowned Camerawork magazine, available online for the first time.

How did one magazine have so much influence?
Alongside theoretical debates, Camerawork included articles on renowned photographers such as Bill Brandt and Humphrey Spender, theoretical articles by John Berger, Victor Burgin and others, and DIY pages on film processing and pinhole photography. Its innovative approach drew on the social and political upheavals of the day.
Camerawork brought an extraordinary range of photography to UK and worldwide audiences, drawing on the social and political upheavals of the day. Its innovative approach had significant impact on the way in which a generation of practitioners looked at the world.
Have a browse here https://www.fourcornersarchive.org/archive/view/0000001?mc_cid=9772f9fb3d&mc_eid=38ed44eb73

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Thu, 21 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2367295
We all Make Music Guide from Drake Music http://www.towerhamletsarts.org.uk/?cid=67220 Drake Music have released a free guide to support the diversification of the music education workforce. After their research revealed that Disabled people are very under-represented in music education, Drake Music put together a resource for music hubs, schools, arts and community organisations to help diversify their workforces today and to support young Disabled people to become music leaders in the future. The aspiration is that the Guide will support people across the sector to become changemakers and to break down disabling barriers to careers in music ed & the arts.

Find out more and download the guide here : www.drakemusic.org/news/released-we-all-make-music-guide/

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Wed, 13 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2367220
The Women's Hall Exhibition - Now Open! http://www.towerhamletsarts.org.uk/?cid=67079 The Women’s Hall at Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives is the first major exhibition about the East London Federation of the Suffragettes (ELFS). It explores the work of the ELFS during the period 1913-1918 and the involvement of their leader, Sylvia Pankhurst. To complement the exhibition there is a jam-packed programme of free events, talks, creative workshops, guided walks and film screenings taking place throughout the run, from the main public launch event on Saturday 2 June to the last day on 20 October.

Alongside their campaign for the vote, the ELFS carried out relief work in the local community, such as distributing free milk for babies and serving free or cheap food to the deprived residents of the East End who faced stark increases in poverty following the outbreak of the First World War. Exhibition visitors will learn about little-known working class suffragettes like Melvina Walker and Elsie Lagsding, and the venues in Bow and Poplar which were taken over by the ELFS for use in their outreach work - such as the pub which they turned into a crèche and called The Mother’s Arms.

The exhibition hall at Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives has been transformed into an immersive space evoking the headquarters of the ELFS, a former Baptist mission hall on Old Ford Road in Bow which they took over and renamed The Women’s Hall. As part of the exhibition, the suffragettes’ Cost Price Restaurant will be recreated, serving refreshments on a 'pay-what-you-can' basis using redistributed supermarket food, and will also house a donation point for the local food bank. The Cost Price Restaurant will be in operation every Wednesday-Friday, Thursday evenings and the Saturdays we are open to the public (1st and 3rd of every month). Contact us for more details.

Historic items on display include a rare ‘Ealontoys’ teddy bear made in the toy factory started by the ELFS just off the Roman Road; and the handwritten diary of suffragette Gertrude Setchfield which describes her trips from north London to Bow to witness the ELFS in action in 1914, on loan from the LSE Women’s Library.

Local Somali cultural organisation Numbi Arts will stage a takeover of the Women’s Hall in August, presenting Repair and Rebellion - a strand of free events linked to Numbi’s new mobile museum exploring histories of women of the East African diaspora, their links with London’s East End, and anti-imperialism - a cause to which Sylvia Pankhurst was dedicated.

The exhibition and events are free. For online listings and visitor information, visit www.womenshall.org.uk. The Women's Hall project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and also includes an exhibition of photographs by ELFS member Norah Smyth taking place at Four Corners later this year.

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Wed, 30 May 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2367079
Writeidea 2018 - Speakers Confirmed! http://www.towerhamletsarts.org.uk/?cid=66939 Writeidea Festival 2018 - 16 to 18th November

We're hard at work booking speakers for our tenth Writeidea Festival and just wanted to give you an exclusive on who we've confirmed so far.

Poet, broadcaster and Writeidea favourite Michael Rosen will no doubt be wowing us all with his recently published memoir 'So They call You Pisher!'.

Once again we have a strong music strand with the legendary Punk guitarist Viv Albertine talking about her new memoir, "a chronicle of outsiderness that goes beyond her years in the Slits to explore class and gender, her parents and sibling rivalry, and why she's done with men". We'll have Chris Difford, co-founder of Squeeze, one of London's best loved bands. Garth Cartwright will talk about the rise, fall and rise of the independent record shop in the UK. Allan Jones will present his book 'I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down', a music journalist’s gleeful, riotously entertaining tales from the decadent heyday of rock.

Other highlights include John Boughton with his critically acclaimed book on council housing 'Municipal Dreams', the always wonderful Gentle Author, Suresh Singh, and Melanie McGrath on her new book ‘Pie and Mash Down the Roman Road’.

We’ll have poetry, a lesbian fiction discussion, Young Adult authors and lots more to still be confirmed. FREE tickets will be available later in the year.

You can keep up to date with the festival by following us on Twitter @writeideafest and our website at www.ideastore.co.uk/writeidea

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Writeidea Festival Team

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Wed, 09 May 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2366939
Writeidea Festival 2018 - Save The Date! http://www.towerhamletsarts.org.uk/?cid=66553 16 - 18 November 2018

The tenth Writeidea Festival, Tower Hamlets Council’s unique free reading festival, will take place at Idea Store Whitechapel over the weekend of 16 - 18 November 2017.

We're hard at work planning the speakers for this year and we'll let you know more details as soon as we have them.
For up to date information follow us on Twitter.

Follow @Writeideafest

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Wed, 21 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2366553
New NCA Arts Index published http://www.towerhamletsarts.org.uk/?cid=65629 National Campaign for the Arts has published the third edition of its Arts Index http://forthearts.org.uk/publications/arts-index-2007-2016/ 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 http://forthearts.org.uk/publications/arts-index-england-2007-2014/) 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 http://artsdevelopmentuk.org/

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Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2365629
Arts Council England - New Fundraising Guide http://www.towerhamletsarts.org.uk/?cid=65283 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 www.artscouncil.org.uk/sites/default/files/download-file/A%20Practical%20Guide%20to%20Lawful%20Fundraising.pdf?mc_cid=78ca5ffca1&mc_eid=0092698c6d

Source : http://artsdevelopmentuk.org/

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Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2365283
New Guide To Help Arts Organisations & Health Commissioners Work Together http://www.towerhamletsarts.org.uk/?cid=65163 NCVO www.ncvo.org.uk 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:
www.ncvo.org.uk/images/documents/practical_support/public_services/cultural-commissioning/Guide_to_commissioning_arts__culture_for_health__wellbeing_FINAL_Aug_17.pdf) 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

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Wed, 11 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2365163
Age-Friendly Standards launched by the Family Arts Campaign http://www.towerhamletsarts.org.uk/?cid=65011 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: www.familyarts.co.uk/2017/08/new-age-friendly-standards-launched/

Source: cCLOA News www.cloa.org.uk

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Wed, 27 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +020 tharts-fullcat2365011