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, 22 Nov 2017 17:36:37 +010 Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:36:37 +010 Writers Announced For Year 5 Of Graeae's Theatre Company's Write To Play Programme Graeae are delighted to announce five new writers on the fifth year of the Write to Play programme, in partnership with the Bush Theatre, Soho Theatre, Ovalhouse, Talawa and Tower Hamlets based Tamasha Theatre Company

Write to Play is a bold new writing initiative committed to developing the skills and experience of D/deaf and disabled writers. Over the course of one year, five writers will each write and develop a full-length play through collaboration with some of the most creative minds in the industry.

In summer 2017, Graeae announced that year five of the programme would focus on D/deaf and/or disabled writers from across the UK identifying as BAME, and would be run in partnership with five of the most exciting companies and theatres championing diverse programming; Bush Theatre, Soho Theatre, Ovalhouse, Talawa and Tamasha.

Graeae and its partners are thrilled to announce that the writers selected for the fifth year of the Write to Play programme are: Leanna Benjamin, Kathryn Golding, Shahid Iqbal Khan, Charlotte Maxwell and Lettie Precious.

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Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2365625
STEP - A New and Innovative Shared Internship Programme from A New Direction & LLDC Seven talented young people from east London have taken their first STEP into work within the creative industries, thanks to a new and innovative shared-internship programme. Launched by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) and delivered by A New Direction, STEP (Shared Training & Employment Programme) is a programme designed and developed in partnership with founding members Bow Arts, Sadler’s Wells and London College of Fashion to:

•Increase diversity across the creative and cultural sector by creating access routes for those under-represented in the sector: Black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME), people with disabilities and those from low socio-economic backgrounds
•Promote fair and formal access routes into the sector by working with creative organisations to introduce new recruitment processes
•Create a shared model that looks to develop a wide range of skills across core disciplines within the arts to better prepare young people for careers in the sector
•Promote, encourage and work towards the London Living Wage across the arts.

The programme also aims to encourage and promote good work practices in line with the Mayor’s draft Good Work Standard for London businesses.

The seven interns aged 18-30 have been selected from the four neighbouring boroughs of Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest, and have begun positions across a range of leading creative and cultural sector employers, including UAL’s London College of Fashion, NTS live, Bow Arts, Rosetta Arts and Sadler’s Wells theatre. Over a 12-month period, participants will undertake placements within at least two different host organisations, giving them the perfect chance to experience more than one area of cultural / creative employment. Creative Access are providing aspects of the training in order to encourage and support participants’ personal and professional development.

Organisations will offer opportunities in marketing, digitalcontent production, operations, fundraising, learning and participation, production and programming, and placements will include a programme of masterclasses, skills workshops and industry mentors. Participants will be paid the London Living Wage for the duration of the placements.

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2365626
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
Young People, Youth Organisations & Galleries: Working As Allies To Spark Change What role can galleries and museums play in young people’s lives?
How can arts and youth organisations form partnerships to harness each other’s expertise?

Through Circuit, 10 galleries across England and Wales worked with over 50 youth organisations to improve access to the opportunities that galleries offer, to a greater range of young people. Circuit tested new forms of partnership between cultural and youth organisations, and highlighted the importance of the arts and youth sectors working as allies for the benefit of young people.

• Read our report and research: Explore challenges and solutions relating to work with and for young people that emerged from four years of research from Circuit.
• See the new documentary: Make Your Place - a portrait of changing futures. Follow the lives of four young people around the country, and the challenges they face in today’s society as they seek opportunities to shape their futures.

Watch the film at and download the free report at

Source : Arts Development UK

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2365550
Tower Hamlets Poet Jacqueline Saphra Shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize The T. S. Eliot Prize, which former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion has described as “the Prize most poets want to win”, is an annual prize for the best new poetry collection published in the UK or Ireland.

Tower Hamlets resident, Jacqueline Saphra, has been shortlisted for the prize for her recently published book, "All My Mad Mothers", published by Nine Arches.

The T. S. Eliot Prize Shortlist Readings will take place on Sunday 14th January 2018 in Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall. The shortlist readings are the largest annual poetry event in the UK and will be hosted once again by Ian McMillan. Tickets are now on sale from Southbank Centre’s ticket office on 0203 879 9555 or via

The winner of the 2017 Prize will be announced at the Award Ceremony on Monday 15th January 2018, where the winner and the shortlisted poets will be presented with their cheques. This continues the tradition started by Mrs Valerie Eliot, who provided the prize money from the inception of the Prize.

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2365566
Geo-Politics And Fairytales Abound as Part of A Season Of Bangla Drama A Season of Bangla Drama continues this weekend (17th – 19th Nov) with two geo-political plays and one fairy-tale!

Sohaya Visions present Silent Sisters - Brothers Unhinged based on British Asian memories of partition in 1947 and Ayna Arts present Mukhosh, which explores how a nation can start to heal its wounds after years of living in a dictatorship regime. And corpption also featires in Rup Katha from Bangladesh Udichi Shilpi Goshti UK Sangsad but with a lighter touch, this fairy tale ends with the identity theft of a ruthless queen in order to restore peace and harmony to her subjects.

Our fringe programme includes the Banglatown walk and talk which is aimed at anybody interested in Bengali migration and settlement in the East End of London.

Full details of the programme including dates, times, venues and prices are of course available to download in the brochure below.

Book tickets here:

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2365467
New Reports Show 10% Jump In Arts & Culture’s Economic Contribution In A Single Year Two new independent reports commissioned by Arts Council England highlight significant economic growth in arts and culture. Based on figures derived by the Centre for Economic and Business Research, in 2015 the arts and culture industry grew by 10.4%, (£10.7bn in 2014 to £11.8bn in 2015), five times more than the UK economy which grew by 2.2% (GDP). The culture sector generates £2.6bn for the Exchequer, equating to £5 of tax contributed for every £1 of public funding provided to the industry.

The report also shed light on the draw of British arts and culture abroad. In 2013 £5.2bn of arts and culture goods and services were exported or sold to tourists here. 84% of these went outside the European Union.

A further report by SDG, suggests the economic impact of arts and culture could be even greater. The report explores the ways in which other creative industries rely on the arts and culture industry. For example:
• Games companies regularly use Intellectual Property produced by artists, and rely on talent from art colleges in their workforce.
• Film and TV publishers work closely with musicians and composers, with music for Hollywood film trailers.
• Architects often work with artists at concept and design stages to create an identity for buildings and spaces.
Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England said: “These figures demonstrate that the arts and culture industry continues to play a vital and increasing role in the UK economy. These reports demonstrate the need to maintain investment into arts and culture and into cultural education and training.”

Arts Minister John Glen said: “These reports demonstrate the importance of the UK’s arts and culture sector to the prosperity of the UK economy. Not only does arts and culture have a positive impact on the lives of individuals who participate, but it demonstrates how far public investment in the arts goes to stimulate growth in the creative industries - be that film, video games or architecture."

Download the full reports HERE

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2365494
The Yard Theatre Wins The Empty Space Peter Brook Award 2017 'The Yard is only six years old... but in that time it’s made itself essential.’ (Matt Trueman)

The staff of The Yard Theatre are absolutely over the moon to have been awarded (the last ever) The Empty Space Peter Brook Award 2017.

The Yard was picked for the main award from seven other brilliant nominees by a panel made up of critics Matt Lyn Gardner, Dominic Cavendish, Mark Shenton, Fiona Mountford and Andrzej Lukowski.

Matt Trueman said in his speech on The Yard; ‘The Yard is only six years old, opening just ahead of the Olympic Park next door, but in that time it’s made itself essential.’

The Peter Brook Empty Space Awards are in their 28th and final year.

The Yard’s Artistic Director Jay Miller:

“The Empty Space awards have celebrated innovation in theatre since their beginnings and we’re beyond thrilled to be in such great company in winning this award. In 6 years a lot has happened to The Yard, but three beliefs hold true: we believe in the expanding, exploding live moment and its power; in giving artists the opportunity to express themselves regardless of where they’re from and how they identify; and in the civic responsibility of theatre.”

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2365507
A Season of Bangla Drama Heads Into Closing Weekend with Classic & Contemporary Drama A Season of Bangla Drama enters its final weekend (24th – 26th Nov) with 2 Bengali classics and one contemporary and powerful production.

The Rokeya Project’s Sold explores the sex trade and the terrible plight of victims to this horrific industry. Tagore comes to the fore in Moksha’s Chitrangada – The Warrior Princess which uses martial arts to tell a story from the Mahabharata and last but not least, Theatre Bangla UK present Hason Raza, amusical play following the poetic journey of one of the most legendary characters of Bengali Folklore.

Full details of the programme including dates, times, venues and prices are of course available to download in the brochure below and online at

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2365468
A Season of Bangla Drama opens this weekend - see the new, animated trailer! Be informed. Be inspired, be charmed. Be enraged!

A host of diverse theatrical productions touch on a wide range of British-Bengali themes and issues to tell myriad stories in all sorts of ways. From 3 - 26 November, you can come along to see traditional and contemporary drama on stages across the borough with physical theatre, dance and music being used to overcome language barriers and reach out to new audiences.

This weekend sees three very different plays; Bishwo Shahitto Kendro’s The Café, Eastern Thespians’ After the Summer and Purbanat CIC’s Jahaji with a nod life in 21st Century London, the use and abuse of absolute power, and the legacy of migration respectively.

As the month progresses, justice, retribution, equality and geo-politics are tackled with wit and insight, and literary precedents include Tagore and adaptations of Moliere. Satirical yet topical, the richness of the East End’s various languages and cultures are the great tradition of storytelling and the main programme of performances is to be supplemented by a fringe programme of talks, walks and exhibitions with further opportunities for audience participation.

Coming soon to a theatre near you…. Catch the original trailer here - and the ’just released’ animated trailer here -

You can also download the programme below for full details of all events.

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2365434
Pledge Support for Tower Hamlets Bid for London Borough of Culture Tower Hamlets is bidding to become London Borough of Culture for both 2019 and 2020.

We need your help to make this happen before the deadline for entries on 1 December, 2017.

You really can make a difference to our chances of winning £1.1m of cultural funding for our borough – creating new jobs, investment and a year’s worth of cultural events for Tower Hamlets.

All you have to do is pledge your support at and share your views and images of cultural life in Tower Hamlets on social media using the hashtag #ShowTimeTH

We already have the backing of our very own Queen – Tower Hamlets resident Dame Helen Mirren, who won an Oscar in 2007 for her portrayal of Her Majesty.

Dame Helen said Tower Hamlets is “the most diverse, interesting, creative, and authentic London community. This very authenticity is what has always attracted artists of all disciplines. It is a hothouse of creativity.”

I’m sure you will agree with Dame Helen that our cultural diversity is our greatest strength. Back the bid and let’s showcase the best of Tower Hamlets to the world and inspire the next generation of creative talent.

John Biggs
Mayor of Tower Hamlets


Wed, 01 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2365442
Promote family touring work with tour-finder, Family Arts Campaign New partnership between Family Arts Standards and Tour-Finder allows venues to find creators of quality family-friendly work

What is Tour-Finder? is a free national resource for companies and artists to post listings about their tour-ready productions, and for bookers to easily search for shows for their programme. The site has a dedicated category for work made for young people and families.

The site exists to create links between programmers and artists. It is not intended to replace traditional tour booking methods and personal relationships, but to make it easier to add those last few dates to fill a programmer’s season or make an artist’s tour viable.

Can I list my visual art/dance/music event?

Yes. The resource is not just for theatre shows! Work of any artform that is available for touring can be added to the site.

Can I show venues that I've signed up to the Family Arts Standards?

We're pleased that tour-finder now has the facility to accredit creators who have pledged to meet the Family Arts Standards. Just tick the Standards box when listing your work.

Which venues are using Tour-Finder?

The site has been successfully connecting venues and artists since its launch in 2015. We see the potential for it to connect more Family Arts Standards companies/creators with Family Arts Standards acredited venues, which is why we will be promoting tour-finder to our Network of venues as a resource to find high-quality work for families.

Is there a deadline?

If you have a tour available for booking please upload it to tour-finder by Wednesday 1st November to be included in our communication to Family Arts Standards venues.

Add family touring work here

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2365330
Joining forces for London - Arts Council & London Councils Sign New Agreement The Arts Council has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with London Councils setting out our shared ambition for a creative capital.

London Councils is a cross-party organisation representing London’s 32 borough councils and the City of London. It makes the case to government, the Mayor and others to get the best deal for Londoners and encourages sharing among boroughs – be that ideas, good practice, resources, or new approaches.

The Arts Council and London Councils have a shared interest in creating a city which nurtures and supports the arts, museums, libraries and creative industries but which recognises and responds to the different local circumstances.

London faces a unique set of challenges over the next decade: low engagement with the arts, rapid population growth, affordable workspace and the pressures of rebalancing.

This MoU confirms our joint commitment to working together towards culturally active, diverse, prosperous, cohesive and healthy communities in London.

Darren Henley, CEO of Arts Council England, said:

“The Arts Council is exceptionally proud of London’s status as a world capital of the arts, and wholly committed to maintaining it, as part of the country’s cultural ecology. But we can’t do this alone. Wherever you are, to make successful art and culture grow – and reap the dividends they bring – local knowledge is invaluable. This is particularly resonant in London, with its nuanced neighbourhoods and distinct borough characteristics.”

The collaboration comes after our announcement of National Portfolio Funding for 2018-2022, in which we demonstrated our commitment to rebalancing our funding across the country by applying a 4% increase in funding to all geographical areas outside of London. London’s NPO funding will remain at a standstill.

However, we have always said we will support London as the cultural leader is. This MoU supports that.

Together, we will:
•collaborate as advocates for the arts and culture sector, supporting local government leaders and portfolio holders to articulate their value and contribution locally
•create borough profiles for each local authority in London to present a picture of the resources going into and activity taking place in each borough
•broker commissioning opportunities locally and advise and assist other bodies, such as Health and Wellbeing Boards, to understand the role and contribution arts and culture make to their objectives
•capture evidence of impact and good practice and seek to influence national policy as it affects London.

Read more at the ACE website

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2365343
Tower Hamlets Council Sign New Events Promoter AEG to Host Events At Victoria Park The council has signed international promotor AEG to put on major events and community events at Victoria Park for the next five years.

The deal will see AEG put on the All Points East festival next year between 25 May and 3 June, this will replace the Lovebox and Field Day festivals.

The council tendered the offer to promoters earlier this year with a clear onus to support culture in our community; work with residents to reduce any negative impacts of the festivals; and to generate much needed income for the council to spend on public services.

Under the agreement, two long weekends (six days – Friday to Sunday) will host 40,000 people each day. The XX and The National have already signed up to play – with more acts to be announced.

Four weekdays in between them will be dedicated to supporting local culture and artists working in partnership with the council and our community. Each day will host up to 15,000 people and will use the existing festival infrastructure including stages, lights, toilets and bars. They are free to attend.

These will include open air cinema; schools programmes; London-based artists such as community bands, choirs and youth groups; games such as ping pong, lawn golf and giant jenga to bring people together; and a local business day which will include a craft beer event to support local breweries.

The council will also work with AEG to provide training and mentoring to local schools and further educational organisations. This will include a programme of workshops covering all aspects of live music and events.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said:

“We have put community benefits and mitigating the impact on residents at the heart of this new contract, and I have met with AEG to ensure this. The deal with AEG will bring new investment into Tower Hamlets and create a raft of opportunities for our young people and artists.

“Our contract will also help invest in and protect Victoria Park and ensure that AEG works with residents to involve them and reduce the impact of the events.

“This week we are launching our bid for the Mayor of London’s Borough of Culture. With Old Flo also coming home, we are showing that when it comes to culture, Tower Hamlets offers the best of London in one borough.”

Executive Vice President, Live Music at AEG Presents, Jim King said:

“We are thrilled to be able to launch this new festival and bring some of the world’s most exciting artists to Victoria Park. With a new three day music festival followed by a programme of midweek events offering open access to the local community all culminating in three huge standalone shows, we’re confident that this is the most exciting new event in the country.”

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2365354
Henry Moore Sculpture Draped Seated Woman Returns To The East End After 20 Years “Old Flo” is an East Ender again, as she relocates to her new home in Canary Wharf.

Henry Moore’s Draped Seated Woman has made a triumphant return to the East End, following a twenty year stay in Yorkshire. Known affectionately as ‘Old Flo’, the famous bronze sculpture was originally housed on the Stifford Estate in Stepney, having been purchased from the sculptor by the London County Council (LCC) in 1962 as part of its inspirational Patronage of the Arts scheme.

For the last 20 years, Old Flo has been on loan to Yorkshire Sculpture Park meaning local residents have not easily been able to catch a glimpse of her. The sculpture has now returned to the East End this month and will be hosted in Canary Wharf’s Cabot Square. The move comes after Canary Wharf Group won an open tender to bring Draped Seated Woman back to Tower Hamlets.

Draped Seated Woman will be able to be seen and enjoyed by East End residents and Londoners alike, 24 hours a day. The tremendous bronze sculpture, which is 2.5 metres high, was nearly lost to the borough to be sold off at auction by Christie’s after a decision was made by the previous Mayor of Tower Hamlets to sell the multi-million-pound sculpture.

When Mayor Biggs was elected in June 2015 one of his first decisions as Mayor was to save Old Flo and start the process of bringing her back to the borough.

One of the reasons Canary Wharf was successful in their bid to host Henry Moore’s monumental sculpture is the Estate’s extensive arts and events programme which aims to make art more accessible. Engagement with the area’s public art is proactively encouraged, for example through regular art walking tours on the Estate. To help local children engage with Henry Moore’s piece, Canary Wharf Group will produce educational materials for local school children and a lesson plan for their teachers. For the wider public, an exhibition about the history of Old Flo will open in Canary Wharf in spring 2018.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said:

“Old Flo has an important place in our borough’s history and heritage and I am delighted to have her back in the East End where she belongs.

“When the previous Mayor tried to sell off Old Flo local people were outraged. That’s why as soon as I was elected I cancelled the sale and took the decision to bring her home instead. Canary Wharf will provide a safe, secure and accessible home for Old Flo for the next five years. Having her here is a demonstration of how important arts and culture are to us in Tower Hamlets and I hope as many people as possible take the opportunity to go and see her now she is back home in East London.”

Sally Williams, Public Art Consultant for Canary Wharf Group, comments:

“Canary Wharf has always invested in public art and we’re proud to be playing a small part in helping to bring Draped Seated Woman back to the East End. As well as keeping this valuable piece secure and well-maintained, we will be doing our best to inform local people and other visitors about its history. Half of the daily footfall through Canary Wharf is Tower Hamlets residents, but we will do even more to bring Moore’s work to a new and diverse audience, both from the borough and further afield.”

Having this artistic treasure return to Tower Hamlets is a cultural boost for the borough as it prepares to make a bid to become the London Borough of Culture. The borough has been built on entrepreneurship as people come from across the world to make better lives for themselves. Stories of travel, creativity and enterprise define the area and create a melting pot of culture, enterprise and talent. Step out onto our streets and you will find world class art and culture like Henry Moore’s Old Flo bronze, an annual season of Bangla Drama and even the birthplace of grime.

Back Tower Hamlets’ bid for London Borough of Culture using the hashtag: #ShowtimeTH

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2365355
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
West Indians: Forefathers of the Metropolitan Police? A new display curated by the West India Committee at the Museum of London Docklands reveals the history of the Thames River Police, the pioneers of preventative policing in London. This display is part of a year-long project by the West India Committee, in collaboration with the Metropolitan Police Service, to uncover the little-known shared heritage of the Caribbean and police services today.

The birth of modern policing in London is often associated with Sir Robert Peel’s founding of the Metropolitan Police in 1829. However, there exists a body of police, founded thirty-one years earlier and funded by the West India Committee, which for over two centuries has protected life and property on the river running through the very heart of London.

Originally established to protect the highly prized West Indian goods arriving into the Port of London, the Thames River Police proved that a police force based on the revolutionary method of employing a body of men to prevent crime, rather than simply react to it, worked. Nearly every police force in the world has been influenced by this style of policing, however few know of the Thames Police’s existence.

Using material from the West India Committee’s UNESCO inscribed archive, this display will explore the early years of the Thames River Police, looking at their influence on the local area of Wapping and London as a whole. The global influence of policing in London can be traced through the Metropolitan Police, with whom they were amalgamated in 1839.

Today the Thames River Police are known as the Marine Policing Unit and remain a distinct body within the Metropolitan Police. They are recognised by UNESCO as the longest, continuously serving police force in the world and still operate out of the same site in Wapping as they did in 1798, when they were founded.

Blondel Cluff, Chief Executive of the West India Committee, said: “The history of the Metropolitan Police is a history of London’s global significance, and one in which out of adversity comes one of the most important instruments for the protection of civil rights.”

The exhibition runs from 13 October 2017 – 14 January 2018 at Museum of London Docklands.

The Museum of London Docklands is located at West India Quay in east London. The museum is open daily 10am – 6pm and is FREE to all, and you can explore the Museum of London Docklands with collections online – home to 90,000 objects with more being added.

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2365192
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
A Season of Bangla Drama - Watch the trailer here! A Season of Bangla Drama is back in November for the fifteenth year running!

Twelve plays use a range of British-Bengali perspectives to bring classic and novel drama to stages across the borough with physical theatre, dance and music being used to overcome language barriers and reach out to new audiences. This year’s programme ranges from the traditional to the contemporary with specific musings on life in 21st Century London, the use and abuse of absolute power as well as memories of Lascars and migration and not least, the significant historical moment when India underwent Partition.

Other themes include justice, retribution and gender equality, but along with geo-politics and dark underworlds are witty and inspiring insights. Literary precedents include Tagore and adaptations of Moliere. Satirical yet topical, the richness of the East End’s various languages and cultures are the great tradition of storytelling and the main programme of performances is to be supplemented by a fringe programme of talks, walks and exhibitions with further opportunities for audience participation.

Coming soon to a theatre near you…. Watch the trailer here - !

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2365177
Facebook Announces Launch Of FundraisingTools For Not For Profits Social Media giant Facebook has announced the launch of its non-profit fundraising tools in the UK and 15 other countries across Europe. Beginning in late September, Facebook will start testing fundraising tools in five countries including the UK, Ireland, France, Germany and Spain. In early October it'll expand the test to: Italy, Poland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Portugal, Denmark, Austria, Finland and Luxembourg.

Charitable organisations based in one of these 16 countries are invited to sign up to be one of the first non-profits to use Facebook's charitable giving tools to achieve their fundraising objectives by collecting donations on Facebook with the donate button; empowering supporters with Facebook Fundraisers; and to engage supporters with Facebook Live. Facebook added that it will be working with beta partners to start including: Movember UK, Oxfam UK, UNICEF UK, Aktion Deutschland Hilft (Germany), Caritas (Spain), Save the Children Spain, UNICEF France, and UNICEF Germany. Non-profits that have signed up directly for Facebook's fundraising tools pay a 5% fee on each donation. 3.5% covers costs of non-profit vetting, language translation, fraud prevention, operational costs and payment support and 1.5% covers payment processing. Facebook's goal is to create a platform for good that's sustainable over the long-term, and not to make a profit from our charitable giving tools.

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Wed, 04 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2365090
GCSE Arts Subjects Hit Lowest Take-Up in 10 Years New research revealing declining exam entries for arts subjects comes as Education Minister Lord Nash denies that arts take-up in schools has slowed since the Government introduced its controversial EBacc policy. Entries into arts subject at GCSE in 2016 were the lowest for a decade, a new paper has concluded. Both the average number of arts entries per pupil and the proportion of pupils taking at least one arts subject are at their lowest since 2007. The independent research by the Education Policy Institute (EPI), funded by Arts Council England and the City of London Corporation, aimed to “provide clarity” on the debate about the English Baccalaureate (EBacc).

It echoes the findings of a study by Norwich University of Arts earlier this month, concluding it is “likely” the EBacc is putting pressure on arts subjects “by limiting the number of option subject slots”. The findings contradict figures relied upon by the Department for Education (DfE) and quoted by Ministers, which are based on research conducted by the DfE-funded New Schools Network. Campaigners have seized on the new report, calling on Government to reconsider the controversial policy which is intended to ensure that 90% of pupils study the full suite of EBacc subjects at school – none of which are arts subjects – by 2025.

Source: ArtsProfessional. Read more here

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2365002
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
The Working Artist: East London Group at The Nunnery Travel back in time this September as the East London Group return to the Nunnery Gallery with a collection of paintings selected and curated by writer broadcaster Michael Rosen and radio film-producer Emma-Louise Williams. The Working Artist: The East London Group will celebrate this remarkable group of artists who, made up of ordinary working men and women during the inter-war period, attended art classes and exhibited their paintings alongside their day jobs.

With a focus on member Albert Turpin – who as window cleaner, leading member of the anti-fascist movement, fireman and Mayor of Bethnal Green was the ultimate working artist – three new public works of art, commissioned to commemorate the Group, will be unveiled alongside the show, from artists Lindsey Mendick, Marcus Orlandi and Maxima Smith.

The exhibiton will run from 29 September - 17 December. More information at The Nunnery website.

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2364899
Spitalfields Music Announce 2017 Festival Line Up + Artistic Curator Spitalfields Music, now based at St Margaret's House in Bethnal Green, have announced their full 2017 festival line-up ahead of public booking opening on Monday 18 September.

"We’re thrilled to be working with André de Ridder, one of the most influential and daring conductors in music today, to curate this year's festival. André first appeared at the Spitalfields Festival with Judith Weir in 1999 whilst a student at the Royal Academy of Music and it’s fantastic to welcome him back and share his festival vision with you."

“With this festival we have ambitiously aimed at making each event, each evening a festival in its own right. No programme will be presented by just one ensemble or soloist, but by a gathering of different artists and line-ups, exploring musical worlds and ideas in a myriad of ways. I invite you on this boundless musical journey of discovery and exploration throughout Spitalfields Music Festival 2017.” André de Ridder, Artistic Curator

This year’s festival is packed with extraordinary international artists and visionary collaborations. Drawing on our core founding values, we will bring together artists, audiences and communities to experience outstanding early music interpretations and ground-breaking contemporary work, in intimate and inspiring locations.

Highlights of the festival are on the Spitlafields Music website, where you can read more about each performance. As ever, the concerts will sell out, so to avoid disappointment put Monday 18 September in your diary now to remind you to book.

The festival will run from the 2nd to 10th December.

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2364901
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
New season of exhibitions at The Art Pavilion, Mile End Park Art in the park...

This autumn will see a series of inspirational exhibitions at Tower Hamlets’ flagship exhibition venue, the Art Pavilion. The unique building is one of East London’s hidden gems, a stunning and capacious glass-fronted gallery space set within the leafy tranquillity of Mile End Park.

3 – 8 September 2017 see a week-long programme of free art and technology workshops, talks, and events at inter/sections. In its second year, Inter/sections tackles the Ethics and Politics of Media and Technology through a free programme of workshops, talks, events and an exhibition featuring new commissions by Julian Oliver, Danja Vasiliev and Will Hurt. Inter/sections is an annual meeting place for curious people interested in exploring new frontiers in media, art and technology. Through a week-long programme of free events, the 80-strong cohort of the Media and Arts Technology (MAT) at Queen Mary University of London invite you to think, talk and experiment.

Seventy years after the publication of the diaries of Ann Frank, an exhibition entitled Anne Frank + You opens on the 6th October and runs until the 29th October. This is an exhibition about Anne Frank’s life and times which also presents contemporary issues, such as racism in football, gang violence in the UK and Malala Yousafazi’s campaign for the education of girls. It brings Anne Frank’s voice firmly into the 21st century, and provides a platform for open dialogue on issues of prejudice and discrimination within our society today, using media such as poignant personal photos of Anne and her sister Margot and replica artefacts from Anne’s life and the Holocaust.

The 2nd – 4th November sees an exhibition entitled Decorating Dissidence to accompany a two-day conference at Queen Mary, University of London as an exploration of Feminism, Modernism and the Arts. This will showcase intersectional feminist artists whose work engages with ‘domestic crafts’ but taking ‘craft’ as a broad term. Craft can involve the body, stitches, fashion, DIY zines, ceramics and more. In the act of making, it is political.

And last but least, East London Printmakers Festival of Print is on display from 1st -10th December with their annual exhibition of diverse and high-quality artists prints at affordable prices.

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2364645
Arts Council England : The Impact Of Public Libraries Arts Council England has published four research reports that explore the impact of public libraries. The series of reports show the important contribution libraries make to a range of national and local policy areas.

Stand by me - The contribution of public libraries to the well-being of older people,53J4N,FR725M,JJAVX,1
Re-writing the story - The contribution of public libraries to place-shaping,53J4N,FR725M,JJAVX,1
Libraries as community hubs - This report looks at libraries that are co-located alongside other services within community hubs,53J4N,FR725M,JJAVX,1
Evidencing audience reach - This report shows that the Library audience is broadly representative of contemporary England,53J4N,FR725M,JJAVX,1

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2364657
Artists Announced For Public Artworks in Bow, to Accompany East London Group Exhibition Bow Arts have announced that Lindsey Mendick, Marcus Orlandi and Maxima Smith, selected by open submission, will each make a new public artwork to accompany the East London Group exhibition, showing in the Nunnery Gallery this September.
The works will highlight the buildings still recognisable today from the Group’s paintings, as well as celebrate the incredible tenacity of this little-trained group of artists that begin in the 1920’s – from their leading role in the anti-fascist movement to the everyday jobs they maintained alongside their painting.

Mendick, who recently performed at the Zabludowicz Collection, will commemorate a new park bench in the Group’s memory, installed at the iconic Bow Church and embedded with miniature ceramics that symbolise the views of then and now. Orlandi – known for his politically engaged work, as featured in the Art
Licks Weekenders and the acclaimed Shuffle Festival – will explore the parallels between Turpin’s fight against the extremist views of the 30s and our own generation’s struggle with terror, while Smith ’s new film subtly remembers Turpin’s day
job of a window cleaner, by filming the mesmerising lines of
contemporaryEast End window washers at work.

Curated by writer broadcaster Micha\el Rosen and radio producer film-maker Emma-Louise Williams, the exhibition’s paintings will show the changing face of the East End following the First World War, then the drastic re-modelling of the area following the Second. With a focus on member Albert Turpin – leading political figure and Mayor of Bethnal Green – the works tell the story of the East End’s resilience through a turbulent time of war and
peace and will be shown alongside sketchbooks and political pamphlets that haven’t been seen for 70 years, providing a vivid and contextual narrative to the paintings.
With loans confirmed from the Government and Arts Council Collections, Tower Hamlets archives, as well as a little-known portrait by Brynhild Parker from Blackburn Museum, other artists to be showcased include B A R Carter, William Coldstream, John Cooper, Elwin Hawthorne, Cecil Osbourneand the Steggles brothers.

Walking tours of the local area will guide visitors around
the new public artworks, finishing at Queen Mary University of London – who have supported the new commissions –where remnants of a mural painting by East London Group member
Phyllis Braycan still be seen in the People’s Palace.

The exhibition coincides with a flurry of newly published books that encompass the Group and their stories, including the new illustrated memoirs of Albert Turpin:
East End Vernacular , Artists who painted London's East
End streets in the 20th Century (The Gentle Author: Oct 2017);
So They Call You Pisher! A Memoir by Michael Rosen(Verso: Sep 2017); The East End –My Birthright by Albert Turpin(Francis Boutle: Sep 2017);
The Story of Titania and Oberon, with illustrations by Phyllis Bray
(Pavilion Books: 2017).

Sophie Hill, Nunnery Gallery Co-Director, said: “Our three commissions demonstrate the inspiring talent of young artists working in London, showing incredible skill and sensitivity in drawing our attention to the many layers of the East London Group – the local area, art’s narrative power, the politics, and the challenge of being an artist and having to keep a job down, something many artists juggle today.The chance to commission new works of art that highlight east London’s rich social history is a real treat, and, installed in the public domain, we hope that visitors from across London will enjoy their presence,
together with our local community.”

The Working Artist : TheEast London Group, curated by Michael Rosen and Emma-Louise Williams
29 Sept – 17 Dec 2017
Admission: Free
Opening Hours: Tues to Sun, 10am –5pm
Nunnery Gallery, Bow Arts, 181 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ
Travel: Bow Road Tube Station, Bow Church DLR

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2364683
Idea Store Learning Course Guide 2017 - 2018 Now Available Idea Store Learning offers over 900 high quality courses in a wide range of subjects including visual arts, photography, performing arts and fashion and textiles. The course guide for the new academic year is now available and enrolement is open.

Feedback from residents:

"Great facilities and the hand outs were a brilliant resource, the course was full of ideas and was very creatively stimulating"

"Clear tuition and very supportive exercises tailored to the pace of the class"

"The passion with which our tutor teaches is second to none and I have learnt so much about Spanish and Latin American culture"

In 2016 OFSTED inspected the service offered by Tower Hamlets Council, and found that the provision was good with high quality teaching and learning. The national survey FE Choices, found that 98.8 percent of our learners would recommend their programme to a friend. Tower Hamlets was found to be the highest performing council in London.

Find out what courses are available here

Whatever your reason for learning we have a course for you!

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2364458
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
Get Funding Ready: A Guide For First Time Fundraisers Fundraising for arts activities is a highly competitive process that can be very time-consuming with disappointing results.

Written by Tower Hamlets based music education provider, Sound Connections Chair Katrina Duncan, this guide is intended to help you think before you take the plunge, to consider how to prepare for making your pitch for support and do all you can to ensure that your bid is the best it can be.

Read the full guide here >

Wed, 17 May 2017 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2363773
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
The Short Guide to Accessible Music Education Earlier this year The Short Guide to Accessible Music Education was launched by Drake Music, Drake Music Scotland and the Music Education Council.

The guide has already proved to be an invaluable resource for music teachers, leaders, trainees and others in the sector. Now on 10th May the first update will go live with over 30 new additions.

Find out more here:

Wed, 10 May 2017 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2363729
Artists Residencies In Care Homes - Report & Podcast Now Available From Magic Me There has been a huge amount of interest in our pioneering Artists Residencies in Care Homes programme supporting some of the UK's leading performing arts companies to bring their work to care homes and so we're sharing our learning from the project as widely as possible.

DOWNLOAD THE REPORT - With reflections from the participating care homes and performing arts companies (Punchdrunk Upswing Duckie & Lois Weaver on their experiences of performing for a care home audience, including those with dementia for the very first time.

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST from the report launch. Featuring speakers from all participating arts companies and care homes speaking about their involvement in the project. (With thanks to producer Lucia Scazzocchio from Cultivaters.)

With thanks to the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Wakefield & Tetley Trust and Anchor Legacy fund for supporting this project.

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2363486
Searching for Ghosts The current exhibition at the V & A Museum of Childhood shows how homes reveal much about the people who inhabit them, offering an intimate portrait of our domestic lives and bearing the traces of the people who lived in them in the past. The fabric of the buildings document the layered changes of occupancy, taste and the passage of time.

Working with the museum and photographer Tom Hunter, participants undertook an exploration of some of the housing in East London; from the demolished tower block on the Holly Street Estate in Hackney, blown up in 1991, to the imposing red brick of the Boundary Estate in Tower Hamlets, the first municipal housing estate, built by the London County Council in 1898.

An intergenerational journey of discovery, unearthing stories of home and photographically bringing the past to life, offering a glimpse into the lived experience of several generations of east Londoners. In partnership with St Hilda’s East Community Centre and Virginia Primary School, Bethnal Green.

The exhibition runs until January 2018

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat2363424