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 Tue, 25 Feb 2020 09:56:23 +010 Tue, 25 Feb 2020 09:56:23 +010 London Borough of Culture winners 2021 and 2023 The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced that Lewisham has been awarded the title of London Borough of Culture for 2021 with Croydon winning the accolade for 2023.

Both boroughs will be awarded £1.35m funding to deliver a year-long programme of activities that will place culture at the heart of their communities and celebrate the unique character of local people and places.

Find out more about the winning bids here

Thu, 20 Feb 2020 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat23?subcat23971307
Arts Council launch Digital Culture Compass free tech toolkit Arts Council England has launched the Digital Culture Compass: a new, free toolkit to help arts organisations embed tech more effectively.

The Digital Culture Compass is a new, free online toolkit, here to help you use digital technology more effectively in your organisation. But how does it work and what can it do for you? Find out here

Thu, 20 Feb 2020 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat23?subcat23971308
Submissions now open for A Season of Bangla Drama 2020 Do you want to take part in this fantastic annual festival of theatre? Tower Hamlets Council’s Arts, Park and Events team will once again be delivering A Season of Bangla Drama in November 2020, and we welcome Expressions of Interest which can be submitted at any time from now until 9am, Tuesday 12 May 2020.

A Season of Bangla Drama is now in its 18th year, and fittingly, the theme for 2020 is ‘Coming of Age’. We are seeking plays with a range of perspectives of British Bengali life, which explore the notion of transition and increased agency in these turbulent ecological and political times.

A Season of Bangla Drama continues in partnership with the Drama Department at Queen Mary, University of London, and can facilitate local groups to immerse themselves in theatre production at all levels and provides a platform for new writing as well as re-telling old favourites to both established and emerging audiences from all communities.

Syeda Tasmia Tahia from Amra Theatre Group said, “A Season of Bangla Drama is essential to preserve British Bangladeshi heritage and values and to nurture the creative talents of tomorrow. It provides a platform for experimentation, for creative flourish and for inter generational celebration of the experiences of the community”.

Mukul Ahmed from Mukul & Ghetto Tigers stated, “A Season of Bangla Drama is the only platform for Bengali drama, allowing new and old talents to showcase and promote their work to a wider audience and benefit from community building with artists, participants and venues.”

If you would like to take part in 2020, please read the guideline and information and then complete the online Expression of Interest Form from

Wed, 19 Feb 2020 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat23?subcat23971279
Women’s History Month Launch Tuesday 3 March will see the launch of a diverse programme of events to mark Women’s History Month. This will take place at the Brady Arts Centre, 192-196 Hanbury Street, E1 5HU, from 6 – 8pm, with the exhibition preview for We Stand Together, a display of Women’s Photographs of Women 1970s – 2020.

This group exhibition brings together women photographers who have been photographing the lives of women in the east end of London for several decades. Artists include Sarah Ainslie, Julie Cook, Lucinda Douglas-Menzies, Rachel Ferriman, Chris Kelly, Daniele Lamarche, Jenny Lewis, Marketa Luskacova, Patricia Niven, Moyra Peralta, Tamara Rabea Stoll, Hussina Raja, Paula Roush.

The wider programme of Women's History Month encompasses contemporary women artists, activists, writers and performers, women’s groups and community organisations working with the theme of 2020 Vision to explore the past, present and future using spoken word, live performance, exhibitions, talks, walks, film, children’s activities, youth-curated programmes, and much more.

The exhibition runs until 28 March, and Women’s History Month runs from 1-31 March 2020. Find the full programme at

Wed, 19 Feb 2020 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat23?subcat23971285
V & A Museum of Childhood announce £13m transformation and two year closure Looking ahead to the future

The V & A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green has announced that from 11 May 2020, they are closing their doors for two years to undergo a radical £13m transformation - their reimagined museum will be shaped by the way in which children aged 0-14 explore, play and learn.

Don’t forget to bid your fond farewells and see a glimpse of the future at their RE-Invent Festival on 8-10 May. Although the museum will be closed until 2022, they will still be about! From late May, their pop-up can be found in Ideas Store Whitechapel, visiting schools in Tower Hamlets and other sites across London and the South East – keep checking our website,S023,AE5CP,3CX4V,1for updates.

Wed, 19 Feb 2020 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat23?subcat23971288
Tower Hamlets has Talent - Visual Thinking Part 1 2020 This exhibition at the Art Pavilion in Mile End Park opens on 27 February and celebrates the artwork created by the students of ‘THAT network’ member schools from across the borough of Tower Hamlets. THAT network has organised a collaborative project titled: Visual Thinking Part I, involving the full range of visual art specialisms (textiles; photography; fine art; digital media and ceramics) with the focus on interdisciplinary approaches to creative thinking and how art education has a positive effect on students’ learning across the curriculum.

For 'Visual Thinking Part I’, THAT network’s art departments will submit a range of artworks produced by all key stages in the various specialisms available at their particular school.

Over the course of two weeks, various workshops on creative thinking and interdisciplinary approaches, will be delivered by our partners for students and the local community in LBTH. In addition, all our creative partners (THAMES; Auto Italia; Bow Arts; UAL; ‘A’ Team Arts; Whitechapel Gallery; Chisenhale Gallery; The Royal Drawing School; The Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design; Great Art and RIBA) will have an active presence at the event to showcase their organisation’s contribution to learning across the curriculum and engage with guests at the Private View.

Participating schools include Saint Pauls Way Trust School, Canary Wharf College, Bishop Challoner Catholic Federation of schools, Central Foundation Girls School, Raines Foundation School, Bow School, Mulberry School for Girls, Stepney Green Maths, Computing and Science College, Langdon Park School, Mulberry Academy Shoreditch, Oaklands School, Sir John Cass and Red Coat School, Morpeth School and Swanley School.

<b>Private View Thursday 27 February 5pm to 8pm.</b>
It runs until Monday 9th March and is open from 10:30am to 5:30pm, and on Monday 9 March from 10:30am to 2pm.

There will be a late opening on Thursday 5 March until 7pm as part of Whitechapel Gallery's First Thursdays Initiative when members of the THAT team will be on hand to answer any queries and help conduct tours or the show.</b>

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

Wed, 19 Feb 2020 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat23?subcat23971290
Creative Europe issue post Brexit guidance on UK participation Creative Europe UK has published participation guidance to organisations and cultural professionals in the UK.

As guaranteed by the Withdrawal Agreement, UK organisations can continue to apply for Creative Europe funding opportunities until the current programme ends in December 2020.

UK organisations remain fully eligible for Creative Europe funding opportunities until 31 December 2020 and when selected will receive funding for the entire duration of their projects, even if these run beyond 2020. This also applies to projects currently in progress.

Participation in the new Creative Europe programme (2021-2027) is open to non-EU countries, and the UK's particpation will be decided in negotiations on the future relationship with the EU. Please do keep talking about how the current Creative Europe programme has benefited your organisations. We have reflected this in our Impact Report which shows how Creative Europe is about so much more than funding.

Our advice for UK lead and partner organisations, and other European partners, is to continue applications for the forthcoming Creative Europe calls Creative Europe Desk UK can provide guidance and support, so get in touch and follow us on Twitter @CEDUK_Culture for updates.

Thu, 06 Feb 2020 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat23?subcat23971203
Arts Council announce new strategy for 2020-2030: Let's Create Arts Council England has unveiled the strategy that will guide its work over the next decade, aiming to address what it says are “momentous” sector-wide challenges that include inequality of opportunity and a widespread lack of diversity.

There is particular emphasis on communities and young people in the document which sets in stone the Arts Council’s priorities for its work and the organisations it will fund between now and 2030.

Entitled Let’s Create is based around a vision that by 2030, England will be a country “transformed by its culture” and “in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish”.

The strategy is the second of its kind to be published by the funding body, and will replace its 2010 document, Achieving Great Art for Everyone, which had a heavy focus on excellence.

While the new strategy continues to emphasise “high-quality work” throughout, it also makes repeated references to the importance of creative education and of working in partnership with local communities.

Find out more at the Arts Council website

Thu, 06 Feb 2020 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat23?subcat23971205
EU culture budget at risk: what will it mean for Creative Europe? Arts Professional report that it is feared that cuts proposed by the European Council’s presidency would “seriously affect" the amount of funding available for Creative Europe.

A €17.9m cut to European Union (EU) budgets used to fund culture could have “serious implications for Creative Europe and its culture sub-programme, hindering the impact of an already deeply underfunded programme,” critics of the proposal say.

A ‘negotiation box’ of spending for 2021-27 prepared by the European Council’s Finnish presidency includes a proposed 4.6% cut to budgets for “cohesion and values”. This includes funding for the European Social Fund (ESF), the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), and Creative Europe.

Under Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal, UK countries can participate in Creative Europe until the end of 2020. A successor to Creative Europe will run from 2021 and is expected, like the current programme, to accept non-EU countries.

Read more at Arts Professional

Thu, 23 Jan 2020 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat23?subcat23971122
Half Moon Theatre production 'Crowded' nominated for an OFFIE Congratulations to Tower Hamlets very own Half Moon young people's theatre who have been nominated for an OFFIE.

"We are thrilled to announce that Crowded, our co-production with Apples and Snakes that toured last year, is a finalist in the Best Production for Young People Aged 13+ category at the OFFIES, the Off West End Theatre Awards. Huge congratulations to everyone involved. The winners will be announced on Sunday 8 March."

Fingers crossed!

Half Moon have a fantastic performance and participation programme at their home in Limehouse. Find full details here

Thu, 23 Jan 2020 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat23?subcat23971123
Graeae launch scratch night for deaf and disabled writers A big night out with new writing at its heart.

Graeae launch Crips with Chips, their first ever Scratch Night that puts Deaf and disabled artists centre stage.

Crips with Chips will be a scratch night putting Deaf and disabled writers centre stage. The first six nights will take place at Graeae’s award-winning, accessible Bradbury Studios in east London before rolling out to other accessible venues in the UK. Every other month, four new pieces will be presented with an inclusive cast. Ahead of the event, each writer will have a day's workshop with a professional director in which they'll be encouraged to think creatively about access.

As well as bringing all the opportunities the scratch scene represents to Deaf and disabled writers. Graeae are committed to delivering a great night out for disabled and not-yet-disabled audiences. There will be chips, drinks, live music and all four pieces will be captioned.

For more information and to book tickets, visit:

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat23?subcat23971105
Senior Care providers launch dementia friendly film screenings in Canary Wharf Home Instead, Senior Care providers in Canary Wharf have partnered with Everyman Cinema in Crossrail Place, to offer free film screenings of well-known films that are particularly suitable for older people with memory problems as well as people who care for them.

The cinema lights are left on low throughout the screening and the volume is lower than usual to create a softer, more relaxed feel than at a standard film screening.

The screenings are open to all elderly members of the community, provided there are seats available.

Moira and her daughter attended the Christmas showing. Her daughter said “Mum LOVED it. It can be really hard to get her out of the house and motivated, so it was really lovely. It was so nice being able to read bits to her when there was writing on the screen, or explaining a couple of moments to her, without being conscious of annoying anyone around us.”

2020 screenings dates confirmed so far are:

• Monday 10 February
• Monday 27 April
• Monday 15 June
• Monday 14 September
• Monday 9 November
• Monday 7 December

Doors open at 10:30 and films start at 11:00.

Please contact Home Instead manager Fahima Khatun on 0203 713 3161 if you are interested in finding out more about the cinema screenings or check out the film listings in the Tower Hamlets arts and events 'what's on' listings

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat23?subcat23971108
Improve your practice - ACE launch self evaluation toolkit What better time for some self-reflection than a new year?

Self evaluation is a vital first step towards improving your work. It can also help with self confidence and resilience. Arts Council England (ACE) have developed a Self Evaluation toolkit for people, companies and partnerships in the arts, cultural and creative sectors.

Get Started

Thu, 09 Jan 2020 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat23?subcat23971038
New MA Public Art & Performance, The Cass, London Metropolitan University The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design, London Met is proud to launch a new MA programme in Public Art and Performance starting in September 2020. This is a practice based course offering a unique insight into public engagement and performative practices in contemporary art, benefitting from collaborations with high profile art institutions, including Tate Exchange at Tate Modern.

This MA is designed for artists in any medium, performers, curators and event facilitators, wishing to explore career paths in public art and create innovative forms of public-facing experiences.

More details HERE For direct enquiries, please email

In the meantime, please join us for The Pecking Order at Tate Modern from the 10th to the 15th December, 10-6pm (admission free), for our forthcoming live/VR experience with Tate Exchange. As part of this project, we will be hosting daily panel talks at 4pm with an exciting mix of over 20 artists, researchers and practitioners on the themes of spatial relationships and surveillance. Admission FREE.

More details HERE

Wed, 11 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat23?subcat23970944
Resources created to promote inclusion in music-making The Youth Music Network has launched tools and guidance, blogs and case studies to help break down barriers to music-making, created by the Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England (AMIE). The resources help to make sure all young people can take part and benefit from music-making. They support organisations to grow their reach, address the barriers that some young people may be facing, and make sure no-one misses out.

The resources can be found here. [LINK]

Wed, 11 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat23?subcat23970949
Magic Me launch Cocktails in Care Homes podcast Magic Me, the Tower Hamlets based intergenerational arts charity, launched their Cocktails in Care Homes podcast to the public yesterday - on Human Rights Day.

In the press release they asked “Are cocktail parties a Human Right?” and although our answer is probably: “Maybe not…” we do think that “Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts” (Article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights) and believe that those rights don't stop just because you’ve moved into a care home.

Magic Me have been working creatively with people living in care homes since 1989. The majority of their work brings together school age children with older people to work on arts projects. Feedback from care home residents suggested that they’d love something fun and creative to do in the evenings too and so they responded with the Cocktails in Care Homes project. Celebrating its tenth birthday in 2020, Cocktails in Care Homes now hosts parties in 17 care homes and extra care schemes across London from Goldhawk Road to Leytonstone. In a new series of podcasts Magic Me staff, experts, residents and volunteers share knowledge and experience about what makes this project so successful. We hope that listening to the podcasts will inspire people to think about setting up something similar in their own community and provide a helpful starting point to do so.

There are four episodes – all launched on 10 December which will guide you, the listener, through key elements of the project:
Episode 1 – an introduction to the Cocktails in Care Homes project
Episode 2 – understanding dementia
Episode 3 – the role of music
Episode 4 - how and why Magic Me create bespoke themes for the parties
You can find the episodes here on Spotify

Each episode features a range of voices; care home staff, volunteers, experts in dementia, theme creators and even a care home dj. The podcasts were created by Phoebe Grudzinskas (Magic Me Cocktails in Care Homes Project Manager) and Georgina Bednar (volunteer podcast producer).

Phoebe says of the project:

“I’ve worked and volunteered on Cocktails in Care Homes for 7 years and I see every week just what a difference the project makes to the lives of people living in care homes and also to the staff who care for them and to the volunteers who are so essential to making the parties happen. I really wanted to capture the essence of the project and share it to a much wider range of people, doing this through a series of podcasts means you get to hear the real variety of people involved and all sorts of expertise and experience that go into making Cocktails in Care Homes a success. I’m a big podcast fan and I was really keen to make these podcasts something interesting and fun to listen to – I really hope people like them and find them inspiring and useful.”

Wed, 11 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat23?subcat23970953
Youth Music launch Musical Inclusion resource bank Youth Music has launched a new Musical Inclusion resource bank, which is full of useful tips and tools. Resources on Youth Voice and Advocacy from Tower Hamlets based music education programme, Sound Connections, are featured, and there's also a brilliant Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) self-assessment tool to help you audit existing work, develop/refine an EDI or feed into business planning.

Find out more and download the self assessment tool here

Source: Sound Connections

Thu, 28 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat23?subcat23970843
Free safeguarding resources for all charities Voluntary sector experts NCVO believe every charity, regardless of type and size, should be a safe place – for all your beneficiaries, supporters, volunteers and staff.

Building strong safeguarding practices and a safe culture can be complicated though, especially for those organisations taking their first steps in tackling them.

NCVO have published a comprehensive collection of free resources – briefings, guides, tools, podcasts and videos. They are straightforward, practical and based on real world experience and the best expertise from across the voluntary sector:

Access the free safeguarding resources

These resources were produced as part of the Safeguarding Training Fund.

NCVO was named as the lead organisation for the delivery of phase 1 of the Fund, awarded by the National Lottery Community Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

Wed, 09 Oct 2019 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat23?subcat23970528
Download the Idea Store App - magazines, newspapers, music, movies and concerts for FREE Have you got the Idea Store app? Made just for Idea Store, the app lets you:

• Search the catalogue
• Renew your loans
• Place reservations
• Easily access resources such as Britannica and Theory Test Pro
• Download FREE eBooks and audio books
• Access our FREE music and magazine service
• Find out what’s on in the Idea Stores
• Search for courses
• Find Community Information; local clubs, groups and organisations

All from your smartphone or tablet.

Get the App here


Google Play:

Wed, 09 Oct 2019 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat23?subcat23970538
Heritage Alliance: Inspiring Creativity "Creativity and heritage go hand in hand, and can help engage people through new creative experiences and opportunities to connect with each other."
Hilary McGrady, Director-General, National Trust

The Heritage Alliance have published a new report demonstrating the importance of heritage organisations, buildings and places in underpinning creativity and the creative industries. The Inspiring Creativity, Heritage and the Creative Industries report is written by Hannah Shimko. Read the report here

Tue, 24 Sep 2019 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat23?subcat23970454
New guide for arts work in criminal justice settings The National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance has published a new guide for artists and arts organisations interested in working in criminal justice settings, which includes step-by-step guidance and principles of best practice.

For more information and to download the guide

Wed, 28 Aug 2019 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat23?subcat23970182
Baring Foundation - Treasury of arts activities for older people This compilation of activities by Liz Postlethwaite contains 50 activities created specifically with older people in mind, as well as some tips for working with older groups if you haven't before.

• Activities to do one-to-one, in small groups and larger groups
• Covering the visual arts and crafts, dance, performance, music & singing and creative writing
• With many activities dementia-friendly and suitable for care homes
• Ranging from short tasters to workshops that could be done over a longer period.


Wed, 01 May 2019 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat23?subcat23969408