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 Sun, 15 Dec 2019 19:49:49 +010 Sun, 15 Dec 2019 19:49:49 +010 Tower Hamlets says 'Thank You and Goodnight' to 'A' Team Youth Arts Leaders The end of 2019 sees the Tower Hamlets arts community saying goodbye to two key creative leaders of 'A' Team Arts, the council’s youth arts team, who have been integral to the team for many years. Geraldine Bone has been managing the youth arts team since 2002 when she built on two decades' prior experience as part of the team. Geraldine will be retiring this December. Dr Canan Salih will also be leaving her position as Director of Performing Arts which she has held for eighteen years! 2019 has seen the team celebrate 40 years of dedicated, free arts provision to the young people of Tower Hamlets and we couldn’t have done it without them. We thank them both for their dedication to the youth of the borough and know that they will be well remembered and sorely missed. We wish them both all the best in their new lives post 'A' Team arts!

'A' Team Arts co-ordinates Youth Arts programmes across the Borough aimed at young people aged 13-19 years, and up to 25yrs with SEND, who live or study in Tower Hamlets.

Please look out on Tower Hamlets council vacancies list for the advert for Youth Arts Engagement officer.

For information about ‘A’ Team Arts visit or contact

Thu, 12 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat23?subcat24770961
Performing and Visual Art Classes at The Brady Arts Centre starting in January Idea Store Learning has a range of performing and visual arts courses aimed at offering you the chance to learn to dance, play an instrument, paint or draw and several new courses start at The Brady Arts Centre this January. You will be taught by highly skilled and experienced tutors, choreographers and musicians supported by a range of excellent resources.

Courses at The Brady Arts Centre include:

Hand Drumming:
10 week course starting Monday 13th Jan. 2020 6-7pm

10 week course starting Monday 13th Jan. 2020 7-9pm

Improvers - 10 week course starting Tues.14th Jan. 2020 5:45-7:15pm
Intermediate - 10 week course starting Tues. 14th Jan 2020 7:30-9pm

Beginners – 10 week course starting Wed. 14th Jan. 2020 6-8pm

Life Drawing:
10 week course starting Wed.14th Jan.2020 6:30-9:00pm

For the full range of Idea Store Learning Courses in Tower Hamlets visit the website

Thu, 12 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat23?subcat24770967
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?subcat24770944
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?subcat24770949
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?subcat24770953
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?subcat24770843
Season of Bangla Drama festival closes on a high note Last weekend saw the finale of this year’s A Season of Bangla Drama, and once again this month-long festival of British-Bengali Theatre produced a fantastic array of talent that captivated over 3,500 audience members and participants at it’s full array of performances, workshops and fringe events.

It opened with the councils youth arts division, ‘A’ Team Arts presenting Nemesis 2: a gritty and hard-hitting exploration of fundamentalism and identity. One of the audience claimed “It was brilliant, though quite uncomfortable to watch”. Young people did not shy away from tackling a thorny issue looking at what makes people behave the way they do.

This was symptomatic of the overarching theme for 2019 – London is Open, and the council’s No Place for Hate campaign. This reflected both the tensions arising from cultural difference as well as the richness of fusing cultures, the latter most spectacularly with East Side Story. This explosive dance-off between IMD and Bollyflex captivated several hundred people who flocked to Queen Mary University’s Great Hall to watch it. “The best thing I’ve ever seen” said one!

Another highlight was the dark psychological drama A Wake in which moral agency for one’s actions was scrutinised, along with the protagonists, with no stone left unturned. The festival closed with Gauhar Jaan, an opulent peak into a lavish, bygone era with a brazenly confronted conflict between a courtesan and a king.

The fringe programme was accompanied by two brilliant exhibitions, one of which complemented the talk Bengali-ish? What’s your Story. An insightful discussion on Memory and Belonging in the Diaspora was presented by Loughborough University’s Migrant Memories and Post- Colonial Imagination Project. We were also delighted to welcome Professor Syed Jamil Ahmed to Tower Hamlets who joined us from Dhaka University to present both a Masterclass on Theatre-Making techniques and a talk on Confrontation in Performance.

Though many of the topics covered by both the fringe and performances in 2019 were sobering reflections on contemporary life, this festival also used traditional genres of music, song and dance to tackle these themes in new ways and provided an enjoyable route to engage with a range of ideas.

After an exhilarating month long-programme, we are already thinking about 2020 and look forward to beginning again in the new year.

Thu, 28 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat23?subcat24770850
The Grand Union Orchestra’s Music Re:Unites ...across cultures...across communities ...across generations

The Grand Union Orchestra’s celebrated winter concerts at Rich Mix provide an opportunity for young musicians to display their skill and invention, showcasing the work they have achieved during the year.

Through regular workshops, masterclasses and the Summer School, these young players (many of them second generation British-born) have been exploring a range of music and musical techniques from around the world under the guidance of GUO’s authentic experts (themselves mainly first generation migrants). Here is a short video of their response to this experience in their own words

A new ensemble of ‘graduates’ from the Grand Union Youth Orchestra – the Re:Generation Band – has now emerged, creating, performing and recording its own compositions inspired by these projects. Some of their pieces will be played in the concert, as well as re:imagined versions of more familiar material from China, Bangladesh, South and West Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America.

Whatever the result of the election or the eventual outcome of Brexit, it is more vital than ever to bring cultural communities together, and for the younger generation to take a lead in uniting them.

The concert will take place on Sunday 15 December at Rich Mix in Bethnal Green. Book your tickets here

Find out more about Grand Union Orchestra at their website

Wed, 27 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat23?subcat24770824
Hetain Patel wins the 2019 Film London Jarman Award Hetain Patel has won the 2019 Film London Jarman Award, it was announced this evening at a special event at London’s Barbican Centre. 2019 on the 25th anniversary of Derek Jarman’s death and this year for the first time the work of all six shortlisted artists will be exhibited at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, from 26 November to 8 December 2019

Hetain Patel was chosen from a distinguished shortlist of artists featuring Cécile B. Evans, Beatrice Gibson, Mikhail Karikis, Imran Perretta and Rehana Zaman.

Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission said: “I am thrilled that this year’s Film London Jarman Award will celebrate the unique and engaging work of Hetain Patel. By seamlessly combining artists’ and mainstream filmmaking through technology, subject and popular-culture, Hetain reflects an exciting moment in artists’ moving image and its potential to showcase diverse themes and reach new audiences - I can’t wait to see what he does next".

The Film London Jarman Award, established in 2008, celebrates the diversity and creativity of artists working in film today, and is run in partnership with the Whitechapel Gallery, with support from Genesis Cinema and h Club London. Film London Artists' Moving Image Network is funded by Arts Council England.

Wed, 27 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat23?subcat24770836
Celebrate Wick Wednesdays in our Creative Enterprise Zone On the borders of Hackney and Tower Hamlets, and next to the Olympic Park, Hackney Wick and Fish Island is one of London’s first Creative Enterprise Zone. Wick Wednesdays celebrate the area’s famous art, culture and creative scene on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, every month. Aimed at connecting creativity and community and lasting all day and night, the event features art exhibitions, music, theatre, games, workshops, classes and a range of special offers on food and drink from the Wick’s best café’s restaurants and bars. - something for everyone of all ages and tastes.

Recent highlights include Live Music and Free Prosecco at Barge East, art exhibitions at Crate, discounted performances for locals at The Yard Theatre, Games night at Studio 9294, Open Mic night at Howling Hops, Wine Wednesday at Shanes’s on Canalside, Yoga at Beer Merchant’s Tap, Double Wave Happy Hour at White Post, Pitch Black at Green House and much much more.

Head over to the website to find out what's going on and keep up to date by signing up to the newsletter.

Wed, 27 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat23?subcat24770838
Spitalfields Music Announces Festival Curators & New CEO Spitalfields Music is delighted to announce three new imaginative Artistic Curators – Edmund Finnis, Kate Molleson and Errollyn Wallen – who will work alongside recently appointed Chief Executive, Sarah Gee, to curate the 2020 and 2021 Festivals.

After a break in 2019, Spitalfields Music Festival will return in its former summer incarnation in late June 2020. This allows them to return to their original home of Christ Church, where Spitalfields Music began 43 years ago. Read more at the Spitalfields Music website,6JH3N,I14TQ8,PZSWC,1

Fri, 15 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat23?subcat24770778
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?subcat24770528
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


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Wed, 09 Oct 2019 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat23?subcat24770538
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?subcat24770454
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?subcat24770182
Self-Made Sector: working with the Creative Industries Report The Partnership for Young London and Roundhouse released a report earlier this month exploring the barriers that are facing young people entering the creative industries – particularly BAME young people and those from low-income households. The report,Self-Made Sector: working in the creative industries, highlights many challenges young people face along this journey from education, to family, and in the industry. Click here to download the report,6EG99,FR725M,PCIZZ,1

Thu, 01 Aug 2019 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat23?subcat24770061
New Exhibition - Unite & Resist: Protests in the East End 1970-2000 Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives next exhibition will showcase original archives from our collections which illustrate the
prolific activism of the people of Tower Hamlets in the latter decades of the twentieth century. From the Stepney School Strike to the Battle of Brick Lane,the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and Stop Clause 28, the exhibition shines a light on these and other important moments in the borough’s recent history including several lesser known struggles.
This period of rapid change in the East End saw Tower Hamlets residents forming independent collectives and rising up in protest at
various different emerging threats.

The display features banners, badges,garments, posters, photographs,
pamphlets and other archives which provide important evidence of these sometimes short-lived campaigns.
Most of the items on display have been newly acquired or newly
catalogued and have never before been on public display.
Keep an eye out on our website for the full programme of events which we are organising to tie in with the exhibition which runs from Saturday 3 August 2019 - Saturday 15 February 2020

If you are a teacher, lecturer or you convene a group that
would like a workshop or tour of this exhibition during its run, please email us on

Wed, 10 Jul 2019 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat23?subcat24769933
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?subcat24769408
Participatory Arts: News, Views And Resources, ArtWorks Alliance Working in or supporting participatory arts? Then check out ArtWorks Alliance, the UK wide strategic network for the sector, at Here you'll find over 130 resources – from research to evaluation, case studies to toolkits – in a searchable Knowledge Bank and can sign up to a free monthly e-newsletter for news, views and opportunities. Contact,uk to find out more.

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat23?subcat24768980
The Baring Foundation Launches The Treasury of Arts Activities for Older People Our new publication is here!

This compilation of activities by Liz Postlethwaite (Small Things and the Storybox Project) 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.

The Treasury can be downloaded from our website Hard copies are available while stocks last - please email

Wed, 23 Jan 2019 00:00:00 +010 tharts-fullcat23?subcat24768830