Issue 34. Up Your Street

Tues   25th Oct  free 10-3pm Older People’s Reference Group day taking place at City Academy, Homerton Row.
                                Invite only. Fish ‘n’ chip lunch, the Connaught Opera and workshops about health and money with massage sessions. Ask AgeUK City and Hackney.
Fri      28th Oct  free

Private view invitation:From Lucy Harrison
WE: the ex-Warner Estate in Waltham Forest

6.30pm – 8.30pm
Friday 28 October


Vestry House Museum

Vestry Road
London E17 9NH



Sat     29th Oct  free Last chance to see “Scarf Art” at Hackney Central Library.
Mon    31st Oct  free. RAGWORKS goes up at Stratford Picture House.


Doritos and Dementia

Halfway through the month of older persons and I see little going on pertaining to that pie in the sky.

Do octagenarians want to be safe from sexy and violent films? Can they be asked to watch a cheerless and miserable film which had poor reviews with the subject and the angst being about the onset of dementia. It’s that or a film about how oldies reclaim urban spaces but that  one’s still at rush stage, I guess. 

Stratford Library E15 is showing for free “Still Alice”to mark the month of Older Persons. It was just a day on October 1st a couple of years ago and of course that date always marks the beginning of Black History Month annually. Now we have a whole month of the recognising older citizens. Boroughs got wise to the market place and actually have long term projects specifically for seniors, for example,  heritage trails and oral histories.There is no trumpeting going on as far as I can see.
Stratford’s film is free together with apple juice and doritos.

No dilemma for me about that event but now I have a conundrum. At Stratford Picture House I have on display my “At The Swim” paintings as a nod to me the artist and to the glory that is  old women. The cinema is owned by Cineworld, a huge global 83 million a year profit mega corporation whose directors refuse to pay a living wage to their cinema based workers. The union members involved supported by Unison walked out in Hackney today, away from Hackney Picture House. What’ll I do?

Worry about something else.

Issue 33. Up Your Street

Sat 15th Oct free.10.30-5 at Fabrications Broadway Market  National Sew Day. Come sew. Book.
Sun 16th Oct free 5-7pm concert at De Beauvoir. St Peters Church.

Being at Home community day

Sunday, 16 October 2016 12 noon – 4.30pm
A fun day at the Geffrye Museum for all ages exploring how people spend their time in homes and gardens during autumn. Includes craft workshops, giant games and more. Programmed with the Geffrye’s community partners. Free entry. More information: . Age group: All ages. Geffrye Museum, Kingsland Road, Hackney E2 8EA.
Mon 17th Oct £3-£5 1.30-4.30pm. Old Town Hall Stratford. Tea Dance. Cake tea sequins fun.

Inspiration Arts & Crafts


Inspirations Arts & Crafts Group

Inspirations Arts & Crafts Group at Priory Court
E 17 (Photo and text courtesy of Circle 33)
Friendly, sociable group who meet once a week for a coffee and chit chat. Organised by local residents activities include Glass painting, sewing & knitting, soft furnishings, day trips out, flower arranging and jam and pickle making.
Every Monday 10am-12 noon
Tues 18th Oct free but please put a pound in the old Mill’s hat.10-1pm.Tuesday Sociable Sewing with Hilary at the Mill E17. 50p cuppa and take a packed lunch.


Exhibition: Marius Els for World Mental Health Day

What: Visual art exhibition from artist Marius Els
When: 1-4pm, Monday October 10th, 2016
Where: Mind, Haringey, North London

Photographer and artist Marius Els is showing selected work from previous exhibition ‘Seasons of the Mind’, plus a new body of work, ‘A Life Time’, for one day only  at Station House, Haringey, in support of Mind and World Mental Health Day.

Marius combines photography, collage and mixed media to create beautiful and magical works of art. Don’t miss it!

For more information about his work, including an in-depth description of ‘A Life Time’, please visit Marius Els online.

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Scarf Art write up

How I did my Scarf Art. By Sylvia
The fabric was bought from a market stall  bargain bin at Chapel market in Islington and it was hand washed and ironed.
The line drawings at the edge of the design were made using a fabric pen. The printing process was achieved with a proprietary transfer printing medium. I restricted the colour because of the cost and my inexperience.
 I chose the image of an Eames chair. The layout comprised six scaled images of an Eames chair arranged in a large circle  around the middle of the fabric. I decided to enclose the design with two freehand line drawings open ended (copied from another design) a few centimetres in from the edge of the fabric.
I wanted to teach myself a new printing technique and chose a method which transfers a printed image onto fabric. I began by  photocopying a design of my choice. I made several copies of the image which I arranged around the scarf.
With a foam brush I coated the material where I wanted the image to be transferred
with an even layer of medium. I
placed the image face down in the
wet medium and smoothed the surface
with the back of a spoon and let it dry.

Once the medium had completely
dried I took the paper off by  layering a soaked cloth on top of the paper until the paper was soaked. Once the paper was wet it peeled
off. There was a film of white residue after the first peel so I had to repeat the pro-
cess, scrubbing with the wet cloth
but I couldn’t remove all of the “white fuzz”. 

Issue 32. Up Your Street

Thurs 6th Oct   free The Mill E17 exhibition “Tales From The Marsh”. Ongoing exhibition.
6-8pm 6th October Meet the poets and story-makers.All welcome
Sat  8th Oct      free Bengal History Month at 30, Hanbury St. E1. Activities galore and all welcome. No need to book.

Thurs 13th Oct free 6.30-10.30 Marie-Louise Plum of Mental Spaghetti showcases her work at William Morris Gallery late evening. Come along.

Fri 14th Oct      free. 2-5pm Mill Radio session at The MillE17 for seniors. Come along.

Sat  15th Oct    free but book at Eventbrite.11-2pm. CreativiTEA. Hale End Library. Art to music. Highly recommended.

Sounds of past London. Oct 4th 2016

An evening of London curiosities in sound and on film in the historic Limehouse Town Hall.

London’s Lost Worlds of Sound

Hear the long-lost sounds of London – from Smithfield meat auctions to buskers in Stratford East and the clatter of crockery in Soho coffee bars. Ian Rawes of The London Sound Survey presents highlights from his legendary sound archive, sonic traces of a century of London life.

Film screening: City of Ships (1940)

Transport yourself back to the 1930s when Limehouse was at the heart of the busiest port in the world. This captivating and poetic documentary shows London’s dockers and the many strange goods that came through the city port. A masterpiece by Basil Wright, who co-directed Night Mail (1936) with Harry Watt.

Plus music and readings

Hear an excerpt from Rachel Lichtenstein’s new book Estuary: Out from London to the Sea, read by Buffy Davis, and a live preview of Ealing Feeder – Sarah Angliss’ forthcoming album inspired by London folklore, past and present.


Tickets £5
Doors open 7:30pm
Performance starts 8:00pm
Licensed bar at the venue

Host: Sarah Angliss

This evening is part of a series of events at Limehouse Town Hall, marking the eightieth anniversary of The Battle of Cable Street, when London dockworkers and others prevented Mosley’s British Union of Fascists from marching into the East End of London. Proceeds from this not-for-profit event will help to fund future community activities in Limehouse and organisations working against hate crime in London. Other events in the series include an evening of drama (Thurs 6 Oct), and a big knees-up with Jewdas. Their anti-racist benefit plus Yom Kippur Ball is on Saturday 8 Oct:

Thanks to the Port of London Authority and the Museum of London for allowing us to screen City of Ships (1940).