Adult Learners’ Week

“Adult Learners’ Week was established to help and support people from all learning backgrounds and to celebrate the benefits of lifelong learning. The organisations and individuals who take part in Adult Learners’ Week are central to its impact and as a nominator you have already contributed a great amount to this influential initiative.”

Some Up Your Street subscribers who are following courses in art, photography, screen- printing and much more have certificates of achievement in the post. Well done!

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Hackney Museum

Rain, rain, rain and into Hackney Museum which was swamped by buggies and babies as Maddy was doing her Friday sessions of Sing-along-with-Maddy (see Stroll London listings http://www,strolllondon.wordpress.com)). If ever there were a museum which reached out to the community and has relevant exhibitions, this is the one . Things are set to get even better as a re-vamp and re think are underway to trawl out the nets and haul in the punters . Museums are businesses.

I’d wended my way from Walthamstow to visit two exhibitions and to sign up for the many workshops on offer. (Who knew?) Firstly there was The Core Arts exhibition of art work by people who are diagnosed as having a mentally ill status and then the collection of Hackney’s oldest photographs, photos of the rich and influential e. g Booth of Abney Park Cemetery  and Sally Army fame

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The whole exhibition is well-presented with interactive elements and lots to smile at. Each artist describes herself/himself in terms of mental states and where they are now.

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There’s an excellent display of visual information about how east London did not care for their insane fellows and how drugs took the edge off whippings. I come from a childhood near Colney Hatch Lane and children and adults regularly taunted each other with “You’ll end up in Colney Hatch” a well-known North London suburbs lunatic asylum. Goodness knows what was going on in there in the fifties.

Ghostly was the photographic display. I too have hundreds of 1800’s sepia photos all un-named and maybe useful one day. Doubt it. It was hard to read all the information with mummies reading aloud stories to Tarquins in the same space but hey, that’s a community museum.

Well worth the 48 bus ride.

Jumble sale at Hackney’s Hospice in Mare Street on Saturday 13th April. Is it that time already?

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Sat 13th April free 10-3pm Organiclea Market Stall outside Hornbeam Café Hoe Street E17                                                                                              .breakfast home made bread

                       50p  10-2pm Hackney St Joseph’s Hospice Mare Street. Major event, Jumble sale. Refreshments, nearly new, proper jumble and great community fun.

mary in her elementStreetliferadio.com is having a major site renovation so Mary Katherine Presents on Saturday mornings is off Cyberspace for a while.

Mon 15th April free 11-5pm “Synethesia” art exhibition at the Centre For Better Health. 1a Darnley Rd opp. Hackney Museum. Fine art from students at the Uni of East London Docklands. In and out of form multi-media exhibition. Jump in.

Tues 16 April. free. 2-4pm Hackney Museum

“Creative Maps Draw” and print locations past and present, and journeys that hold personal meaning for you, on top of current and historic maps of Hackney with inspiration from artists.

Thurs 18th April  free 11-12noon . Friendly book group discussing Nabokov’s “Lolita” Book Brunchers at Sutton House, Homerton.

                                   £2.50 for Silver Screen Members “Sofia Turns 100”. Hackney PictureHouse. Everyone welcome but seniors get a special rate as a member (Join Silver Screen for free).

                                      free 6-7.30pm Hackney Museum . Round table discussion about arts and well being. (Moved to May)

                                    free 6-7.30pm Poetry performance by Core artists.

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Next week World Book Night giveaway and Leyton Orient tea dance for over 55s plus a film special screening at £1 in Greenwich.

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Sun 7th April   free 8pm Theatre Royal Stratford Bar. Stratford East Singers perform under Byron Gold.

Thurs 11th April £2.50 1pm  Hackney PictureHouse “The Philadelphia Story”

Fri 12th April     free Join the Silver Screen Club at Hackney Picture House if you’re over 60.

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