Media watch: Challenging the status quo

Beyond Borders Media, Community Focus Group

Hackney CVS is leading an application to the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Programme. The application is being developed in partnership with Refugee Women’s Association, Justice for Gay Africans, Hackney Unites, Mary Ward Centre, Aston Mansfield and Words of Colour Productions.
The proposal to the Big Lottery, Beyond Borders Media, has 2 main sections:
1) Media-watch: challenging discriminatory and/ or stereotypical representations of BAMER (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic, Refugee) communities in the media.
2) Community media/citizen journalism: through a series of media training workshops, delivered by media professionals, project participants will learn media production and journalism techniques. Overall the project aim is to equip participants with the skills to tell their own stories and therefore to challenge misrepresentations of their communities.
In order to evidence the need for the bid, essential to get lottery funding, we are conducting a community focus group. Please join us to give us your views.
Date: Thursday 6th November
Time: 5:45 pm – 7.00 pm

Senior soldiers

Today was the day Up Your Streeters formed the Cultural Archives training group  on a day trip to West Silvertown to fall in love with the Tate&Lyle syrup tin hoarding. That is the oldest brand advertising. On a beautiful sunny end of October day we straggled around the Lyle park to see the original Harland and Woolf factory gates. Amazing. Then we looked over the Thames and saw the barges going by and the working cranes as in new development building works’ cranes. By DLR we travelled to King George Vth station and had a good trek around the quiet back-of-beyond to work out where the Harland and Woolf sheds were. Walk, walk walk then finally split from the leader to explore the North Woolwich to Canning Town Woolwich Ferry. We ended up in South Woolwich or somewhere not inspiring.

All was wonderful. All was new.

Next time we’ll pay our respects to Soldier Rigby’s memorial by the Woolwich Arsenal and Barracks which is actually a memorial to all fallen service personnel from the Woolwich Barracks. Ah, Greenwich Council. Lee, our flowers will be for you, son.

In the afternoon we made it to Fabrications in posh Broadway Market to a free Brother sewing machine demonstration. Wow! Someone buy me that toy. Our hostess Barley is the most generous of business women. We were greeted with tea and biscuits and a seat at a machine. The place at No.7 Broadway Market is lovely. It’s bright and spacious. There are craft afternoons there every other Thursday. Sounds good. Next one for a fiver is on November 6th evening time. We’re at Patrick Vernon’s talk at Hackney Museum then.

Oh my Gawd

What a day! Does anyone really enjoy textile trade fairs?

Moving on.

This is how community engagement works. Yes. Let’s do that project. Got the funding. Let’s put out the advert. Done.

We attended three events today and of those we participated in one.

The Claremont Project in Islington pulled out all the stops for the opening evening of “Chapel”, an high-class photographic exhibition with the traders in Chapel Market, Islington as inspiration. Superb. Adjacent to it , up the stairs and in the corridor, is the under-played exhibition of prose, poetry and art submitted by Claremont members and fans who had drawn on their memories of the market. Really two launch nights would have been fairer.

You cannot put an artist’s work next to a scruffy overloaded notice-board. It’s like showing a stranger into your drawing room and not tidying up first.

Today I listened to the positive brigade talking about how hard project leaders/interns/whatevers work. Mmm. They’re on a mission. Sure they’re doing a job to engage the community so,… they should do it properly. Let me,  the participant, at least feel that you prepared the session. I got my eyes on you.

What a day with women sharing rolls and boiled eggs, tea and milk. It was pelting down and there was the New Hanbury Project filling our flasks for us. Next along the road at dark 3pm the chicken-shop man treated us simply because we came from ‘his manor’.

We participated in one project today and gawped in two others.


Land of the silver birch
Home of the beaver
Where still the mighty moose
Wanders at will

Blue lake and rocky shore
I will return once more
Boom diddy-ah da, boom diddy-ah da, boom diddy-ah da, eaa-aaa-aaa
High on a rocky edge
I’ll build my wigwam
Close to the water’s edge
Silent and still
My heart grows sick for thee
Here in the low lands
I will return to thee
Hills of the north
My paddle’s clean and bright,
Flashing like silver
Follow the wild goose flight,
dip, dip and swingDip dip and swing it back,
Flashing like silver,
Follow the wild goose track,
Dip dip and swing

Up Your Street did Iroko Theatre.

On a Monday some Up Your Street subscribers joined the rush hour throngs to get to the British Museum for cross-cultural story-telling techniques, and  ‘touch and be inspired’ ways into classroom lesson planning. Coincidentally it is Black History Month. The room with all its participants, apparently over-booked, was packed.Radha BMIrokoRadha Sue at IrokoSue and Radha

Marcella at IrokoMarcella

Sara at OrokoSara

All photos by Iroko Theatre Company

Iroko Theatre Company has Heritage Lottery funding to run such African-influenced and inspired workshops for teachers. How come those teachers weren’t at work?

Art in Bow

Some subscribers to Up Your Street aka teachers’ assistants and community leaders, enrolled onto a teachers’ development session at Bowarts by Bow Church

Artist                               Nathanphoto credit to ArtStack

Nathan Eastwood

“Nathan Eastwood lives in Newham and has a studio in Bethnal Green. He graduated from Byam Shaw School of Fine Art in 2009, and has gone on to exhibit in a range of shows including the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition (2013), Contemporary British Painting at The Crypt, St Marylebone (2013); and Towards a New Socio-Painting, a Transition Gallery touring show this year.

Drawing inspiration from the Kitchen Sink Painters of the 1950s, Eastwood’s paintings describe small moments in everyday life in meticulous detail, from cleaning the bathroom to mulling thoughts over a cup of tea. Layering humbrol enamel paint on board and a grey palate, Nathan builds up layers of paint to create images which are both photorealistic, yet riddled with imperfections of trapped dust and hair and loose brushwork.”(BowArts website)

….work,/ recreation/. Freedom  photographs all in black and white

Everyone enjoyed the workshop.Here’s a review by Sue.”Very interesting and interactive group
1. Asked to choose a photograph on display, and describe the feeling or emotion
when looking at it (individual )
2. Did a chart of white, pale black, medium black and dark black.. Using lead
pencils and charcoal
3.worked in group of 3….2 held a card frame in front of a picture and the
other had to draw what he/ she could see through the frame. Every one had a turn
to draw.
4. Talk about the light when taking picture etc.

After the chart , we had to copy one of the chosen pictures . I did a caricature of a black man  with a cigarette in his right hand , a small distance from his lips… I saw it as a shot at recreation. I noticed the way he dressed and how he enjoyed his fag.”

Newton’s Cottage in E20

Had to find the venue: The way into the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from Stratford/Westfield is a drag drag drag. You cannot avoid Westfield shops and shoppers and you know there’s a walk ahead on desert shingle. Only the security guys knew where were Carpenter’s Lock Road and the art installation entitled “Newton’s Cottage”.lock 4Up in the clouds.

Looking up and gawpinglock 2Jeremy attached to mic.

lockIn Newton’s Cottage, E20. Great timber art installation.

Once found, what an excellent location and speaker. Jeremy Batch was once a lock-keeper. He not only knew his stuff but had prepared all his visual aids. Passers by dropped by to join we five who had booked ahead. The history of the waterways in QEOP was outlined from the 19oos and “The Park is a waterway”.

It was great to hear about camaraderie and responsibility, rules and regulations, historical and present-day lock-management all under a mirrored canopy. One attendee reminded us how the Olympic Park Authority (aka ODA?) had assured us public during the planning and persuading days how the region’s clogged and polluted waterways would be sanitised and used as transport links during the Park construction. Twas a dream. The uplifting of the waterways in 2015 and the restoration of working locks is all about leisure.

Cup of tea afterwards at a kiosk on the Park was £1.60. Not too bad. But the macaroon was £2.50. Nice though.  I’d accomplished something for myself today educationally-speaking and almost got over my dislike of getting to the place.

Carpenter’s Lock was being constructed in 1934.

I’ve done the narrow boat trip with the Stuart Low Trust in Islington. Now that’s how to see a lock in operation at Little Venice/Regent’s Canal.

There’s arty performance stuff on the horizon:-

Talk: The Ins and Outs of a Lock Keeper
25 October, 2pm – 3.30pm
Join former lock keeper Jeremy Batch to learn more about the daily life as a keeper of the canals and waterways.
Newton’s Floating Cinema Afternoon
8 November, Stratford Pier, 12noon – 6pm
Come aboard the magical Floating Cinema for an afternoon of tours and screenings exploring the waterways of East London in collaboration with UP Projects. (Fully booked but a “waitlist” occurs).
Newton’s Narrative
23 November, 12noon – 4pm
Join students of the MA Narrative Environments course from Central Saint Martins who will be leading activities that weave a narrative relating to Newton’s Cottage and the history of this unique and historically significant lock.
Newton’s Dance
29 November, 4pm – 8pm
Come and enjoy a performance specially commissioned by East London Dance responding to Newton’s Cottage.  This immersive piece of dance will interact with the artwork and bring it to life for its final afternoon on the Park.

Issue 36 Up Your Street

Sun 26th Oct free   11.30-1pm Community Breakfast at The Mill, Coppermill Lane E17. Bring a couple of croissants or fruit or something from your larder/allotment!

                           free 2.30pm  Walking freely with David Boote

“This is a reminder about our circular walk this Sunday 26 October at 2.30pm (remember the clocks will have changed), through three cemeteries to the east of Leytonstone, starting at Wanstead Park Station (meeting under the bridge) on the London Overground line from Gospel Oak to Barking (also bus routes 58 and 308 and close to Forest Gate Station).  You can miss out on one cemetery and join the walk at Woodgrange Park Station, also on the London Overground line around 3.15pm (phone 077 69 665 447 on the day).  There are places to leave the walk before the end using public transport.  There are a number of places for refreshment, before or after the walk, between Wanstead Park and Forest Gate stations, including convenience shops. ”


 Wed   29th Oct free 10-1pm  Up Your Street participants at “Ships In the Night” an archival research training project meet at Newham Archives in Stratford Library E15

Thurs 30th Oct free 10-1pm Same participants off to Silverton for research

Fri     31st    Oct  free 6.30-9pm Diwali celebration and fireworks at Assembly Hall Waltham Forest. Tickets at libraries and council community hubs.

Sat 1st Nov       free 11-4pm  African Wedding showcase event for all at Old Town Hall E15. Book at Eventbrite.

Sun 2nd Nov free 10.30 -12.00pm  Meet at The Mill. Coppermill Lane E17  for a guided walk on the Marshes with Lee Valley ranger Gavin Johnson.