Up Your Street Issue 1 2015

 Up Your Street  Issue 1 2015
Mon    5th Jan      £2 per session 1-3pm Open Art comprising beading, painting and drawing
                             at Centre for Better Health
                                 1a Darnley Rd Hackney 

Wed    7th Jan     free      "Stories of El Salvador" film and exhibition at Rich Mix E1(ongoing)

Sat      10th Jan   free 10.30-12.30 Book at Eventbrite for a 20 minute session. Taster session of Reflexology
Hale End Library E4

free Hackney Museum Last week of exhibition about the retired nurses

from the Caribbean.

                                                        The Museum is shut on Sundays and Mondays.

Mon     12th Jan £25 for 10 weeks/ Pay in advance .10-12noon Ceramics for beginners course.
                                       Centre For Better Health (see address above)

Wed    14th Jan free 7.30-9.30pm Union Chapel Highbury N1 Bach  interludes. Book at Eventbrite
Thur     15th Jan free 6-9pm BowArts by Bow Church.Private View.no need to book.

Mary Barnes: Boo-Bah

A View on a Room

“”There’s an outfit in Walthamstow trying to set up a Women’s Centre. Looks like the plans are scuppered by the Council so there’s a public shindig in February just before Zumba Day to mobilise the locals who care. Or who want something out of it i. e. a place to showcase their business. It’ll not be a free space. There’s money to be made from rents.

Now I like others thought this women’s centre malarkey was done and dusted in the eighties. Its  failure was never explained. The sisterhood hardly happened. The mass surge of rising up the ladder rungs in terms of being where we should be at have been hampered by a changing population with people on the move and they rigidly maintaining their cultural identities which often include the backward practice of FGM. We fragmented as a nation and those who had the opportunity to learn in the eighties about how women are important in society  were never embraced because of their class and colour. We are left with seventy year olds who still believe it’s okay to be in the kitchen serving boys and men, with their daughters who insist on pink trackies for themselves and their daughters, and women who meet in ethnically inclusive women’s centres, who accept their lot and are not comfortable questioning anything and anyway need to be home in time for their husbands’ demands.

It’s a disgrace that funding is still given to outfits to enhance the lives of women through what? art? sewing machines? Zumba?There’s a lot of reinvention of the wheel and very little mind change. Despite women being encouraged to open up their minds to different ideologies and herstories, I am still surrounded by women who refuse to let a girl child play with a battery-operated digger and a boy child play with a doll in a pink pram. Unbelievable. Still women say in my ears how the projects in wood joinery aren’t for them, the breasted ones. And the self-appointed uneducated leaders with lanyards flying  still say in public meetings through their microphones how we all want different shapes, how we want to be slim like Carol Vordaman or whomsoever is pushing their slim away your life programmes.

I go along to projects where I’m called along with other mothers and grandmothers a girl. I am the only one every time who sees that as quite offensive.

I’m expected to agree that any women’s centre is beneficial to every woman around my neighbourhood. I am expected to believe that a women’s centre enhances a woman’s self-esteem. Doubt it.

Under the roof of any women’s centre or room or hub I predict cloth nappy demonstrations, potato-printing, empty rooms, a tailing off of interest, a jamboree on International Women’s Day with cup cakes, organic beetroot salads and Zumba, no bridges across cultures, a maintaining of the way it is and plenty of over-used adjectives  to describe what is in fact neither brilliant nor awesome.

And then I saw this coming out of Waltham Forest Libraries What’s On

I am in despair.

International Women’s Day Celebrations 2015

All Made Up: Mothers and Daughters Make-Up

A fun few hours exploring make-up!

Learn from each other; gain and exchange hints and tips and leave as made up as you want to be.  For female family members from different generations!

 Suitable to Adults, Young People and Suitablly aged Children accompanied by an adult.

The male equivalent would be “Teach your sons how to knock out her lights when the dinner’s not on the table.”



Project Proposal: Good Example

Performance Art Lab

The following is an example of a good project proposal. Some of the strengths include: well-organized paragraphs, conceptually creative and supported choices,  logistical foresight, clarity in communicating project purpose, awareness of its situation in contemporary performance, and ambition. Micro/Macro-Performance

Performance art is often created according to a human scale since it is based upon the body/bodies of the performer.  The performer moves his body around a space; she engages with the audience’s bodies; the performance is documented by another person using a manageable hand-held camera; etc.  I am interested in exploring avenues of performance art that are habitually passed over because of issues of scale.  I propose to create two performances: one that explores performance on a small scale and another that creates a mega-scale performance.

I will reserve a classroom in Columbine specifically for my performance.  The room will be darkened for visitors as they enter.  Inside the room…

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What was that?

Many of us go around thinking we’re important when it comes to community engagement; you know, some Art Council funded fly-by-night invites in we  Jill public, temporarily accomodates us then asks us to fill out anonymous evaluation sheets for the funders.

Today was awful. Chairs weren’t out, no introductions were attempted, the milk was sour, the few mismatched cups were grimy and the programme of events was random and irrelevant. It was meant to be an end of year showcase day for an art centre. It was a disgrace but hey ho,  on it will roll.

Horst visited.

Another great and successful Up Your Street group visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum for Horst’s photography even though the group were somewhat depleted due to funerals, the flu, the unwillingness in the end to walk the length of the South Ken Museums tunnel and Up Your Street community  group members being stranded at Leyton Station following what may have been a suicide under a train.

People shared the wonderment of photographs of ye olde actresses and actors and remarked on  the beauty of the photography. Which was what it was all about.

Thanks V&A.