Up Your Street Issue 35
Wed 14th Oct free noon Up Your Street Community Group off to Fabric of India at V&A
Thurs 15th Oct free noon onwards.Curator’s Tour at the Mill E17 (Just saw it on Twitter) That’s with Nat.
Fri 16th Oct free 11-1pm Camden Art Centre workshop for seniors. Book at the venue beforehand.
free 2-4pm Rosetta Art Centre Up Your Street students off to Whitechapel Art Gallery
free 2-5pm Mental Spaghetti plaster sculpture workshop in Kentish Town . Book at Eventbrite
free 3.30-5pm Claremont Up Your Street members afternoon with The Craft Council
at Claremont in White Lion Street, Angel.
Sat 17th Oct free 3-5pm The Mill E17 Raffle
. 7pm. Our Jan of Spitalfields treads the boards with Theatre Royal Stratford east
Mon 19th Oct free Hussain’s dance rehearsals begin for A Season Of Bangla Drama in November.
Thurs 22nd Oct free 6-8.30pm , Come one and all. Meet The Artists.Launch of “Transform” exhibition at The Mill E17
(Exhibition runs until Dec). Always a great evening with Mo hosting and feeding us.
The Mallinson Restaurant at Waltham Forest Collage Is offering a Caribbean menu to acknowledge and celebrate Black History Month. It’s all prepared and served by students.
The Refugee Crisis continues with boats arriving in Lesbos every hour and walkers reaching Calais’ The Jungle every day too.
This is what I know. There are energetic driven younger than me UK people organised into regional groups and coordinating themselves to get stuff onto pallets with DHL to get transported out to Calais. There are clever people out in Calais building houses and making stews for people from the Calais Kitchen and shopping in Calais town. There are parents in Essex collecting donations and filling up a convoy to go to Calais again. The Kent police are being great. People are building indoor stoves. Others are organising activities for children in The Jungle. The refugees need thermal underwear and strong shoes. The women don’t use tampons.
Church people in east London are raising funds through jumble sales and church meetings. Turkish fishermen are picking up Syrians out of their dinghies and getting them to safe shores and repeating that every two hours.
Belgradians are giving donations. I sold original art work in aid of caravans for refugees rather than tents. My contribution is a dot and I am in awe at the way things are being moved along and joined up by the people I only know about on Face Book. I am disgusted that some people couldn’t care a toss about the plight of what they smell as ISIS supporters. What can I do about that? Meanwhile I am unable to do or give more except share what’s going on and be alert to the situation in Calais and everywhere without Channel 4 News’ help.
I have just finished the last miniature acrylic on canvas outpouring about the crisis in The Jungle in Calais. My paintings are my emotional response to the terrible lives being smashed in the refugee camps. I am fortunate to respond at my leisure but I have been practical too by driving donations to collection hubs and sourcing good men’s shoes that I could afford.
The paintings are to sell at £1 each in a fundraiser tomorrow. I’ll sell postcards too of my series “Save Our Souls” depicting a family group reaching Calais and a Syrian man hollering having dug out his son from the rocks after a bombing by Putin’s lot. And there’s another one all about people arriving in Lesbos in the black rubber dinghies. Orange and blue are the colours we see on Facebook and the now scarce telly news footage.
And while I was low on other people’s misery other art had to be attended to what with exhibitions all over the place and art being the community engagement trend especially for older people. Imagine. The Mill E17 is celebrating a successful exhibition featuring me and Grayson Perry and other lovely artists of course. Coming up is “Transform” at the very same Mill.
October is full of activities and whatnot; art workshops, talks about art, heritage events and then of course, it’s Black History Month. Hackney Museum is rated highly with its exhibition about African design and printing manufacture.
Me. I’m off to Goya.
“Mind blowing. Heartbreaking, heart warming, wept twice, smiles lots, built a house, built an altar, cuddled babies, cooked for 50 people. Handed out everything from balloons to blankets. Met some friends for life. Now drinking wine in Barry with my bestie Julie Bassett, while Matt Kieffer-Wells drives us all home to sleep.”
Katrina Kieffer-Wells’ status at Facebook now.
detail from “The Arrival”