The People’s Liner

Just watched a Timeshift 2009 BBc programme about the holiday steamers, paddle-steamers from 1870s by Bristol and The Clyde before Thomas Cook got his oar in. Absolutely wonderful commentaries and old footage. Up our Street seniors are off to the V&A in April to see the exhibition about luxury and liners and that’s why I recorded the programme to watch from sometime last year.

I have been on paddle steamers. luxury Bahama cruises, Norfolk Broads, Shetland ferries, Mississippi steamers, Broxbourne boats, The Floating Cinema, and on and on, even trawlers at dawn with the trawler-men way back in old world St Osyth when the builders’ tea tasted of fishermen’s buttocks so am looking forward to sumptuousness in the V&A. A senior thought I was arranging a group cruise. I will do that when my lottery ticket comes up.

Much of the BBC footage was from England Wales and Scotland 1950s and so the traditional housewives’ headscarves were truly all over the place.

Last night I had Atlantic sardines done from frozen in the oven. They were Aldi’s in date by a year and reduced from £2 to £1. “I’ll have them with salad while Corrie’s on”. What a disappointment. I should have fried the critters to get that crunchy taste. I was reminded romantically of cuithes drying in the wind outside crofters’ houses in Scotland twenty years ago. When those old folk die, that tradition will go also like bannocks and clootie dumplings whether Waitrose substitutes or not on Burns week.

Brrr. Too cold to go to The Mill to see their Memories exhibition.

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It’s all about The MillE17

Up Your Street  Issue 35

Wed 14th Oct free  noon Up Your Street Community Group off to Fabric of India at V&A
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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.
Fabulous venue.
BHM

Issue 26 Up Your Street

Fri 3rd July free 6-9pm Glebe Road Open Studio (Ceramics)

Open Studio private view

Maria Alvarez Echenique
18 Glebe Road Studios
London E8 4BD
www.mazchenik.co.uk

Sat 4th July  12-6pm Choose and PAY for  a piece of ceramic and decorate it with glaze then learn about how it is packed into the kiln and  fired at 3pm

Sun 5th July free 12-6pm collect your work from above.

                       free 11 am. The Mill E17  Final chance to view art on the wall.

Mon 6th July free 10-1pm Sewing and machines at Create in Old Ford Road. Squashed. Hardly drop in more like one out one in. Loads of resources and a cuppa too.

Thurs 9th July free     10.00-1pm Mental Spaghetti Barking, Plaster of Paris,words with poet John Hegley, and fun. Book at Eventbrite.  Other sessions available. e.g. printing and plaster sculpture on other dates in July. (Update. Printing class is full).

Studio 3 Arts
Boundary Road
IG11 7JR Barking
United Kingdom

at The Mill E17

Credit where it’s due.

The Mill is warm, welcoming, has cheap cups of tea, displays great art and has activities galore. W12 bus stops outside, buses 158 and 230 drop you two minutes away.

There’s a crowded Oxfam shop and a great Turkish fruiterer just sitting nearby at the end of Walthamstow Market. What more?!

Promotions and advertisements on the local Tesco community noticeboard:-

issue 7 Up Your Street

Wed Sept 5th free    7pm  Bruce Castle Museum Haringey.Ben Long will give a talk about his scaffold sculpture series and the nine metre lion sculpture created for PARK ART in Haringey  at Bruce Castle Park, along with a short introduction to PARK ART by UP Projects curators Emma Underhill and Laura Harford. This is a free event and drinks will be served, to book email laura@upprojects.com.  

Thurs Sept 6th free 10-noon Centre For Better Health 1a Darnley Rd hackney (opp, Town hall) Coffee and cake morning

free 10.30-11.30am. Walking tour. Part of Molten Festival in Barking,(see flyer below)

free 6-9pm The Mill E17 first year Anniversary and meet “The Gifted”  artists. Bring nibbles to share please.

Sat Sept 8th free 7 for 7.30pm Vegetarian Quiz Night St Andrews Church, Colworth Rd E11. Neighbours Faith Club

                                        free “News from Nowhere Club” E11 at the Epicentre (West St). Talk and shared buffet 7.30pm  “The Artist As Craftsperson”.

Sun Sept 9th free 1.30-3.30pm.  Ruth Calder Murphy’s art at the Blackhorse Rd Baptist Church, Blackhorse Road E17

  free 11.30-noon and  2.30-3pm. William Morris Gallery Poetry Tours. Just turn up.

Mon Sept 10th free 2pm The People’s Museum E15 (opp Gala Bingo) Talk, The History of Brick Lane by Judith Garfield. book on 02085534343

Tues Sept 11th £2 7.30pm The Birkbeck Tavern, 45 Langthorne Rd E11 (byLeyton Station) Radical History Group of Walthamstow hosts Speaker: Bob Light

Forty years ago: Five dockworkers in Pentonville

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Coming up in October. 12th October midnight until 7pm the next day an Hymathon at St Andrews Church E11 to save the organ! Roll up!

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Walking Tours this week

Walking Tours until Sunday in Barking. The Molten Festival 2012

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This is what I know

Been very busy chasing my tail to put up RAGWORKS exhibitions. You know you can’t take a car to so many venues in east London because of parking restrictions so thank goodness for buses and trainers. Plus my internet was down as BT had a major fault  at their exchange. I survived.

I have learnt loads and this is the chief thing; that major venues need events managers or managers who know what they’re managing.

Making characters out of discarded material is enjoyable and creative then arranging to show RAGWORKS to the world makes you know why Trace and Dames have agents and minions working under them. It is so nice to get back in and pick up the needle. Yesterday it took me ages to be welcomed at a venue but I should have known as my emails and calls were ignored so I was working in the dark. Ah puff tut. People eh?

How fabulous “Cinderella” looks on the wall at The Mill in Coppermill Lane, E17. Is she Egyptian, Somalian, Turkish? Well she came from my brain so who knows! I am grateful to Mo at The Mill for her support as one artist to another I guess. Wish her the citizen award. And she has a couple of exhibits at The Smokehouse in dire Hackney Wick. Way to go Mo!

On Friday, in the sunshine, a large group of Up Your Street subscribers met at an appointed time at The WaterWorks in Lea Bridge Road to air their views on ‘the Greening of the Olympics’  with Ph.D student Sadie. The venue is very good and the hot chocolate in the cafe extremely good. We all had so much to say and what came out of it and this is what I know is that if it weren’t for Up Your Street disseminating information about all the happenings around the Olympic and Paralympic Games Park then the committed seniors would never have got to Open Stage , A Taste of Hackney, Songololo, Holden Point, Hackney Museum and etc etc where activities spurred on by the excitement of London 2012 were put out as projects.

We had a good discussion around the building works at the back of Leyton Marsh and the upgrading of Dagenham Brook, a herethereto stinky stream. Some of us walked the shaved Black Path on the back of the Argall Industrial Estate and then past copses and Kingsmill Bakery up to Coppermill Lane. It was a fine warm day remember.

What was concluded from the PH.D gathering was that we the residents around the perimeters of the Games 2012 feel abandoned and alienated from the riches of a world event. So to broach legacy was a way in to complete negativity and misery! For me, the greening of the Olympics means that more people go on walks in their boroughs and get to appreciate the beauty. But only some types of people and hardly in big numbers.

Enjoyed a screening of a film about the River Thames by William Raban at The Stratford east Picturehouse. The film was full of beautiful photography and was an eye-opener for most of the audience who had no learnt history of the London Docks. There’s an exhbibtion in Newham currently about the women who worked in Tate and Lyle back in the day.

Up at The PictureHouse everyone had a guided tour of the RAGWORKS exhibition by Gillian Lawrence which was in its glory that day.