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survivors knitwork fluffyCentre For Better Health 1a Darnley Rd. Hackney

Mindful expressive art therapy for women

Weds 2pm – 4pm
7 Oct – Dec 9
Art Studio
Cost £20 (10 week course)Led by art therapists, Kate and Michelle, this is a 10-week course for women with chronic stress, anxiety and related issues. The group will focus on building creative focusing and relaxation skills, and freeing-up self expression for wellbeing and empowerment. We provide a supportive space and an exciting range of materials and methods to release your inner creativity, so no art experience is needed to benefit – just a little curiosity!  Please contact CBH to book an interview with Kate or Michelle to make sure that the group is right for you. Early sign up recommended as places are limited. 036

(Blog entry about a creative day in east London). All this and more.

Ten in the morning and Green Street near Upton Park was empty. Wanstead Park Station on the way was dirty looking and I was not impressed. Queen Street Market still had empty stalls and aimless new teenagers roaming around on their bikes. By hook or by crook I was going to get to banner-making, advertised as a textile project, and supported and managed  by Rosetta Art Centre in West Ham. Our venue was a disinfectant- smelling residential sheltered home adjacent to the market. It felt very 1950s with those nasty stone stairs and too low bannisters. Of the few people there a few people had no idea why we were making banners and then the answer in the inevitable celebration of multi-culturalism raised its mighty head.


The banners made up of screen-printed designs will be finished and flying outside Queen Street Market. Good for you.

We had tea and biscuits and did much cutting with scissors.wpid-2015-07-29-10.39.01.jpg.jpegGreen Street from a second floor window. Yuk

Flew off to The Gate in Woodgrange Road, i.e the public library or  community space to check Sonya Patel Ellis’ art exhibition of dried, pressed flowers. wpid-2015-07-29-12.30.49.jpg.jpegwpid-2015-07-29-12.30.29.jpg.jpegwpid-2015-07-29-12.30.07.jpg.jpeg

The guy on reception didn’t even know it was there. Dried pressed flowers. Memo to self: Never throw anything away.

Back to the 58 bus queue where people scratched at their scratch-cards, coughed on their fags, trundled their trollies full of pound shop bargains and avoided the wind-blown rails of new stock shalwar kameez. To the Thatched House and into soap-making at the Central Baptist Church in Stratford’s Grove. What a great sight. Tables were laid out in a spacious hall. Is that where the church congregation sway and clap? On each table were kiddies and seniors creating things. Up Your Street subscribers were out in force, using glue guns, pipe-cleaners, tweezers, recycled tubs, and anything to hand. Refreshments were politely ignored in the first hour. It was fun, fun, fun and very busy. Not engaging, but busy.

We manufactured gorgeous soaps of many colours. The cellophane wrapping did the trick at the end. On the bus Sue of Leyton realized she’d left behind her creations. I left her and took the bus into Hackney.

I had a good natter with Vera, an 89 year old Hackney woman and left her an Up Your Street business card.

I’d at last reached the Black British Girlhood art exhibition at the Centre For Better Health in Darnley Road. There had been a little stir of controversy about the launch of the exhibition last Friday as only black girls and women could attend. What? By the time the ruling was relaxed then all the free tickets were gone anyway. The ensuing exhibition is a sharing of private thoughts and realizations about one’s existence as specifically black and female all manifested in drawings, paintings, collage and photography.wpid-2015-07-29-16.34.44.jpg.jpegwpid-2015-07-29-16.34.56.jpg.jpeg wpid-2015-07-29-16.35.02.jpg.jpegIt’s a springboard for what’s to come. The facets need to be harnessed so that the journey through the art on the walls has a progression, I think. We need to see how the child learning about cane-rows grows into the positive young woman who wants to celebrate her facial skin and features without make-up. Tough challenge but well worth the effort as the power in the creativity is magnificent. Some great work there.

Over the road then to Hackney Museum for the exhibition about Cambodia past then a nod to Lydia, coffee, cake and reading group library worker up in the Central Library.

Lea Bridge Road, where the Lea crosses underneath was red with fire trucks, fire-engines and then unmarked and marked cop cars.  Bus drivers whispered that someone had fallen into the river. What were ten fire trucks for then?

(Posted morning of 30th July 2015. RIP Young man as he went under in the River Lea canal after a police chase.)

Home for quiche.

Issue 29. Up Your Street

Mon 27th July all week  free 10-8pm The Centre for Better Health 1a Darnley Rd  Hackney. Art exhibition. “Black Girlhood”.

Tues 28th July  free 12-3pm Re-Trash workshops regarding re-cycling at Central Baptist Church, The Grove. Stratford E15.

Book at Eventbrite. Take along that old thing you were going to re-vamp or chuck out!

                               free 10.30-12.30pm One of five  writing workshops with Sonali. Book at The Mill E17

Wed 29th July Re-Trash workshops as 28th30 July 2015

Thurs 30th July free 3pm . William Morris Gallery E17

No need to book


Join curator Rowan Bain to gain a unique insight into the artists and books that inspired Announcer.


Sat 1st Aug £3 11-1pm Tie Dye workshop. Canning Town Caravanserai
110 – 116 Silvertown way
E16 1EA London

Take a white article or more.

Mon 3rd Aug free 3-6pm Royal Festival Hall no less. Level 3. Take your 20 cm x 20cm squares of knitted purple wool  for a sew- together, be-together sew-up squares session. Book at Eventbrite. Tea and cake too.

Thurs 6th Aug free 7-9pm Maya Angelou Festival.  Tottenham Green Centre Phillip Lane N15 Great venue. Live music too. Book at Eventbrite (16 tickets left)

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 need to book.

Mary Barnes: Boo-Bah