It’s been a week of art.

It’s been a week of art and it’s not over until the fat lady sings; there’s RAGWORKS to measure and catalogue ready for October 16th. Time flies.

Just caught up on BBC Iplayer to get up to date with what’s occurring in the planet of established art and saw Zephaniah and Goldie doin’ Matisse and Turner. Fresh take on things and a change from Tim Marlow who I last saw trying to get any considered responses from Bailey about the whys and wherefores of photography and legacy. That was painful and Marlow was a dog with a rag. He actually put words into Bailey’s mouth. Way to interview! Job done.

Zephaniah was interested in Turner’s depictions of slavery and he investigated an huge painting “The Slave Ship”. Ole Zeph was not in his culture comfort zone or rather responded way too emotionally to art. It was a case of “I know what I like and I like what I know”. There were some great camera shots on the works of Turner and Zephaniah’s locks.

Goldie looked like he was lovin’ it. He saw Matisse as a joy-bringer,  raved about comfortable colours and hinted at Matisse as being one for the people.

Up Your Street community group is off to see Constable at the V&A in a couple of months but I tried to watch “Constable , a country rebel” on TV late night the other night. Too too boring . I still have to plough through the “Abstract” series on BBC Four. Lordy Lord.

The word “Outsider” crept into the programmes I watched with Zephaniah describing himself as an outsider and empathising with ole Turner. Really? Didn’t get that. I did get that Goldie was the only black man in Tate Modern that day and that I’ve never in my life seen a Rasta in any posh gallery. Oh Beeb and your diverse ways.

Up to my neck in Outsider Art having been to Seniors’ Art School in Southwark Park. Saw a doodly exhibition and lots of minutiae in biro. I’d been to the BowArts exhibition of Madge Gill’s work as it was pulled from the archives. This was my first conscious sighting of “Outsider Art” and it took me two hours to think positively about the scribbles. I am not that interested in the biography of the artist or hearing any pseudo psycho-analysis about an artist in glorious retrospect. Just let me soak up the work and see if my judgemental spirit responds well.

At the workshops we participants followed through tasks to redefine drawing per se. No easy task to fiddle around with charcoal, pencil, ink , 30 pieces of A3 paper. wobbly easels, moving images, Charlie Mingus’ airs and artspeke in half an hour. No sir. We were to loosen our perceptions of what drawing should or might be so we stroked and dotted in time to Mingus. We became ambidextrous experimenting with our other hand and lapping quilled ink over wax crayon or felt tip inside pencil-drawn spirals. The hostility towards the tutor ebbed and flowed depending on the awkwardness of the task.

In the afternoon we were allowed to use biro to draw. We used postcard-sized paper and drew, scribbled, doodled, cut and pasted as in days of old, hardly laughed, felt uncomfortable and were a superficial “we”.

Another journey begins.

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Summer Issue No.1 of Up Your Street listings

Sunday July 8th free 12-4pm Vestry House Museum E17 garden party.

        All week “Soft” textiles exhibition at The Mill Coppermill Lane E17                            featuring    RAGWORKS
Tues July  10th £2.50 (recent price slash!) 12.40pm onwards.Silver Screen
                                        at Hackney PictureHouse feature films ;
                                 This week “Spiderman” etc. (repeats Thursdays).Tea and biscuits.
                         £2.50  noon onwards, Silver Screen at Stratford PictureHouse E15
                                 Feature films “Spiderman” etc .Tea and biscuits. (repeats Wednesdays).
                         free  1.30-3.30pm  with Capital Age Festival. Tate Modern
                                       workshop for seniors. Enquire/phone Tate Gallery.
Wed July 11th  free 2.30pm Rio Cinema Dalston. Start queuing at 1.30pm ! for
                          “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” with Judi Dench and Maggie Smith.
                                             Over 60s free and carers too. Cake and tea.
                         free 9.30-3pm One off sewing class at Priory Court Community Centre E17
Thurs July 12th free 7pm Whitechapel Gallery E1 “East End Abstract” photography
                                                              responses to the environment .
Fri July13th  free 6.30-8pm David Bailey in conversation with Tim Marlow
                          at Theatre Royal Stratford east (TRSE) Book through Eventbrite
                                                                             www.eventbrite.com
                      free Green Candle dance workshops x 2 for seniors at Oxford House
                                           Bethnal Green  and a performance at 4pm.Phone 02077397722
Sat  July 14th free  walks and art installations in Hoxton with the Black Cab Theatre Company
                                                         1, 2.30 and 4pm book with info@peeruk.org (their photos)peerukRadha at Hoxton
                       free   7.30pm Epicentre E11 News From Nowhere talk “Ruskin’s Legacy” .
                                                                               Please bring a dish to share.
Sun July 15th £1     Walthamstow Reservoirs walk with Radical History Group E17
                          Meet Ferry Inn on Ferry Lane at 2pm.
Tues 17th July free 11-noon Rosetta Arts Centre, Hamilton Rd , Stratford (West Ham station)  Informal introduction to a visual arts awareness course with Birkbeck University.
                       free but in a restaurant 8pm City Farm, Hackney.
                                                      Hackney Harmony Summer performance.
Wed July 18th free 7.30pm Community Choir concert at Walthamstow Assembly Hall  E17 (thanks to Norman M. for the info)
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