Issue 41. Up Your Street

                                                                 Issue 41  Up Your Street
Wed Nov 25th      free  10-5pm at Vestry House Museum E17.  Sba Shaikh’s commissioned exhibition for 50 years of Waltham Forest.
                            free  noon. Up Your Street Community Group off to V&A for Bejewelled
                            £7   6.45pm Panto with Hackney Circle at Hackney Empire behind you. (Up Your Street subscribers were kindly invited. Oh yes they were).
Thurs Nov 26th free   10.10am for an hour  Coffee and cake reading group with Lydia at Hackney Central Library. Come and see.
                                    Email me if you want to know the book
                                    plus there’s a month long exhibition by Caribbean Elders: crafts, crochet and paintings. Super.
Fri Nov 27th        free      2-4pm Hassan hosts for Rosetta Art Centre a tour and workshop of Fabric of India at V&A.
                                 Phone /email RAC. Up Your Street subscribers were kindly invited.
                            free     2-4pm British Museum and a Tea ceremony exposé for seniors only.
                            free     2-5pm         Making talismans at Kentish Town. Check Eventbrite for tickets
                          £16.50 7pm  LCV and Mahogany at St John At Hackney, by  Narrow Way, Lower Clapton, Hackney.     
                                  A performance by a 100 strong choir including local singer/songwriter Neech . 
Tues Dec 1st      free 1-5pm drop in.UCL University College London Museum free drawing workshop (Goodge Street)
Wed Dec 2nd    £4 noon-3pm The Posh Club St Paul’s Church Stoke Newington. Tea food entertainment  phone H on 07938985644
                             for a place. No point going early as you wait in the cold.
Fri Dec 4th        free  5pm. Swapping begins at 6 ish. Art Swap Rosetta Art Centre. Hamilton Road  West Ham. Fun, art, tales.
                             Take along a piece of your talent and swap it.

Issue 30 . Up Your Street. RAC days,

Thurs 6th Aug free 7-9pm #MAFF at Marcus Garvey Library, Tottenham N15. Launch of Maya Angelou Festival.  Book at Eventbrite.

Sat 8th Aug free and tomorrow. Rathbone Market Canning Town to watch an artist at work painting a mural.

Mon 10th Aug free 2-4pm Dilston Grove salad growing workshop for Seniors Art School attendees from Up Your Street

Wed 12th Aug free 10-noon. Banner-making at Hamara Ghar 412 Green St by Romford Road East. Drop-in

free 2-4pm Lavender workshop for Seniors Art School peeps at Dilston Grove.

free 2pm The Mill E17

Waltham Forest Commumity Radio Group

Thurs 13th Aug free 10-12.30pm Canning Town Library 10-12.30pm. Art with Hassan for beginners and old-timers.


Having to miss an opportunity

As if it were mine!

There’s an art project issued by Rosetta Art Centre in West Ham looking for an artist to paint a mural pertaining to Rathbone Market, Canning Town. It means painting up a ladder. No good for the infirm and vertigo-fearing lot although firefighter friends come in handy as art technicians. The project involves engaging with the public by researching about the market and its users. Besides that the public get to see the artist in action over the course of two days.

The fee is the equivalent of the cost of three large oil paintings on the Walthamstow Art Trail at £260. each so not much in it really for the manual labour but not to be sniffed at.

What an opportunity! To be part of the heritage of Rathbone Market as all about it new buildings emerge. My pitch would have been to glorify the skylines as in changing silhouettes, and then to pimp up paving stones to honour all those who trod and tread.

Don’t like ladder work, me.

Am on another art project which is a year long and taxing on time. It surely has its moments.  I got talking to 89 year old Vera on the 55 bus yesterday which was meant to be what with us sharing the same last name and having blue eyes, like.

It’s a fact that we seniors are sick of reminiscence projects but I guess they gotta be done because the newer generations are clamouring to learn about the histories and heritages of their habitats. Not so. Beware of being trawled into any volunteer nets. If you’re sharing memories or even reading them aloud, insist on payment. Someone’s making money out of your grey matter. Amen.

(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 27 Up Your Street. It’s all art.

Tues 14th July free 2-4pm Book at Eventbrite for an illustrated talk about Barbara Hepworth at The National Archives in Kew.

Wed  15th July free 10-noon Textile banner-making@ Hamara Ghar (for over 50s) 412-422 Green Street, E13 9JN :Making banners about Green Street east London at Hamara Ghar, sheltered housing for all aged 50 plus and from Asian Backgrounds, (really?) at 412  Green Street. All welcome if you’re over 50. Professional artist -led workshop initiated by Rosetta Art Centre, West Ham.

free.10-1pm. Final session with Robert Sanna, ceramic artist, at Rosetta Art Centre, West Ham.  Seniors only class. Was a blast!

                              free 2pm Rosetta Art Centre students go to the V&A for the celebrated Alexander McQueen exhibition “Savage Beauty” Treat.


                          £4 6-9pm Screening at Brady Arts Centre, Hanbury Rd E1 “Under The Cranes”

Thurs 16th July free 2-5pm Mental Spaghetti in Boundary Road, Barking (62 bus). Book at Eventbrite for woodcutting and printing.

free 10.30-12.30 East London Radio online. Mary  Katherine presents her magazine show from Leytonstone.


Issue 23. Up Your Street

angela Lyn 

Thurs 18th June free 6-7.30pm Rosetta Art Centre students meet international artist, Angela Lyn, re: a project in progress launched last week. Up Your Streeters are participating.

noon. Mary Katherine Presents at East London radio online. Special guest. Wait and see plus golden oldies and silver sounds


Fri 19th June free 3-4.30pm Hackney Empire around the back. “Oranges and Elephants”.Musical with all women cast about female gangs. (Book at Eventbrite)

“A full researched presentation of a NEW, all female musical based on an original idea by Lil Warren and directed by Susie McKenna.

Inspired by the exploits of the all female London gangs: the real Forty Elephants and the mythical Clockwork Oranges.

The Bethnal Green Oranges & the Walworth Road Elephants are in a war for the pickpocketing turf around Picadilly Circus.

A love story set in the underbelly of gangland Victorian London. Written by Lil Warren and David Keyes with arrangements by Geraint Hughes and David Keyes and supported by the Arts Council.

Event wil be followed by refreshments and a Q & A.”

Fri 19th June free 10.00-12.30pm Relaxation through Art at St Margaret’s Community Hub in Bethnal Green. (Eventbrite has tickets)

Sat 20th June £20.  7pm.Union Chapel Islington. Mahogany presents London Contemporary Voices in concert.(Google  Mahogany to buy tickets. Some Up Your Street subscribers’ adult children are singing in the choir.)

Wed 24th June free 6.30-8.30pm St.Matthias Community Centre 113 poplar High St London E14 0AE 

 Heritage,  Lascars, science and technology all to do with the success of the East India Company. A project launch with tea at Plaistow. Project launch


A Unique Project by Stepney Community Trust


Issue 22. Up Your Street


Wed 10th June free 6-9.30pm Singing auditions at Union Chapel for a major concert 11th July 2015. Trained and untrained singers. All welcome. Don’t forget your drinking water and snacks. Check Eventbrite for details and to book a place. Some of us already booked and raring to go! Beware that Highbury and Islington is undergoing major road works just outside the station.

Thurs 11th June free 10.30-noon Canning Town Library collage art workshop with Rosetta Art Centre. (first of many monthly workshops). Drop in. That’s Barking Road, East Ham.

free 6pm Rosetta students are invited to an art workshop at the Centre in West Ham with Angela Lyn. (That’s all I know. Ring Hassan or email to join in.)

Fri 12th June free London Live on Satellite TV showing “Pool Of London” fictional drama from Ealing Studios.

                                free 10.30 -12.30 Brenda Coyle’s doodle workshops at Art and Therapy. St Margaret’s. Bethnal Green. As I write Up Your Streeters secured the last places.

Tues 16th June free 1-3pm Claremont Project’s trip to Estorick Art Gallery in leafy Islington. Book with Blanche at Claremont.

free 10.30-5pm Learning Trust Hackney’s session with “On The Record” at Hackney PictureHouse reminiscing event. Book at the Learning Trust and good luck there .

free 10.30-1.00pm second of six workshops with sculptor Esther Neslen at The Mill E17. Need to book.


Issue 15. Up Your Street

Tues 14th April £5 1.00-4.00pm. Tea dance at Old Town Hall, Adelaide Rd. Leyton. For that money I expect a china cup.

Wed 15th April  £4. 11 am  Empire Seniors film screening E17 in The Scene

“Birdman” (15) with tea and biscuits.

Thurs 16th April free Artist Michael Whelan’s exhibition of older people (75+) at The Mill, Coppermill Lane  E17. Drop in and be amazed.

Sat 18th April    free 10-4pm St John’s Church Broadway Stratford. Book in advance as

Iroko Theatre Company goes local to teach story-telling techniques as in Africa..

Sun 19th April  £9  5pm and 8pm Arcola Theatre Dalston E8  short plays. Tickets at Booking office. Margaret Perry showcases her play.

                                  free 3pm  British Museum preview of “Indigenous Australia ” with Rosetta Art Centre. (Clay sculpting students were offered. See Wed  22nd April re: over 60s treats)

indigenous_australia_464v2Credit British Museum photo.

                                          £6+  7 am Swimathon in Better pools

*Waltham Forest Walks’ takes place usually on Tuesdays and Sundays. The local walks are free, guided and very welcoming too. Please go to the web site for updates.*

Tues 21st April free  NOON Visit to Vestry House Museum and for the exhibition about Muslims in Waltham Forest  since 1950.Picnic in the garden. Bookings done.

 free    10-4.30pm Winns Gallery Lloyd Park until 26th April 2015

“Discover the rich heritage of Lloyd Park, through the creative interpretations of the Lloyd Park Sharing Heritage Over-50s Group.

Enjoy Lloyd Park seed giveaways, tree trail, sharing heritage film, old park photos and maps, poetry and much more.”

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Lloyd Park Sharing Heritage wall-hanging by RAGWORKS

Wed 22nd April free 10-1pm. Seniors clay sculpturing at Rosetta Art Centre

West Ham. Digital photography too. Phone for a place.

Fri 24th April free noon visit to Geffrye Museum and Gardens. Picnic too.

Bookings just completed.

                        free multiple times Brixton Reliance sound exhibition. Book at Eventbrite.

                        free 6.30-8pm Radio Art installed by mostly Up Your Streeters at

Tate Britain as the staff launch “Reclaim The Waves”.

The Centre for Better Health has free Shiatsu sessions on offer. CHeck at Eventbrite or phone them in Hackney. Thanks to Susan in Clapton for alerting us to the fact that the Centre has no apparent disabled person’s access points.

They do have £1 Sourdough sticks in the mornings from their Artisan Bakery by Hoxton Station.


Up Your Street Issue 2


Sun 11th Jan  free 10 am Heritage walk around Victoria Park . Book with dave-hime@


                  free 2-4pm
Herbal Foraging Walk along the New River, north London
 focusing on medicinal plants with Rasheeqa Ahmad of Hedge Herbs
Meet outside the Castle Climbing Centre at 2pm. We’ll walk for just over an hour to reach Redmond Community Centre on Kayani Avenue, N4, where we’ll chat some more, finishing off by 4pm.
Castle Climbing Centre, Green Lanes, N4 2HA

Mon 12th Jan £2.50 10-noon. First of 10 ceramics for beginners workshops at Centre for Better Health 1a Darnley Rd Hackney.Book and pay £25 up front.

Wed 14th Jan free   11.30-1pm Rosetta Art Centre West Ham. Project about socialists and dockers’ pubs. Second of three sessions. Hosted by artist Mooch.

Thurs 15th Jan free 7-9pm free art drawing class . Possible nudity at Tottenham Chances, Seven Sisters Road. Drop in. Bring a pencil or charcoal and paper or buy there for pennies.

£1.50 7pm Trinity Church, Orford Road E17. Roger Huddle’s social history talk about William Morris the Socialist

Sat 17th Jan free 1pm with Rasheeqa. Food from trees. Lordship Hub in Lordship Rec on 123 bus route to Waltheof Avenue Tottenham. Wear warm clothes. The Hub is built of straw.

Food from Trees! North London
Tree walk with Haringey Tree Wardens focusing on food from trees. Meet 1pm outside Bruce Castle on Lordship Lane, N17 to explore, and then onwards to the Lordship Hub café N17 to chat and sample tree foods.
Part of the Urban Harvest new year programme.

Sun 18th Jan free 5.30pm at Passing Clouds, 1 Richmond Road, Dalston E8 4AA
‘Wixaritari: The world’s oldest psychedelic tribe’ 
A special Sunday event at Passing Clouds with Mara’akame Paritemai (a Huichol shaman) and psychedelic researcher Dr. David Luke, who together will be presenting a documentary film screening and discussion around the world’s oldest psychedelic tribe, the Wixaritari and their fight to save their spiritual ecology.


Docklands Museum

A group of Up Your Street subscribers met our guide at Canary Wharf underground station to walk about the garden with its ornamental water features then to part of the malls. It was the breathing spell  before the lunch-time bell sounded and finance worker after finance worker would descend into the food halls so the kiosk workers were out of their cubby-holes rushing their lunches whilst grouped around the take away customer benches. I imagined working in the hot spots, standing most of the day, earning a pittance and then having no staff rest-room. Oh, sounds like McDonalds.

The mall toilets stink.

Into Cabot Square we marched and admired the fountains where water formed temporary sculptures or cascaded past red ornamental flowers. Our route took us over the bridge then into the Museum. The staff, supervising an empty reception area, actually greeted us. The place was empty.

Starting at the top floor our guide told us stories about lightermen, London Bridge, tobacco, mud larking and clay pipes as we moved from showcase to artefact.

The Museum of London at Docklands has much to see. There’s a floor devoted to the history of the trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. Remember Museum of Mankind? Where did all that stuff go? There was much to read.  Much to take in and empty bellies slowed us down and distracted us.

We’d just completed a course with Rosetta Art Centre about the Docklands of yore and began a new one yesterday so are up to here with east London’s  docks’ histories going from tragedies, world wars, tight-knit communities, the pollution of the Thames and onto the demise of the Royal Docks themselves. Here we were standing on old dock cobbles and timbers, the remains of a massive industry marked in a Museum surrounded by pricey beverage outlets and the water. Floating by the museum’s entrance is a church in a boat.

As our hips and thighs longed for a cushioned chair we agreed in unison that our guide had served us well and freely.

We had our picnic and sandwiches in a spacious café and an hot chocolate for over two quid a mug. (I’m going to see what IanVisits has to say about that in his museum meals’ blog!) Grandparent duties called so we headed for the DLR  to get back to outpouring schools down the line.

What a great 11th December 2014.