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.