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.

issue 31 Up Your Street

 

Tues 9th Sept free 9.30am. Supposed to book. Tech EE  Tea Party at EE shops all about the joy of tablets. Free cuppa.

 

                          free 11-2pm St Joseph’s Hospice Finding Space. Hackney Empire Elders invite newcomers to join in friendly afternoon meet-ups.

                          free 1-3pm Doodle time at St Joseph’s Hospice Finding Space.

Evening from 6.30pm at Brady Arts Centre Hanbury St  E1 for Benefit Gaza night.

Wed 10th Sept free Shiatsu taster sessions at The Centre for Better Health. Book at Eventbrite. The Centre for Better Health has some cheap and interesting courses. There is a strict code of conduct adhered to the courses on offer making it that all participants feel valued and get value for money. Very good too. For example besides being rude turning up thirty minutes late, it’s disruptive so you won’t get your seat. QED

free 1-4pm Happy Crafters at St Joseph’s Hospice Finding Space. No need to book.up_your_street_2[1] (2)

Thurs 11th Sept free 11-1pm Stratford Library 11am community chat with Rosetta Arts Centre. Join a project uncovering the forgotten history of the Harland & Wolff shipbuilders yard, active in the Royal Docks from the 1920s to the 1970s.They constructed the ill-fated Titanic.

 Contact office@ech.org.uk for more information . Eastside Community Heritage.

                                free 10-11.30am Canning Town Library (every second Thursday)Rosetta Arts Hub. Find out what the local creative community are doing in Newham and how to get involved!

                                   free 2pm The Mill E17  “Memory Catching” reminiscence sessions for seniors. You will be recorded!

 

                                     

 

Sun 14th Sept free  11am and 2pm tea at Valentine’s Mansion, Gants Hill .Book with Judith at office@ech.org.uk This is a reminiscence 90 minute session about WW1

Wed 17th Sept free  6-9pm Refreshments too. “East End In Flux” at Birkbeck Uni E15, What’s it all about this legacy in E20? Book at Eventbrite. One of the best meet-ups in the world.

Thurs 18th Sept £3 6.30pm 127 Stoke Newington High St n16.Monthly Knit Night

Join Maya for a social evening of knitting and fun. Bring your wool and needles, and let us knit together. All skill levels welcome! We’ll provide wine and snacks, and we’ll offer 10% off all yarns on the evening.
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Been to “More Soft” textiles exhibition yet at The Mill E17? Free. Super.
 
Advance notice  16th October is Anti-slavery Day. There’ll be a massive free art exhibition illuminating slavery and human trafficking in Plaistow. More information at Twitter @Breaking The Chains
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