Busy ole life

Many of Up Your Street subscribers out in force rehearsing at Stratford Theatre Royal (TRSE) for the “You Me Bum Bum Train” look alike performance-production “Heartfelt” this weekend. What a commitment.

I on the other hand am an iams cat and was installing RAGWORKS at The Darnley Gallery Hackney. Very pleased to be exhibiting in ‘appening  ‘Ackney.  Two exhibitions on at present; one in Darnley Road and the other in The Mill Coppermill Lane E17. I took along my whole collection of 28 wall-hangings plus elephant blankets plus this and plus that. The director decided to go minimalist. There’s a plan that I go in frequently and change the hangings to show what’s to be shown. Like I’ll be asked. The launch will be the time that RAGWORKS becomes a moving picture show. It’s a fact that I know only one person outside my own offspring who visits art galleries at all. I know that my passion was spent in the sewing and that RAGWORKS is on point what with recycling graduating to up-cycling and fairy stories being the new Irving Welsh. Good luck to me.

Lots of nice free goodies to look forward to. Up Your Street went into dormant state yesterday in its email form. I have other projects to commit to . I still tweet and facebook events but not a lot of seniors still are up to the mark when it comes to using social networking creatively and for information. Look at Jeremy Kyle slagging off social networking sites then has his own Facebook account for his runners to fill. Ah the media world of telly eh.

Amazing sight down Lea Bridge Road as the “Save Our Marshes” tents caught the Spring sunshine today. What a mess! I don’t know one person who walks along the Leyton Marshes. I’ve been doing it for years way back when the word “conservation” was just one specialist piece of vocabulary in a Social Geography degree syllabus. Been over there in the days when the grass was elephant high and lunatics sat cross-legged in it.

Ah yes. the goodies: Free Rich Mix cinema screenings of William Raban’s Londonist films on April 21st.  Free social art evening on May 3rd in Stratford east PictureHouse. Free members’ screening of “Salmon Fishing in The Yemen” on Sunday 15th April at Hackney and Stratford east Picturehouses. Free screening of “Johnny English Reborn” at The Rio in Dalston on Wed 18th April and it goes on and on.  That’s before I’ve started on the arts and tea dances.

This is what I know

Been very busy chasing my tail to put up RAGWORKS exhibitions. You know you can’t take a car to so many venues in east London because of parking restrictions so thank goodness for buses and trainers. Plus my internet was down as BT had a major fault  at their exchange. I survived.

I have learnt loads and this is the chief thing; that major venues need events managers or managers who know what they’re managing.

Making characters out of discarded material is enjoyable and creative then arranging to show RAGWORKS to the world makes you know why Trace and Dames have agents and minions working under them. It is so nice to get back in and pick up the needle. Yesterday it took me ages to be welcomed at a venue but I should have known as my emails and calls were ignored so I was working in the dark. Ah puff tut. People eh?

How fabulous “Cinderella” looks on the wall at The Mill in Coppermill Lane, E17. Is she Egyptian, Somalian, Turkish? Well she came from my brain so who knows! I am grateful to Mo at The Mill for her support as one artist to another I guess. Wish her the citizen award. And she has a couple of exhibits at The Smokehouse in dire Hackney Wick. Way to go Mo!

On Friday, in the sunshine, a large group of Up Your Street subscribers met at an appointed time at The WaterWorks in Lea Bridge Road to air their views on ‘the Greening of the Olympics’  with Ph.D student Sadie. The venue is very good and the hot chocolate in the cafe extremely good. We all had so much to say and what came out of it and this is what I know is that if it weren’t for Up Your Street disseminating information about all the happenings around the Olympic and Paralympic Games Park then the committed seniors would never have got to Open Stage , A Taste of Hackney, Songololo, Holden Point, Hackney Museum and etc etc where activities spurred on by the excitement of London 2012 were put out as projects.

We had a good discussion around the building works at the back of Leyton Marsh and the upgrading of Dagenham Brook, a herethereto stinky stream. Some of us walked the shaved Black Path on the back of the Argall Industrial Estate and then past copses and Kingsmill Bakery up to Coppermill Lane. It was a fine warm day remember.

What was concluded from the PH.D gathering was that we the residents around the perimeters of the Games 2012 feel abandoned and alienated from the riches of a world event. So to broach legacy was a way in to complete negativity and misery! For me, the greening of the Olympics means that more people go on walks in their boroughs and get to appreciate the beauty. But only some types of people and hardly in big numbers.

Enjoyed a screening of a film about the River Thames by William Raban at The Stratford east Picturehouse. The film was full of beautiful photography and was an eye-opener for most of the audience who had no learnt history of the London Docks. There’s an exhbibtion in Newham currently about the women who worked in Tate and Lyle back in the day.

Up at The PictureHouse everyone had a guided tour of the RAGWORKS exhibition by Gillian Lawrence which was in its glory that day.