Hot Stuff

Whilst my niece was  up at Buckingham Palace looking at the magic of Kate’s wedding dress I was at The Hackney Museum (always a pleasure) watching the photographs of the Olympic and Paralympic Games site along with photos of the commissioned art installations clicked by artist Monica Biagioli. The work is called “Sound Proof” and is part of Mapping Olympic Cities which is under “Mapping The Change”. Hot stuff  because the art is exciting and Monica was on a touchy subject when she showed photos of Barcelona and we in the audience obviously had pictures of Leytonstone High Road, Leyton High Road, Stratford High Street and dumpy Hackney Wick in our heads: Just some of the ignored places and only a year to go before the big event. We turn to promises of legacy and things aint looking too good. But hey we were there for the art. Unless you can stretch your neck outside your box, it’s a different way of doing things to have an encounter with a soundbox and a letter on the ground and then feel engaged/connected  with the transformation of the brown sites of old Stratford. I could do that. I had gone along to get some aesthetics into my day.  Bizarrely I’ve  just finished reading “Invisible Cities” by Calvino and you can’t grapple with that while Jeremy Kyle’s on! The book is connected to “Sound Proof” in as much as people can dream of their ideal city but the ever-changing scenes make the dream change too. Deep. Beautiful words. Come to Book Brunchers at Sutton House and get down on it. We’re going to grill it. I already know the reactions. “Stereocilla” is another project  going down in The Site based on Calvino’s book. I recommended Calvino to the book group to have a tie-in with a local project. There are so many arty projects going on re Olympics and Paralympics development but who knows how many and do the artists ever come under an umbrella and do the Stratford people care? Are they really engaged? Time for a survey a la Open Stage at the Theatre Royal Stratford east where the volunteers are forever asking the locals “What DO you want?”

On the other hand  art isn’t up for demand. It must retain its integrity.

Well. Worse than sitting in an uncrowded room was the information got from the Cyclists Federation member present that the tow paths and the waterways along the Lea Canal/River (who knows?),and  the Greenway will be closed off from March next year! Astounding news.  Why didn’t we think that would happen as the Floating Cinema furiously and freely opens its bow to us? It’s a case of ‘get in quick’ and I will. So glad I’ve done the walks alomg the tow paths and the river trips up and down, all around, as if I knew. Why would we be naive as to think the tow-paths will not be developed after the Games?                                                                                            (Hackney Wick)

So after that  free treat at the Museum I went off to Beautiful Interiors in Walthamsow Village to be at the launch  of an exhibition of fine art which actually launced the E17 Arts Trail starting today. Buzzin’!   The whole street was warm with open -doored restaurants aand Tapas bars. Full of theem media types. The top of Orford Road is such a different part of teeming multi-cultural, always fiercely busy Walthamstow. It’s a step back in time to 1970s but as you ogle at the vintage stuff in Beautiful Interiors you’re actually back to the fifties; granny brooches, floral tureens, glass-fronted cabinets, and  painted thimbles. It was all about the art and the exhibition is well worth a browse.

All things Wapping and watery

Attended Guildhall Library for the free talk and exposition about The Thames Lightermen and Watermen. Brilliant. Only extraordinary mortals are allowed to touch the records and ledgers of those canny men and women of the 17th Century onwards, otherwise you have to go via microfiche so I was privleged and over the moon touching Wapping , Hermitage Community Moorings and London social history. Very very good. Last week it was the records of mariners. Then lighthouses on telly, and the River Lea with The Floating Cinema at the weekend. All things watery indeed.

No time to lub….off to the Hackney Museum for a talk and slides about Haggerston in Hackney.

Up Your Street issue 29


All correct at time of uploading and continually checked just in case…

Thurs July 28th  free  2-8pm drop by The Floating Cinema for archive canal films, artists’

                                          interpretations of the river  and good company.  Moored at  the

                                                                                                      Old Ford Lock, Hackney Wick.

Fri July 29th     free      (some)  all weekend.    Hackney  Wicked Art Festival starts in Hackney Wick

                                                 and Fish Island. (276 bus from  Hackney , Hackney Wick station, or 236).

                                                                             A feast of artists and their work.

                        free               7pm at Folly for a Flyover  along tow path by Bow . Free films.  

 Sat July 30th free   for Newham residents. 2-5pm Vicarage Community Centre, Glovier Rd E15. Cake decorating.

                                                                                          Book on 0203373 6045

                                         free. noon-5pm (and Sunday, ongoing) Epping Forest’s Literary

                                          History exhibition at The Temple Wanstead Park, E11.  85080028

Sun  July 31st £4 on door 3.30pm Vestry House Museum . Arbutus String Quartet

                             music of Vienna 1800. Haydn and Beethoven.

                      free  2-4pm Coronation Gardens  E10 by Leyton Station, music for

                                                                              pleasure with Eastern European musicians..

Mon Aug 1st                             Closure of Stratford Bus Station until October 2011

Tues  Aug 2nd  free  1-3pm Plum Tree Centre E10 (by Tesco) .Dance for Life. Just turn up.

                                                                  Take a bottle of water and a scarf for belly dancing!


Wed Aug 3rd free   Cyberlink  E10 (by Tesco) Free film course. Filming In the neighbourhood

                        £1. 11-4pm  Pump House Museum, South Access Lane,  E17. Check out the

                                                                                                 vintage transport and the museum.

                        Free  7.30-9.30pm Community Theatre at The Yard. The new theatre at

                                  White Post Lane, Hackney Wick.  Come and participate and be one of

                               a cast of 139 in a performance spurred by Ai Weiwei’s persecution. But the first get-together is in the  Anthony Marsh Building, top of Big Hill, Clapton. E5 (Jessam Avenus bus stop then 2 mins or go through Mount Pleasant Rdfrom Clapton Station and Lea Bridge RD)

                               Check the web-site as you need to register anyway.

                        free  1.10-1.40pm. Flute and guitar recital at St John’s Church Stratford E15

Thurs Aug 4th  free   Drop in…2-8pm The Floating Cinema at Bow Locks Gillender St  E3.

                                                                                                           Films of local people.

Fri  Aug   5th   free. No need to book 2-5pm at Hornsey Library, Park Rd . Hairdos of the Fifties,


Sat  Aug 6th   free.    11-5pm  No need to book.  Cemeteries and Angels, Abney Park, N.16

                                                                                             workshops. Main entrance 11 am.

                         free  Up Your Street subscribers with Precious Lives jewellery and beading

                                    group display their wares at the Haggerston Festival

Sun Aug 7th   free    10-6pm. Rehearsal  for The Yard theatre event. (see 3rd August).

                       free    11-5pm No need to book . Abney Park, N.16 Working with clay.

                                                                                                                           Main entrance 11 am