Blog post about UCL Art Museum.Durer the business man

Great day out up West in the heart of learning, Gower Street, as graduates threw their mortar boards into the air on a sunny front lawn and finished their days of book -learning. We on the other hand were in the closet in the shade at the University College London Art Museum. You just go through the gates of the “Global University”. The museum’s being done up at present but our treat was a special opening for a guided tour of the chosen prints, etchings and engravings. Ooh it was welcoming and suited all levels at art in the 15 strong audience. It was just great looking up close at ancient frontispieces and drawings. Some were as old as the hills and done in chalk.

We learnt about Durer with two dots and how he was the businessman in art. He would have used Twitter and Facebook to the hilt these days and gathered in interns to do the donkey work. Back in the fifteen hundreds nuns were happy to do all the curly bits and filing.

“Join us for our monthly Pop-Up display, and get up close to our wonderful collection of German and Austrian Old Master prints and drawings. Featuring works by Cranach, Durer, Holbein and Schongauer, this display will highlight some stars from the Northern Renaissance, and give an overview of printmaking and draughtsmanship during the 15th and 16th centuries. We are also delighted to announce that Anne Welsh (who is proudly Scottish) will be giving a talk at 1pm on Durer’s use of the printed illustration as a marketable artefact.”

These pop-up art displays are once a month with drawing classes and presentations tied in. The staff are nice people.

Entries in Up Your Street’s diary

Sat 8th Aug free 12-7pm Rathbone Market Festival 

                        free      2-4pm weekly Drama workshops all about changing east London Whitechapel ideas Store E1. Turn up

Sun 9th Aug free 12-5pm Rathbone Market Festival


Tues 11th Aug free 1-2.30pm The Wind Blows East. Meet Bromley-By-Bow Station. Eventbrite for places.

Wed 12th Aug free 2-4pm London’s Larder Meet Star Lane DLR. Tickets at Eventbrite

                              free 2-5pm The Mill e17 Radio making for seniors

Thurs 13th Aug free 10am Link4Coffee at Oneda’s St James end of E17 Market. Eventbrite

Fri  14th Aug free entry 730pm Bingo at Crownfield Rd e11 with Disability Waltham Forest

Sat 15th Aug and 16th Aug free Canary Wharf. Granary Place. Clay and ceramics festival.

Wed 19th Aug free Drawing your story. Bethnal Green E1 . Book at Eventbrite

Fri  21st Aug free 7.30pm film show at Three Mills, Bow with Floating Cinema. Eventbrite

Sat 22nd Aug free 11-12.30pm Building Ships. Meet East India Dock DLR . Eventbrite

Sun 23rd 3pm Ripping Yarns on SS Robin Meet Millenium Mills Royal Victoria Docks

Fri 28th Aug free 1-5pm Pop Up UCL art of Germany and Austria 19th Century  at Gower Street . Book at Eventbrite.

Sun 30th  Banner Parade in Green Street  off Romford Road. Celebrating the east end.

Mon 31st Aug (Bank Holiday) was free at Early Bird price  now £3.50 +50p booking fee. 10.30 Gluten- Free Festival Old Truman Brewery E1

Sat 12th Sept free  #MAFF “Why the Caged Bird…” Tottenham . Last tickets flying at Eventbrite

Sat 19th Sept free #MAFF “Delta” film, in Tottenham.Book at Eventbrite

24th Sept  free   11 am Etsy promotion at Truman Building e1 Part of TENT design festival, Eventbrite for tickets.

25th Sept free 10 am Courtauld art open day Eventbrite for tickets. at Somerset House.

26th Sept free 3pm or 5pm  #MAFF “Jump At The Sun” screening in Tottenham  Eventbrite for tickets.

 4th Oct  hopefully free Unveiling of Joan Littlewood’s statue at Theatre Royal Stratford East e15 (info not public yet).

14th Oct free V&A visit at noon

24th Oct  £7.50 at Eventbrite “London Turning?” day out at Stratford Campus E15.

25th Nov free  V&A visit at noon

15th Dec free “A Keatsian Christmas  “at Hampstead’s Keats House. Eventbrite of course for places.


keep checking.