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Autumn Sun, Unity, History & Photography

Posted by Boundary Community Launderette on 29/09/2011

Well who’d have thought it? We’re just about to trip into October and the summer makes a brief comeback! There are loads of great parks and open spaces nearby, and two city farms, so if you want to make the most of the warm, sunny weekend check out the links to the right. Make the most of it all – remember the launderette does service washes! This weekend also marks the start of both  Black History Month and Photomonth, so there will be a wide range of events throughout October that we’ll do our best to highlight over the next few weeks. Here are some free things we’ve found going on locally this weekend:

On Saturday 1st October, Rich Mix invites you to join them for a drawing extravaganza as part of the annual month-long Big Draw festival, Penoyre & Prasad, architects of Rich Mix. Sessions are at 11am & 2pm – Booking Required

Using a range of drawing machines, devices and materials you will explore the hidden depths of the Rich Mix building, and capture its colours, shapes and textures. Experiment, draw and have fun! Work produced on the day will be exhibited in the Rich Mix café. For anyone aged 8 years and up. Children under 11 should be accompanied by an adult. Visit the Web Page for full details.

On Sunday 2nd October, 10am, Rich Mix opens the Snap! exhibition. Snap! is Mencap’s annual photo and film competition and exhibition, now in its ninth year. This year they asked entrants to tell us about certain aspects of their lives, including the challenges they face and the people who have the biggest impact on them. See the web page for full information, and the competition winners.

There are a whole range of free exhibitions and activities at Rich Mix – see their website for more information.

From Friday 30th September until 30th November the exhibition Phil Maxwell Forty Years On – A Retrospective is being held at the Bishopsgate Institute. The exhibition celebrates 40 years of Phil Maxwell’s photographic work and its archiving for public use by Bishopsgate Institute.   Taking the viewer on a journey through his youth in Liverpool to his later life in the East End of London, the exhibition is housed in two venues – the Bishopsgate Institute and Rough Trade East record store at Dray Walk, just off Brick Lane.  This promises to be a truly wonderful exhibition of work by a great photographer and chronicler of  our times. See Phil Maxwell‘s and the Bishopsgate Institute‘s websites for full details.

This weekend is the Chisenhale Studios Open Weekend from Friday 30th September – Sunday 2nd October. There will be free art and dance workshops, family days and guided tours of the studios. For full details visit the website

The Geffrye Museum has it’s First Saturday activities this Saturday, 1st October. For 5-11 year olds there’s the chance to make Mad Monoprints  with sessions at 10.30am – 12.30pm and 2.00 – 4.00pm. Learn how to create a monoprint to decorate your room. This event celebrates The Big Draw. For 11-19 year olds, Autumnal Aromatherapy uses herbs from the museum’s garden to create scented soaps and herb bags. See the website for full details.

On Sunday 2nd October, Wilton’s Music Hall, Graces Alley, E1, will be hosting a day long celebration to commemorate for the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street from midday until 10pm. Marking the day when, on 4th October 1936, ordinary Eastenders united together to stop the fascist leader Oswald Moseley and his followers from marching through the East End. There will be a whole host of things going on – music and dancing, comedy, food stalls, a Brick Lane Bookshop bookstall and loads more! To find out see the Cable Street Group’s website

‘Walking in my Shoes’ Exhibition at the Spitalfields Gallery, Greatorex Street E1, until  Friday 14th Oct, 10am – 5pm every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday. ‘Walking in My Shoes’ is a mixed media exhibition in which the artists from CASA and SAFE studios will concentrate on a famous black person or someone who is known to them and research their lives and then make an art work to celebrate that person. The exhibition is supported by Tower Hamlets Council as part of Black History Month. For details of the exhibition visit the Tower Hamlets Arts website. You can also download Tower Hamlet’s programme of activities for the month here. For more information on Black History Month visit their website.

Finally, October is also Photomonth where the East End is even more full of camera-toting types and overflowing with gallery visitors than usual. There will be some great things to see – such as Phil Maxwell’s exhibition detailed above. We’ll keep you posted with local exhibitions over the next few weeks. In the meantime, visit their website for more information.


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