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Arty, Party, Spicy…

Posted by Boundary Community Launderette on 23/02/2012

We’ve found some great free things going on this weekend, with two interesting new exhibitions right on our doorstep. We hope there’s something to tickle your fancy, but as always check out the links on the right of the web page to get some more ideas for places to visit for free in our neighbourhood.

The decoration and repair work started in December will be finished by Friday, and so this weekend you might notice a brighter, shinier launderette when you’re doing your laundry or dropping off a service wash. Thanks go to James and Mark who have done a brilliant job in painting, carpentry and electrical work for several nights after the launderette has closed and into the wee small hours.

Our lovely colleague Mina, who most of you who use the launderette on Thursday and at weekends will know, has been off work for just over a month due to ill health. She underwent surgery on Wednesday and we’re pleased to say that the surgery went well and she’s now recovering. We hope to see Mina fully fit and back at the launderette in around six weeks.

That’s the news from Launderette Towers, here’s the stuff you want to know…

Rich Mix has a new photographic exhibition, ‘The Curry Chefs of Brick Lane’, by Jeremy Freedman in its Mezzanine Gallery. The exhibition is a celebration of these proud chefs – “working away like those engineers below deck on the great steam ships of old, they are the unseen and unsung heroes of Brick Lane’s Curry Mile.”  These are the previously unseen faces and untold stories that reveal the personal narratives of Spitalfields’ Bengali residents. The exhibition is open from 10am until the centre closes and runs until 31st March. For more details visit the Rich Mix website.

Mr Muhammed-Hussiad, The Shampan, by Jeremy Freedman

The Idea Generation Gallery, Chance Street, is hosting another superb photographic exhibition ‘The Half’ by Simon Annand. For over 25 years Simon Annand has been given unprecedented access to the secret backstage world of London’s West End, shooting everything from Chekhov to Panto. This stunning exhibition of his dazzling photographs, includes shots from his 2008 book The Half, as well as a series of new and unseen images of some of the world’s most illustrious stage actors. The gallery is open Monday to Friday 10.00am – 6pm & Sundays 12 – 5pm, and the exhibition runs from 24th February until 8th April. For more details visit the Idea Generation website.

David Tennant © Simon Annand

The Geffrye Museum is hosting a ‘Touch of Spice Family Day‘ on Saturday 25th February, from 12.30 until 4.30pm.  You’ll be able to join in creative craft workshops inspired by spices and flowers and listen to stories and music from across Asia.  There will be bi-lingual (Bengali/English) story-telling and performances at 12.30 – 1.10pm, and 2.30 – 3.10pm in concourse area (no booking required). There are also a South Asian music and dance workshop at 1.15 – 1.45pm, and 3.15 – 3.45pm, and a puppet-making workshop at 12.30 – 2.00pm and 2.30 – 4.00pm that a free but must be booked. This is an event to celebrate the museum’s Asian Women’s Project. For full details and booking information visit the Geffrye Museum website.

© Geffrye Museum

Discover Young Hackney 2012 is holding its closing party at the Arcola Tent on Saturday 25th February from 3 until 9pm. It is a pop-up pit stop celebrating the best of Discover Young Hackney 2012. Over the weekend there’ll be exhibitions, performances and workshops showcasing arts and culture across East London, for young people by young people aged 13 to 19. For full details see the Discover Young Hackney website.

This is the last weekend to catch Simon Schama’s selection from the Government Art Collection at the Whitechapel Gallery. There are some rarely seen paintings, including the iconic portrait of Romantic poet and famous traveller Lord Byron by Thomas Phillips (1814) brought back specially for this display from the British Ambassador’s residence in Athens. The gallery is open from 11am Tuesday to Sunday, and closing time is 6pm every day except Thursday when it closes at 9pm. Two other exhibitions are also closing this weekend at the Whitechapel, Rothko in Britain and Artists in Residence, so it’s well worth a visit! For full details visit the Whitechapel Gallery website.

Lord Byron by Thomas Phillips (1814) © Government Art Collection

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