Archive for July, 2010

Art of Growing Club – Emma’s classes

27 July, 2010  |  Public Programme

The painter Emma Gunningham will lead three sessions of the Art of Growing club, on 28th July, 4th and 11th August. Using line, texture and a variety of different drawing materials they will make drawings of flowers and plants.  They will also be  making mono prints – a quick, spontaneous and fun way of making paintings.

“There are many ways to draw and probably the most important thing is to learn how to look.  I like to work individually finding the best means of expression to suit each person” Emma Gunningham
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This project is funded by the Tower Hamlets Healthy Boroughs Programme

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The Art of Growing Club – Exhibition at the View Tube

24 July, 2010  |  Public Programme


The Art of  Growing Club was born from our dream to create a community green roof, known as Groof, on the roof of our building that is the size of a football pitch. We know that realising this dream may be a few years down the line, but we are looking for community voice and community activity with us from the start.


The Art of Growing Club takes place on Wednesday mornings between 10am and 1pm in our Education Space and, when the weather is fine, on our terrace that banks onto the canal. Open to all, local people of all ages, backgrounds and life experiences come together to sow seeds and sew cloth, plant vegetables and root around in creative ideas. We share stories over a cup of tea or healthy juice and explore the local parks and canals through artist led walks. We also visit other local community groups to make links and share ideas. We are growing a community together so our club is an organic process, not a pre-packaged experience.

The Art of Growing Club is led by Charlotte Mew artist and visual poet. Other artists who are involved include Maggie Rose sculptor and environmental artist, Jon George painter and printmaker and Emma Gunningham painter.  Two local volunteers,  Maria Andrews and Yasmin Kauser also contribute their wonderful skills to the project.

An exhibition of art work produced by the Art of Growing Club was shown at the View Tube throughout April and May 2010.

On Saturday July 10th 2010, the club had  a stall at the Praxis New Voices Festival at Bethnal Green Park to showcase their  artwork  and to talk about the project to local people.

Thoughts on The Art of Growing Club from Charlotte Mew
to gather together and grow to recycle to sew
to take local walks with a view in mind
pointing out and collecting what we find
taking the lead or tagging behind
to find out
to know
to take time to grow.
Thoughts from participants
“I enjoy the opportunity to use my creativity and imagination in a supportive space”
“The friendship and sharing in the group is great”
“I enjoy the days out to gardens and museums to look at planting, flowers and creativity”
“I have been able to awaken my dormant ability to create and play without pressure of judgement”
“I love the spontaneity”
“It is good to be able to recycle common every day objects artistically to make art”

The Art of Growing project has been funded by Tower Hamlets Healthy Boroughs Programme since November 2009 and has recently been awarded a second round of funding.

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View more photos from the Art of Growing Club on flickr.
This project is funded by the Tower Hamlets Healthy Boroughs Programme

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The Vampire Bullies at Lawdale Junior School

12 July, 2010  |  Public Programme, Schools

In the autumn term, Lisa Nash, visual artist and film maker will create a  five minute film “The Vampire Bullies” with teacher Justine Kavanagh and Year 5 children. Lisa spent a day in Lawdale Junior School  developing a storyboard script with the children; this was funded jointly by CAP and the school. The script was submitted to Help A London Child (HALC) and we’re very pleased that it secured us funding to make the film. Animation and sound effects combined with live action will create the dramatic story of the day the bullies got their come uppance! Watch this space for updates!

“I really enjoyed working on the film script because I like doing drama and we were all participating together and I’m really looking forward to making the film next term” – Hafsa year 4.

“I’m looking forward to making the film because I love acting and hopefuly it will be great!” – Anjum year 4

” I enjoyed writing the script and I am looking forward to making the flim!” Ameer year 4.

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