Exhibition: I Spy With My Little Eye at the Mosaic Rooms this July.

29 Jun

Join the Mosaic Rooms month at their 226 Cromwell Road cultural hub for I Spy With My Little Eye – A New Generation of Beirut Artists, part of the Shubbak Festival.

Eye SpyI Spy with My Little Eye… explores the practices of a new generation of artists most of whom are in their late twenties to early thirties. All of them were born after the break out of the war in 1975, and thus none of them have experienced the time of peace and prosperity preceding the war. Some in this group don’t remember the Civil War at all, and those who do could have no adult recollection of the conflict that ended in 1990.

With materials that range from intimate personal memorabilia to the unconfined elements of nature, their work is imbued with a sense of fleetness, transience and fragility. In performances and installations that recruit conceptual and formal elements from painting, photography, sculpture and film, they are choosing to tease out the conventional boundaries that define the different disciplines from which they borrow.

The exhibition employs the metaphor of the game by which children secretively choose objects within their surrounding, highlighting the role of these artists as clandestine observers rather than public commentators. I Spy with My Little Eye… provides the artists with an opportunity to showcase their works within a generational context suggesting the rise of a young movement marked by new formal and semantic concerns.

The artists featured in the exhibition include Caline Aoun, George Awde, Mirna Bamieh, Nour Bishouty, Pascal Hachem, Charbel-Joseph H. Boutros, Aya Haidar, Geörgette Power, Joe Namy, Stéphanie Saadé, Siska, Lara Tabet and Tala Worrell.

The exhibition runs from July 11-22, from 11am-6pm and is free to visit.

Private View: Friday 10 July, 6.30 – 8.30pm. Free rsvp@mosaicrooms.org

Curators’ Tour: (Saturday 11 July, 12:00 – 1:00pm) Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath discuss the works and practices of the artists. Free rsvp@mosaicrooms.org

Artists’ Talk: (Thursday 16 July, 7:00 – 8:00pm) Some of the exhibiting artists discuss their work and practices.  Further details will be posted shortly. Free rsvp@mosaicrooms.org

Institutions and Emerging Artists: (Sat 25 July, 12-1pm) A discussion on the role of open submission exhibitions and awards for emerging artists in the region. Free rsvp@mosaicrooms.org

{ Guest blog } : Urban Beach

29 Jun


Another great post by Stan, one of our Community Reporters. The Urban Beach at Acklam Village (under the Westway) has also been so popular that it will remain open for a few more weeks. So grab your bucket and spade and get down there!

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Carol Kirkwood BBC 1 builds a sandcastle on Urban Beach Carol Kirkwood BBC 1 builds a sandcastle on Urban Beach

Written by Stan Moorcroft, City Living Local Life

Ever been stuck on a crowded tube, jostled, pushed and prodded, your face pushed into the armpit of a serial shower shirker? Have you then looked up to see those head height adverts of a sandy beach and a couple, lightly dressed, caressed by the sun as they hold hands watching the water lap in whispers to the shore? How you would love, in such moments, to step off the tube and out onto a sandy beach.

20150623_154438Well if you got off at Ladbroke Grove on Friday evening you could have found a beach a short distance away in Acklam Village. Think deck chairs, sandcastles, wind breakers, beach huts, ice cream, chips in paper cups, bunting, puppet shows, boat making, face painting, circus acts and live music, with an Edwardian theme, all…

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Share your views on the draft St. Quintin and Woodland Neighbourhood Plan

29 Jun

StQW-map-RBKC-boundaryThe Council is consulting until July 16th on the draft St. Quintin and Woodland Neighbourhood Plan. You can see all the relevant documents at www.rbkc.gov.uk/stqw or on the neighbourhood forum’s website at www.stqw.org.The neighbourhood area includes the southern part of Dalgarno ward and the western half of St Helen’s ward.

The StQW Plan has been prepared by local people, over the last 2 years, and will be voted on in a local referendum once it has been reviewed by an independent examiner. If supported by a majority, the policies and proposals in the Plan on the location of new housing, open space, and the regeneration of Latimer Road will become part of the Council’s Local plan for the Royal Borough and used when planning decisions are made.

Westway: Portobello Village Consultation, Wednesday July 1st

26 Jun



on plans to develop





(Portobello Court is the Estate on Westbourne Grove and Portobello Road – the entrance to the clubroom is from Portobello Road.  It’s the single storey building to your left)

6.30 – 8.30 p.m.

This will be a practical hands on workshop and Westway needs to plan materials needed etc so

can you please RSVP portobello.village@westway.org  if you will be attending.  Thank you.

{ Guest blog } Los Voladores de Papantla & Oxlajuj B’aqtun

26 Jun


James Yabut, one of our excellent Community Reporters looking back on the launch weekend of this year’s InTransit. Great article James!

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Written by James Yabut, City Living Local Life

The first weekend of this year’s InTRANSIT Festival literally got off to a flying start with a visit from the Voladores de Papantla.

Los Voladores de Papantla at InTRANSIT Festival Los Voladores de Papantla at InTRANSIT Festival

These Mexican bird men brought some much welcome colour and daring to a grey and drizzly Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance as they performed this ancient ritual in the UK for the first time.

The ceremony sees five dancers in traditional costume scale a 20-metre mast. At its apex the group’s captain plays a flute and drum, bowing in all four directions of the universe to begin an invocation dance to the sun god before the group spins back to earth on ropes.

The evening’s programme was put together by Border Crossings who specialise in international and multi-media theatre. Associate Director Lucy Dunkerley said: “I really hope that visitors felt they experienced something…

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Review: Fundraising through art at New Horizons

25 Jun

by Robert S. Silver

New HorizonsThey tell you – death concentrates the mind. Talk to Roshan Raghaven-Day, Centre manager at New Horizons in SW3 and she will tell you that a £70,000 shortfall in funding does much the same. Keep that up and the results will be terminal for activities ranging from chair exercise classes to current affairs along with outreach projects in sheltered housing in the surrounding area. All of which is provided for the benefit of local over 50s.

The concentrated minds at New Horizons came up with the idea of an art exhibition showing works by professionals and talented amateurs. Sadly it was only held for one day, on 13th June. Nonetheless, over 400 people visited some of whom invested in £3,000 worth of art. Two thirds of that went to the centre while the single biggest purchase was £1,500 for a painting called Joyful Climber by Singapore based artist Praema Raghavan-Gilbert (her sister, Roshan, hauled it back to this country after a trip home.) Other works were donated by the artists Paul Cordsen, and Sylvia Edwards.

In any exhibition there are themes and the predominant one is likely to be people. There were portraits – always more interesting when you know the sitter. On this occasion I knew the subject of Carly by Jacqui Campbell and can vouch that I recognised my friend. Unknown to me were the young-looking people and babies in Yonita Ward’s collage about family, in which they stand under various family crests – real or imagined I do not know – suggesting themes of inheritances and all that entails.

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The New Horizons Centre, Cadogan Street

Another popular theme was animals. On the evidence of this show they particularly like chickens. In the case of Jenny Marshall, there is a fascination with the kinds of big beasts most of us only ever see in zoos or on telly. On the strength of Tiger and Wolf she has the kind of craft skills that enable her to depict these animals with accuracy, affection and even a little wit.

There was also an etching of a feather by Kay Dilley. Several times life-size and finely drawn it had a cool elegance that made it possible to imagine it in almost any gallery. Then, just to prove that not all art is two-dimensional there was a selection of glass. A top tip is to look out for work by the Polish artist Teresa Chlapowski, particularly her large, multicoloured bowls.

As well as providing visual pleasures for visitors this show also proved that making images is not the sole domain of a few. In fact, it is a remarkably democratic activity in which all kinds of people participate and give expression to a whole gamut of concerns using a wide variety of means.

Aside from the idea of putting on the show the other good idea was to put together a calendar made of the twelve most popular pictures voted for by the visitors. Keep an eye out for it in September. It should contain some interesting art and you can support a good cause at the same time, which has to be good.

The New Horizons Centre, based on the Guinness Trust Estate, Cadogan Street, SW3 and provides a range of activities for those over 50 and promote active lifestyles and independence. 

City Living, Local Life: From Home to Home website launch

25 Jun

pepperpot City Living, Local Life is proud to share the new ‘From Home to Home’ website – a celebration of stories and videos of people from The Pepper Pot and North Kensington who came to ‘The Mother Country in the 1950s, 60s and 70s to work, start a new life and contribute to the legacy and history of the Royal Borough.

IMG_9069Supported by Norland councillors via City Living, the website is a collection of local stories and testimonies recounting their memories of when they first moved to Britain and settled in North Kensington.

The launch event was well attended, giving the surrounding community, councillors and stakeholders a chance to see the website and hear from local historians Maggie Tyler and Myrna Shoa, about how the project unfolded.

You can view the website here: http://fromhometohomepp.weebly.com/



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