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We are very pleased to have our clients’ work featured in the latest exhibition ‘Someday is Today: A Major Exhibition of Islington’s Elder Artists’ at Cubitt Gallery in Angel. From a large wall-hanging made by two of our art tutors and clients at Drovers Centre, to individual pieces submitted by some of our regulars in a vast array of unique styles, including Chinese calligraphy and painting, photocollage, watercolour, oils, textiles and collage.

To read more about the exhibition click here.

Exhibition open: 17th – 28th July

Wednesday to Sunday 12-6pm

Cubitt Gallery and Studios
8 Angel Mews
Islington
N1 9HH

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We can’t wait until this Thursday 4th July for our next trip to The British Museum for a talk and tour around the Japan Gallery!

These tours are free and open for all – s0 join us this Thursday at 10.30am (meet at Meeting Point 2 near the Information Desk in the main foyer) for an 11.00 tour (in the Japan Gallery, Level 5, Room 92). No booking necessary, but do call us for more information on 0207 281 6018.

See more information about the beautiful Japanese galleries here.

Yesterday was the last lunch from Pips Dish for our group cooked by Bruno, a brilliant cook who has been creating delicious and inspiring food for us using his own voluntary time every Wednesday over the last 9 months or so.

We are very pleased for Bruno as he has found a new job – so congratulations and thank you again for all your brilliant meals!

Pips Dish free lunch will continue until the end of July, every Wednesday from 12.30 – 2pm, now run by the Kitchenettes. 

Call Activities Manager Ellie Shipman for more information on 0207 281 6018. BOOKING ESSENTIAL.

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On Monday we had the pleasure of being whisked off to St Paul’s Cathedral to hear a symphony orchestra and choir performing a War Requiem as part of the City of London Festival. With 10 free tickets snapped up, and free taxi rides to and from St Pauls, our group were excited and raring to go!

With a pre-concert introduction and Q&A with the performers, the concert was given another dimension and made more accessible to those who may not have experienced such a thing before.

The group had a fantastic time, and also really enjoyed visiting St Paul’s Cathedral, many of whom had not been since they were children, and were very impressed with the architecture and incredible sound.

So a huge thanks to Phillipa from City of London Festival, we are looking forward to next year already!

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We met for a quick coffee at Cafe Cucina beforehand…

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…then we were whisked away to St Pauls!

 

Yesterday our regular Monday Get Together (3.30 – 5pm) at Café Cucina 327 developed a new photography project with Peter Kyte from Urban Fotog.

Moving on from our exploration of the architecture and external environment around Cally Road, this session was all about us! Everyone was invited to bring along an object or item of personal significance to them and, using Peter’s mini lighting system, we documented and shared our stories around these objects with each other to print into postcards to sell at The Cally Fest this September.

From sepia postcards of Islington’s glamorous past, to a handmade silver ring, photos of one attendee’s Brazilian parents, to a funny stone pig kept safely in a sock, there was an array of eclectic and fascinating souvenirs from an equally eclectic and fascinating group of people!

It was a lovely afternoon of sharing stories over fantastic Italian coffee, and one which won’t be soon forgotten.

Join us at Cucina 327 next week for a chat and a cuppa, and share your stories!

Call Activities Manager Ellie Shipman on 0207 281 6018 for more information, or just pop in.

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Next Monday 17th June we will be embarking on part two of our fantastic photography walk with local Photographer Peter.

Meet us at Cafe Cucina 327 (on the corner of Lyon St, Bus Stop Caledonian Rd & Barnsbury Stop L) at 3.30pm for a tea or coffee for a special discount of just £1 before heading off to explore urban photography and the quirks and character of Caledonian Road. We will return to review and discuss our photographs to finish at 5pm.

FREE to attend, and no experience necessary. Bring your own camera if you have one, there will be a couple available to share.

Call Activities Manager Ellie Shipman on 0207 281 6018 to book your free place!

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One of the results from our last walk around The Arc Centre.

On Friday we headed off to The British Museum to enjoy a fantastic afternoon of handling unusual, weird and wonderful musical instruments. From contemporary Maori-inspired Conch shell trumpets, to carved wooden flutes, simple yet satisfying rhythmic stones and African wire ‘pianos’; we played our melodic (and not so…) way through the session.

Exploring materials, textures, sounds and shapes we were spoken through the inspiration, myth and legend behind the instruments by Harvinder and her brilliant colleagues from The British Museum’s Community Partnerships team.

We then headed up into the ‘Living and Dying’ exhibition space to see other similar exhibits to what we had been handling moments before. The opportunity to touch, smell and play the instruments really brought to life the objects behind the glass – and subsequently provided an informative and vivid glimpse into the lives and cultures of those who invented and played them.

Thank you British Museum!

Join us on more tours and workshops – call Activities Manager Ellie Shipman to book your place on 0207 281 6018.

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On Saturday we had a great day out at the Here To event in partnership with Islington Giving and Lift – ‘Give Local’. It was a day to share volunteering opportunities with different organisations in the borough, so we ran a mini Get Together there to show people what we do.

We decided to explore local history through making ‘Local Postcards’. Using old photos of Islington, we cut out, cut up and remade our own versions of Cally Market (now Cally Park and residential housing), the 1920s Gaumont Theatre on Holloway Road (now the Odeon), The Savoy Theatre (now a Wetherspoons!) and much more.

With local people of all ages joining our group of people over 55 we had a lovely afternoon making new friends, partners and postcards and telling people all about our Get Togethers and how to get involved.

Have a look at our postcards and some of our helpers below!

If you are interested in volunteering in Islington or at one of our Get Togethers you can have a look on Here To’s website: www.islington.hereto.org or get in touch!

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This week is Islington Giving week – a week to celebrate the community projects supported by our funders – Islington Giving.

Islington Giving have been welcomed in to our Get Togethers for a first hand account of what we get up to – and have kindly written up their thoughts on our Get Together at Sobell Leisure Centre in a blog post you can read here.

The rest of the week continues with lots more exciting activities across the borough. You can see the full programme on their blog.

You can join us at our Get Togethers:

TOMORROW – Wednesday 7th June

– Pips Dish – free lunch, 133B Upper St, 12.30 – 2pm tomorrow CALL TO BOOK!

– The Arc Centre, 98B St Paul Street – painting and knitting afternoon (with copious amounts of cake!), 2 – 4pm

– Whittington Park Art, The Room Café, Yerbury Rd, textiles, crafts, toy making, sewing – 2 – 3.30pm

Friday 9th June

– An Afternoon at the British Museum – 2.30 – 4.30pm – Handling musical intruments from the collections through the ages. CALL TO BOOK!

Sunday 11th June

– Sobell Leisure Centre – FREE table tennis, hoops, skipping, cards, board games and more! 4 – 6pm

Call Activities Manager Ellie Shipman to book on 0207 281 6018.

See you there!

 

What does Islington mean to you?

Join us this Saturday at Lift, White Lion St, from 1 – 4pm for ‘Local Postcards’ – our postcard making workshop with Here To and Islington Giving.

Give Local is an event to show people what it is like to volunteer with local organisations in Islington and how to get involved.

Loads of other great stuff will be going on, and it is a great chance to see what is going on in the borough – from smoothie making to crafts, music and more come along to get involved and ‘give local!’

 

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