WALL Project is being built!

WALL – Our exciting community multimedia project for 2017/2018  

Bricks on the Wall

PlainPhotoBrickWallProject with local schools and community groups. Encouraging groups to draw/paint on brick size wood/cardboard/fabric on the theme of WALLs. These will be incorporated into an installation in the SE9 Container Gallery and elsewhere .

We have heard from one primary school that they are planning to make ceramic bricks , which can then be installed on a wall on the school after the project .

We now have offers on mosaic and crocheted bricks. A real mix of material and creative talent.

More groups and schools are invited to take part in this project.

Leading: Pragya Kumar and John Wingham

Writing on a Wall

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 A short story and poetry creative writing challenge. This will be on the theme of WALLS around you.  This is an exciting topic which encourages people to think about the walls around them and be inspired to express themselves creatively in prose or poetry. It may be a wall on a house or historic building, a wall dividing cultures or a personal wall within which inspires you to write. A great opportunity for all ages to be involved .

Workshops are being planned to support this project and encourage creative writing. Planned exhibition/awards/celebratory event on World Book Night 23rd April 2018 at Eltham library. Also planned that a selection will published in a book of the same name.

Several schools are busy planning their creative writing entries . Any schools which wants to participate and send in entries, please do contact us.

The challange has been  launched  with a closing date of end February 2018

There are leaflets in Eltham Centre and New Eltham libraries and elsewhere . You can also find information on this website or download a copy here.

Writing on A Wall flyer Eltham Arts PDF

All ages (and all abilities) are encouraged to join in.

Leading: Gaynor Wingham and Miriam Storey

 

The Wall the Mind Built

Cartoon-family0A dance and music project by members of the Hulviz Musical Society to show how mental health issues and the stigma of such issues are affecting the youth of the community. They are planning a contemporary dance and music piece by group members brainstorming terms associated with mental health and what it means to them and how they view the issues that are created by social media and the world around them, they plan to photograph each step and then create the finished piece.

Leading: Gaynor Wingham (liaising with Clare Smith)

 

Songs across a Wall 

guitar-onWallSinger/song writers are now challenged to write and perform their songs around the WALL theme.

Everyone will have an opportunity to perform somewhere ! We have great venues locally.

We are planning a whole day of WALL songs as part of the Eltham Music Festival in Passey Place , Eltham High St in July 2017. This will give a showcase of local talent. We may also have other events at local venues where singer/songwriters will have an opportunity to perform.

We have produced CD’s in 2016 (Aspects of Winter) and 2017 (A Plateful of Songs) of songs from our challenges , which have been an excellent opportunity for publicity for individuals and the Eltham Arts network. We may have to select tracks for the CD, so make your songs as original and perform it well !

Young singer/songwriters are encouraged to participate as well as older experienced ones. Please contact of you would like to join in.

No deadline has been set , but we hope that all songs will be ready to be performed by June 2017 .

Leading: Zahira al Zahira and Dave Kenningham

 

The Secret Story Garden 

SecretGardenBased around the theme of Francis Hodgson Burnett’s book we are working with Eltham Library to developing an outside garden area of the Eltham centre as play and art space. Art works will be developed along with part of the planting. This is dependent on agreement from the building owners. GLL have expressed support for the project

Leading: Miriam Storey

 

Green Walls

plantCellsPhotographer Sandra Marques looks at the cellular structure of plants. We are considering how this may interface with the secret garden project. Exhibition at the SE9 Container Gallery (Sept/Oct 2018) . An exhibition is also being planned at the Gerald Moore Gallery Jan/Feb 2019

Leading: Pragya Kumar (liaising with Sandra Marques)

My Wall

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“My Wall” is a project by photographer Elizabeth Itisor. She aims to capture stories of local people by taking pictures of them against walls. Her final work will result in an exhibition in SE9 Container Gallery. An exhibition is also being planned at the Gerald Moore Gallery Jan/Feb 2019

Leading: Pragya Kumar (liaising with Elizabeth Itisor)

 

Walls from the Water

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Creative project from found objects (many bricks!) from mudlarking on the River Thames foreshore. No one is sure what will be created but it will be interesting and different! This is an 1860’s brick found at Greenwich from our WALL project display in the Eltham Centre (Nov 2017) . It was the star of the display and a talking point. Dave is an now expert on bricks!

Leading: Dave Kenningham

Dunvegan Path Underpass –  Mural

DunveganPathA transformation of an underpass wall at Eltham Station. Permission has been granted from South Eastern Rail and funds will have to be raised to complete it. Ruth Noble (community) will lead on this and is exploring options.

Leading: John Wingham (liaising with Ruth Noble)

 

Over the Wall and Far away : New Eltham shopfront Mural

Mural on a vacant shopfront commissioned by NEBA (New Eltham Business Association). Completed Aug 2017 entitled ‘Over the Wall and Far Away ‘

A fantastic improvement (and talking point) loved by the community. Well done team !

We were delighted and proud that the New Eltham Lights Up community event on 27th Nov 2017 was staged right by the mural with local children carol singing and the lights being turned on by James Serjeant , Headteacher of Wyborne Primary School !

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Leading: Pragya Kumar, John Wingham and Zahira Al Zahira

 

WALL Exhibition at the SE9 Container Gallery

SE9 Container GalleryThis innovative gallery , designer built from shipping containers,  is in the Grounds on St Thomas More Secondary School, Eltham has been booked from Sept 2018 until end Oct half term. We are delighted that we will have the opportunity for  six or seven Saturdays to have an installation and exhibition of works from the projects and film generated by the project. There may also be other events organised in the gallery during the show..

Leading: John Wingham and Pragya Kumar

 

Exhibition at the Gerald Moore Gallery

The Gerald Moore Gallery is in the grounds of Eltham College. It hosts a a number of touring exhibitions, including the Hayward exhibitions. We are delighted to have the opportunity to plan an exhibition as part of the WALL project from Feb/March 2019.

We are looking at using this as a photography and film exhibition of projects integrated within the WALL projects on different aspects . This will provide an opportunity for events on the Saturdays to complement the projects and exhibitors.

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The Acting Class – film screening 

Eltham Arts are delighted to host a screening of ‘The Acting Class’ at Bob Hope Theatre as a part of their WALL project on Wed 21st Feb 2018 at 7.30pm. Tickets : £6 . The film will be followed by a Q & A with the Directors. More information on ticket booking to follow. 

The Acting Class (D.O’Neill & M.Wayne, 2017, 77mins)

All the world’s a stage but not all the players are equal. When Tom Stocks, a young man from Bolton has to turn down a chance to study at the East 15 drama school because he cannot afford the fees, he sets up a campaign to highlight socio-economic exclusion in the arts. Tom is not alone. Actors from working class backgrounds are struggling to get in and get on in an industry stacked against them. Established actors worry about where the next generation of talent from modest backgrounds is going to come from. Christopher Eccleston, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Maxine Peake and Samuel West are among those who feature in this film talking about the barriers to success. And this is an issue not just for those who see their dreams thwarted because they do not have the ‘bank of mom and dad’ to back them.  Who gets to be on our stages and screens matters to all of us. Whose stories get told, what images we have of ourselves, who we think ‘we’ are, helps shape our individual and national identities.

Awarded Best UK Feature Film by the Labour Film festival 2017.

Leading: Gaynor Wingham liaising with Inside Film 

 

Wall – the Film

Wall-Camera-woman-CaptureThis will be a film to explore some of the issues raised by the WALL theme and document the project. Gaynor will work with photographer Robert Piwko

Filming has started and the film will evolve over the next 6/9 months. documenting projects but also exploring wider issues in our community.  We are planning the film will be shown at the SE9 Container Gallery and the Geeald Moore Gallery and elsewhere

Leading: Gaynor Wingham

 

Email elthamarts@aol.co.uk for more information or to discuss a project. or through the website contact.

 

 

Judges for the Writing on a Wall creative writing challenge!

John Paul O’Neill

John Paul O'Neill

John Paul is a poet, writer, broadcaster, lecturer & founded & runs Farrago Poetry. He ran, the first poetry slam in the UK in 1994, the longest running in Europe and hosts regular SLAM poetry events. He has performed in Europe and USA. He has also had poetry, short stories and articles published extensively, as well as producing spoken word projects and presenting and setting up community radio shows.

A Further Education lecturer, he runs workshops for adults and children in creative writing and performance, as well as teaching English.

John Paul is acting as Creative Advisor to the competition and the Judges Panel

 

Lee Stuart Evans

Lee Stuart Evans

Lee is the author of ‘Words Best Sung’, a novel set in Nottingham and London set in the 1960s.  This was published by Arundel Books in 2017.

Originally from Nottinghamshire, Lee has lived in the Eltham area since 1998 with his wife and two sons, who go to local schools

Lee is a full-time TV and radio comedy writer.  He has written for many well known and popular programmes including 8 out of 10 cats, Little Big Shots, The Jonathan Ross Show, I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here and a League of their Own

 

Jo Burke

Jo Burke Author

Jo is an actor, comedian and writer. She was brought up in Eltham and attended Middle Park Primary School. She studied Theatre and Performance at Goldsmiths University and The Drama Studio, London.

​Jo has written, produced and performed five, four star, Edinburgh Festival shows and was a ‘So You Think That’s Funny?’ Finalist.

In 2015 her debut comedy book/autobiography ‘iScream’ reached No.17 on the Amazon listings . In 2016 she entered the exciting world of children’s books. Her books ‘Standing on Custard’ and ‘A Squirrel’s Tail’ are a huge hit with, children, parents and teachers

Russell Jones

Russell Jones

Russell comes from South Wales, but has lived and worked in South London for many years . After gaining a first class honours degree and later a B Ed in Education he worked extensively in Secondary Education winning the most innovative teacher in the UK in 2004. He was the Director of Performing Arts for Ark Schools until 2012.

Russell has also worked extensively in theatre both in Regional Repertory and West End. He was the Artistic Director of Soapbox Community Theatre for ten years directing and writing over 20 professional touring productions.

Russell has been the proprietor of Biscotti’s coffee and sandwich bar in Eltham for the last four years, which has a remarkable selection of movie posters on the walls.  He is a great business supporter of Eltham Arts and his café has been a venue for Eltham Arts Winter Festival arts trails. Russell is delighted to have been asked to be a judge in this exciting competition.

 

Eleanor Fitzsimons

Eleanor Fitzsimons

Eleanor lives in Dublin, but has spent time living in London and is a regular visitor. She is a researcher and writer who specialises in historical and current feminist issues. She has an MA in Women, Gender and Society from University College Dublin. In 2013 she was awarded the Keats-Shelley Essay Prize and was runner-up for the Biographers’ Club Tony Lothian Prize.

Her work has been published in a range of newspapers and journals including The Sunday TimesThe GuardianHistory Today and The Irish Times, and she is a regular radio and television contributor. Her book Wilde’s Woman was shortlisted for the Tony Lothian Prize in 2014 and was published by Duckworth Overlook on 16 October 2015.

Eleanor is working on a new biography of Edith Nesbit, which will be published by Duckworth Overlook in 2018. Edith Nesbit lived in Well Hall Eltham from 1899 – 1922 and wrote many of her famous books (including the Railway Children) in Eltham

 

 

Eltham Get Writing! Creative writing challenge

      Writing on a WALL

Eltham Arts Creative Writing Challenge 

Short stories and poetry wanted on the theme of WALL!

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What does the word WALL mean to you? Eltham Palace? A garden wall? A hidden wall of shyness? A door in a secret wall? The Berlin wall? Graffiti on a wall? A wall between cultures which can be broken or climbed? Inspired to write a story or poem? Experienced or first-time writer. Have a go.

Prizes and awards for all age groups will be presented at a celebration on World Book Night 23rd April 2018 at The Eltham Centre, 2 Archery Rd, Eltham SE9 1HA.

To submit entries email writingonawall2018@outlook.com or for more information contact ElthamArts@aol.co.uk. Information on the multimedia WALL project on Facebook and on the Eltham Arts website.

Writing on a Wall – Competition Rules.

  1. Short stories up to 300 words and poetry up to 30 lines to be submitted with the theme ‘WALL’ on any subject, but must be suitable for an all age audience, original and unpublished.
  2. This is a community family writing competition. Open to everyone who lives, works, is educated in, belongs to a club or group or shops in London SE9. Indicate which category (e.g. work) if address not SE9.
  3. There will be awards in three age groups (u12, 12 – u18 and over 18)
  4. All ages can enter. If aged under 18 the name and contact details for a parent/guardian must be provided and they must give permission.
  5. If entries are submitted through a school, the school must ensure that parental permission has been given for the entry to be submitted and details provided on request.
  6. Up to four entries are allowed per person with no charge for entry.
  7. All entries are by email. The name of the entrant, age and title must be in the header of the email. (e.g. Chloe Smith over 18 ‘The Wall of my Dreams’).
  8. The short story or poem with a suitable title and the author’s name must be typed on one side of paper and attached to the email.
  9. The email must include name with contact details (name, address, email, phone number) and if the entrant is under 18 details of parental permission or school staff contact.
  10. Schools, colleges and groups may submit entries on UBS memory stick. Contact for details.
  11. Be careful with spelling and grammar as entries will be displayed or published as submitted.
  12. The judges will be looking for an imaginative story or poem with a good use of language.
  13. The closing date of the competition is the end of February 2018.
  14. The judges’ decision is final and neither the judges nor the organisers will enter into any correspondence.
  15. The copyright of the short stories remains with the author. However, authors, by entering the competition, grant the organisers the right to publish and/or broadcast.

Connecting the Community through the Arts:

Twitter: @ElthamArts
Website: www.elthamarts.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ElthamArt
YouTube: ElthamArts Channel

Eltham Arts AGM – Sat 2nd Sept 2017

Thank you everyone who came to our AGM. It was great to see so many people and to tell everyone about the last year and our future plans.

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You can read the minutes of the previous AGM and our Chair’s report here:

  1. Minutes of previous AGM, 18 June 2016
  2. Report from Chair of Eltham Arts, Gaynor Wingham

Meet the Eltham Arts Committee for next year:Eltham Arts Committee 020917

(L-R ): Dave Kenningham, John Wingham, Zahira Al-Zahira, Pragya Kumar,

Gaynor Wingham, Miriam Storey

Eltham Music Festival

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Eltham locals and visitors have just enjoyed another great musical July! In the heart of Eltham High Street, at the newly redeveloped Passey Place, audiences turned up for the many talented musical acts making the most of this new community outdoor space.

Each Saturday, on 1, 8 and 15 July, saw local musicians, singers, choirs and dancers come together to entertain in this Royal Greenwich and Eltham Arts Music Festival, part of the Royal Greenwich Festivals season.Progr-Slanted-2017

Here are just some of the performers – how many of these fabulous acts  did you see?

MuiscFest-Collage-PerformersIt was encouraging to see our local MP Clive Efford supporting local arts events, and our wonderful police too:Efford-Police-Collage

See loads more pics, and videos too, from the Music Festival on our Facebook page.

Check out our July Music month ‘What’s On’ blog post for more exciting events this month all over Eltham.

A Plateful of Songs – CD Launch

Folk and blues musicians, friends and family gathered on 17 June at the Bob Hope Theatre Bar to celebrate the launch of the latest Eltham Arts CD.

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This second Eltham Arts CD came out of the 2016 Eltham Arts Winter Festival where the challenge was laid down to write a song on a culinary theme. The result was a fantastic collection of songs now gathered together on this fun and thoughtful CD.

Launch1 - at Bob Hope Theatre Bar

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Contact Eltham Arts to buy a copy, just £8, email: elthamarts@aol.co.uk

You can read more about this CD in the July Greenwich Visitor (p14) and see lots more photos and videos of the launch celebration on our Facebook page.

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Read about out first CD, ‘Aspects of Winter, here’.