A Library, a Gallery and a Pub scoop first-ever Eltham Arts Awards

Three community-minded contributors to the cultural life of Eltham scooped awards recently. The first-time ever Eltham Arts Awards 2016 were made at a finale celebration on 20 November marking the end of the three-week long Eltham Arts Winter Festival 2016.

We made our Awards to three local organisations for outstanding contributions to community arts. Awards were presented – by Eltham MP Clive Efford and Greenwich Arts & Culture Councillor Denise Scott-MacDonald – to St Thomas More Secondary School’s innovative SE9 Container Gallery, to the hard-working Eltham Library and also to the White Hart pub for their support and community fundraising.

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Presenting the Eltham Arts Award for the SE9 Container Gallery to Andrew Downie, the Head of Art at St Thomas More, Mr Efford said, ” As someone who has visited the SE9 Container Gallery at St Thomas More School many times and purchased a piece of art displayed there I was pleased to give the award.”

We made this Award because the SE9 Container gallery has brought art to the centre of Eltham with exhibitions of a high quality. This has also given students a chance to display their work and engage in community projects as well as providing wider artistic perspectives to the local population.

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Dedicated Eltham Library staff Paula Bellamy and Miriam Storey received their award from Councillor Denise Scott-MacDonald who paid tribute to their work saying, “I get really positive feedback wherever I go…so many people are so proud of the library and excited by the work of staff there.”  Paula Bellamy said she was, “Thrilled to bits to win. We are proud to serve wonderful Eltham!”

Alex Mayers, Co-Director of the White Hart Pub, received the award on behalf of White Hart owners Simon Hinchley-Robson & David Hinchley-Robson.  We think this that this popular Eltham-based pub was an excellent example of how local businesses and the arts can work together. The White Hart not only works closely with the Bob Hope Theatre, it provides quiz nights which support many local groups including Eltham Arts, enabling arts events to take place.

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Chuffed with the recognition, the White Hart reacted that, “From day one we always wanted to be a hub for the community… It was only when being told when receiving the award we realised how much we do. Within the time we’ve been here we are proud to have raised over £65,000 for local charities with our community supported activities. It brought tears to our eyes when these things were acknowledged and we are honoured to serve such a close knit community.”

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The unique Awards were specially-commissioned by Eltham Arts and made by Eltham glass work artist Jean Bright

The Awards were a fitting conclusion to the Eltham Arts Winter Festival this year which saw hundreds of visitors enjoy the art, live music, theatre and cultural activities which the SE9 area had to offer. The finale party and Awards Ceremony on 20 November took place at Eltham’s White Hart pub and saw singers-songwriters perform their original songs.

It was great to see so many supporters attended, including a number of local Councillors.  Clive Efford MP said, “It was a really great night. Lots of laughs and really talented musicians.” The Eltham Arts Committee were delighted once again to see such community spirit on show and for the arts to be taking centre stage in Eltham.

You can keep up to date with the latest arts & culture happenings in Eltham at:

Twitter: @ElthamArts
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ElthamArt
YouTube: Eltham Arts YouTube Channel

The Eltham Arts Winter Festival is over!

Last Sunday we celebrated the end of three exhilarating weeks of Festival art, music, theatre and much more. We had so much Festival fun and hope you did too! We were pleased with the comments we received from visitors some of whom said they didn’t realise we had so much going on in SE9. You can follow the action as it unfolded on our Festival Facebook page and on Twitter.

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Just a few of our Festival events – how many do you recognise?

Many friends, supporters and musicians gathered in the White Hart on Sunday 20 November to mark the end of the Festival with singer-songwriters performing in a Song Challenge and to congratulate the winners of the Eltham Arts Awards.

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Festival Finale: L-R Susan Turner, Dave Kenningham, Zahira al-Zahira, Keith Ferris, Gaynor Wingham

For their outstanding contributions to community arts, our Awards were presented – by Eltham MP Clive Efford and Greenwich Councillor Denise Scott-Macdonald – to St Thomas More secondary School’s innovative SE9 Container Gallery, to the community-minded Eltham Library and also to the White Hart itself for their support and community fundraising.

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Eltham Library scoops Eltham Arts award: Paula Bellamy, Clive Efford MP, Miriam Storey

We want to thank all the many artists, community groups and organisers who took part in the Festival and made it a great success! Thank you too to all the supporters who turned up to events and to those who promoted it. We’re taking stock now (and sorting our photos and videos!) but if you still have festival-fever you can always explore the films on our You Tube channel as well.

Our Festival may have drawn to an end but there’s still plenty of creativity around Eltham for you to enjoy especially in the coming festive season. And of course, we’ll be back with more creative enticements soon! Keep in touch and watch this space!

The Festival is in full swing!

The party has truly started! We’re in Week Two of the fabulous Eltham Arts Winter Festival which runs to 20 November. How many of the creative community events have you been to?

The community kicked off the Festival in style at a lively opening event in Passey Place on 29 October. We overcame the roadworks and enjoyed the Mayor opening the proceedings, the ebullient Make a Noise Choir and Hulviz‘s Peter Pan cast aswell as a host of musicians including the Pytchwood folk duo. There’s a reminder of this and just some the other events which took place in Week One in our one minute highlights film:youtube-front-snipThere’s still plenty more events to go.  Join us for more inspiring community art, music, theatre, walks and talks up until 20 November.

We’d also love to see you at our Festival Finale celebration on 20 November at the White Hart, from 7.30pm, with entertainment from singer/songwriters from our Festival Song Challenge. We’ll also be making Eltham Arts Awards to recognise some special people and places in our community.

See our special Festival page here for full listings, or our Festival Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter.

Thank you to all the great artists, musicians, organisers and venues who are doing a great job!

As ever, we are grateful for support from Greenwich Visitor, our free community newspaper. Pick up the November issue from around Eltham – including Sainsbury’s and the Eltham Leisure Centre – for full printed listings and interesting articles about the events and artists involved.gv-bothfrontpages-snip

Countdown to Eltham Arts Winter Festival!

It’s almost here – are you ready? Our Arts Festival kicks off this weekend. Three weeks of live music, arts, drama and fun all over the SE9 area. progsnipslantedIt all starts this Saturday 29 October from 11am to 3pm with a pirate-themed Festival Opening Day in Eltham’s Passey Place. Bring your little, or big (!), pirates! There’ll be live music, crafts and kids activities. The cast of Bob Hope’s Peter Pan will even be visiting – come along and have a photograph with them!

Visit our special Festival page to download the full programme and venues and also details of our special Arts Trail.

Pick up October’s Greenwich Visitor  (special supplement p8 onwards)- free in local outlets including Sainsbury’s and the Eltham Centre – to read articles about the Festival and get the full printed programme.

Come and support our great community – see you there!

Latest Eltham Arts Newsletter

newslettersniptitledMany local artists, groups and supporters have asked to receive our occasional newsletters. Our latest newsletter dropped into email inboxes yesterday! Check it out if you’ve received one.

The newsletters tell you something about what’s been happening locally, what Eltham Arts have been up to and and what we’ve got planned! We are always delighted to hear from people who want to get involved in our great community.

If you’d like to receive our newsletters as soon as they are issued let us know by getting in touch via the contact page, or by emailing, Tweeting or Facebooking us!

You can read our latest newsletter here.

Eltham Arts Winter Festival 2016 is coming!

With the great success of the Eltham Arts Winter Festival in 2015, everyone wanted one in 2016. From Sat 29 October to Sun 20 Nov Eltham invites everyone to come along and join into a marvellous array of events in the SE9 area.

With shows at the Bob Hope Theatre , many different music concerts from opera to folk and Jazz, walks, talks , exhibitions and lots more it will be a great 23 days . We have another Song Challenge , an Art Trail and for the first time Festival Foodie events. Eltham Lights Up , with the colourful lantern parade and live entertainment will take place on 17 Nov in Eltham High St and a great time will be had by all!

We will have the Festival Opening Event from 11-3 in Passey Place, Eltham High St where you can have a good time and find out about what’s going on and a Festival Finale event at the White Hart on 20 Nov.
Watch out for details of the programme . Greenwich Visitor will again have a pull out supplement with the entire programme and map, and there will be leaflets all over the place.
So put the dates in your diary now !