Eltham Arts was founded by Gaynor Wingham in Aug 2013 following a successful community poetry competition ‘Celebrate Eltham in Verse’ which highlighted what a proud and creative community lives in Eltham and the SE9 area.
The aim was to connect the community through the arts. It has been a huge success and it is a good time to reflect and celebrate the last five years of Eltham Arts. A small team of unpaid volunteers have achieved all of this with the support and love from the local community.
Creative Community Challenges
- 2013 A Celebration of Eltham in Verse – Local writers invited to write poems to celebrate Eltham, Awards event for all ages on World Book Night. A published book with a book launch. An exhibition of entries:
- 2014 Tales of Eltham – Local writers invited to write short stories on the theme of ‘Eltham’ Awards event for all ages on World Book Night. A published book with a book launch. An exhibition of entries:
- 2015 Postcards from Eltham – Local artists invited to design a postcard about Eltham. Awards event for all ages on World Book Night. Published postcards. An exhibition of entries:
- 2016 Eltham Arts Song Challenge – Local singer/songwriters invited to write and perform songs on the theme of ‘Winter’. Album produced and launched ‘Aspects of Winter – the Eltham Collection’.
- 2017 Eltham Arts Song Challenge – local singer/songwriters invited to write and perform songs on the theme of ‘a culinary nature’. Album produced and launched ‘A Plateful of Songs – the Eltham Menu’
- 2018 Writing on a Wall – Local writers invited to write poems and short stories on the theme of WALLs in our lives. Awards night for all ages on World Book Night
- 2018 Eltham Arts Song Challenge – Songs Across a Wall. Local singer/songwriters invited to write and perform songs on the theme of ‘WALL’ All day live music event in Passey Place, Eltham High St
Eltham Arts Winter Festivals
- For 23 days in November 2015 and 2016 produced two wonderful festivals with involvement of a huge number of local groups and individuals from Eltham and SE9. In 2015 there were over 120 events and over 150 in 2016. With music, theatre, exhibitions, an art trail, roving poets and many other events.
- The Winter Festival involved thousands of local people in organising and attending events in their local area and to feel part of a thriving community
- Terrific opening events in Passey Place and closing events in the White Hart pub. A great success.
- Eltham Arts organised a wonderful professional opera evening in 2016 as part of the Festival
Eltham Music Festival in Passey Place and July is … Eltham Music Month
- 2014 Eltham Music Festival – Four Saturdays of live music in July by local musicians and choirs. Eltham Arts designed and publicised the programme with Royal Greenwich Regeneration staff
- 2015, 2016 and 2017 Three Saturdays of live music in July by local musicians and choirs. Eltham Arts designed the programme with Royal Greenwich Regeneration staff and provided most of the publicity!
- 2016 and 2017 ‘July is … Eltham Music Month’ programme drawn up and promoted with music events organised all over Eltham, including in the parks, pubs, heritage buildings and churches. The 2016 programme was supported by Eltham Ward Councillor funding.
Xmas Festive Fun
- 2015, 2016, 2017 Charity Carol singing in the Eltham Centre
- 2014, 2015 Charity Carol singing in the White Hart Pub
- 2014 Step in Christmas musical event. A first Xmas event for the newly reopened Severndroog Castle with Eldorado Extra.
Arts talks and conference
- 2014 Eltham Entertains – Five evenings of excellent talks and discussions on arts topics in Eltham Library
- 2014 to date Linked authors to talk at Eltham Library and promoted local authors.
- 2014 ‘Developing the Arts in Eltham. Free conference for the community with speakers and workshop groups to develop the Five Big Ideas.
Wall project 2017/2018 – multi media project involving all the community
- Over the Wall and Far Away – mural on vacant shopfront in New Eltham which became the focal point for their Xmas lights celebrations
- The Acting Class films. Organised a showing of an award-winning film at Bob Hope Theatre about class barriers in the acting profession
- Writing on a Wall – creative writing competition. Poetry and short stories all ages. Awards night
- Songs Across a wall challenge. Invited singer/songwriters to write songs on a WALL theme. All day event July 2018 in Passey Place Eltham
- Bricks on the Wall – inviting the community to be part of a community wall project. Bricks produced in all types of media by all ages. Organised first Arts Award for y1 pupils at Haimo School.
- WALL exhibition planned Sept/Oct at SE9 Container Gallery
Support for local groups / individuals /regeneration
- Set up a large arts network all over Eltham and SE9 for individuals to make links
- Provides venues and information and a platform to enable musicians to showcase and build a business.
- Social Media support to celebrate and promote what’s going on in Eltham and the SE9 area, Eltham arts local network members and businesses. Over 3200 twitter followers and active Facebook account. Newsletters, leaflets and posters.
- Raised money for local and national charities and supported local fundraisers.
- Eltham Arts awards 2016 to the White Hart, Eltham Library and SE9 Container Gallery.
- ‘Life in Eltham’ monthly arts column in the Greenwich Visitor by Gaynor Wingham since Dec 2013 and features by Gaynor and others.
- Partners in the redevelopment and regeneration of Eltham High St. Supported the development of Passey Place for community use.
- Partners in community projects (e.g. Age Uk B&G Silver Sunday Yarnstorming )
- Worked with the local police to organise the Eltham Park Festival in July 2017, bringing arts and music to the festival
- Links with Eltham New Zealand since 2013. Hosted guests Sept 2017 and they have also organised similar projects inspired by us in their community to celebrate Eltham in Verse and the WALL project. Linked the two libraries in the UK and NZ.
- Membership of GAVS, South Greenwich Forum and Eltham Town Centre partnership.
- Set up stalls with free activities at local festivals
- The Eltham Arts team attend many events provided by local partners, using social media to promote.
- Help individuals to set up social media and support their initiatives
- Encourage fun and creativity in Eltham and SE9
ELTHAM ARTS SONGS ACROSS A WALL
PASSEY PLACE – 21ST JULY 2018
10.15 AM DANIEL RUSSELL “Bridges over Walls”
10.30AM JIM PARRY ‘Once Upon a Wall Medley’
10.50AM MARTIN GUHA ‘I’m watching you’
11.10AM JOANNA GIRDLESTONE ‘Thru the Lines’
11.30AM CAROLINE KNOTT ‘Walls (Too high to climb.. low enough to trip over’)..
11.50AM ELEN BLANEY ‘You Must Decide’.
12.10PM DAVID FOWLER ‘Empty Towers’
12.30PM INDIAN DANCE LED BY ARCHANA PATIL
12.50PM ANGELA MCCARRON ‘Back To The Wall’.
1.10PM TONY CLARKE ‘Map of the world on her wall’
1.30PM MARIANNE-ROSE TOVEY (LEXY) ‘Tongue And Groove’.
1.50PM CON MALONEY ‘Billy’
2.10PM JIM RADFORD ‘Walls of Fear’
2.30PM KEITH FERRIS ‘All Life Is There’,
2.50PM ALAN CUMMINGS/LITTLE BEACH “Let The Walls Come Down”.
3.10PM DAVE KENNINGHAM AND
ZAHIRA AL-ZAHIRA ‘The Wall’
3.30PM LIAM FITZPATRICK ‘Across A Wall’
3.50PM RON RICHARDSON ‘Blood on the Wall’.
4.10PM INDIAN DANCE LED BY ARCHANA PATIL
Once again in 2018 we have a fantastic range of community led music events in Eltham this July. Ranging from jazz, folk, classical and rock , there is music in pubs, parks , churches and the town centre and local streets. All ages are catered for .There is even a Band for Babies event !
A highlight for us at Eltham Arts is the Songs Across a Wall event in Passey Place , Eltham High St on Saturday 21st July . Local singer-songwriters will entertain us all day with the songs they have written for the Eltham Arts Song Challenge 2018 (plus a few more!) . It will be a great day, so come along !
Here is the programme and venues. There may be more events – that’s what happens in Eltham. Ask in the poubs for what’s on offer there. There will be some open mic, so have a go as well ! During the month we will be using social media to highlight individual events and there are ‘July is …Eltham Music Month’ leaflets around the area . Spread the word.
July is … Eltham Music Month 2018
Sun 1 July Summer Sunday Music, Tudor Barn, Well Hall Pleasaunce 3 to 5pm
Sun 1st July Live Music at the Rusty Bucket Sonny and the Harp 5.30pm
Wed 4 July Folkmob at Blackheath Rugby Club 8pm
Sat 7th July Westmount Parade Open Day Live Music 10amto 3pm
Sat 7th July Eltham Choral Summer Concert at Holy Trinity Church The Armed Man 7.30pm
Sun 8th July Summer Sunday Music, Tudor Barn, Well Hall Pleasaunce 3 to 5pm
Sun 8th July Live music at the Rusty Bucket 5.30pm
Mon 9th July Folk and Blues Night at Bob Hope Theatre bar 7.30-10.30pm
Wed 11th July Folkmob at Blackheath Rugby Club 8pm
Thu 12th July Eltham Jazz Club Art Themen and Steve Waterman 7.30pm
Sat 14th July Band for Babies by GAMD at Eltham Park Methodist Church 11am to 12noon
Sat 14th July Queencroft Festival Live music 12 noon to 5pm
Sun 15th July Summer Sunday Music Tudor Barn, Well Hall Pleasaunce 3 to 5pm
Sunday 15th July Live Music at the Rusty Bucket Harvey Montague 6pm
Wed 18th July Folkmob at Blackheath Rugby Club 8pm
Fri 20th July Severndroog Summer Lates Motown 6.30-10pm
Sat 21st July Songs Across a Wall day. Eltham Arts Song Challenge 2018 Passey Place 10am-5pm
Sun 22nd July July Summer Sunday Music, Tudor Barn, Well Hall Pleasaunce 3 to 5pm
Sunday 22h July Concert in Eltham Park South. Los Dawsons 3 to 4.30pm
Sun 22nd July Jazz in the Afternoon at Eltham Palace – Maja 12 to 4pm
Sun 22 July Music at the Rusty Bucket Ruta Di & Paul Baker 5.30pm
Wed 25th July Folkmob at Blackheath Rugby Club 8pm
Thu 26 Eltham Jazz Club Nigel Price and Vasilis Xenopoulos 7.30pm
Sun 29th July Eltham Park Festival at Eltham Park South. Live Music 12noon -5pm
Sun 29th July Jazz in the Afternoon at Eltham Palace 12-4pm
Sun 29th July Summer Sunday Music, Tudor Barn, Well Hall Pleasaunce 3 to 5pm
Sun 29th July Music at the Rusty Bucket Marco Buono Project 5.30pm
Check local pubs for times and other events!
Follow our Eltham Arts social media and website for more information
Eltham GPO, 4 Passey Place, Eltham SE9 5DQ
Eltham Palace, Court Yard , Eltham SE9 5QE
Eltham Jazz Club at Eltham Warren Golf Club, Bexley Rd, Eltham SE9 2PE
Eltham Park South, Glenesk Rd, Eltham SE9 1AN
Bob Hope Theatre, Wythfield Rd, Eltham SE9 5GT
Folkmob at Blackheath Rugby Club, Kidbrooke Lane, Eltham SE9 6TE
Holy Trinity Church , Southend Cres , Eltham SE9 2SD
Passey Place (Eltham High St), Eltham High St, Eltham SE9 5DQ
Queencroft Park , Queenscroft Rd, Eltham SE9 5EG
Rusty Bucket, Court Yard, Eltham SE9 5PR
Severndroog Castle, Shooters Hill, SE18 3RT
The Long Pond, Westmount Rd, Eltham SE9 1UT
Tudor Barn, Well Hall Pleasaunce, Eltham SE9 6SZ
Westmount Road, Eltham, SE9
A fantastic response to our Writing on a Wall challenge. They were announced at a celebratory event at the Eltham Leisure Centre where the awards were presented.
Here are the results, with the top three in each category available to read here by clicking on the links!
1st Dylan Dreyer (11) TheWall
2nd Zacary Stewart (10) The Great Wall of Lego
3rd Grace Abe (9) The Wall Standing Between Me and My Dreams
Highly Commended Taite McQueen (9) Over the Wall
Highly Commended Emma Yarrow (6) What can you see from the top of the wall?
Commended Lottie Gillard (7) The Wall Cert
1st Issy Jones (10) WALL
2nd Abdul Salim-Said (6) The Playground Wall
3rd Neil Kumar (6) Magical Walls
Highly Commended Aimy Durand (11) Overcoming Walls
Highly Commended Sadie Drummond (9) Over the Wall
Highly Commended Harry Siri (10) The Wall
Highly Commended Macie Brennan (10) Walls around my Heart
Commended Chloe Riley (10) The Wall
Commended Ben Evans(7) The Big Brown Playground Wall
Commended Eleanor Jackson (6) The Playground Wall
Commended Guste Sinkevecute (8) Over the Wall
Commended Lola Garside (8) Over the Wall
Commended Maria Nicolaie (8) Over the Wall
Commended Marietta Meyn (6 ) The Playground Wall
Commended Nadia Dziubich (7) The Big Brown Playground Wall
Commended Priana Rettes (9) Over the Wall
Commended Tia Maile (9 ) Over the Wall
Commended Willow Gage (8) Over the Wall
Commended Zachary Morgan (8) Over the Wall
Commended Agatha Stewart (6) The Playground Wall
Commended Roxanne Peters (9) Over the Wall
Specials community awards:
Moatbridge School (Innovative Banner)
Elephant Class at Wyborne School (Class poem)
The Stewart Family (Creative Family)
Neil and Jay Kumar (Creative Family)
Thomas & James Malia and Oscar Sanford (Creative Family)
Over 18’s Awards
1st – Linda La Tour – The waiting wall
2nd Tony Clarke – The Photograph
3rd Elizabeth Isitor – The Safety of Broken Walls (The Biafran War)
Highly Commended : Lizzy Smith – Waiting
Highly Commended: Maureen Stapleton – Good fences make good neighbours
Commended: Roberta Woods – Behind the Wall
Commended : Lizzy Smith – The Wall
Commended : Jasmine Alvis – Library Wall
Commended : Greg Byrne- More Dead Than I
Awards: Poetry over 18:
1st Dawn Winchester – No Flow
2nd Ellese Elliott – Dam
3rd Jill Carr – The Struggle Within
Highly Commended Belinda Latchford – Courtyard
Highly Commended Miriam Long – A Mother’s Lament
Commended : James Curtin – Breaking Wall
Commended: James Curtin- Summer Wall
Commended: Alan Cummings – London Wall
Commended : Mick Cohen- Unite and Divide
Commended Anne Novis – The Lady of Eltham Palace
Commended : Natalie Peterson- The Truth behind my certificates
Commended : Miriam Long – The ancient stone wall
Commended : Angela McCarron – A wall is a wall
Commended : Christina Bullen – W.A.L.L
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.
He has run two creative writing workshops to support the competition and inspire people to join in .
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 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 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 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 Times, The Guardian, History 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
WALL – Our exciting community multimedia project for 2017/2018
This project has a number of elements and is including the whole community in areas of creativity.
Bricks on the Wall
Project with local schools and community groups. Encouraging groups to draw/paint on brick size cardboard 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 . Other schools are now involved and planning exciting activities and brickmaking.
We now have mosaic , knitted , embroidered and crocheted bricks. A real mix of material and creative talent. El Recreo, our Eltham Spanish group are planning a fabric installation.
Free creative workshops are being organised at the Eltham Centre for all ages .so everyone can make a brick and be involved. These are family workshops and suitable for all ages .
Eltham library : 16th Feb and 31st May 2018 from 10.30 to 12.30am and 21 June 10.30 to 12
New Eltham Library : Sat 28th April 2018 from 2 to 4pm
Leading: Pragya Kumar and John Wingham
Writing on a Wall
A short story and poetry creative writing challenge. This is on the theme of WALLS around us. 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 .
FREE Workshops were run by John Paul O’Neill to support the project and inspire everyone to join in and write a poem or a short story. These were at Eltham Library on 30th January 2018 ( Write a poem/short story – workshop for adults) and on 3 Feb 2018 2 (Write a poem. Family wokrshop for all ages). These workshops were very successful !
Poems and short stories have now been completed and there were a high level of excellent. entries. The celebratory event with an exhibition and awards took place on World Book Night 23rd April 2018 at Eltham library and was a great success with over 300 people attending . There were awards for children and adults. We were also entertained by the local Eltham ‘Make a Noise’ Choir The exhibition of a range of entries was on display at Eltham and New Eltham libraries
It is planned that a selection of entries will published in a book of the same name.
Leading: Gaynor Wingham and Miriam Storey
Songs across a Wall
Singer/song writers were challenged to write and perform their songs around the WALL theme.
We are planning a whole day of WALL songs as part of the Eltham Music Festival in Passey Place , Eltham High St on 21st 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 be able to produce a CD this time .
Leading: Zahira al Zahira and Dave Kenningham
The Secret Story Garden
Based 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
Photographer 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) .
Leading: Pragya Kumar (liaising with Sandra Marques)
“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.
Leading: Pragya Kumar (liaising with Elizabeth Itisor)
Walls from the Water (The Foundation of Time)
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
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 !
Leading: Pragya Kumar, John Wingham and Zahira Al Zahira
WALL Exhibition at the SE9 Container Gallery
This innovative gallery , designer built from shipping containers, is in the Grounds on St Thomas More Secondary School, Eltham has been booked from 22nd Sept 2018 for four weeks. We are delighted that we will have the opportunity for four 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
The Acting Class – film screening
Eltham Arts were 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 . This film which focused on the class barriers within the acting profession led to a lively Q and A with the Directors , Tom Stocks and Labour politician Trevor Macfarlane. A good evening with a thought provoking film.
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
This 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 elsewhere
Leading: Gaynor Wingham
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to discuss a project. or through the website contact.