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A postcard from Eltham

Eltham Arts
Enter Eltham Arts’ latest competition!

The next creative challenge from Eltham Arts is a competition to design a postcard that shows Eltham as an attractive and creative place to live, work or visit.

You don’t have to be an expert artist to enter. Be a part of creative Eltham – it’s your community!

Prizes and awards for all age groups and special prizes. This competition is organised by Eltham Arts.

For more information contact elthamarts@aol.co.uk or call 020 8859 4678. You can also follow us on twitter @elthamarts.

Competition rules
1. Entry is free and all ages can enter. Up to 3 entries are allowed per person. You must write on the back of each entry in pencil, your name, age [if under 18], email address/ telephone number and the title for your postcard.
2. If you are under 18 your parent/guardian must give permission by signing the back of each entry and giving their name and contact details.
3. Entries must be placed in an envelope. Envelopes must be clearly marked A POSTCARD FROM ELTHAM. Multiple entries from schools can be placed in one envelope. Entries can be posted or delivered by hand to either of the following addresses. • Eltham Arts c/o 17 Greenholm Road, Eltham, London SE9 1UQ • Eltham Library, The Eltham Centre, 2 Archery Road, Eltham SE9 1HA
4. The closing date for entry is Sunday 1st March 2015. After this date no further entries will be accepted. Your entry will not be returned.
5. There will be prizes and awards in two categories, under 18 and over 18, and some special prizes. Winning entries may be turned into postcards and used to promote and celebrate Eltham.
6. Each entry must be on A5 size stiff paper or thin card. Your design must be original, not infringe any copyright and must contain or have the words ‘a Postcard from Eltham’ on it. This can be small but must be readable. You can also give your work a title if you choose
7. You may use any medium. For example, water colour, charcoal, pen and ink or acrylic or mixed media such as collage. Your design can be abstract or realistic and can use letters as part of the design.
8. Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges. The judges will be looking for original design and an imaginative use of colour and form as well as technical skill in the use of the medium you have chosen. Above all the judges will be looking for entries that show Eltham as a great place where people will want to visit or live.
9. The judge’s decision in all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
10. There will be a celebratory event on World Book Night 23rd April 2015 when the winners will be announced.
11. There will be an exhibition and maybe a sale of the original artwork. Selected designs will be printed as postcards and sold. All profits will be donated to local groups and charities.
12. In entering the competition you agree to the use of your entry in any publicity material or publication in relation to or designated by Eltham Arts. The copyright remains with the artist
13. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions and has read and accepts all the rules for the contest.

 

 

Our Tales of Eltham book is launched!

With a hundred people attending the book launch at Eltham library on Saturday it was standing room only ! What great support for our community short story book Tales of Eltham, with over 90 short stories on subjects as diverse as love, loss, pantomime horses, ghosts and funerals for goldfish . Such a range of stories based on the theme of ‘An Eltham Experience’ has created a lovely book written by children and adults who live in the area or know Eltham well. With many authors being prepared to read their stories at the launch we were moved by some stories and laughed at others. What a great creative community we have in Eltham!

If you would like a copy of the book Tales of Eltham , copies are available at Eltham Library or email elthamarts@aol.co.uk

Tales of Eltham front cover

Creative connections

Eltham Arts Conference workshops
Conference attendees discussing creativity in Eltham

More than 70 locals met on 18 October for ‘Creative Eltham – Developing the Arts’ – a conference designed to showcase the creativity and passion for the arts in Eltham.

Organised by Eltham Arts, the conference was held at The Friendship Centre in Glenure Road, and featured an afternoon of arts-related discussion and activity. The event began with three keynote speakers, the first of which was Miranda Williams, cabinet member for Culture and Creative Industries, Royal Greenwich Council. Williams said that Eltham has a “thriving arts community, which the council is keen to support”.

She detailed arts activity supported and undertaken by the council in Eltham so far this year, which included the summer music festival at Passey Place, organised in association with Eltham Arts. Williams agreed that activity such as this “helps to animate our town centres and provides opportunities for artists and audiences to come together and promote community events.” Williams concluded by encouraging local arts organisations to apply for the council’s Community Arts Fund. “The fund encourages partnerships between established organisations and the community, and I encourage you to apply,” she said. She also recommended listing arts events and organisations on the council’s directory.

Apply for Greenwich Council’s Arts Fund.

Dr Heather Lilley, senior lecturer drama, University of Greenwich, then took the stage to discuss reminiscence theatre – a technique that involves producing pieces of theatre from memories. In 2012, the university acquired an archive of reminiscence theatre productions created between 1983 and 2005, and have been using them with their students ever since. The material is used to create theatre from memories with the elderly in mind, which inspires audiences to link back to a time when their lives were perhaps fuller and involved new experiences. This type of theatre also encourages interaction between young and old people.

As a result of the work undertaken, the university has toured nine care homes in Greenwich and Woolwich, and hopes to extend this initiative. “It’s purely a positive experience for both groups,” said Lilley. “The performers and audience chat afterwards, and have a meaningful conversation prompted by particular subjects in performance, not just stories, real memories, real lives. There is a real responsibility to students to express the memories as authentically and as truthfully as possible.” Lilley encouraged attendees to visit the (free to access) archive and use the material. “There’s no reason why reminiscence theatre cannot be brought to Eltham,” she said.

The final speaker of the afternoon was Amy Ash, learning and participation curator at the Gerald Moore Gallery. Ash explained that although the gallery operates in collaboration with the school, it’s also a service to the community. She detailed several projects that have been undertaken by the gallery this year, which included a weekly arts outreach programme facilitated by Eltham College’s sixth form students, where local primary schools were visited. “We’ve already seen a difference in engagement here,” said Ash. The gallery also facilitated a series of talks which culminated in an exhibition, and are working with local organiastions (including Eltham Arts) to create other new opportunities for the community.

After some networking, attendees broke into groups to discuss several areas affecting the arts: health and wellbeing; business and regeneration; funding and development; publicity and marketing and arts for all. The discussions were then summaried and fed back to the whole group, and will form a blueprint for Eltham Arts’ activity going forward.

View photos from the Eltham Arts Conference.

The next Eltham Arts event will be the launch of our Tales of Eltham book after the successful short story competition earlier this year. The launch will take place on 1 November 2014 from 2.30pm at Eltham Library. For more details, contact us.