As part of London College of Communication’s ongoing support to our cultural neighbours, we’re featuring a monthly round-up of some of the online activities and content provided by the fantastic museums, galleries and cultural venues in our local area.
From Instagram drawing clubs to virtual exhibitions, artist profiles, video demonstrations, film screenings, performances and more, here’s our guide to what you can get involved in with our Southwark and Lambeth friends and partners – all from the comfort of your own home.
Week starting: 19 April 2021
DIY Natural Inks and Dyes with Dulwich Picture Gallery
Monday 19 April, 6-8.30pm
Join this introductory workshop with artist Nikki Gardham as she guides you through the process of brewing your own natural inks and dyes using regular household and natural materials.
Nikki will then show you how to create botanical designs inspired by Dulwich Picture Gallery’s ‘Unearthed: Photography’s Roots’ exhibition.
Find out more about DIY Natural Inks and Dyes with Dulwich Picture Gallery.
Accessing Finance for Small Business Growth with Hatch Enterprise
Tuesday 20 April, 8.30-10am
Are you looking to access funding to help you sustain, grow or scale your business or social enterprise?
This session will help you to navigate different funding options and work out which one is best suited to you.
This event is for entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs and start-ups who have started their own business and are looking to grow their business and social enterprise.
Shared Reading in the Afternoon with Bell House
Tuesday 20 April, 2-3pm
Shared reading is a simple and effective way of connecting with each other through experiencing great literature. Each week, a poem or short story is brought to share and discuss.
The sessions are a safe space where anyone can come to listen or share their thoughts.
Find out more about Shared Reading in the Afternoon with Bell House.
Nine Experiments to Change the World – Southwark Playhouse
Wednesday 21 – Thursday 22 April, 7.30pm
‘Nine Experiments to Change the World’ is a fun and engaging series of short digital plays that explore issues young people are passionate about.
A theatre company, whose mission is to use virtual theatre to transform the world, presents 9 devised experiments. Each is different and unique, inspiring the audience to act.
Find out more about Nine Experiments to Change the World with Southwark Playhouse.
Annie Phillips: Modern Batik with Fashion and Textile Museum
Thursday 22 April, 6-7.30pm
Join artist Annie Phillips as she discusses her artistic practice and career in this online conversation.
Annie Phillips creates bold, vivid works of art using batik, an ancient form of wax-resist dyeing that can be traced back to ancient Egypt and variations of which can be found across the world.
Find out more about Annie Phillips: Modern Batik with Fashion and Textile Museum.
Movement of Life Drawing with Solveig – Art in the Park
Friday 23 April, 7-8.30pm
Professional dancer and artist, Solveig Phyllis Rocher, will pose clothed for this life drawing session.
The class will respond to a video of one of Solveig’s performance art pieces and hear from Solveig and her costume designer about the process of creating this work.
Solveig will then perform and experiment with images projecting behind her.
Register for Movement of Life Drawing with Solveig – Art in the Park.
Ignite: Female Dance Company (15-19 year olds) with Theatre Peckham
Saturday 24 April, 2.30pm
Theatre Peckham is excited to announce the creation of a new all-female dance company.
The company will explore a range of dance styles through performance, devising and research. Over the course of a year, you will create a multimedia performance combining both online and face-to-face strands.
Find out more about Ignite: Female Dance Company with Theatre Peckham.
Obscenities Online Screening with Blue Elephant Theatre
Saturday 24 – Sunday 25 April 2021
A comic mini-series following various South London women as they battle workmates, musical divas and their own bodily functions in the pursuit of their ultimate ambitions.
Find out more about Obscenities: Online Screening with Blue Elephant Theatre.
Week starting: 12 April 2021
Unearthed: Curator's Talk – Dulwich Picture Gallery
Available from 1 April – 30 August 2021
The curator of ‘Unearthed: Photography’s Roots’, Alexander Moore, gives his fascinating insight into the 180 year story of photography, and its intrinsic relationship to the natural world.
Explore the work of the many artists featured in the exhibition, from early pioneers William Henry Fox Talbot and Kazumasa Ogawa and the 20th century icons Imogen Cunningham and Robert Mapplethorpe, to modern day innovators like Ori Gersht and Nick Knight.
Find out more about Unearthed: Curator’s Talk with Dulwich Picture Gallery.
Vortex Open Call with Corsica Studios
Wednesday 14 April, 12pm
Last month, Corsica Studios launched Vortex, a virtual, fully interactive 3D exhibition through its new contemporary arts platform, Schemata.
This open call is for digital artists who have existing 3D work that can be exhibited in the main room of Corsica. The chosen piece will receive an artists fee of £250.
Find out more information about the Corsica Studios Schemata Vortex Open Call.
Dancebeatz Live Classes at Elephant & Castle Community Centre
Every Wednesday, 5-5.40pm
A fusion of different dance styles such as dance hall, afrobeat, soca and toning exercises to deliver a non-stop, high energy, exhilarating workout.
Find out more about Dancebeatz Live Classes at Elephant & Castle Community Hub.
Alexander Jeffries and Simone Alessandro Tavoni at 1901 Arts Club
Wednesday 14 April, 6pm
The Teddington Society presents an online recital series, in aid of the beloved local Landmark Arts Centre, featuring pianist Simone Alessandro Tavoni and tenor Alexander Jeffries, with special guest John Holland-Avery, baritone.
This recital is to raise money to keep The Landmark open for many years to come.
Find out more about Alexander Jeffries and Simone Alessandro Tavoni at 1901 Arts Club.
Night of Norwegian Shorts 2020 with South Social Film Festival and The Embassy of Norway
Wednesday 14 April, 7pm
Norwegian cinema has been nominated for 2 Oscar nominations this year, so South Social Film Festival wants to pay tribute to this new trend by hosting a Night of Shorts.
In this collaboration with the Embassy of Norway, young and up-coming filmmakers presenting their most recent works both on Zoom and Facebook Live.
Find out more about Night of Norwegian Shorts with South Social Film Festival and The Embassy of Norway.
Three Little Pigs Art Workshop with Elephant & Castle Community Hub and Art in the Park
Thursday 15 April, 11am-12pm
This workshop explores the well-known fairy tale, The Three Little Pigs, using a combination of storytelling, drawing, collaboration and prop-making.
In this fun workshop, you will discover things you might not have known about your favourite stories.
Find out more about Three Little Pigs Workshop with Elephant & Castle Community Hub and Art in the Park.
Chinelo Bally in Conversation at Fashion & Textile Museum
Thursday 15 April, 6-7.30pm
Join author and sewing expert Chinelo Bally in conversation as she celebrates the publication of her new book ‘Sew Chinelo: How to transform your wardrobe with sustainable style’.
Take this opportunity to delve into Chinelo’s sustainable approach to making clothing, minimising waste, maximising creativity and get inspired. Hear some of her top tips for re-inventing your existing wardrobe, creating stunning garments that are the perfect antidote to fast fashion.
Find out more about Chinelo Bally in Conversation at Fashion & Textile Museum.
Unearthed at Home: An evening of art and nature with Dulwich Picture Gallery
Friday 16 April, 6-8.30pm
Embrace the natural world and explore its impact on contemporary creativity at this alternative gallery Late, hosted digitally and inspired by our major exhibition: ‘Unearthed: Photography’s Roots’. Featuring appearances from leading contemporary artists, creatives and journalists.
Relax, grab a drink and immerse yourself in creativity from the comfort of your home.
Book your place for Unearthed at Home: An evening of art and nature with Dulwich Picture Gallery.
Growing a London Garden with Walworth Garden
Sunday 18 April, 10am-3pm
Outside space in cities is precious. In this informative workshop, our Garden Education Officer, Danny, will be demystifying some of the terminology and garden practices that you might encounter on your journey to create and care for your own urban paradise.
From an understanding of site, screening and aspect, to the urban microclimate, this workshop will energise and radicalise your thinking as a gardener, whether you have just started creating your space or are in the middle of an exciting project.
Book your place for Growing a London Garden workshop with Walworth Garden.
Week starting: 5 April 2021
On the Street Where You Live – The Heiress and the Hussar: A history of the Friern Estate in East Dulwich with Gavin Bowyer with Bell House
Tuesday 6 April, 8-9pm
A Dulwich local history talk with Gavin Bowyer.
Continuing the ‘On the street where you live’ talk series, Gavin Bowyer tells the fascinating story of East Dulwich’s Friern Manor Farm Estate.
From completion of its purchase in 1796 by Henry Jones, the subsequent inheritance of it by his granddaughter Mary Ann, her marriage to Captain William Cartwright, and the story of their sons, Fairfax and Aubrey, until the Estate was sold to the British Land Company in 1865.
Find out more about On the Street Where You Live: The Heiress and the Hussar with Bell House.
Aaron Sorkin in Conversation – Southbank Centre
Wedensday 31 March – Wednesday 7 April 2021 (available on demand)
Academy Award-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin joins Southbank Centre for an in-depth broadcast conversation.
Aaron Sorkin made his feature film debut with his 1992 adaptation of his own play ‘A Few Good Men’.
He followed this success with ‘The Social Network’, for which he won the Academy Award for best adapted screenplay, ‘Moneyball’ and ‘Steve Jobs’ which garnered him a Golden Globe Award for best screenplay.
Most recently, Sorkin wrote and directed the Bafta and Academy Award-nominated film ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’, now on Netflix.
Find out more about Aaron Sorkin in Conversation with Southbank Centre.
How to become an entrepreneur with Elephant & Castle Community Hub
Thursday 8 April, 11am
In this interactive online session, learn about how to come up with a good business idea, the personal characteristics of a good entrepreneur and all the practical things involved with starting your own business.
Find out more about How to become an entrepreneur with Elephant & Castle Community Hub.
The Flowering of English Chintz: 1800 – 1875, Fashion & Textile Museum
Thursday 8 April, 6-7.30pm
Join curator and world textile expert Mary Shoeser for this online lecture exploring English Chintz.
Chintzes, multi-coloured floral printed cottons widely known and loved in the 1800s, originally owed their appearance to India.
This online lecture demonstrates how chintz designs changed over the period, as well as highlighting the importance of women as consumers whose tastes were informed by new trends in gardening and collections of botanical prints.
Find out more about The Flowering of English Chintz with Fashion & Textile Museum.
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Behind the Scenes – Tate
Thursday 8 April, 6.30-8pm
Join Tate staff for a discussion demystifying exhibitions.
This panel discussion will explore the different roles and responsibilities involved in staging a Tate exhibition.
Speakers include a range of Tate staff working on different aspects of the Lynette Yiadom-Boakye exhibition.
Book tickets for Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Behind the Scenes with Tate.
Curator Talk: Chintz Cotton in Bloom – Fashion & Textile Museum
Friday 9 April, 1-2.30pm
In this panel discussion chaired by Head of Exhibitions Dennis Nothdruft, meet the curators behind the upcoming exhibition, Chintz: Cotton in Bloom.
Take a first look at images from the exhibition, including some of the 150 examples of this treasured textile originating from all around the world; from mittens to wall-hangings, to extravagant 18th century sun hats and stylish mourning dresses.
Book your ticket for Curator Talk: Chintez Cotton in Bloom with Fashion & Textile Museum.
A Springtime Celebration Party – Elephant & Castle Community Hub
Sunday 11 April, 7-8pm
Join Community Hub for an online, free, fun-filled evening celebrating the end of lockdown and a brighter future.
The evening will include an end-of-lockdown fashion parade, performances from the Community Hub Choir and Upside Down Dance, a fun community quiz, and much more.
Find out more about A Springtime Celebration Party with Elephant & Castle Community Hub.
Imaginary Millions with The Albany
Sunday 11 April, 7.30pm
An evening of poetry, rap, music and song that asks the question, ‘What’s possible from here?’.
Imagine a circular theatre space with 25 poets, singers and rappers surrounding a live band.
Each person has a microphone and can contribute at any moment.
Find out more about Imaginary Millions at The Albany.
The Fabulist Fox Sister at Southwark Playhouse
Streaming until Sunday 16 May
New York, 1892: Kate Fox, the woman who inadvertently invented séances, is holding her last one. A final audience gathers in her apartment to watch as she conjures the ghost of her two sisters to tell the story of their lives and the religion they accidentally began.
Loosely inspired by the loosely true story of Kate Fox, ‘The Fabulist Fox Sister’ is a silly, scathing and sardonic one-person musical inspired by our own era of approximate truth.
To suggest an online activity organised by a venue local to LCC for inclusion in this weekly Canvas feature, please email: Gill Henderson, Cultural and Communities Partnerships Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
[Image credit Sundeep Verdi]