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What's on in Southwark and Lambeth: April 2021

Image of LCC and Elephant and Castle taken from above
Image of LCC and Elephant and Castle taken from above
Image of LCC and the local area from above
Written by
Mia Cormack
Published date
05 April 2021

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: 26 April 2021

The Creative Coding Collective Launch with the Albany

Monday 26 April, 6-8pm

Lewisham Homes and the Albany are proud to launch the all new Creative Coding Collective. The Collective is a free twelve-week programme for young people aged 16-21.

You will be trained in universal coding language, supported and mentored, and at the end of the programme you will have the opportunity of a paid internship at a local tech firm.

Find out more about Creative Coding Collective with the Albany.

Sculpture Stories, Caryatids – Origins, Mythology and Influences with Art in the Park

Tuesday 27 April, 1.30-3pm

Art in the Park holds its fourth instalment of its online Sculpture Stories art workshop, co-curated with Julia Honess, looking at sculpture in public spaces in South East London.

This workshop will focus on the origins and mythology of Caryatid sculptures, as seen in Southwark Park, and how they have beautifully blended sculpture and architecture since ancient times and influenced great artists.

Find out more about Sculpture Stories, Caryatids with Art in the Park.

Iceland Cineclub – A white, white day by Hlynur Pálmason with South Social Film Festival & The Embassy of Iceland

Tuesday 27 April, 7-9pm

In collaboration with the Embassy of Iceland, we are launching a cycle of 4 Iceland Cineclubs.

Icelandic cinema is thriving and produces several films each year, and Iceland’s scenic landscape is a popular location for shooting big-budget productions.

Iceland Cineclub’s film selection is based on local storytelling that reveals the inner turmoil of a faraway nation.

Book tickets for Iceland Cineclub – A white white day by Hlynur Pálmason.

Alexander Jeffries and Simone Alessandro Tavoni at 1901 Arts Club

Wednesday 28 April, 6pm

The Teddington Society presents an online recital series, in aid of the beloved local Landmark Arts Centre.

The online recital will feature Simone Alessandro Tavoni and tenor Alexander Jeffries, with special guest John Holland-Avery, baritone.

Find out more about Alexander Jeffries and Simone Alexander at 1901 Arts Club.

Teachers' Assembly: Drawing the Abstract at Drawing Room

Thursday 29 April, 4-5.30pm

This is the third event in Drawing Room’s Rock Paper Scissors Teachers’ Assembly series, which seeks to break down down the distinction between artist and promote drawing practice as a central part of creative pedagogy in schools.

All teachers and educators are welcome to assemble for hands-on workshop and discussion with artists Halim Akhtar and Rita Evans.

Both artists will be in conversation with teachers from Charlotte Sharman Primary School, Sophie Morris and Cybell Jatoe, reflecting on their recent in-school project with Key Stage 2 pupils.

Discover more about Teachers’ Assembly: Drawing the Abstract with Drawing Room.

The Secret Life of Scissors – Tales of the Unexpected with Fashion and Textile Museum

Thursday 29 April, 6-7.30pm

A universal and democratic tool that empowers us all to perform an array of tasks from the ordinary to the extraordinary, scissors are also objects surrounded by superstition, symbolism and myth.

Referencing her personal collection of scissors, collector and curator Teresa Collenette will share snippets and tales that will ensure you never see scissors in the same light again.

Find out more about The Secret Life of Scissors – Tales of the Unexpected with Fashion and Textile Museum.

Digital Tapestry Workshop with Tate

Thursday 29 April, 6-7.15pm

Using textiles, we will make visual responses to memories and bring them together online to create a collective artwork.

This workshop is curated in response to Haegue Yang: Strange Attractors and is aimed at young audiences, aged 15-25.

Find out more about Digital Tapestries Workshop at Tate.

Introduction to Food Growing with Walworth Garden

Sunday 2 May, 10am-3pm

This session will cover the beginner knowledge that will help start your journey into growing your own herbs, vegetables and fruit in your own space, and give you the opportunity to ask an expert plenty of questions.

Book your space on Introduction to Food Growing with Walworth Gardens.

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.

Register for Accessing Finance for Small Business Growth – Southwark Council.

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.

Stream The Fabulist Fox Sister with Southwark Playhouse.

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:

[Image credit Sundeep Verdi]

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