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What's on in Southwark and Lambeth: February 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
01 February 2020

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: 22 February 2021

Continuing Conversations: An open online choreography course with Siobhan Davies and guests – Siobhan Davies Dance

Tuesdays, 23 February – 30 March 2021, 7-9pm

Both a bookend and a continuation, this series of talks picks up from the Conversation series that Siobhan Davies initiated in the early years of the studios in 2008/9.

Across six evenings, this choreography course features five artists in conversation with an interlocutor of their choice – a guest from each of their respective, and shifting, fields of practice.

Siobhan Davies will host the series and open it up through an introductory conversation.

Find out more about Continuing Conversations with Siobhan Davies Dance.

Icelandic Cineclub: RAMS by Grímur Hákonarson – South Social Film Festival & The Embassy of Iceland

Tuesday 23 February, 7-8.30pm

In collaboration with the Embassy of Iceland, we bring you Iceland Cineclub.

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

The film selection is based on local storytelling that reveals the inner turmoils of a faraway nation.

The next film, RAMS by Grímur Hákonarson (2015), is about barren landscapes and family feuds.

Find out more about Icelandic Cineclub: RAMS by Grímur Hákonarson.

Illuminating River: Fascinating Insights and Project Stories with Team London Bridge

Wednesday 24 February, 12pm

Join Ciron Edwards to learn about the Illuminated River project, a new public art commission which is transforming the capital at night.

The first four bridges – London, Cannon Street, Southwark and Millenium – were illuminated last summer, with the next five bridges – Blackfriars Raod, Waterloo, Golden Jubilee, Westminster and Lambeth – due to be completed in early 2021.

Over the course of 30 minutes, learn about the artwork, the history of the bridges, and how the team installed such an ambitious project on a working river. Ciron will be on hand to answer any questions that you might have.

Book your space on Illuminating River: Fascinating Insights and Project Stories.

South by South: New Contemporaries – South London Gallery

Wednesday 24 February, 7pm

Join South London Gallery for an evening of film screenings selected by New Contemporaries artist Zethu Maseko.

Zethu has chosen films that explore identity through spirituality and interconnectedness with the land. The central film, New Moon, follows filmmaker and photographer Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann as she embarks on a journey to the stone town of Lamu. A gigantic port project threatens to disrupt the natural rhythm of the Island off the coast of Kenya, however there is also disruption within Philippa’s new internal spiritual awareness.

Themes of ancestry, Afrofuturism and mythology run throughout the screenings.

Find out more about South by South: New Contemporaries at South London Gallery

MA/MFA Creative Practice: Dance Professional Practice Open Day – Siobhan Davies Dance

Thursday 25 February, 3-5pm

This Open Day will focus on MA/MFA Creative Practice: Dance Professional Practice strand, delivered in partnership with Independent Dance, Trinity Laban and Siobhan Davies Dance.

This is an opportunity to meet the Programme Leader and Lead Tutor online, hear about the course content and structure, and ask any questions you might have.

Register for the MA/MFA Creative Practice: Dance Professional Practice Open Day.

Marketing your XR Business to New Audiences – ACE-IT

Thursday 25 February, 12.30-1.15pm

This free talk from ACE-IT and StoryFutures will help you strategise your business growth by giving you insights into your prospective audience. At the end of the event you’ll have new ideas for marketing your XR product to new audiences.

This event is funded by ACE-IT, a joint business and innovation support programme from London South Bank University and London College of Communication.

ACE-IT provides free consultation, innovation and product validation support to London-based busiensses that are creating new immersive tech products, processes and services.

Applications for the Spring/Summer 2021 cohort of ACE-IT are open until 5 March 2021.

Register for Marketing your XR Business to New Audiences or find out how to apply.

Sunday Spot Online, Anna-Rose Stefatou (Online Live Workshop) – South London Gallery

Sunday 28 February, 2pm & 3pm

Create a collective story using poems, fictional characters and sounds in this online workshop with artist Anna-Rose Stefatou. Perfect for children aged 3-12 and their parents or guardians.

The workshop will focus on experimentation and unexpectedness. Join us to create a digital mish-mash of giggles, glitches and play.

This activity is designed for children under adult supervision.

Find out more about Sunday Spot Online with Anna-Rose Stefatou and South London Gallery.

Week starting: 15 February 2021

Queer and Now 2021 – Festival and Online Event at Tate

Monday 1 – Sunday 28 February 2021

Celebrate the powerful role of LGBTQIA+ arts and culture in today's society this LGBTQIA+ History Month.

Tate's Queer and Now festival is crossing digital borders, bringing queer artists, activists, collectives and communities together from around the world.

The events will queer digital curation into a new form of LGBTQIA+ activism and give you the chance to celebrate, explore and critique the place of art, museums and creativity in today's queer culture.

Find out more and book tickets for Tate’s Queer and Now.

Danish CineClub – The Hunt by Thomas Vinterberg with South Social Film Festival & The Embassy of Denmark

Wednesday 17 February, 7-9pm

The Hunt by Thomas Vinterberg is the second screening as part of the Danish Cineclub.

The acclaimed film by Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg is a complex piece of work, balancing heart-stopping tension with intelligence and subtle provocation.

Book a ticket for Danish Cineclub – The Hunt or watch the trailer on YouTube.

Persephone: The Story of Spring – Art in the Park for the People's Company

Tuesday 16 February, 11am-12pm

Imagine your own version of the myth of Persephone and how Spring came about in this imaginative and collaborative online art and story-telling workshop.

Ages 6+ or younger must be accompanied by a carer.

Book your space for Persephone: The Story of Spring with Art in the Park.

Panel Discussion: Decolonising the Archive – South London Gallery

Tuesday 16 February, 6pm

This discussion will consider how colonial archives and collections can be understood in decolonial times.

Paul Basu, Yvonne Mbanefo, Carmen Vida and Emmanuelle Andrews reflect on their work with the Northcote Thomas Archive from across the fields of art, anthropology, conservation and linguistics.

Find out about how different approaches are used to address hard histories, forgotten stories and connect with communities in West Africa and the UK.

Chaired by Errol Francis and part of the online event series accompanying the Art Assassins’ exhibition.

Book your space for the online panel discussion with South London Gallery.

New Writing with New Contemporaries – South London Gallery

Wednesday 17 February, 6-7.15pm

This online evening of readings, moving image, audio and performances is by a number of artists selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2020 who incorporate writing into their practice.

Literature, performance, writing and spoken word are increasingly popular forms of contemporary art practice, yet are often challenging to showcase in exhibitions.

This programme aims to support and publicly present experimental writing by a diverse group of emerging artists.

Book your space for New Writing with New Contemporaries South London Gallery.

We Hold Water: A Doing Day with Alexandrina Hemsley and Nathalia Mello – Siobhan Davies Dance Company

Saturday 20 February, 11am-4pm

Doing Days are an opportunity to experience dance and movement through actually ‘doing’ and engaging physically with artists and their processes.

Alexandrina and Nathalia offer a day to call in the sensorial, material and symbolic properties of water as a guide for feeling, writing and moving.

This “anti-racist" and "anti-ableist” space is for women, non-binary and gender non-conforming people.

Find out more about the next Siobhan Davies Dance Company Doing Day.

Tutored Life Drawing with Art in the Park

Friday 19 February, 7-8.30pm

Tutored Life Drawing session with Claudio Giuseppe who will perform live and pose nude for drawing.

This session is ideal if you are new to life drawing or want to explore some new ways to develop your life drawing skills.

Book your place on the Tutored Life Drawing session with Art in the Park.

A Night of Carnival with The Elephant & Castle Community Hub

Saturday 21 February, 7-8pm

A free, fun-filled evening for all the community celebrating all things Carnival!

The evening of entertainment includes a Carnival parade (wear your best costume!); make your own Carnival mask; find out more about Carnival around the world.

Find out more about A Night of Carnival, or join via Zoom with the Meeting ID: 894 4926 0829, Password: 309765

Convergence Community Film Festival – South London Gallery

Saturday 20 February

Join South London Gallery for a free, day-long programme of film screenings, talks and industry insights curated by local artists, filmmakers and young people.

Meet people from Women in Film SE15, BFI Commissioner Mathieu Ajan, and directors Dionne Edwards and Jade Ang Jackman, who will help to demystify the film industry and offer insights on commissioning, directing and getting your ideas off the ground.

There will be an extended evening programme, with Directors’ Talks and a screenings of short films selected by the SLG’s Art Assassins, SLG Film School and guest curators.

Find out more about Convergence Community Film Festival at the South London Gallery.

Week starting: 8 February 2021

MONUMENTS at Donmar Warehouse

Tuesday 9 – Sunday 28 February 2021

As anti-racism movements sweep the globe, young people are pushing for political action, drawing our attention to the racialised power structures embedded within society. Change is on the horizon.

MONUMENTS is a Donmar Local Project led by Resident Assistant Director Sara Anigah Malik which explore how the legacy of the Empire continues to impact our community.

Working with Sara is writer Nessah Muthy, director of photography Fẹ́mi Awójídé, and movement director Kane Husbands.

A company of twelve Black, Brown and multiracial young Londoners have produced a bold short film exploring their own experiences of everyday racism.

MONUMENTS will be released on YouTube at 11am on Tuesday 9 February and will remain online until Sunday 28 February.

Watch the trailer for MONUMENTS or find out more about the production at Donmar Warehouse.

Plays for Today by Southwark Playhouse Elders Company

Ongoing, Mondays and Thursdays

In 2020, Southwark Playhouse commissioned five playwrights to pen brand new short plays to be performed by the Elders Company, a weekly drama group for anyone aged 65 and over.

Once lockdown began, the theatre worked with the writers to adapt their plays for audio, and last summer members of the Elders Company gathered in small, socially distanced numbers at Southwark Playhouse to rehearse and record them.

Over the course of three weeks, these plays will be presented on Mondays and Thursdays.

Find out more about Plays for Today by Southwark Playhouse Elders Company.

Norway CineClub presents The Painter and the Thief by Benjamin Ree – South Social Festival & The Royal Norweigan Embassy in London

Thursday 11 February 2021, 7pm

The Painter and the Thief by Benjamin Ree is our next screening, having won 11 prizes, including the Film Festival Audience Award at BFI London Film Festival 2020.

After the theft of artist Barbora Kysilkova’s painting from the window of an Oslo gallery, documentarian Benjamin Ree followed the trial and the quest for justice.

This screening is followed by a Q&A with artist Barbora Kysilkova, known as Barbar.

Book your ticket for the Norway Cineclub screening of The Painter and the Thief and register for the Q&A with Barbora Kysilkova.

Huddle (for 2 to 5 year olds) with Unicorn Theatre

Until Wednesday 31 March 2021

A Unicorn and Illuminations Production in association with Kilskit Theatre have reimagined their 2019 Christmas hit show Huddle.

Now a brand new digital theatre experience, in partnership with the Guardian, Huddle is a moving tale of a daddy penguin and his new chick learning how to thrive in spite of the odds.

This version, narrated by Madeline Appiah, uses instrumental music and beautiful, hand-drawn animation to bring this atmospheric, snow-filled story to life.

Find out more about Huddle the play, or watch it now on YouTube.

South London Stories Premiere by Bubble Young Theatre Makers

Thursday 11 February 2021, 7-8.30pm

South London is bursting with people and stories: romance, crime, action, grief played out before your very eyes.

South London Stories is a new creative project by London Bubble Theatre (a group for 18-25 year olds).

Seven young people partnered with seven contemporary writers to co-create a character and develop a monologue set in South London. The project takes inspiration from the community and the ordinary and turns it into the extraordinary.

Find out more about South London Stories by Bubble Young Theatre Makers and watch the trailer now on YouTube.

Yoga Inspired Life Drawing with Art in the Park

Friday 12 February 2021, 7-8.30pm

Life drawing sessions with model Vanessa Abreu, who will be doing short poses of 5 to 15 minutes in the style of yoga positions.

You will need paper and drawing materials (any you can find around the house).

The session is pay what you can (suggested donation is £5).

Book your space on Yoga Inspired Life Drawing with Art in the Park.

Creative workshops for young refugees and migrants with Blue Elephant Theatre

Every Friday from 5 February – 26 March 2021, 5pm

Blue Elephant Theatre’s ReAct Youth Theatre is launching new workshops for young refugees and migrants!

Aimed at refugees and migrants aged 13-18 years old, these will be fun and creative workshops that include playing games, developing English language skills, meeting new people and learning from each other.

Find out more about Creative workshops for young refugees and migrants.

TechTogether: Sending Cards Online (Happy Valentines!) with Bell House

Saturday 13 February, 11am-12pm

TechTogether is a project at Bell House providing technical support and guidance to anyone who may need it. The workshops will be led by the friendly and patient Bell House volunteers: Liam, Georgia, Benjamin, Lucy, Philip, John, Katherine, Johnny and Ben!

This session will cover: which websites you can use to send digital cards; step-by-step making cards online; and how to send a card via email or by post through a website.

You will be able to ask any questions you may have!

Find out more about TechTogether: Sending Cards Online with Bell House.

Week starting: 1 February 2021

LCC Postgraduate Showcase: Public Programme of Events | London College of Communication

Thursday 28 January – Wednesday 3 February 2021

To mark the launch of the Postgraduate Showcase, London College of Communication presents an exciting programme of virtual events to celebrate the achievements and resilience of its community, from curated screenings to panel discussions.

In a year that has brought waves of global change, LCC's staff, students and guest speakers will reflect on wider socio-cultural shifts in their practice, disciplines and industries.


Take a look at the programme of events for the LCC Postgraduate Showcase.

Tech for All | University of the Arts London

Monday 1 – Friday 5 February 2021

UAL's Tech for All is a free, 5-day online conference open to everyone, all about digital accessibility and assistive technology.

The online conference will cover how to make digital environments more inclusive, how to use assistive technology to help you get the most out of the internet, how to create more accessible content and make use of the tools available to you.

Find out more about UAL’s Tech For All conference.

On the street where you live: Woodwarde Road and the "E" roads, with Ian McInnes | Bell House

Tuesday 2 February 2021, 8-9pm

A Dulwich local history talk about Woodwarde Road and the "E" roads.

Continuing our 'On the street where you live' talk series, Ian McInnes looks at the development of Woodwarde and Eynella Roads, Eastlands Crescent and the historic 'Plough' on Lordship Lane between 1880 and World War Two.

This online illustrated local history talk will complement the 'On the street where you live' series previously published in the Dulwich Society Journal.

Book your space for the On the street where you live talk with Ian McInnes.

Letters of Resignation: A Choreography Course for Quitters | Siobhan Davies Dance

Thursday 18 February – Thursday 10 June 2021

Rather than an introduction to dance or choreography, this course works from the ideas of exit, expansion or retreat.

Over 18 weeks, participants will receive 6 letters and take part in 3 group video calls.

Written by 5 guest artists and designed by Chatum Tanning, these letters will invoke and provoke action and reflection on the participant's hybrid, unstable and/or unclassifiable positions as practitioners.

Find out more about Letters of Resignation course with Siobhan Davies Studio.

Creative Health & Social Prescribing: Workforce Development (for artists) | Performing Medicine

Every Tuesday, 2 – 25 February 2021, 2-4pm

This online modular course supports independent artists and arts organisations in Southwark and Merton.

The course supports an understanding of how arts and culture can play a key role in healthcare and social prescribing.

This course is free to attend but there are limited spaces.

Find out more and book your space for Creative Health and Social Prescribing.

Rap X Gilbert and Sullivan (for 17-19 year olds) | Theatre Peckham and English Touring Opera

Every Wednesday until 24 February 2021, 6pm

Join rapper John Akinde and opera singer Themba Myula for this exciting new project in collaboration with English Touring Opera.

Through five online workshops, and one ‘in person’ event, you will learn about rap and the operatic form of Gilbert and Sullivan.

Through the online sessions, you will work with John and Themba to learn about how to use your voice, both in rap and opera. There will be opportunities for writing and performing your own lyrics – whether that will be as a rap or in song.

In the final session all your work will be recorded in a live sharing performance at Theatre Peckham.

Register for Rap X Gilbert and Sullivan with Theatre Peckham.

Charlie Chaplin & The Story of Care | The Cinema Museum

Thursday 4 February 2021, 6pm

The Kid (1921) propelled Charlie Chaplin to stardom and was one of his most personal movies, resonating with his own childhood experiences and his rags to riches story.

To mark the centenary of this classic film, join Dr. Carol Homden, group Chief Executive of Coram, Kate Guyonyarch from The Chaplin Office in Paris, and British Film Institute expert Bryony Dixon for a discussion on Chaplin and the story of care.

Find out more about, and get tickets for Charlie Chaplin & The Story of Care with The Cinema Museum.

Life Drawing Inspired by Famous Paintings | Art in the Park

Friday 5 February, 7-8.30pm

You are invited to join Art in the Park’s online movement life drawing session, with Tatiana Moressoni who will pose in the style of famous paintings.

Screenshots, recordings, or photos of the session are strictly forbidden and cameras must be kept on.

Book your space for Life Drawing Inspired by Famous Paintings with Art in the Park.

Devoted & Disgruntled 2021 (D&D) | Improbable

Saturday 6 – Monday 8 February 2021

Devoted & Disgruntled (D&D) is an opportunity for everyone passionate about the arts – from audiences to artists, CEOs to FOH staff, grassroots groups to seasoned professionals – to get together and focus on the question: “What are we going to do about theatre and the performing arts?”

This year, the format is a bit different because we’re running it online. However, the fundamentals remain exactly the same: D&D is a two-and-a-half-day event in which you get to set the agenda and decide what conversations you want to be part of.

Once you’ve booked your ticket, you can take part in as much or as little as you like.

Find out more about Devoted & Disgruntled 2021 and book your tickets.

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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