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 and in-person activities 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 stay involved with our Southwark and Lambeth friends and partners.
Week starting: 14 June 2021
Drawing to Activate Dissent and Reparation with Drawing Room – Online
Tuesday 15 June, 6-7pm
This event brings together Drawing Room Biennal 2021 artists: Alvaro Barrington, Jade Montserrat, Hardeep Pandhal and Lindsay Seers in conversation with Drawing Room co-director, Kate Macfarlane.
Taking their contribution to the Biennial as a starting point, this conversation will tease out where drawing fits in, the role it plays, how it intersects with other media and what drawing, or the activity of drawing, can do.
Find out more about Drawing to Activate Dissent and Reparation with the Drawing Room.
An Evening with an Immigrant with The Albany – Online
Tuesday 15 – Saturday 19 June, various times
Born to a Muslim father and a Christian mother in what is now considered by many to be Boko Haram territory, award-winning poet and playwright, Inua Ellams, left Nigeria for England in 1996 aged 12, moved to Ireland for three years, before returning to London and starting work as a writer and graphic designer.
Littered with poems, stories and anecdotes, award-winning poet Inua Ellams tells his ridiculous, fantastic immigrant story of looking for a country to belong to and a place to call home.
‘An Evening with an Immigrant’ was filmed at The Bridge Theatre in November 2020 and is presented on Fuel Digital.
Find out more about An Evening with an Immigrant with The Albany.
Under Milk Wood at National Theatre – In-person
Wednesday 16 June – Saturday 24 July, various times
A community is sleeping. If you listen closely, you can hear their dreams.
The retired sea captain yearning for his lost love. The landlady living in terror of her guests. A father who can no longer access his memories. A son in search of redemption.
As they awake to boiled eggs and the postman, the residents of a small Welsh village juggle old secrets and new realities.
Michael Sheen, Karl Johnson and Siân Phillips star in Dylan Thomas’ masterpiece, directed by Lyndsey Turner.
Find out more about Under Milk Wood at National Theatre.
Weaving Past and Future: Panel Discussion at Gasworks – Online
Wednesday 16 June
Exhibiting artist Mercedes Azpilicueta and Gasworks’ curator Sabel Gavaldon present a panel discussion with researchers from the University of the Basque Country.
The podcast discusses Erauso, as a contested figure that resists categorisation across various aces, including those of sex/gender, empire/coloniality, and questions of authorship. The podcast examines epistemological problems underpinning the construction of history, and how these are reflected in Azpilicueta’s work.
Find out more about Weaving Past and Future: Panel Discussion with Gasworks.
Kicking Dust Panel Discussion at Southbank Centre – Online
Wednesday 16 June, 6.30pm
Uncover artist Igshaan Adams’ distinct approach to materiality at a live-streamed discussion between a panel of experts.
The conversation focuses on how the artist’s choice of materials, and inventive and varied styles of weaving, lends itself to an exploration of identity, specifically in relation to race, religion and sexuality.
The Cape Town-based panellists include scholar, Dr Ala Alhourani; curator Josh Ginsburg; and academic and curator, Dr Portia Malatiie.
Find out more about Kicking Dust Panel Discussion at Southbank Centre.
Counterpoints Arts with Southbank Centre
Friday 18 June, 5pm, Saturday 19 June, 2pm
Celebrate Refugee Week with two days of performances from incredible DJs, in collaboration with Counterpoints Arts.
Counterpoints Arts are a leading national organisation in the field of arts, migration and cultural change. Since their set up in 2012, they have supported hundreds of artists, organisations and communities to develop new work, skills and connections.
Find out more about Counterpoints Arts at Southbank Centre.
Journeys Late at Home with Dulwich Picture Gallery – Online
Friday 18 June, 6-9.30pm
Celebrate stories of migration across cultures in this special Late.
Explore identity and celebrate culture through creative workshops, performances, music and a make-up masterclass. Travel the globe with music curated by DJ and Rhythm Section Founder Bradley Zero.
Dive into friendship, chosen families, collaborative and community-based art, and the right of love and movement, through ‘Lavender Man’, a film by artist Tania El Khoury, Katarzyna Perlak performs their version of Eastern European folk traditions, and artist Ragu Rage presents their ‘Recipes for Resistance’ project that explores the politics of food.
Find out more about Journeys Late at Home with Dulwich Picture Gallery.
Absolute Live: Performances Sharing at Streatham Space Project – In-person
Saturday 19 June, 7.30-8.30pm
In this live session at Streatham Space Project, join the House of Absolute team and Philharmonia musicians, as they introduce and share a selection of artistic collaborations.
Through a combination of live performance and dialogue, this session offers a unique opportunity to explore the motivations and meanins behind the artists’ creations, and to look forward to the future of House of Absolute’s Philharmonia residency.
Find out more about Absolute Live: Performance Sharing at Streatham Project Space.
Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Harry Baker at Bold Tendencies – In-person
Saturday 19 June, 9.15-10.15pm
Sheku Kannwh-Mason is returning to Bold Tendencies for a special performance with his collaborator Harry Baker, an award-winning improvising pianist and composer in jazz, classical and new-music.
The programme will feature improvisations around folk songs and jazz standards, in addition to composition by Bach and Nadia Boulanger, the French composer, conductor and music teacher.
Buy tickets for Sheku Kanneh Mason and Harry Baker at Bold Tendencies.
Walk It Talk It: Meet me at the Tree of Heaven at South London Gallery
Sunday 20 June, 2pm
‘Meet me at the Tree of Heaven’ is a walking tour devised by artist Laura Wilson in collaboration with students from First Year BA (Hons) Interior and Spatial Design at Camberwell College of Art.
The tour will take in some of the sites chosen by students for their recent project exploring the local area, along with places selected by Laura that reflect her personal knowledge of the spaces surrounding the gallery.
Find out more about Walk It Talk It: Meet me at the Tree of Heaven at South London Gallery.
Week starting: 7 June 2021
Igshaan Adams: Kicking Dust Exhibition at Southbank Centre – In-person
Until 25 July 2021, various times
Adams' cross-disciplinary practice combines aspects of weaving, sculpture and installation that explore concerns related to race, religion and sexuality.
Drawing on the material and formal iconographies of Islam, his intricate textile works also reference the socio-political histories of creole communities.
The exhibition takes the form of a single immersive environment, consisting of new works that have been produced for the occasion.
Find out more about Igshaan Adams: Kicking Dust Exhibition at Southbank Centre.
Inside Out by Agustin Coll at Camberwell Library – In-person
Tuesday 1 June – Wednesday 30 June
Enter the surreal world of illustrator Agustin Coll's witty architectural characters in this visual diary of the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic, hand-drawn from his bedroom in South London.
In partnership with Camberwell Arts and as part of the London Architecture Festival.
Find out more about Inside Out by Agustin Coll at Camberwell Library.
After Life at National Theatre – In-person
Wednesday 2 June – Saturday 24 July
If you could spend eternity with just one precious memory, what would it be?
A group of strangers grapple with this impossible question as they find themselves in a bureaucratic waiting room between life and death.
Written by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) from a concept by Bunny Christie (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) and Jeremy Herrin (People, Places and Things).
Find out more about After Life at the National Theatre.
Ariella & Renzo Danceworks with The Dragon Café – Online
Monday 7 June, 5pm
The Dragon invites you to join an easy and dynamic dance class that encourages a sense of togetherness and wellbeing.
Whether you want to dance in your pyjamas, or just chill out and listen to the music, Ariella & Renzo's Danceworks will uplift your Monday from the comfort of your home.
Itinerant Imaginaries with Tate – Online
Monday 7 June, 6-8pm, Tuesday 8 June 2-4pm and 6-8pm
How can archival experimentation help us question national narratives told through the work of Black artists and artists of colour in Britain?
Creating Interferences and CREAM (Centre for Research and Education in Art and Media), University of Westminster invites you to three events which are the first part of a conversation that will continue in October 2021.
These online conversations will address critical questions relating to intertwined histories of empire, memory, forgetting, radical collecting practices and the process of unsettling national archives.
Find out more about Itinerant Imaginaries at Tate.
Equitable Entrepreneurship: From diversity to inclusion to equity with Hatch – Online
Thursday 10 June, 1-2pm
Hatch's mission is to build a fairer society by supporting underrepresented founders into business.
This talk will bring together Sulaiman Khan and Collette Phillip, two inclusive entrepreneurs from the Hatch community who will share their practical wisdom on how to build equity, inclusion and diversity into the heart of your business.
Find out more about Equitable Entrepreneurship: From diversity to inclusion and equity with Hatch.
Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution with Fashion & Textile Museum – Online
Friday 11 June, 1-2.30pm
Join Head of Exhibitions Dennis Nothdruft as he explores how a group of radical young architects, designers, photographers and artists redefined the concept of youth and challenged the established order in 1950s London.
At the forefront of this group of young revolutionaries were Mary Quant and Terence Conran.
Hear how this new wave of design, covering fashion, textiles, furniture, lighting, homewares, ceramics and ephemera, had an impact on the style and socioeconomics of this transformative period.
Find out more abut Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution with Fashion & Textile Museum.
Journeys: Illustrating Life with Dulwich Picture Gallery – Online
Friday 11 June, 6.30-8.30pm
Join Olivier Kugler for this discussion about migration and travel. Find out the influence that migration had on the UK through Olivier's illustration, and learn about the processes and techniques that he uses to document stories on location.
Find out more about Journeys: Illustrating Life with Dulwich Picture Gallery.
Sisu at Southbank Centre – In-person
Saturday 12 June, 6pm – Sunday 13 June, 1pm
Take a seat on the Southbank Centre terrace for a weekend of music selected by female and non-binary DJs and producers.
Sisu blossomed in 2017 from a DJ course held at the Southbank Centre. Sisu connects and nurtures new and existing talent in the electronic music community.
Find out more about Sisu at Southbank Centre.
Summer in the Garden: Black Panther at The Albany – In-person
Saturday 12 June, 7pm
Deptford Cinema is proud to present a free outdoor screening of Black Panther, in partnership with The Albany.
Deptford Cinema's Summer in the Garden, in collaboration with The Albany and Deptford Lounge, will show a season of carefully curated films while the cinema seeks a permanent new venue.
Find out more about Summer in the Garden: Black Panther at The Albany.
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: email@example.com
[Image credit Sundeep Verdi]