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What's on in Southwark and Lambeth: March 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 March 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: 29 March 2021

ORBIT with The Albany

Friday 12 March – Friday 23 April, 12pm

ORBIT is a podcast which centres the voices of emerging artists, allowing creatives to grow and learn from each other and the varied obstacles they face.

ORBIT explores finding your place as a creative, how to form healthy partnerships, and feelings around self-expression.

The podcasts will be available to stream via Anchor FM, Spotify and Pocket Casts, with content released each fortnight on a Friday.

Find out more about ORBIT podcast with The Albany.

Food Distribution Hub at The Albany

Monday 22 March – Friday 9 April, 11am-2pm

As part of The Albany’s ongoing response to the pandemic, from 22 March they will become a food distribution hub for the community.

This project is spearheaded by local creative and marketing professional, Holly Adomah Thompson.

Find out more about The Albany’s Food Distribution Hub.

Hanif Abdurraqib: A Little Devil in America at Southbank Centre

Thursday 25 March – Thursday 1 April

Poet and cultural critic, Hanif Abdurraquib, introduces his new book of essays on Black performance in this broadcast event with Yomi Sode.

‘A Little Devil in America’ explores everything from tap dancing to punk, backing singers to TV hopefuls, through sports, sitcoms, fashion and space travel.

The conversation is available to stream on-demand from 7.30pm on Thursday 25 March and will be available for 7 days.

Book tickets for Hanif Abdurraqip: A Little Devil in America at Southbank Centre.

Out-Spoken at Southbank Centre

Sunday 28 March – Sunday 4 April

Out-Spoken is hosted by Joelle Taylor, with Sam ‘Junior’ Bromfield spinning the best in reggae, soul and R&B throughout the evening.

The on-demand event features sets from poets Jay Bernard and Caleb Femi, and music from singer-songwriter Mysie.

The event is available to stream on-demand from Sunday 28 March at 7.30pm and will be available for 7 days.

Book tickets for Out-Spoken at Southbank Centre.

How to calm the overthinking mind with Bell House

Monday 29 March, 7-8pm 

This session will explore a range of techniques that will help you to regain control in your life.

Overthinking, ruminating and worrying can keep us stuck in an exhausting cycle of panic, fear or procrastination.

But there are always ways to calm and restore the balance of the mind. In this session, explore a range of techniques from breathing to CBT that can help you regain control.

Book your space for How to calm the overthinking mind with Bell House.

Communities in Focus with Community Southwark

Tuesday 30 March, 5-6.30pm

This session will discuss how to reach all parts of the community – whether it’s people from ethnically diverse backgrounds, different sexualities, young people, or old – with the aim of starting a conversation about how to build inclusive communities.

Find out more about Communities in Focus with Community Southwark.

Glossy – The Inside Story of Vogue with Fashion & Textile Museum

Thursday 1 April, 6-7.30pm

Join author and Londnr founder Nina-Sophia Miralles in conversation as she discusses her new book, Glossy – The Inside Story of Vogue with Fashion & Textile Museum curator Teresa Collenette.

In this online event, Nina will discuss the history of Vogue Magazine and the characters who have been integral to its evolution and success.

Hear how Vogue has evolved over time, adapted to going online, and become one of the most recognisable brands in the world.

Find out more about Glossy – The Inside Story of Vogue at Fashion & Textile Museum.

Container Gardening for Small Spaces with Walworth Garden

Sunday 4 April, 10am-3pm

This workshop will introduce a basic understanding of the techniques helpful to growing a successful container garden.

The workshop may also be beneficial to those who have larger gardens to work with, and has the ability to move pots and containers around an outdoor space.

Find out more about Container Gardening for Small Spaces with Walworth Garden.

PUBLIC DOMAIN at Southwark Playhouse

Until Friday 16 May

A musical about the internet: those who own it, those who live in it; and you.

Written and performed by Francesca Forristal and Jordan Paul Clarke, this high-adrenaline, electronic thrill ride conceived for multi-camera streaming, is made entirely from the words of YouTube vloggers, Instagram influencers, Facebook’s tech giants and everyday internet users.

Find out more about PUBLIC DOMAIN at Southwark Playhouse.

Week starting: 22 March 2021

Patricia Domínguez: Multi-species Resistance Myths at Gasworks

Monday 8 March – Monday 2 May 

Gasworks is pleased to present the work of Chilean artist Patricia Domínguez as part of an exciting new virtual collaboration which brings together 150 living female artists from the region, highlighting female voices in Latin America.

Patricia Domínguez' work explores the emancipatory potential of the artistic imagination as an antidote to the legacy of colonialism and the subsequent effects of late capitalism.

Find out more about Patricia Domínguez: Multi-species Resistance Myths at Gasworks.

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Poetic Resonses at Tate

Monday 22 March, 6.30-8pm

This online event celebrates Lynette Yiadom-Boakye's writing, alongside work by leading and emerging writers.

These works respond to her current Tate Britain exhibition, and the evening will include a showcase of winning entries to a Tate Collective writing competition.

Find out more about Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Poetic Responses with Tate.

Sculpture Stories: Two Piece Reclining Figure No. 3 with Art in the Park

Tuesday 23 March, 1.30-3pm

Art in the Park’s online art workshop, part of the Sculpture Stories, looks a sculptures in public places around South East London.

In the second session, Dr. Dawn Pereira will talk about the history and stories behind Henry Moore’s ‘Two Piece Reclining Figure No.3’ on the Brandon Estate.

Florence Goodhand-Tait will lead arts activities devised with Julia Honess in response to these.

Find out more about Sculpture Stories: Two Piece Reclining Figure No.3 with Art in the Park.

Iceland Cineclub – 'Under the tree' by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson with South Social Film Festival and The Embassy of Iceland

Tuesday 23 March, 7-8.30pm

In collaboration with The Embassy of Iceland, South Social Film Festival launches its cycle of 4 Iceland Cineclubs.

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

Book your space for Iceland Cineclub – South Social Film Festival and The Embassy of Iceland.

Migrant Birds in the Local Area with Bell House

Wednesday 24 March, 7-8pm

Dave Clark is a local ornithologist who has a particular interest in the interactions between birds and humans. Last year, he presented to Bell House on the importance of feeding our wild birds.

This year, Dave will be introducing the topic of bird migration with a special focus on birds that can be seen in the local area.

Find out more about Migrant Birds in the Local Area with Bell House.

The New World – Southbank Centre

Available from Wednesday 24 March, 8pm

The London Philharmonic Orchestra presents Dvorák’s passionate New World Symphony, in an emotionally charged start to their spring online season.

Find out more about The New World at Southbank Centre.

Josef Frank: Patterns, Furniture, Painting – Fashion & Textile Museum

Friday 26 March, 1-2.30pm

Explore the work of designer and artist Josef Frank through this illustrated online talk.

Join Head of Exhibitions Dennis Nothdruft as he reflects on the exhibition, ‘Josef Frank: Patterns – Furniture – Painting’ shown at the museum in 2017.

Buy tickets for Josef Frank: Patterns – Furniture – Painting at Fashion & Textile Museum.

Session 28: Reclaim Space – Elephant Park Sessions

Friday 26 March

With a mission to reclaim space for artists and local communities of colour, join Tony and Senam, co-founders of non-profit arts family Flat 70, as they discuss the launch of Reclaim Space.

The campaign aims to celebrate African and Caribbean artists through a billboard campaign on 15 digital screens, including Elephant & Castle, The Southbank Tower and The Shoreditch Showcase.

Find out more about Session 28: Reclaim Space with Elephant Park Sessions.

Shook by Samuel Bailey at Southwark Playhouse

Available to stream until Sunday 28 March (95 mins)

Instead of GCSEs, Cain Riyad and Jonjo got sentences. Locked up in young offenders' institutions, they trade sweets, chat rubbish, kill time – and await fatherhood.

Grace's job is to turn these teenagers into parents, ready to take charge of their future – but can they grow up quickly enough to escape the system?

Winner of the 2019 Papatango New Writing Prize from 1406 entries, Samuel Bailey's debut production examines the young men that society shuts away.

Buy tickets for Shook by Samuel Bailey at Southwark Playhouse.

Tomorrow's Warriors presents Maddy Coombs and Xyngo live at The Albany

Sunday 28 March, 7-8pm

Enjoy the atmosphere of the live music experience with this special online stream of two hotly tipped South London artists, Maddy Coombs and Xyngo.

Find out more about Tomorrow’s Warriors presents Maddy Coombs and Xyngo live at The Albany.

Week starting: 15 March 2021

Vanessa Baird in Conversation with Drawing Room

Monday 15 March, 6.30-7.30pm

To coincide with her first UK survey, ‘If ever there were an end to a story that had no beginning’, Vanessa Baird will discuss the themes in her work and the making of the exhibition with its curators, Mary Doyle, Co-Director of Drawing Room, and Gillian Fox, Independent Curator and Assistant Curator at Hayward Gallery Touring.

Ranging from an immense wall-size seascape to intimate self-portraits, Vanessa Baird’s first UK solo show introduces her new works made in pastel and watercolour, drawing on references from her own lived experiences, as well as Scandinavian folklore and literature.

Buy your ticket for Vanessa Baird: In Conversation at Drawing Room.

Sculpture Stories: The Headless Woman or Psyche Abandoned with Art in the Park

Tuesday 16 March, 1.30-3pm

Art in the Park invites you to an art workshop as part of its Sculpture Stories series, co-curated with Julia Honess, looking at sculpture in public spaces in South East London.

This workshop will focus on the ‘Headless Woman’ or ‘Psyche Abandoned’ in Crystal Palace Park. You will learn about the history and stories behind the sculpture. There will be activities in response to these.

Book your space on Sculpture Stories: The Headless Woman or Psyche Abandoned with Art in the Park.

Soapbox with Tate

Wednesday 17 March, 2-4pm

Soapbox is a peer-led session for people near or beyond the age of 60, to meet up and share views on life and art through topical discussions and debate.

In this session, explore the evolution of textiles as an art form in this session led by Soapbox group member Sheila Bannerman.

Considering the changing place of textiles through time and in different cultures, together we will ask: should textiles be considered visual art, ‘folk art’ or craft? How can we ‘read’ textiles, and how is this affected by their context? And why have textiles often been viewed as a ‘women’s art?

Find out more about Soapbox at Tate.

Danish Cineclub – Festen by Thomas Vinterberg with South Social Film Festival & The Embassy of Denmark

Wednesday 17 March, 7-9pm

In the Danish Cineclub, discover loads of intriguing movies about teenagers, family ties and family issues.

In the final edition of the Danish Cineclub, watch Festen by Thomas Vinterberg. When a family gathers to celebrate the patriarch’s 60th birthday, the reunion turns both dark and hilarious.

Find out more about Danish Cineclub – Festen by Thomas Vinterberg with South Social Film Festival & The Embassy of Denmark.

Filmmaking 101: Script Writing with Darren Rapier – Bell House

Thursday 18 March, 7-9pm

Over the course of a year, Bell House is running a series of Filmmaking 101 events.

In the first tutorial, you will learn about screenwriting. Writer and freelance editor Darren Rapier will take you through the basics of screenwriting, how to form your idea into a workable story and formatting requirements that make a professional script.

Book your space on Filmmaking 101: Screenwriting with Darren Rapier with Bell House.

London Contemporary Orchestra with Southbank Centre

Friday 19 March, 7.30pm (available for 24 hours)

The London Contemporary Orchestra presents orchestral interpretations of new electronic music from 2020.

The orchestra has been commissioned to reinterpret the hypnotic electronics of Kelly Lee Owens’ version of ‘Arneggi’ by Radiohead and the immersive poignancy of Duval Timothy’s ‘Look’.

Find out more about, and buy tickets for, London Contemporary Orchestra at Southbank Centre.

Code Club for Kids with Lambeth Council

Sunday 21 March, 3-4pm

Code Club for children aged 9-13 provides step-by-step activity sheets to create games, animations, and websites, learning the key concepts of coding at the same time.

Learn more about Virtual Code Club for Kids with Lambeth Council.

Comedy Night with Elephant and Castle Community Hub

Sunday 21 March, 7pm

Join Elephant and Castle Community Hub for a free community night of comedy.

The evening’s entertainment will include local comedians, an open mic, classic TV clips and a comedy quiz.

Find out more about Comedy Night with Elephant and Castle Community Hub.

Week starting: 8 March 2021

Southwark Rebel Women! Marking International Women's Day – Team London Bridge and The Dragon Café

Monday 8 March, 5-6pm

Southwark Rebel Women is a new song written by The Dragon Café Singers for International Women’s Day 2021.

The song celebrates women who have lived and worked in Southwark and made a difference.

The song was written and recorded remotely during lockdown by The Dragon Café Singers with support from the Southwark Council Neighbourhoods Fund.

Find out more about Southwark Rebel Women: Marking International Women’s Day.

Journaling Workshop for Theatre Makers with Blue Elephant Theatre

Tuesday 9 March, 11am

Feeling under-motivated or lacking in energy when it comes to your creative practice?

This workshop is designed to spark creativity around theatre making in a relaxed and unpressurised way.

The workshop will mix written and artistic activities encouraging creative thinking and imagination to support the ideas you may have for your work and to inspire new ones.

Find out more about, and book your space for, Journaling Workshop for Theatre Makers with Blue Elephant Theatre.

Southwark LGBT Network Meeting with Southwark LGBT Network

Tuesday 9 March, 6-7.15pm

This meeting is for the Southwark LGBTQ+ community on Housing and the Census. Census 2021 represents the first time that voluntary questions on sexual orientation and gender identity will be asked.

This meeting will explore the importance of completing the Census and ask you for your support in promoting it.

The impact of lockdown on spaces and housing will also be discussed, with Stonewall Housing and Tonic Housing joining to share the work they do locally in supporting LGBTQ+ Homelessness.

Book your space for Southwark LGBT Network Meeting.

The Conch Online: March – South London Gallery

Wednesday 10 March, 6.30-8pm

The Conch is an open forum for emerging artists and writers that invites critical feedback on work in progress and open discussion in a relaxed atmosphere, outside of an academic institution.

This edition of The Conch focuses on editing as a part of visual arts practices.

This session will consider editing in and out, leaving and returning to work, and the essay as a form for artists’ moving image.

Find out more about The Conch Online with South London Gallery.

Life Drawing Class with Circus Performer – Art in the Park

Friday 12 March, 7-10pm

A life drawing class with circus and dance performer, Alice Davis, who is currently studying for her Bachelor of Arts in Circus and Performance Art in Tilburg, Netherlands.

Alice will pose clothed.

Find out more about Life Drawing Class with Circus Performer ­– Art in the Park.

William Blake Art Workshops for Children and Young People – Art in the Park

Saturday 13 March, 11am-12pm

This workshop is inspired by the work of William Blake, which includes engraving, paintings, poetry and book-making.

We will tell stories about William Blake in South London that you may not have heard before, and invite you to create your own modern-day versions of William Blake characters.

This workshop is for ages 5 and above.

Book your space for William Blake Art Workshop for Children and Young People with Art in the Park.

Vertical Gardening: Living Walls – Walworth Garden

Sunday 14 March, 10-3pm

Vertical Gardening: Living Walls is a 1-day workshop with prolific living wall designer and installer, Nina.

Growing a garden in a vertical dimension can be a wonderful, overlooked solution for small spaces such as walls, fences, gates, or balconies.

This session will explore how you can bring together herbs, vegetables and fruits alongside annuals and perennials to welcome new life and colour into your space.

Workshop is £75, free for Southwark residents (check terms and conditions).

Book your ticket for Vertical Gardening: Living Walls with Walworth Gardens.

Doing Days: ROUGH IDEA (on Wilderness, Blackness and Greenness) – Siobhan Davies Dance

Sunday 14 March, 12-3.30pm

This workshop is led by artist and producer Amy Lawrence, who would like to invite people who identify as being Black, Asian or as an Ethnic Minority with lived experience of racism, into a slow and gentle workshop that will discuss what it means to be seen and watched in green spaces.

In this online conversational and experimental movement workshop, participants will be invited to explore liveness in rural, suburban and urban outdoor spaces – using the body and archiving to have a conversation about being a Black body in green spaces.

Find out more about Doing Day: ROUGH IDEA with Siobhan Davies Dance.

The Sorcerer's Apprentice at Southwark Playhouse

Until Sunday 14 March

This new British musical explores the extraordinary world of a sorcerer and his rebellious daughter as she discovers the explosive possibilities of her newfound magical powers.

Against the backdrop of the Northern Lights, a small town has been pushed to the brink of collapse in a bid for progress and prosperity.

To rescue Midgard from certain destruction, father and daughter must heal their relationship and work together.

Find out more about The Sorcerer’s Apprentice at Southwark Playhouse.

Week starting: 1 March 2021

What's Your Story? Sharing personal photographs of Southwark with Southwark Local History & Archive

Thursday 4 March, 2-3.30pm

What’s Your Story is an online event where you can share your favourite photograph from Southwark and tell the story behind it.

Do you have a favourite shop, school, or perhaps an event at the park? We would love to share your photo and story of Southwark and add to its rich history.

There will be a group presentation that includes all of the photographs and you will have the opportunity to tell the story behind it. Don’t forget your tea and biscuits!

To take part, email your image to Lisa no later than one day before the event:

Book your place at the next What’s Your Story event with Southwark Local History and Archives.

Vanessa Baird: If ever there were an end to a story that had no beginning at Drawing Room

From Monday 1 March

Vanessa Baird's work is storytelling of a kind that is both provocative and emphatically individual. Her charged creations, made in pastel and watercolour, range from room-size murals to intimate self-portraits and draw on a wide range of references from her own lived experiences, as well as from Scandinavian folklore and literature.

This exhibition, the artist's first solo survey in the UK, introduces Baird's world through a selection of her extraordinary drawings, made over the last six years, and includes an immense wall-size seascape created for the show.

The online opening, on 1 March, includes a 360-degrees virtual exhibition and video walk-through of the show, accompanied by a series of talks and digital events, before a planned physical opening when restrictions ar lifted.

Find out more about Vanessa Baird: If ever there were an end to a story that had no beginning at Drawing Room.

On the street where you live: 200 years of Dulwich radicalism with Duncan Bowie – Bell House

Tuesday 2 March, 8-9pm

Continuing our 'On the street where you live' talk series, Duncan Bowie, of the Dulwich Society, will discuss the lives and politics of some of the people who have lived, or been politically active, in the area over the last 200 years.

Duncan Bowie is an academic at the University of Westminster. His most recent book, The Radical and Socialist Tradition in British Planning: From Puritan Colonies to Garden Cities, was published in 2016.

Book your tickets for On the street where you live with Duncan Bowie.

Archives & Identities: Panel Discussion – South London Gallery

Wednesday 3 March, 6-7.30pm

This panel discussion, part of New Contemporaries Archives & Identities online symposium, reflects the use of archives in contemporary visual arts practice in the exploration of identities.

The symposium considers specific methodologies that practitioners have used for both personal and public repositories, to consider their own positions in relation to investigating specific archival material.

This panel features presentations by Duncan Campbell, Althea Greenan and Nydia A Swaby and is chaired by Jo Melvin. The discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A.

Find out more about, and book your space on Archives & Identities Panel Discussion with South London Gallery.

Unearthed: Curator's Talk and Q&A – Dulwich Picture Gallery

Thursday 4 March, 7-8.30pm

Join Alexander Moore, curator of Unearthed: Photography's Roots, for an exciting introduction to the exhibition.

Through this online talk, Alexander will explore the relationship between science, photography, and our understanding of the natural world.

You will hear more about the fascinating story of still-life photography and the leading artists in the exhibition, from the 1840s to today.

Both the talk and Q&A will take place over Zoom. Ticket holders will be sent a link in advance.

Find out more about Unearthed: Curator’s Talk and Q&A at Dulwich Picture Gallery.

Books can change the world – online cartoon workshop by TAYO with Southwark Libraries

Thursday 4 March, 4.30-5.30pm

Celebrate World Book Day with a cartoon illustration workshop.

TAYO has been illustrating books for over 20 years and has run several workshops for children and adults.

In this special World Book Day event, he will talk about the wonder of books and also teach you how to draw cartoon illustrations.

To join in, bring a pencil, A4 paper and colouring pens or pencils.

Book tickets for Books can change the world – online cartoon workshop by TAYO with Southwark Libraries.

Drama Workshops with Blue Elephant Theatre and Headway SELNWK

Thursday 4 March, 3pm

Blue Elephant Theatre and Headway SELNWK are partnering to deliver online drama workshops to people in South East London or North West Kent and their carers or key workers.

The workshops will take place on Zoom on Thursday afternoons from Thursday 4 March for 12 weeks.

Book a space on Drama Workshops with Blue Elephant Theatre and Headway SELNWK.

Drummer Life Drawing with Art in the Park

Friday 5 March, 7-8.30pm

Drummer drawing session with professional drummer, Penny, who will perform live and pose for drawing. The session will be mainly short poses of 5 minutes or less.

There will be an experienced Art in the Park artist present who can offer advice if needed, as well as breakout rooms with volunteers for anybody who wishes to receive further instruction.

Find out more about Drummer Life Drawing with Art in the Park.

Molly's Circus: Storytelling and Crafts – Southwark Libraries

Saturday 6 March, 11-11.30am

World Book Day is on 4 March, but Southwark Libraries are going to carry on celebrating.

Molly’s Circus, by Esther Kent, is a book about Molly. While mum has lots of work to do, Molly’s imagination brings to life a joyful riot of trapeze from the trees, clowns, acrobats and performers of tricycles. But when disaster strikes, mum is there to help and a picnic brings everyone together.

A story aimed at 2-6 year olds through a vibrant palette of colours and shapes. Esther will read her story, talk about how it was made, and there will be a make-along tiny book activity.

Find out more about Molly’s Circus: Storytelling and Crafts with Southwark Libraries.

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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