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: 10 May 2021
Writing Works with the Dragon Café
Monday 10 May, 11am
At Writing Works, a new initiative by the Dragon Café, bring along your words, themes and feelings to use as an inspiration for the written word.
All supportive responses are encouraged and everybody is welcome.
Soapbox at Tate
Wednesday 12 May, 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 Soapbox session by member Richard Gray, explore the work of artist Malangatana Ngwenya (b. Mozambique, 1936-2011). Malangatana’s painting ‘Untitled’ 1967 in Tate’s collection is one of the few works held by the artist in a major public art museum.
Find out more about Soapbox at Tate.
Jennifer Scott in Conversation with Alexander Moore at Dulwich Picture Gallery
Wednesday 12 May, 7pm
Director, Jennifer Scott, and Alexander Moore, Curator of ‘Unearthed: Photography’s Roots’ will discuss the exhibition that will reopen on 19 May.
With a focus on the joys of spring, they will discuss the exhibition’s fascinating themes, from seeds to daffodils and nature, learn more about how nature has captured the imagination of photographers.
Find out more about Jennifer Scott in Conversation with Alexander Moore at Dulwich Picture Gallery.
Resilient Stitch: Wellbeing and Connection at Fashion & Textile Museum
Thursday 13 May, 6-7.30pm
Join textile artist and writer Claire Wellesley-Smith in this online in conversation as she discusses her new book Resilient Stitch: Wellbeing and Connection in Textile Art.
Claire Wellesley-Smith has long been fascinated by the concept of ‘resilience’, as part of this talk hear how she explores this theme in her new book, through the art itself and in the people creating it.
Through this conversation, Claire will discuss the concept of resilience and its connection to wellbeing and place it into the context of the coronavirus pandemic illustrated by one stitch community’s response to it.
Join the online event Resilient Stitch: Wellbeing and Connection in Textile Art with Fashion and Textile Musem.
Swedish Cineclub: 'And Then We Danced' by Levan Akin – South Social Film Festival and the Embassy of Sweden
Thursday 13 May, 7pm
The final iteration of the Swedish Cineclub introduces ‘And Then We Danced’ by Levan Akin.
The film, which has freewheeling fluency and fervency, is the story of two male dances in Tbilisi’s National Georgian Ensemble whose relationship must remain a secret due to the macho conservatism of the Georgian dance world.
Controversial in its homeland, ‘And Then We Danced’ has enchanted audiences worldwide since its world premiere at Cannes Film Festival.
Find out more about the final Swedish Cineclub with South Social Film Festival and the Embassy of Sweden.
A Dark Mind with Southbank Centre
Thursday 13 May, 7pm
A live-streamed screening of ‘A Dark Mind’, a documentary about mental health in the Black community.
Seeking to remove the taboo, challenge stigmas and initiate change, British Nigerian director and producer, Dami Adeyeye, interviews 6 individuals from within the Black community.
This event includes a screening of ‘A Dark Mind’ followed by a conversation between Adeyeye and Natalie Creary, Programme Director for Lambeth-based mental health charity Black Thrive.
Find out more about A Dark Mind at Southbank Centre.
Filmmaking 101: The Camera with Dan Robb at Bell House
Thursday 13 May, 7-9pm
Filmmaking 101’s third tutorial will cover the camera, from smartphone filmmaking to understanding focal lengths and exposure.
What does a director actually do? What makes a good script? Why is editing so important?
Over the course of this year, Bell House Films will answer these questions and many more with its series of Filmmaking 101 events, where industry professionals will host online tutorials.
Find out more about Filmmaking 101: The Camera with Bell House.
A Garden From Nothing with Walworth Garden
Saturday 15 May, 10am-3pm
Join George Hudson, the Walworth Garden Manager, as he takes you through tips to create a garden from very little.
You’ll learn how to make use of everyday items to grow your garden, how to propagate plants and how to make growing medium and plant feed from garden and kitchen waste.
Book your space on A Garden From Nothing with Walworth Garden.
Dance Writing: New Modes, Musings, Understandings with Siobhan Davis Studios
Saturday 15 May, 12-3pm
The team at Dance Art Journal (DAJ) invites you to join a workshop exploring different modes of writing from, on and about dance.
During DAJ’s Percolate residency, the team will be researching new ways to respond and write about dance. The residency will culminate in the creation of an online dance writing workshop which will encourage participants from all creative backgrounds to see and write about dance.
Find out more about Dance Writing: New Modes, Musings, Understandings with Siobhan Davis Studios.
Week starting: 3 May 2021
Money at Southwark Playhouse
Monday 26 April – Saturday 15 May, 7.30pm
Money is a unique, interactive production that puts you right in the heart of the ethical dilemma – will you accept the money?
The Nyoni Youth and Community Project is offered a large donation from the Anders Cooperation that promises to save the struggling charity. The source of the money is, however, an ethically questionable one and, as the details of the Anders Corporation’s dirty and damaging deeds come to light, the Nyoni Board – and the audience – are faced with an agonising decision: do we accept the money or do we reject it?
Book a ticket for Money at Southwark Playhouse.
Kennington Bioscope Online – Back in Focus: The Centenary of William Friese-Greene at The Cinema Museum
Wednesday 5 May, 7.30pm
The Kennington Bioscope, in conjunction with The Cinema Musem, presents another episode of KBTV, available on YouTube.
William Friese-Greene (1855-1921) was a pioneering British experimenter with moving image. This online event, marking the hundredth anniversary of his death, features contributions from three experts on early moving pictures, will talk about his life and achievements.
Find out more about Back in Focus: The Centenary of William Friese-Greene with The Cinema Museum.
Inclusive Dance with Pembroke House
Every Thursday, 4.30-5.30pm
Inclusive Dance is a contemporary dance and drama programme for young people with learning disabilities, aged 16-25.
Participants learn movement and social skills that can be transferred to the world of work and develop arts-related technical skills, such as performing and improvisation, that can be used in performing arts-related employment.
Find out more about Inclusive Dance with Pembroke House.
How to Save a Rock at The Albany
Thursday 6 May – Saturday 8 May, 11am-1pm
A bike-powered family comedy about how to have hope, while saving the last polar bear on earth.
It’s 2026 and a letter from the last ever polar bear has been found, and he’s somehow ended up in Scotland. Join the mission to save him! Through peat bogs and protests, the team needs your help.
Find out more about How to Save a Rock at The Albany.
Kaffe Fassett – Colour Inspiration at Fashion & Textile Museum
Thursday 6 May, 6pm
Join Kaffe Fassett for an illustrated online lecture presenting highlights from projects and collaborations, past and present, including his patchwork, fabric, needlepoint, mosaics, painting and knitting design.
This is a great opportunity to be immersed in Kaffe’s sense and use of colour and gain inspiration for your own creative journey.
Find out more about Kaffe Fassett – Colour Inspiration at Fashion & Textile Museum.
Bell House Gardens Sculpture Park
Friday 7 May, 11.30am – Sunday 16 May, 6pm
The Bell House gardens are open during the Dulwich Festival exhibiting works of 11 artists.
See how artists have made new works in response to the architecture and history of the house or how existing works find new context in situ. Forged metal, carved monoliths, playful Perspex, resonant cermics and woven alloys are some of the forms of the pieces in the sculpture park.
Find out more about Bell House Gardens Sculpture Park.
Designing Women: Post-War British Textiles – Fashion & Textile Museum
Friday 7 May, 1-2.30pm
Britain was at the forefront of international textile design in the 1950s and 1960s. The art of textile design radically changed after the Second World War, and three women artists were pivotal to this artistic revolution in the 1950s.
Join Head of Exhibitions, Dennis Nothdruft, as he explores how the drab days of war were transformed by the fresh, progressive designs of Lucienne Day, Jacqueline Groag and Marian Mahler.
Find out more about Designing Women: Post-War British Textiles with Fashion & Textile Museum.
Art in the Park Plant Swap and Micro-salad Session
Saturday 8 May, 2-4pm
Swap plants and make your own micro-salad container for your window sill with Jane Higginbottom and Andrea Sinclair.
This workshop will take place outside Art in the Park Studios in Chumleigh Gardens, Burgess Park.
Grab a ticket for Art in the Park Plant Swap and Micro-salad session.
Beatrice Nicholas with 1901 Arts Club
Saturday 8 May, 7.30-8.20pm
In this concert, Beatrice Nicholas performs popular classics by Mozart and Debussy as well as her own solo arrangements of Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.3. She is also joined by cellist Joe Zeitlin to perform her own composition ‘Psalmus’.
Find out more about Beatrice Nicholas at 1901 Arts Club.
Tomorrow's Warriors presents: Live at The Albany with Romarna Campbell
Sunday 9 May, 7.30pm
Albany will be presenting the next generation of hotly tipped artists in partnership with Tomorrow’s Warriors, known for pushing the boundaries in jazz.
Romarna Campbell is a drummer, composer and producer from Birmingham, with a hip-hop and jazz influence. Having just released her 25th birthday project, she is now working on her debut EP.
Find out more about Tomorrow’s Warriors presents: Live at The Albany with Romarna Campbell.
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]