Jan 21, 2019 10:30 AM

This walk around the Shoreditch area will be centred around 'Street Art' in the region. Starting at Liverpool Street Station at 10:30am you will head in the direction of Shoreditch, seeing Fashion Street and Brick Lane, returning to Liverpool Street via the Truman Brewery and Spitalsfields Market finishing around 12:30pm. Expect to get great pictures of: Incredible murals in Brick Lane  The hustle and bustle of street stalls around Truman's Brewery  Hipster chic in Spitalsfields Market For a full list of all our photo walks, and what you will be required to bring with you on your photography tour we recommend you take a look at our website: Park Cameras School of Photography - London Photo Walks Please note that you will receive an email from us a day or two before the event with full meeting point instructions and suggestions on what to bring with you.

Jan 17, 2019 10:00 AM

A unique opportunity to learn under Christie's auction house artist Oksana Leadbitter, and her New Arts Club.  Tailored to your schedule, this boutique course is 36+ hours of figurative and landscape painting that suits anyone from beginners to more accomplished painters. No experience needed! All art materials are supplied, including paints, brushes, aprons, easels and more. All you need to do is bring yourself, and a desire to learn and meet new people. Oksana will guide you through a series of art styles and techniques, offering frequent demonstrations and support. You will not need to attend every class. The course works on a by-hour basis, meaning that it works with your schedule and the hours you have left.  Come and join us every Thursday at the recreational rooms of the beautiful St Sofia church in Bayswater.  Available time slots: 10:00 - 12:00 - Adult class 12:00 - 15:00 - Children's class 19:00 - 22:00 - Adult evening class Feel free to pop in and say hello.  For more information, email: [email protected]  --- The organisers reserve the right to cancel any of the events, should unforseen circumstances arise, resulting in the refund of any canceled remaining classes. 

Jan 17, 2019 6:00 PM

#besmartaboutart networking is a monthly opportunity presented by Be Smart About Art to meet artists, curators & other art world peers, view exhibitions and spaces, and expand knowledge – creative and professional alike! In January, we’re visiting London Art Fair. The Fair showcases the most exceptional modern and contemporary art of our time, to discover and to buy. Known as an established destination for both museum quality modern and contemporary work, the Fair nurtures collecting at all levels, from prints and editions, to major works by internationally renowned artists.  The Fair features over 130 galleries showcasing an incredible selection of works, alongside a curated programme including talks with art world experts, tours of the Fair, interactive performance art and more. Be Smart About Art is being hosted by Arusha Gallery at the Fair. Hot off the heels of their success during Miami Art Week, this is an exciting time to catch gallery and talk with Creative Director, Agnieszka Prendota. TIMETABLE + NOTE ON THE VISIT:  > Your tickets will be left on the door ahead of the event. We are meeting inside the fair between 6 – 6.30pm a location inside the fair will be emailed to you ahead of the event. We will be leaving the meeting location by 6.30 promptly. > Please be aware, due to the nature of the fair environment we may need to adapt our plans to speak with Agnieszka Prendota at Arusha Gallery depending on what is happening on the stand at that moment. ABOUT THE EVENT: BSAA Founder and art world entrepreneur Susan J Mumford will introduce you to the fair, ranging from its role in the art market to what to see at this edition. She’ll then lead event attendees to Arusha Gallery where Creative Director, Agnieszka Prendota will introduce the art works on display and share her vision for the stand. Not only will you gain insight and inspiration in to the gallery’s programme, you’ll get a behind the scenes view of what is happening next for the gallery. You’ll then be free to explore, with an option to meet the group to compare notes. About Arusha Gallery Arusha Gallery is an international contemporary gallery established in 2013, with main premises in Edinburgh's historic New Town.  We represent new and established artists, whose work ranges from bronze sculptures to figurative paintings. Our programme includes group and solo exhibitions, collaborations with guest curators and public institutions, and attendance at domestic and international art fairs. Recent highlights from our 2018 programme include a sold out exhibition for the artist Helen Flockhart, with paintings based around Mary, Queen of Scots, and a sold out solo booth for painter Charlotte Keates at Miami Pulse Contemporary Art Fair. Artists exhibited on Arusha Gallery Stand at London Art Fair: Charlotte Keates | Shelly Tregoning | Jack Dunnett | Elizabeth Stewart | Michael Aurel | Ed Burkes | Sam Drake  Find out more about: Arusha Gallery On Artsy: https://www.artsy.net/arusha-gallery Via the website: https://www.arushagallery.com/ Connect with Arusha Gallery on social media: Facebook/ Twitter / Instagram: @arushagallery   The London Art Fair Via the website: https://www.londonartfair.co.uk/ Connect on social media: Facebook / Twitter / Instagram @londonartfair Ready to go? Book your place and we'll look forward to seeing you there!   KEY INFORMATION & BOOKING:  This monthly BSAA Members' event has been running since 2012. Free for Members to attend, individuals who have not yet joined our professional community are welcome to book a visitor ticket and attend once prior to committing to join Be Smart About Art. Interested in joining a supportive community for art professionals? Discover Membership Benefits and join today. Refund Policy: Refunds are available up to 24 hours prior to the event taking place (which can be requested directly via your Eventbrite booking confirmation email). Please direct any questions to [email protected]   

Jan 31, 2019 6:30 PM

Hey!  We’re back with our first event of 2019.  To kick off the new year, we thought we’d create a new kinda evening for you.. Introducing...‘Doodle Social’. So what’s it all about? Think short talks, hands on art classes and long drinks with some of our fave illustrators at an after dark cocktail bar. For our very first Doodle Social we’ve teamed up with Stitch to pull together a delicious line-up of talks from Minerva Freire, Dave Draws and Rana Fadavi. And that’s not all folks, the talks will be followed by life drawing classes led by Rana Fadavi and powered by Microsoft Surface. Capacity of this event is more intimate that your usual Glug, so make sure you sketch this one into your diary and snap up a £7 ticket before it’s too late. £7 tickets include drink, talks + drawing session! We’ll see you there,Glug London ---------------------------- Line-up. Minerva Freire / Art director, visual designer, illustrator and animator Minerva’s Fine Art background and later creative agency experience led to illustration work for magazines, books and exhibitions. With an interest in femininity and sensuality, her work explores femininity, love and living mindfully. In her latest exhibition 'All You Need Is Boobs' she wanted to break the idea of the female body as taboo and to emphasise fun over the societal association of the body with sexuality and scandal. — Dave Draws / Freelance illustrator Dave Draws is a Manchester based illustrator specialising in funky doodle based artwork and more specifically his doodle maps! Dave takes a city and pulls out fun and interesting places giving them a quirky twist before surrounding them with his trademark doodle patterns. Dave has created artwork for companies such as Channel 4, UNILAD, ITV, CBRE and Innside by Melia, and has also travelled to Hong Kong, New York and Hamburg to create bespoke murals. — Rana Fadavi / Set designer and Illustrator Rana Fadavi is a Parisian set designer and illustrator, before moving to London she worked as an assistant art director at the Issey Miyake fashion house. Rana works on a wide array of projects ranging from exhibition design, fashion and theatre.  — Life Drawing with Rana Fadavi + Alexander Whitley powered by Microsoft Surface Rana will be leading a series of 30 minute unconventional life drawing workshops where she will lead the class through different exercies that aim to loosen up the line. Our ace partners Microsoft Surface are providing a bunch of Book 2's to sketch on and models will be provided by Alexander Whitely Dance Company.  — Events Partners.  We want to thank our lovely partners who all help us deliver our events in London and around the world. Big up to the best people around: Microsoft Surface — We're completely in love with the capabilities of the Surface devices. You'll be too! Stitch - The complete solution for your black book storage, access and management - the top way to save time and supercharge your network. Getty Images — Check out Creative Insights to refresh your thinking and find inspo for your next great idea!  Awesome Merchandise BIMA Computer Arts  Easle  Gray Matters The Drum Ugly DrinksIf your company wants to get involved with Glug too, get in touch with Charlotte at [email protected] and we'll give you more information on what opportunities we've got in store for you. — [Please note that a refund is only available if the event is cancelled. It's OK to sell/give away tickets without notifying us in advance.]

Jan 17, 2019 11:00 AM

We are pleased to invite AWAD & Friends of AWAD to a Private tour of the London Art Fair.  Tour MUSEUM PARTNER starting at 11 am,  10.45-55am Collection of tickets from Susan J Mumford at the front desk  *Please note if you arrive later with no pass the guest list will be at the ticket collection desk along with the ticket.  11 am Arrive in Collectors Lounge 11.15am Welcome and introduction by Fair Director Sarah Monk 11.20  Tour of Towner Art Gallery begins lasting roughly 40 minutes Following is tour there will be a walk around to different AWAD members stands.  If you have any problems please contact AWAD number 020 7748 2340 MUSEUM PARTNER:  For every edition, London Art Fair collaborates with a different organisation to provide space in the Capital to showcase a significant regional collection. For our 2019 Fair, we are delighted to welcome Towner Art Gallery, our Museum Partner for 2019. For the 2019 edition, London Art Fair has partnered with Eastbourne's Towner Art Gallery to present The Living Collection, an exhibition that celebrates the gallery's rich heritage of collecting, exhibiting and championing contemporary art for almost a century. Towner's exhibition at London Art Fair 2019 will showcase a selection of works that are significant to the history of the gallery and its collection, and will look at the way it has been shaped by its dedicated and innovative curators, who have sought to promote and support the most significant living artists of their time. As the gallery moves towards its centenary in 2023, the collection will play an important role in interpreting the last hundred years of regional history and be used as a catalyst to talk about the future. Demonstrating the strength of the Towner Collection as an active, evolving body of contemporary art, the exhibition will feature modern and contemporary works by Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden, John Nash, William Nicholson, Duncan Grant, William Gear, Gertrude Hermes, Tirzah Garwood, and Wolfgang Tillmans. This selection will not only highlight the role of Sussex as 'The Artists' County', a place of inspiration which has nurtured artists and makers, but will also champion key figures from its history that promoted radical thinking and inspired social change throughout the twentieth century.  To celebrate their exhibition at London Art Fair 2019, Towner is commissioning a new wallpaper artwork responding to the collection, which will form the backdrop of the Towner's display at the Fair. **IMPORTANT INFORMATION IN REGARDS TO FAIR TICKETS** AWAD Members: please email [email protected] before Thursday the 10th of January in order to receive your VIP ticket via post.  FRIENDS OF AWAD/ VISITORS: You only need to purchase tickets for the tour, AWAD will provide you with comp day tickets to the fair.  To become a Friend of AWAD: See details and complete the application form. Please email: [email protected] for any questions. AWAD MEMBERS @ LAF Katrine Levin Galleries -  Stand P30 Katrine Levin Galleries showcases and promotes exceptional contemporary artists from places less explored The current focus is on Southwest China and Georgia. Some of the artists are mid-career and others are established in their own countries. The artists' cultural backgrounds provide a fascinating subcontext and perspective while the contemporary visual language creates a common bond.  Katrine believes that artwork brought into the home defines us and influences our mood – it is the first thing we see in the morning and the last thing we see at night. This belief fosters a preference for artworks that both engage the mind and nurture the soul.   The works span figurative to abstract, raw emotion to symbolic storytelling. Diverse in style, all of the artists pursue art for art's sake. The focus is on unique works that elevate and engage through an inner spark that we call talent. The Cynthia Corbett Gallery - Stand 5  The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, an international contemporary art gallery, represents emerging and newly established contemporary artists and is a regular exhibitor at major international contemporary art fairs. The gallery has an annual exhibition programme in London and New York, as well as collaborations with galleries worldwide. The gallery also works with a number of mid-career American, British and European artists whose works have been published and acquired by International museums and institutions. In 2009 the gallery launched The Young Masters Art Prize which is unique not-for profit competition, open to international and UK-based artists, the prize aims to give an international platform to both emerging and established artists. The Prize was founded by American Gallerist Cynthia Corbett and launched as a prize to celebrate artistic skill and innovation with awareness of the Old Masters and the art of the past. Brocket Gallery - Stand P3 Brocket Gallery represents a select number of cutting-edge early career artists with a particular focus on process-led techniques. Our portfolio provides the skeleton of our bold and exciting curatorial programme. The exhibition space in Kennington allows Brocket to provide a platform for early to mid-career artists and a base to invite our clients to view work. Used regularly for workshops and events. Brocket regularly take over further spaces for pop-up style event and exhibitions, site specific installations and as part of our touring programme.  ___________ ABOUT London Art Fair:  For over 31 years London Art Fair has given access to exceptional modern and contemporary art, as well as expert insight into the changing international market. The Fair is an established destination for both museum work with 130 galleries from the world’s foremost artists. London Art Fair is the first major art fair/event in the year and acts as an unmissable opening to the international art calendar, taking place 16 – 20 January 2019 (Preview 15 January). __________  ABOUT AWAD:  The Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD) is an international network of women art dealers that facilitates business and collaborations between and for members at all stages of their career as business owners. Chapters include London, New York and Global (with the latter meeting online). Members have regular opportunities to meet, network, explore shows and collections, upskill with professional development and more. Furthermore, all members adhere to professional standards with the AWAD Code of Conduct. Interested in membership? See www.womenartdealers.org/join/

Jan 31, 2019 4:00 PM

“There’s no competition in business, only collaboration.” An amazing opportunity to network with some of the most successful entrepreneurs in London and learn about the current up-and-coming start-ups. Club Workspace is a fast-growing network of creative shared work spaces. By joining our network, you get to work alongside like-minded business people in an atmosphere designed for ideas to grow into long term successful business models. During the event, you will be able to connect with some of the 4,000+ businesses currently in our network, showcase your business and hopefully find customers and business partners that could help you take your company to that next level! THE LOCATION This modern, open plan event space in London Bridge is the heart of this former Victorian Tannery, turned bustling business centre. The Leather Market is a beautiful listed period building with plenty of historical features and a cobbled courtyard, this teamed with a new contemporary café with floor to ceiling windows gives this event space a real authentic London feel of old meets new. Read more at : https://www.workspace.co.uk/co-working/locations/club-workspace-the-leather-market AIM OF THE EVENT The aim is to provide a platform for entrepreneurs and freelancers to talk about what they do, ask for tips or advice, find new customers and form strong business partnerships with Club Workspace members. WHO SHOULD ATTEND THE EVENT •Founders of businesses, social enterprises and charities. •Entrepreneurs. •Freelancers. •Anyone that wish to learn more about start-ups and business. AGENDA •16:00 - Intros and welcome •16:15 - Club workspace members will pitch their business and talk about possible collaborations •17:15 - External guests will have the possibility to talk about their business •18:00 - Networking and refreshments FAQs Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event? No What can I bring into the event? Business cards and any material you need for your presentation. How can I contact the organiser with any questions? For any question please contact: [email protected] Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? No Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends? Yes If you wish to book a slot to talk about your business please send 1) Your Full name 2) Name of the business 3) Logo or digital material To: [email protected] Please use the link to book spaces: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-london-business-show-tell-tickets-52482427353 Disclaimer: All information used in this presentation you are registering for is produced for information purposes only and is for the sole use of the attendees at the presentation.   Whilst we feel this topic is beneficial to business owners, the views expressed are not intended to be and should not be viewed as individual advice or as a recommendation by NatWest or any third party. You should seek independent advice in respect of issues that are of concern to you.   To the maximum extent permitted by law we expressly disclaim all representations, warranties, or assurance of any kind, expressed or implied, that are made to the accuracy or completeness of the information contained in this presentation and do not accept any obligation to update or correct any information contained herein.   During the event photographs may be taken on behalf of the host with a view to posting on social media to promote services offered to customers. If you do not wish to be included in the photographs please notify us.   For the avoidance of doubt NatWest does not produce the materials for all presentations. This disclaimer applies equally to any materials or presentations produced by a third party.   By registering for this event you agree that you have read and expressly agree to the use of your personal data submitted as part of your event registration by Eventbrite in accordance with their: Terms of Service:(https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/support/articles/en_US/Troubleshooting/eventbrite-terms-of-service?lg=en_GB), Data Processing Addendum for Organisers (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/support/articles/en_US/Troubleshooting/data-processing-addendum-for-organizers?lg=en_GB_); and Privacy Policy (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/support/articles/en_US/Troubleshooting/eventbrite-privacy-policy?lg=en_GB), which Eventbrite may update from time to time.

Jan 22, 2019 6:00 PM

6:00 - 8:00 PM UPRLFT - 402.5 Richmond Street, Upper Left, N6A3C7 Attend a live screening and interactive discussion of RGD's next Future By Design hosted by UPRLFT in London. Presenters include Chris Do, Jason Pamental and Jessica Zhang! Attendees will be placed in a draw to win tickets to DesignThinkers! Presenters: Chris Do, Chief Strategist and CEO of Blind    Chris Do is an Emmy award winning director, designer, strategist and educator. He’s the Chief Strategist and CEO of Blind and the Founder of The Futur— an online education platform that teaches the business of design to creative thinkers. Founded in 1995, Blind has been a pioneer in the motion design field and has made hundreds of award-winning commercials, music videos and broadcast promos that combine design, raphy, animation, live action and visual effects for screens and clients of all sizes. His firm’s work has been recognized by national and international organizations such as: the Emmy’s, Effie Gold, Effie, Huffington Post, Lynda.com, Webbie, Communication Arts, London International Awards, One Show, British D&AD, AICP 20, Pictoplasma, How, 72 dpi, L.A. Weekly, Boards, Res 10, Type Director’s Club (20, 22, 23, 26), IDN, Addy Awards, BDA, Create, Stash (2, 12, 22, 24, 35, 43, 65), Creatie Augustus 2010, Motion Design, Asia Image, Brief, 365 AIGA Year In Design 26, Art Director’s Club, Motionographer, New York Festivals, B Brand, PPaper, I.D., and Print. Jason Pamental, Designer, Strategist, Tinkerer & Typographer Jason spends much of his time working with clients to establish their typographic systems and digital strategy, helping design and development teams works smarter and faster, and running workshops about all of the above. He is a seasoned design and user experience strategy leader with over 20 years’ experience on the web in both creative and technical roles. Clients range from type industry giants, Ivy League and High Tech, to the NFL and America’s Cup. He also researches and writes on typography for the web: he’s author of Responsive Typography from O’Reilly, articles for .Net Magazine, PRINT Magazine, HOW, Monotype.com, and frequent podcast guest. Author of online courses for Aquent’s Gymnasium platform and Frontend Masters. He’s an experienced speaker and workshop leader, having presented at over 50 national and international conferences. The real story: mainly he just follows Tristan and Tillie around Turner Reservoir, posting photos on Instagram. Talk: The future is written! The evolution of design on digital platforms is being driven in many ways by the oldest element of graphic design: type. Since most of the web is words, it’s fitting that the greatest advances to design on the web and in apps are centered around typography. Not only can we implement many of the most tried and true typographic techniques but the technology of fonts themselves has evolved to make not just the design responsive to screen size and user context, but the type itself can be as well. Variable fonts, in addition to letting us make use of the whole design space of a typeface (width, weight, slant, etc) but can also give us ways to react to user context when coupled with other advances in web technology. Screen size and quality, ambient light, user preferences, even reacting over time. We’re only just beginning to explore how we can shape the interaction between reader and text or user’s environment and the presentation of the content. We’ll look at how much of this works live in a web browser during the presentation, with links to sample pages and code, and guides on how to make use of the new features. It’s a really exciting time to help shape what comes next. Jessica Zhang, Senior UX Researcher at Bloomberg LP Jessica Zhang is a UX strategist practicing research and design who currently works as an innovation and UX manager within the E*TRADE Innovation Lab. She specializes in customizing UX strategies & processes by leveraging each organization’s unique situation whether it’s creating effective tools for remote co-creation at IBM or scaling consistency processes at Bloomberg LP. She uses Design Thinking to engage stakeholders and drive agile co-creation, even on remote teams. She’s also a design mentor and helps students scope and complete real-life UX projects. Jessica believes in the power of iterating, visual storytelling and down time with her partner and pileas. Tweet about the event using the hashtag #rgdFBD

Jan 26, 2019 2:30 PM

Laughter Yoga Colliers Wood JOHMARD COMMUNITY CENTRE New year's resolution: laught more, be happier and enjoy life :) Laughter yoga helps to find our inner joy, release stress and make friends! All ages are welcome!! Laughter Yoga involves laughter exercises, games, improvisation, creativity, social connection, breathing yoga techniques, laughter meditation, playfulness, gibberish, dancing and much more! Don’t worry if you are shy or feeling hesitant, I can say that through out the session you will feel more open, connected and confident.Some benefits of Laughter Yogahttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqR179VT8tk Laughter lifts your mood and unblock emotions Lowers your stress levels and boots your immune system Connects people Makes you more resilient, giving you energy towards life ups and downs Yoga deep breathing practice supplies oxygen to the body and it makes you feel more alert, motivated, creative and productive                                                                                                                          Workshop FacilitatorI am certificated Laughter Yoga leader, artist, performer and art teacher. I have been working in the art and performance field for more than 8 years. And lately, I am very happy to share all my creativity and laughter skills to help everyone to improve their lives happiness and well-being.What to bringWear something you are comfy to move in and we will probably lie on the floor for a short ending mediation at some point! So, if you like bring a yoga mat for your comfort. Bring water too!For more info: https://www.colorida.co.uk/laughteryoga Don’t forget to Like the page, more events in Laughter Yoga and Arts: https://www.facebook.com/coloridauk/ !!! IMPORTANT PLEASE READ !!!Laughter Yoga is not a substitute for medical consultation for physical, mental and psychological illnesses, but is a powerful natural complementary form of healing. It is like any other aerobic exercise and may not be suitable for everyone as it involves some physical strain and a rise in intro-abdominal pressure.Some people may have pre-existing medical conditions and one should take reasonable precaution before doing laughter exercises or indeed any form of exercise.It is contraindicated for people suffering from: Any kind of hernia, Heart disease with angina pain, Persistent cough with breathlessness, Uncontrolled high blood pressure, Incontinence of urine, Epilepsy, Advanced (bleeding) piles and hemorrhoids or any bleeding tendencies in any part of the body, Severe backache, Any acute symptoms of cough, cold and fever. People who have undergone major surgery should wait at least three months before doing Laughter Yoga.If in doubt first consult a medical professional for guidance. Anyone undergoing physician-prescribed therapy that experiences improvements through laughter should seek the advice of their doctor before reducing dosage or stopping treatment.See you therePaola de Ramos HoHo HaHaHa

Jan 31, 2019 4:30 PM

Make Music Day 2019 – London network event You are invited to join Team London Bridge and representatives from Make Music Day UK on Thursday 31 January in London to hear about Make Music Day 2019. We’re looking to gather together a range of musicians, music groups, arts organisations, venues, businesses – anyone interested in turning Make Music Day into something huge in the capital! On 31 January there will be an opportunity to hear about Make Music Day and plans for 2019, discuss ways to get involved, network and form partnerships. Make Music Day takes place across the globe on 21 June annually. Started in France in 1982 as Fête de la Musique, this celebration of music now takes place in over 120 countries on the summer solstice. It is a DIY festival of music and anyone can perform or organise an event. Events take place in venues and public spaces – from town squares to libraries, bandstands to school halls, pubs to train stations – all are free to attend. On 21 June 2018 over 500 free performances took place across the UK, reaching audiences of almost 50,000 people. Over 100 performances took place in London in stations, libraries, schools, pubs, gardens, highstreets and over London Bridge! Check out the MMD website for images and video from this summer. Download the 2018 evaluation report here. Make Music Day – London network event Thursday 31 January 4.30-6.30pm London Bridge Hive, 1 Melior Place, London, SE1 3SZ For more information, contact [email protected] If you cannot attend but are interested in getting involved, please join the London mailing list here.

Jan 29, 2019 6:30 PM

Africa in 2019: Prospects & Forecasts Tuesday 29 January, London, 18:30 - 20:00, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS.  Followed by a networking reception.  2019 is set to be another eventful and unpredictable year in Africa. Politically, all eyes will be on the general elections in Nigeria and South Africa. But several other countries are also set to hold crucial votes, including Tunisia, Senegal, Algeria and Botswana. How will these play out? What issues are citizens most concerned about today? And what effect could increasingly influential social media platforms – and potentially the spread of fake news – have on the elections? Economically, growth in Africa is predicted to rise to 4.1% in 2019. But how will the benefits of this growth realised by citizens across the continent? Will negotiations over the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) continue apace? And will governments be able to create enough jobs and keep down the cost of living? How will people respond where they cannot? Culturally, what does Africa have in store for the coming year? The continent’s creatives – and young creatives in particular – continue to inspire a boom in film, music, art and tech worldwide. But what will be the new themes and challenges that dominate in 2019? To kick off the exciting and uncertain year, our panel – with expertise across politics, activism, the arts, education, technology, health and the economy – will attempt to answer these questions and many more. Join us for the Royal African Society’s flagship events in London and Edinburgh, delivered in partnership with the British Council, to discuss and debate what 2019 holds in store for the continent. Speakers: Razia Khan, Chief Economist for Africa and the Middle East, Standard Chartered Nanjala Nyabola, Writer and independent political analyst, Kenya Patrick Sam, Chairperson of the National Art Council of Namibia (NACN), Namibia  Kumi Naidoo, Secretary General, Amnesty International Chair: Eliza Anyangwe, Writer, editor and moderator Image: Meklit Mersha - Africa Nouveau Festival, Nairobi, Kenya

Jan 29, 2019 7:30 PM

A  workshop taking place in a small gallery in East London, in a friendly and relaxed environment where we will meditate, create some art and have fun. These classes are an innovative way of combining art and wellbeing, spirituality and creativity, as we believe they complement each other and one helps the other. You will explore a new way of creating art being connected to your deeper Self; at the same time, you will explore how mindfulness can improve your life, balance your emotions and enhance your creativity. You won't find another class like this! Using a series of exercises taken from art (drawing, painting etc.) and mindfulness (meditation, visualisation etc.), we will explore our creativity, the knowledge of ourselves, our minds and spirit, pushing the boundaries of what we believe we can do and achieve, becoming more in tune with ourselves, our creativity and the world around us. Join us for an evening of fun, relaxation and art! Usually each class will be composed of 3 parts: a meditation/mindfulness exercise, followed by some art making (usually drawing from still life or portraiture), ending with a relaxing meditation. The idea underlying this workshop is art as exploration of the Self, and mindfulness/spirituality as a booster of our creativity and general wellbeing. For any question, do not hesitate to contact me. Our website: www.artfulnesslondon.co.uk FAQs What can I bring into the event? Basic art materials are provided, usually white paper and charcoal, but you can always bring your own such as drawing pads and papers of different sizes or thicknesses, charcoal and pastels of different colours etc., if you want to experiment with different things and explore your personal taste/creativity. If you prefer meditating laying on the floor, it‘s a good idea if you bring a yoga mat as we don’t have any at the gallery. I have never meditated before and I'm not very good at drawing either, is that a problem? Absolutely not a problem at all. This workshop is suited for any ability and first timers are very welcomed, and so are people that have practised for many years too. The idea behind this workshop is to integrate mindfulness and art making to improve our life. You don't need any prior knowledge, all you need to do is to follow my voice during meditations and let yourself go and enjoy it. Anybody can do it and mindfulness is now even taught to children as its benefits are proven. Likewise, it is a false myth that some people can't draw, everybody can draw, if you can doodle you can draw too. This is not an art class and nobody is judged for its art making, we use art and drawing as a tool to explore ourselves and as a complement to our mindfulness exercises. It is a great way to explore what you can do and let yourself go completely and have fun. Why meditation with art? Shouldn't be one or the other? It's a good question. We believe that every thing is connected and our feelings and emotions have a deep importance and effect on ourselves and our physical bodies. These classes are a good way to let yourself go, to embrace and understand better your emotions, to relax and connect to your creativity and ultimately to enjoy yourself. Creativity is very important, regardless the nature of your job or your hobbies; every thing we do is connected with and can be improved by our creativity, including our lives. At the same time, knowing yourself better, calming your mind and emotions and being in peace with yourself can definitely improve your life. This series of workshops is a new way of using art and mindfulness as tools for our wellbeing. We strongly believe that actually meditation and art really work well together and can be extremely helpful to improve our life.

Jan 23, 2019 6:00 PM

Join The Five Points and Headway East London at The Pembury Tavern on Wednesday 23rd January, for an evening of board games and fundraising for a great cause! Headway East London is a local charity supporting people affected by brain injurity. Proceeds from the evening will be going towards Headway's fanatastic work supporting brain injury survivors, their families and carers. They provide a day service for survivors and early intervention and outreach services at two London hospitals and in the community.  The event is free entry and open to all. Orrrrr, donate £5 now and we'll sort you a pint on the night!  Board Games We will have an awesome selection of board games available to play, including Articulate, Connect Four, Dominos, Scattergories, Chess, Risk, Snakes and Ladders, Settlers of Catan, Secret Hitler, Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit and more. We're asking for a donation towards Headway East London to play each game.  Challenge Headway Challenge Headway East London and beat them to win yourself a pint! The Headway team are daring you to put their skills to the test and will be manning four games set-up in the pub and are daring you beat them at their own game and put their skills to the test.  Raffle and Prizes There will be a selection of prizes up for grabs on the night. Entry to the raffle will cost £2 a ticket, and all proceeds will be donated to Headway East London.  Prizes will include: Round of beers! Five Points Brewery Tour Tickets Case of beer Headway East London Supper Club Tickets Tote Bag T-shirt BYOV with Headway East London We will have DJ decks set-up and are inviting you to bring along your vinyls to play! Headway staff will be manning the decks and bringing along their collection of records to play to the pub, too.  Submit to Love: Headway East London Art and Merchandise Purchase one-of-a-kind artwork from the Submit to Love art studio, made by the Headway East London members. On display at The Pembury Tavern during the week of the 21st January.