Feb 01, 2019 1:00 PM


Feb 25, 2019 9:00 AM

Celebrate our centenary year by joining us at some of our '100 things to do for free' September 2019 marks 100 years since we opened our doors. Our Centenary affords us the opportunity of looking back and commemorating moments from our history. To say thank you to Londoners for a century of support we have free places on several events throught the year. Join us to celebrate our diverse community of students, staff and partners. Free places include performances, shows, talks and courses that span the breadth of subjects at City Lit. From the Schools of Humanities and Science, Languages, Performing Arts, Visual Arts and Communities. Where spaces are limited they are are offered on a first-come, first-served basis via this Eventbrite page but many you do not need a ticket for, see the full list on City Lit's website.

Feb 23, 2019 10:30 AM

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE VENUE HAS CHANGED. THIS EVENT WILL NOW TAKE PLACE AT: 53 Colvestone Crescent, London, E8 2LG. -- This Spring, the Song Collectors Collective invites you to Lore School…Lore School is a new workshop series (3 sessions in total) focusing on the skills and lore of song collecting, storytelling, fieldwork and other ‘bardic arts’, from many of the finest practitioners working today.Each monthly session we will have two special guests, each sharing:‘How I Learnt the Lore’ - an informal talk exploring a personal journey, looking at creative and professional development, and best practiceFollowed by ‘Laying Down the Lore’ - a knowledge exchange, sharing song/s, stories, rituals or skills of personal significance, passed on to the group for safekeeping and further transmissionLore School will take place at 53 Colvestone Crescent, London, E8 2LG, 10.30am-2pm.£40 for all three sessions - please email [email protected]

Feb 16, 2019 2:00 PM

THE RESILIENT DISCIPLELENT PROGRAMME AT THE CATHEDRAL CENTRE The art of kintsugi ('repairing with gold') not only restores cracked objects but makes them even more beautiful than before. Is it possible to respond to the adversities of life by becoming stronger, wiser and more loveing? Justine Allain Chapman invites us to join her on a journey of self discovery this Lent, with daily reflections exploring how God, who always calls to love beyond ourselves, offers tender healing for our brokenness so that we may be consoled and renewed. The Venerable Dr Justine Allain Chapman is Archdeacon of Boston, Lincs. She was previously Vice-Principal of the South-East Institue of Theological Education and a vicar in Clapham, South London. She is a regular conference and retreat speaker on the topic of resilience and Christian discipleship. Her first book, Resilient Pastors, was based on her doctoral research on the subject of reslience in Christian ministry. Saturday 16 February - A quiet afternoon, with an introduction as to how to use them with others Monday 18 March - A quiet afternoon on Peter: falling, faithful and fruitful Saturday 6 April - A quiet afternoon to prepare for Holy Week Sessions held in the afternoon at the Cathedral Centre, 17 Minster Yard, LN2 1PX For further information r if you have any questions then please contact the events team on [email protected] or 01522 504 394

Feb 23, 2019 10:00 AM

Tezhip Foundations (Part 1): Methods, Materials, Design - Saturday Class 5 Saturdays from 23rd February - 30th March 2019*, 10am - 4pm *Please note there is NO CLASS on Saturday, 2nd of March 2019 This new Islamic art course is designed for students who would like to delve deep into the art of tezhip (Islamic manuscript illumination). Part 1 will focus on design skills, forming the first of three courses exploring the rich and exquisitely beautiful world of Islamic manuscripts.    For centuries, Muslim artists have used gold, pigments, and inks to adorn and illuminate both sacred and non-religious texts. Come join us in learning how these designs were composed and painted using ancient methods and techniques. Classes are practical, and will be taught in the same manner, using the same exercises as traditional illumination lessons in Istanbul. If you have ever thought about studying Islamic art in the traditional way, this course is for you! We will take a detailed look at the pattern elements of illumination, familiarising with the rich and varied world of plant and floral motifs. Exploring the rules and principles for creating traditional Islamic designs, students will then have the opportunity to create their own compositions. They will receive personalised, one-to-one feedback on their work, challenging them to develop and refine their skills even further. In addition, we will take a closer look at the traditional methods and materials used in the art of illumination. Students will have the opportunity to make their own paints from raw pigment, and learn how to make the most important colour for illuminators - shell gold, ground and filtered from gold leaf. Students will paint their designs using beautiful and elegant centuries-old techniques from the world of Islamic art.  At the end of the course, each student will have their own uniqely designed and painted frontispiece or shamsa to take home.  *Students are asked to bring a book of genuine 22 carat gold leaf (loose leaf, NOT transfer) to session 1, otherwise all materials are covered in the course fee*  Tutor Ayesha Gamiet has over 12 years experience of Islamic art, having studied the craft under a Master Illuminator in Istanbul. Ayesha is an MA graduate from the Prince's School of Traditional Arts, London, and was most recently commissioned by the Royal Library to produce illuminated frontispieces gifted to HM Queen Elizabeth II, and HRH Prince Charles. To find out more about Ayesha and her work, please click here.  For information about all Ayesha's current courses, please click here.  FAQs What should I bring to the course?   Students are asked to bring a book of 22 carat gold leaf (loose leaf, NOT transfer) to session 1, otherwise all materials are covered in the course fee.  You can purchase gold leaf from a supplier such as Wrights of Lymm: https://www.stonehouses.co.uk Or L. Cornelissen and Son: https://www.cornelissen.com You may wish to purchase an A3 folder for transporting work to and from classs, but this is optional. If you already have palettes, paintbrushes, gouache, and / or watercolour paints, please feel free to bring them with you. If you would like to take your paints home to practice during the week, please bring your own palette with wells. Unfortunately, books and art materials cannot be borrowed from the studio in between classes.   Where can I learn more about your work and previous courses? You can find out about my work on my website: http://ayeshagamiet.com Follow this link to see images of students' work from previous courses: http://ayeshagamiet.com/category/students-work/ What are my transport/parking options getting to the event? We have a limited number of on-site parking spaces at Prime Studios. The entrance to the car park is located between The Hope pub, and the Kwik Fit on Alma Road. Prime Studios' car park is on the left, behind The Hope pub. If the studio car park is full, please try:   Alma Road / The Arches Car Park (5 minute walk away).  The King Edward Court Car Park (5 minute walk away). Public transport options include: Windsor and Eton Central Railway Station provides easy access to London via Slough, and is just a 5-10 minute walk from the venue.  Windsor and Eton Riverside Station is a 15 minute walk away, and links directly to London Waterloo.  The area is also well served with local bus links.   How can I locate Prime Studios? We are located next door to The Hope pub on Alma Road.    Is my registration / ticket transferrable?  Yes, that's fine.   Can I get a refund if I change my mind about attending the course? Refunds can be made up to 7 days before the start of your course. Unfortunately, no refund will be given within 7 days of the course start date.     Do I need any previous experience of Islamic art to take this course? No, the course is suitable for complete beginners with no previous experience of Islamic art, as well as experienced artists who are looking to expand their skills and knowledge.    How can I progress and develop my skills further after this course? The studio will be offering further illumination courses that give students the opportunity to expand their skills base, and learn about the subject in greater depth.      Is there an age restriction on this course? To ensure a high quality of tuition, adult and childrens' classes are taught seperately. This course is designed for adults, therefore participants should be over 16 years of age. There is no maxiumum age limit!   Do you run courses for children? Yes! I am a qualified art teacher with a PGCE and MEd (Art, Creativity, Education, and Culture) from Cambridge University. Previous Islamic art workshops for children have taken place in schools and museums throughout the UK, as well as abroad. New courses for children and adults at Prime Studios will be advertised on my website. If you would like to book me for a workshop, please send an email to: info @ ayeshagamiet.com   How can I keep informed about upcoming courses? If you send me an email, I will add you to my mailing list: info @ ayeshagamiet.com I also advertise new courses on my website.    Can I book you for a workshop? Yes, of course. Please send me an email to discuss your requirements: info @ ayeshagamiet.com   How can I contact you?  Email me at: info @ ayeshagamiet.com

Feb 05, 2019 6:45 PM

Explore and investigate a broad range of traditional and contemporary painting processes and practices, focusing on the use of acrylics, with renowned artist and experienced teacher Richard Meaghan. Suitable for beginners. ***To avoid a booking fee and pay by card, cheque or cash, please contact dot-art Services directly on 0345 017 6660*** Tuesdays 6.45pm - 9pm starting 5th February 2019 (£160 for 10 sessions) Program This painting course will be open to all abilities from complete beginners who haven’t done art since school, to those who use art as a hobby, as well as artists wanting help developing their own work and practise. Over the course of 10 weeks, you will develop your awareness of painting as a unique means of visual communication. Through practical work you will consolidate your knowledge of visual grammar and expand your visual literacy. You will consider how ideas, information and feelings can be articulated, transformed and conveyed through visual systems, processes and conventions. As well as having the opportunity to reflect on historical precedents and draw upon your own experiences, you will be encouraged to explore your own aesthetic abilities and visual judgements which will form a fundamental part of your practise. During the course you will be asked to explore and develop ideas relating to your own "Personal Environment". This will involve the processes of research, development of ideas and the design and production of work relating to the brief.You should focus on making work that relates to your own experience of being in the world. This may relate to home or work life, landscape or nature as you see it, remember or imagine it. It could also relate to hobbies or interests, film, media, politics, religion, sport etc etc and can incorporate any number of differing experiences that make reference to who you are. As artists we have a whole array of interests and ideas but how do we make art with all this stuff? This course will give you the opportunity to use your imagination and develop those inventive processes alongside traditional and contemporary techniques. You will make art as an artist does and develop your project from its conceptual beginning to its physical end. The course will help you develop a deeper understanding of art and how as practitioners we think and realise work. This course provides skill based learning in order to deepen the understanding and applications of the visual language that surrounds us. During the 10 weeks you will build up to the creation of your own finished painting in acrylics as follows: Week 1: The importance of drawing (gradation study).Week 2: Colour theory. Week 3: Underpainting (grisaille study).Week 4: Chroma (still life study).Week 5: Invention and composition. Weeks 6-10: Individual project. Tutor: Richard Meaghan Professional artist Richard is currently based in a studio at Metal in Liverpool. He studied Fine Art at Staffordshire university, and on graduating, was awarded a travel grant to study Renaissance Art in Italy. The resulting work was awarded first prize in the Sefton Open, followed shortly with his first solo Public exhibition at the Atkinson Art gallery, Southport. Meaghan was chosen as one of three emerging artists to exhibit alongside Turner Prize winners Chris Ofili and Keith Tyson in ‘Exposed- Art and Culture in England’s North West’ and was shortlisted for the Liverpool Art Prize in 2009. He has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally and has future exhibitions planned for Liverpool, London, Copenhagen, Denmark, Berlin, Germany and Brussels, Belgium. Dates Winter Session 2019, Tuesday evenings from 6.45 - 9pm 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th February 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th March 2nd, 9th April  Venue Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool, L1 3BX Situated in the centre of Liverpool, just behind Church Street, down Church Alley and in front of Liverpool ONE. You can enter the building via the front courtyard off School Lane, or through the garden at the back off College Lane. Nearest train station- Liverpool Central. Cost £160 for the 10 week course (full course must be booked in advance) It is possible to split this cost into two payments of £80, please call 0345 017 6660 for more details. Materials You will need to provide your own materials, a full list will be provided 2-3 weeks before the start of the course.  If you would like to access the materials lists at an earlier date, please click on our suggested prefilled Cass Art Basket below, which offers you a 5% discount on everything you will need for the course. You are more than welcome to add or remove items from this basket.  https://www.cassart.co.uk/dot-art-acrylic Notes There are a maximum of 15 places available on the course, so early booking is essential. To avoid a booking fee and pay by card, cheque or cash, please contact dot-art Services directly on 0345 017 6660. Cancellations / Refunds Once you have made your course booking your are committed to it. This is because our courses have very small student numbers, and often sell-out and are unavailable to others. Therefore any cancellations may result in a place not being filled, or a course not being able to run. Cancellations are permitted up to 30 days before the start of a course, and a full refund will be issued. Refunds will not be made for cancellations less than 30 days before the start of a course. If you are unable to attend due to illness, personal or professional commitments you do not have the right to a refund. If you wish to cancel your place on a course that has not yet started and you have a friend or colleague who can take your place we can accommodate this substitution.  dot-art and Bluecoat may use your details to contact you about forthcoming events, classes or developments that may be of interest. For full details of the the Bluecoat's privacy policy, please follow this link.

Feb 06, 2019 10:00 AM

Ever wished you could  dance like Beyoncé, Lady Ga Ga, Britney, Justin Timberlake? Or are you just looking for a fun way to workout that doesn't involve the gym? Well, this is your chance !!!! Aimed at Beginner to Elementary level dancers. This class is lots of fun and is based on COMMERCIAL JAZZ DANCE and some HIP HOP moves. Each class will work on: Toning legs and arms Strengthening core Strengthening ankles Developing rhythm and coordination Stretching muscle groups Working mind, body and soul  A choreographed dance routine to great music Dates: Term 1 : Wed 6th Feb - 10th April Time: 10:00am - 11:15am Instructor:  Farah Shah (from So You Think You Can Dance) Pre-requisites:   No pre-requisites.  All levels are welcome. Ages 15yrs to Adult. Mums and Bubs / Tots Mums are welcome to bring their Bubs / Tots. However, you will need to keep an eye on them. There is an enclosed play area attached to the dance studio. Please bring a toy With you. What to wear:     Gym gear (something you can stretch and sweat in), leggings or dance pants are suitable, bare feet, Pilates socks or jazz shoes Cost: 10 week Term $200 5 week pass $110 Single class $25 FREE TRIAL CLASS AVAILABLE - PLEASE BOOK BY SELECTING FREE TRIAL TICKET PREPAYMENT ESSENTIAL  Payment must be made prior to attending. Payments are not taken at the venue. Taught by Farah Shah from so You Think You Can Dance . Farah Shah has over 35yrs training in Jazz,Funk, Hip hop, Contemporary dance and classical ballet. She has choreographed for So You Think You Can Dance Australia., The  Australian MTV Awards - choreographing  for artists Wyclef Jean and Dizzy Rascal, New Network 10 TV show Recipes to Riches, Dancing with the Stars - India, Uncle Ben commercials, Recipes to Riches and has worked with choreographers for Missy Elliot, Pink, Madonna and more..... As a performer Farah has featured in Mask II (Hollywood Movie), as a Lead dancer for Simple Plan @ MTV Awards, Lead dancer for Wyclef Jean and Dizzy Rascal @ MTV Awards, dancer for Chingy @ MTV awards, The Today Show, L&M Cigarette Commercial, Uncle Ben commercial,  Bollywood Movies, 8 years of Corporate Shows for companies such as Coca Cola, The Diva Awards, Sydney 2000 Olympics, "Chess" the Musical, Mardis Gras Opening  @ State Theatre, Cinema India Exhibition and more.... Farah has trained  full-time under the guidance of Margaret Chapple from Bodenweiser Dance Centre as well as Pineapple Dance Studio, Harbour Centre Vancouver and Sydney Dance company Open Classes for 15 years. She has personallly written a Certificate IV in Performing Arts 1 Year Full-time course and has been responsible for training professional dancers, performers and teachers for over 8 years. ​ As an instructor, she has taught for Mango Dance Studios, Sydney Dance Company, was offered her own class at Pineapple Dance Studio (London), Dance Theatre of Ireland , Bodenweiser Dance Centre.and is often called to teach Masterclasses at various schools. Farah's classes have been featured on:  Australian Idol, New Idea, Ch 7 News, Sydney Getaway, Sydney Weekender, The Kerry Anne show, Saturday Disney to name a few.   FAQs   Can I do the course if I am pregnant or have an on-going medical condition? Please make sure you seek approval from your Doctor or medical professional prior to commencing classes. Please bring a letter stating you are fit to undertake the class given your condition, to the instructor. What are my transport/parking options getting to the event? Limited parking is available at the Tramshed. Parking is also available on surrounding streets, at Woollies . The Narrabeen bus stop is right next to the Tramshed.