What’s on this week

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Henri Matisse: Painting with Scissors (online)

Saturday, 24 October 2020 at 2pm

In this beginner-friendly class by the London drawing group, Frances Stanfield will guide attendees through Matisse’s playful approach to art-making. This second session adopts Matisse’s use of scissors as an image-making tool. Matisse is best known for both his delightfully fluid drawing style and exquisite use of colour, particularly in his simplistic cutout works. 

Register here.


Free Baking Class (online)

Monday, 26 October 2020 at 11am

This online workshop hosted by Hackney Young Peoples Uni (HYPU) introduces the art of baking in a session led by an experienced cake maker and entrepreneur. The workshop will include: how to make cakes using quality ingredients, how to use professional cake / baking equipment, and how to market and sell cakes.

The link to join is here.

Free reading group discusses the book Afropean: Notes from Black Europe by Johny Pitts (online)

Thursday, 29 October 2020 at 6.30pm

Hackney Libraries Reading Group discusses the book Afropean: Notes from Black Europe by Johny Pitts, winner of the 2020 Jhalak Prize. Pitts explores how European black identity is as varied and nuanced as Europe itself.

Join here.

Tower Hamlets

Free Culture Corridor Walk: Tower Hamlets to City

Thursday, 29 October 2020 at 10.30am

This follows a carefully planned route in a small group using social distancing and technology. There will be stories, history, tales of slavery abolitionists, beer and ingenious design.  The walk will travel through the centuries between Shoreditch and Bank, to spend some free time in the centre of the City with its iconic architecture, open cafes and shops. Venues visited include The Royal Exchange, Guildhall, St Paul’s Cathedral.

Follow this link to join.

Nature conservation volunteering

Tuesday, 27 October 2020 at 11am

Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park relies on volunteers to help them do their seasonal nature conservation and gardening work. Those going need to bring sturdy clothes, food & drinks, gardening gloves, hand sanitiser and a mask. 

Volunteering is exempt from the “rule of six” – work, voluntary and charitable activities are not affected by current government guidance. Organisers say the volunteering is well-controlled: tools are cleaned, they have a big supply of hand sanitiser, soap, and cleaning products, and they have plenty of space for people to keep their distance.

Join here.


Free Reading of Roald Dahl’s The Enormous Crocodile (online)

Thursday, 29 October 2020 at 10am

Croydon libraries presents storyteller John Kirk for a very special online retelling of Roald Dahl’s The Enormous Crocodile. In the biggest brownest muddiest river in Africa an enormous crocodile is making plans to eat juicy little children for his lunch. Will he succeed or will the other jungle animals stop him? Suitable for families with children aged three plus.

Register here.

Free family-friendly art activity workshop (online)

Friday, 20 October 2020 at 11am

This free family-friendly workshop by Turf Projects has been inspired by the ‘Present State Examination’ exhibition found at psexamination.co.uk, which contains references to mental health crises and addiction. This workshop will work through fun activities that explore how to take care of ourselves and others.

Register here.

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