Sunday, 5 March 2017

Force Of Nature: Exhibition at the Art Pavilion 5th March-9th April 2017 12-6PM daily

A wonderfully accessible art exhibition has opened at the Art Pavilion in the park. It runs from 5th March to 9th April, 12-6PM daily. Works on display are inspired by nature and include pieces from David Nash and Andy Goldsworthy, and has been curated by James Putnam with Alteria Art.

Yours truly was lucky enough to pop along to the opening night and without a doubt, it is the most enjoyable exhibition the Art Pavilion has hosted in a while - I wanted to take just about all the exhibits home with me. There are works by 28 established and emerging artists and the Pavilion is the ideal setting with some of the works overflowing into the outdoor arena of the lake and the Art Pavilion island. The pieces are very varied, as is nature itself of course, and the curator James Putnam has done an amazing job of bringing together such a stimulating collection of exhibits of varying form, colour and texture that make full use of the Pavilion's panoramic setting.

There will be a late night opening (as part of First Thursdays) on Thursday 6th April

Sunday, 26 February 2017

As the days are getting lighter the park is springing into life


I hope you have had a great weekend. After a fairly dreary couple of months, the park has started to wakeup. The video above posted on twitter by @artmemos has really lifted my day. Just a minor detour from your busy day into the park to spot some squirrels or birds hopping around, or the bright joyful colours of the spring bulbs, can really lift the spirits.

The Friends monthly litter-pick sessions begin again next Sunday 5th March. We will meet by the Art Pavilion (behind the Grove Road Texaco Garage) at 10am and litter pick until approximately 12 midday. Then we'll pop to The Coffee Room in Grove Road for a [free] coffee or two and a chat. Pop along if you can for all or part of the session. Just make sure you have some good shoes on - we supply all the gloves, litter picks and refuse bags. It is a surprisingly social affair and fingers crossed the spring bulbs will be out in their wonderful mix of colours. 

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Traditions Exhibition: 12 noon to 6PM daily until Sunday 19th February

This exhibition by Art Catcher, a London curator of exhibitions about cultural and emotional identity, in collaboration with Incloodu Festivals and supported by Tower Hamlets Council, looks on the effects our cultural rituals have on how we feel about ourselves and the world, how it can help us to think big and walk towards each other while at other times it stops us from spreading our wings. 

40 artists have responded to the theme in painting, print, interactive installation and video work in sometimes humorous, sometimes questioning ways and it is a particular strong point of this show that it speaks to all ages and makes for an interesting visit for the whole family. 

The exhibition runs at the Mile End Park Art Pavilion until Sunday the 19th February and is open 12-6PM daily with further events as detailed on the Art Catcher website

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Family Festive Day: Sat 17th December 12-4PM

Over 50s Christmas Tea Dance - Wed 14th December 2016

This Wednesday sees the Annual Christmas Tea Dance for the over 50s at at the Art Pavilion in Mile End Park. Entertainment will be provided by the Sunshine Kings and Dance Leader Barry Gordon. Put on your festive party clothes and come along for an afternoon of dancing, light refreshments and Christmas cheer.

FREE admission but advance booking is essential. 
Booking opened on Monday 28th November but phone 020 7364 7916 (9.30am to 4pm), or email if you want to come along.

Sorry for the late notice.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Litter Pick this Sunday 10am by the Art Pavilion

This dumped rubbish was reported over a month ago, but will it still be there on Sunday?

This Sunday is our monthly litter-pick of Mile End Park. We meet at 10am by the Art Pavilion (behind the Grove Road Texaco Garage) and stroll around the park for an hour or so picking up litter as we go. We then go for a coffee and cake in the Coffee Room.

Be great if you could pop along. It is quite sociable and good exercise!

Monday, 21 November 2016

Tower Hamlets Parks and Open Spaces Consultation Event - Wednesday 23rd November (Ecology Pavilion)

Tower Hamlets Council is developing a five-year plan for its parks and open spaces and it is crucial that the plan takes on board the views of the community. With that in mind, this Wednesday sees a couple of consultation events at the Ecology Pavilion in Mile End Park.

The first session runs from 14.30 to 17.00, and for those unable to make that one, there is an evening session from 17.30-20.00. Both sessions will begin with a short presentation from the Council about our parks and open spaces and then users will have an opportunity to express their views on how they would like to see the borough's open spaces develop (for want of a better word).

Maybe you'd like to see more community events put on, better lighting, more children's activities? Pop along and let the council know your views.

The Friends apologise for the late notice, but we were only given short notice of the event ourselves. If you can make it to one of the sessions (or part thereof) it would be great.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Photomonth: Uncertain States series of Exhibitions at the Art Pavilion (Fri 4th-Sun 27th November)

This Friday sees the start of Uncertain States, a series of three exhibitions at the Art Pavilion that forms part of Photomonth East London. With a huge number of artists over the three week period there looks to be something for everyone.

UNCERTAIN STATES OPEN CALL 4 - 12 November 2016 
Private view Thursday 3 November 2016 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Opening Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 11 am - 6pm

Uncertain States Open Call 2016 is a unique opportunity, celebrating the very best in Contemporary British Photography.

The exhibition at will showcase nine selected artists: Lydia Goldblatt selected by James Russell Cant, Chris Dorley Brown selected by Cathy Lomax, Klaus Thymann selected by Joy Gregory, Nick Sargeant selected by Bob and Roberta Smith, Aviv Yaron selected by Susan Derges, Stephanie Jamieson selected by Shoair Mavlian, Liz Orton selected by Sue Steward, Sam Ivin selected by Johanna Neurath and Jonty Sale selected by Uncertain States.

Each selector was asked to champion one artist. There was no discussion, no consensual compromises, just an individuals’ passion for each of the works finally chosen.

EMERGENCE 4 -12 November 2016 
Private view Thursday 3 November 2016

Emergence showcases five student artists (those in or recently graduated from full time education) selected by UCS from suggestions put forward by leading UK art schools.

UNCERTAIN STATES ANNUAL 2016, 18 - 27 November 2016 
Private view Thursday 17 November 2016
Opening Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 11 am - 6 pm

Uncertain States returns to The Mile Art Pavilion with Uncertain States Annual Annual 2016 to coincide with Photomonth, London. In its seventh year, the Annual show is one not to miss. Around fifty artists including Mick Williamson, Susan Andrews, James Russell Cant, Ania Dabrowska, Fiona Yaron-Field, David George, Spencer Rowell, Sonia Lenzi, Richard Ansett and Street Level Glasgow represent the diverse and exceptional photography Uncertain States champions. As part of the exhibition, UCS has also put together a weekend programme of artists talks, film night, camera and artists book fair.

UCS Weekend Programme - Saturday 19th November 
10am start - Camera & Book Fair
Vintage and modern camera equipment, including old photos/glass plates
Including, artists photographic books Hoxton Mini Press, A&E Photobooks,

Talks: 12.30 -1.45pm Street level artists, 2-5pm -LAPC
Practice and Process
hosted by Melanie King and Alumudena Romero
speakers: Bindi Vora, Corinne Silva, Ackroyd & Harvey, Robin Cracknell, Tony Cairns

Film Night 6.30pm till late
Hackney by night dir: Umut Gunduz (short)
Cut off by Mountains dir: Rod Morris (28mins)
Secret Screening of Roast Beef Production latest feature documentary 

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Halloween Events this week for Little and Big Pumpkins

Halloweek Events

This week Mile End and Victoria Parks are putting lots of spooky activities for a special half term Halloweek!
All of the events are free, but some have very limited spaces so will need to be booked in advance:

Pumpkin Carving | Monday 24 October | 12pm - 3pm
It’s time to get your scare on! Start your Halloween this year by making your own Petrifying Pumpkin!
Meet at The Hub Building.
For more information, please email here

Creepy Crafts | Tuesday 25 October | 12pm - 3pm
Scary spiders, blood-curdling bats and ghastly ghosts! Come and get creative with the Community Park Rangers.
Meet at The V&A Building.

For more information, please email here

SOUP DAY |  Tuesday 25 October 12-4PM
Come and brew up some delicious soup with produce from the Park's Grow Zone 
Mile End Children's Park, Locksley Street, E14 7EJ. No need to book. Call 020 7364 3937  or email here for more info.

TEENY  Halloweeny | Wednesday 26 October | 12-3PM
Spooky Halloween Treasure Hunt 1pm and repeated at 2pm
Apple Bobbing | Face Painting | Arts & Crafts
Mile End Children's Park, Locksley Street, E14 7EJ. No need to book. Call 020 7364 3937 or email here for more info.

Spooky Seeds and Tree Fruit Walk | Thursday 27 October | 1.30pm - 3.30pm
Join Terry Lyle (Friends of Tower Hamlet’s Cemetery Park) on a hunt around the park to find mysterious hidden seeds and fruits. See, taste, learn, collect and eat!
Spaces are limited – to book a place, please contact 0207 364 7968 or email

Parks after Dark - Werewolves, Wizards and The Mystery of the Dogs of Alcibiades | Friday 28 October | 6pm - 9pm
The highlight of our Halloweek is a truly terrifying night time tour of the park. Join the park staff for a horrific history stroll meeting werewolf’s, wizards and witches along the way. If you’re lucky, you’ll break the spell of the Dogs of Alcibiades and survive to tell the tale!
Not suitable for under 5s.
Places MUST be booked in advance - to book, please contact 0207 364 3937 or email

The Big Draw 2016 - The Junk Monster invades Vicky Park | Sunday 30 October | 11am - 3pm 
Join our community rangers to create Vicky Park’s most important historical monuments using recyclable household items and paint – then create a monster to destroy them! Hosted as part of The STEAM Powered Big Draw Festival 2016.
Spaces are limited – to book a place, please contact 0207 364 7968 or email

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Memories of our Park Life: Community Fair and Dog Show

This is a great video from Arthur Hyam who did some excellent juggling demos and workshops at our fair back in July. It's wonderful to see so many happy kids and adults enjoying the day.