Sunday, 18 March 2018

Art Pavilion Exhibition: Shape Open 2018 - Collective Influence (22nd March - 5th April 2018)

Shape Arts' 2018 Shape Open, this year titled “Collective Influence”, is a group exhibition of artwork created by both disabled and non-disabled artists in response to provocations such as: what influences you? How does influence go further than inspiration? What power does influence have to provoke change, and what capacity does it have to affect society?

Showcasing work across a wide range of art forms by some of the UK’s most compelling emerging artists, and supported by Patron Yinka Shonibare MBE, Collective Influence investigates the interwoven influences of art, disability and the power of a collective voice. Questioning how the “collective” has the power to evoke and influence change, this exhibition is an examination of the role art plays in activating social developments, and vice versa.

This year’s exhibiting artists are: Aidan Moesby, Alice Rose Floyd, Amy Hutchings, Anahita Harding, Arjun Harrison-Mann, Arushee Suri, Ashokkumar Mistry, Attia Rashid, Brendan O’Neill, DYSPLA, Eleanor Johnson, Elinor Clare Rowlands, Ellie Collins, Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos, Fae Kilburn, Grace Leigh Igoe, Helen Jones, Jack Haslam, Justin Levesque, Justin Piccirilli, Ker Wallwork, Mary Rouncefield, MH Sarkis, Mohammad Barrangi Fashtami, Nina Thomas, Oaklee Thiele, Rah Petherbridge, Ray Kathryn Radnell, Sally Booth, Sarah Carpenter, Signkid, Steph Harrison, and Susan Elaine Jones.

A winning artist, selected by a small panel including Shape Open Patron Yinka Shonibare MBE, will be awarded £1,000 at the Private View; a second artist will receive the People’s Choice Award of £250, as voted for by attendees of the Open throughout its duration.

All are welcome to attend the Private View from 6.30 to 8.30pm, on Thursday 22 March.

Shape Open 2018: Collective Influence
Date Thu 22nd Mar - Thu 5th April
Time 10am to 6pm every day except Mondays and Easter Sunday.
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Monday, 26 February 2018

Art Pavilion Exhibition: In A Country Far, Far Away (1-17th March)

This group show incorporates work by 80 artists from London, Europe and further afield which presents varied interpretations of fairytales, myths and legends from countries under sufferance of war and crisis. It offers a platform for reconnection with, and enhanced understanding of true personal identities behind the distorted images which arise from conflict and crisis. 

The exhibition, brought to life by East London curatorial service Art Catcher, is accompanied by a busy programme of workshops and events that have something to offer for most ages and walks of life. 

These include exhibition exploration materials hub for children, a speed storytelling event, a personal roots interview and photo portrait studio and a (half dressed) life drawing afternoon. Other workshops include making a communal golem from clay, as well as an animation-based film night portraying cultures of the world, and a meditation sound bath. 

Last but not least, fantastic music will be on the menu from UK folk band Mishaped Pearls on 1 March at 8pm, and Lebanese indie-pop formation Sandmoon on 17 March at 7pm. 

In A Country Far, Far Away
Date Thu 1st Mar - Sat 17th Mar 2018
Time 12 noon - 6.30PM
Venue The Art Pavilion, E3 4QY

Monday, 19 February 2018

Art Pavilion Exhibition: Creative Pathways Post 16 (21st Feb-25th Feb 2018)

The Art Pavilion Spring Exhibition season continues with an event showcasing the best of Tower Hamlets' young artists work from 6th forms in the borough. 

Participating schools include: 

• St Paul’s Way Trust School 
• Bishop Challoner Catholic Federation of Schools 
• Raine’s Foundation School 
• Mulberry School for Girls 
• Morpeth School 
• Swanlea School 
• Bow School 
• Stepney Green Maths, Computing and Science College 
• Central Foundation Girls’ School 
• Langdon Park School 

There will be a private view on Thursday 22nd February 4.30-8:30 to which all are welcome. 

Creative Pathways Post 16 Exhibition
Date Wed 21st Feb - Sun 25th Feb
Time 10.30AM-17.30PM daily
Venue The Art Pavilion, E3 4QY

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Art Pavilion: Spring 2018 London Chinese Photography Exhibition (9-17th Feb)

There is currently a wonderful free photography exhibition on at the Art Pavilion.

PingHub UK and Opustique Infinity present an Exhibition to Celebrate the Chinese New Year 2018 with images provided by both the Cambridge Photographic Association and The Entrepreneurs Photography Association of China. Subjects range from landscapes to animals, and all are on display to help usher in the Year of Dog with a diverse and high-quality selection of photographs.

The closing ceremony and auction will take place on Saturday 17th February from 2.00 - 5.00pm.

Spring 2018 London Chinese Photography Exhibition
Date Fri 9th Feb - Sat 17th Feb
Time 9-16 Feb 10AM-6PM, Sat 17th Feb 10AM-5PM
Venue The Art Pavilion, E3 4QY
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Tuesday, 30 January 2018

This coming Sunday, 4th February, the Friends of Mile End Park are co-hosting a planning event from 1.30 to 4.30PM at the Art Pavilion. All the details are above on the flyer. This event forms part of the process of formulating the  Roman Road and Bow Neighbourhood Plan. 

We will be walking around the Mile End Park area to start with (leaving the Art Pavilion around 1.30 and returning by 2.30) to help prompt us in thinking about what we like and dislike about our area. Upon returning to the Pavilion there will a chance for some light refreshments, children's activities, local musicians and a chance to literally map out your thoughts about our part of Bow - particularly the kind of developments and businesses we would like to see encouraged or discouraged.

If the weather is horrid the event will still go ahead, but we may limit the outdoor element. We'll play it by ear. 

Mile End Old Town Residents' Association and Antill Road Residents' Association will be our co-hosts, together with members of the Roman Road Bow Neighbourhood Plan Forum.

Please do pop along if only for part of the time. 

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Lizzie Treip - 1958-2017

I am very sad to report that Lizzie Treip, a long-time supporter of the Park, has died after a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis.

As soon as MS forced Lizzie to give up her career, she offered her time and energy to Mile End Park as a leading member of the Friends of the park in the years after its regeneration and re-opening around 2000. She initiated and helped organise sports and arts events and started a series of annual summer events by organising a remarkable day of tasters of physical activities and sporting games throughout the length of the whole park. These were what later became known as Park Life. She had gathered a team of helpers who met in her home to plan these events. She continued to organise and support this and subsequent successful, well attended annual summer events for years until her health declined too much to continue.  

Lizzie received an award from Tower Hamlets council in recognition of her outstanding service to the park and its community. 

A memorial service to Lizzie will take place this Thursday 3.30PM at the Eco Pavilion. All her friends from the park are warmly welcome.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Art Pavilion Exhibition: Decorating Dissidence (Thur 2 Nov-Sat 4th Nov)

This Thursday sees the start of a short exhibition at the Art Pavilion exploring dissident craft & decorative work.

Bringing together contemporary artists across the globe, ‘Decorating Dissidence’ takes craft, decorative arts & design as a starting point to explore how dissident action has been woven into artistic practices often associated with the home & in opposition to the ‘fine arts’.

Can the decorative be political? Is craft a civic duty? Is the archive activist? Can anyone craft?

Spanning the early twentieth century to today, this exhibition will place contemporary craftmakers and artists in conversation with archival pieces. Alongside a conference held at Queen Mary, University of London, we will be curating an exhibition that showcases artists whose work engages with the decorative and the political.

The exhibition will take ‘craft’ as a broad term: the body, stitches in time, fashion, DIY zines, graphics, protest objects, ceramics, space, identity and more.

Thurs: 5pm-10pm | Fri: 9am-11pm | Sat: 9am-6pm
The Art Pavilion, Mile End Park, E3 4AQ

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Art Pavilion: Summer of Art (15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23rd August)

There are lots of activities for ALL AGES on various dates this and next week at the Art Pavilion. All the details are in the above poster. Booking is recommended via 

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Litter Pick this Sunday 10am by the Art Pavilion

Every month the Friends run a two-hour litter pick of the Park. Folk are welcome to come for half an hour or so if they prefer. It is a very friendly affair, and afterwards we go to the Coffee Room in Grove Road for a free drink and cakes.

This month we will be looking out for and noting where we find nitro canisters and feeding this info back to the council.

Time 10-12 noon
Location: Meet by the Art Pavilion
All equipment provided
Wear sturdy footwear and clothes appropriate to the weather. More info:

No Laughing Matter

No Laughing Matter is the name of a campaign by Tower Hamlets Council, Tower Hamlets Police and Tower Hamlets Homes to help tackle some of the problems caused by nitrous oxide. It follows complaints from residents that antisocial behaviour linked to the taking of nitrous oxide, otherwise known as laughing gas, has become a significant concern within the borough.

Groups of people taking it cause noise nuisance and it also causes a litter problem because small metal canisters containing it are often left discarded. The police have also received reports of people taking it while behind the wheel of a car. Indeed the Love Wapping website has documented several car crashes where the use of nitrous oxide has been implicated.

The issues and actions are detailed in this leaflet.

 If you see canisters are in streets or parks please use the Fix My Street app/website as this will help FOMEP see hotspots and nudge the powers that be to target these. Alternatively, you can report them to the council’s street cleaning team on 020 7364 5004.