Monday, 16 April 2018

Eco Pavilion - Urban Makers Spring Eco Market (Sat-Sun, 21-22nd April, 11-5PM)


Urban Makers East are continuing their run of seasonal makers’ markets at our Ecology Pavilion in Mile End Park. Situated amongst the lakes and reed beds of the park, the Pavilion provides a wonderful setting for some of the area's foremost independent designer-makers. 

To celebrate Earth Day (April 22nd) the market is being curated with an ecological agenda. As the 2018 theme is End Plastic Pollution, Urban Makers East will be minimising all single-use plastics and encouraging designers to use biodegradable plastics and recycled packaging. 

There will be completely new designers each day, so why not visit the Market twice!. You can expect art, homeware, natural skincare, jewellery, textiles, stationery, knitwear, clothes for hip kids, contemporary miscellanea and more. 

For the kids, there will be pond dipping and net sweeping in the park and craft activities in the mini makers craft room. 

If you need to restore some energy, visitors can sit, relax and enjoy the view through the floor to ceiling windows whilst enjoying exquisite street food, killer cakes, artisan coffee and Spring cocktails. 

There are four workshops running over the weekend. 
Saturday: 11.30-1.30pm Make your own soap with MBotanicals 
2-4pm Social sketching workshop with Dulcimer Draws 

Sunday: 11.30-1.30pm Make a paper Peony with The Paper Flower Garden 
2-4pm Gardens for your soul - free garden design workshop with Alex Scrivens

Time: 11-5PM
Venue: The Ecology Pavilion
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Sunday, 8 April 2018

Art Pavilion - St George's Day Over 50s Tea Dance (Wed 25th April, 2-4.30PM)


Tower Hamlets' St George's Day over 50s tea dance returns to Mile End Park's Art Pavilion on Wednesday 25th April. It features live music from The Sunshine Kings who will be playing hits from the 1930s and 1940s plus modern day tunes and there will be a dance leader to lead the way on the dance floor, and refreshments to help you dance the afternoon away! 

Booking opens Tuesday 10th April Free of charge but advance booking essential by calling Regina on 020-7364-7916 between 9.30-1pm, Mon-Fri or by emailing:



Time: 2-4.30 PM
Venue: The Art Pavilion


Saturday, 7 April 2018

Our Annual General Meeting (Wed 11th April, 7.15PM, Eco Pavilion)


This Wednesday is our Annual General Meeting, at 7.15PM in the Ecology Pavilion, Grove Road. The agenda is below. I do hope you can come along. It should take under an hour.

The committee is keen to get more people involved in running the Friends. Nothing too onerous - the committee usually meet for an hour or so about 4 times a year in one of our houses. If you are interested and want to find out more, then please just pop along on Wednesday. We don't bite!

The Mile End Park Management Team will be providing an update on the Park, and there will be a chance to ask them any questions you might have or perhaps you might have some ideas you'd like to put forward?

At the AGM we will have a selection of free refreshments such as nibbles, wine and soft drinks to help the evening go along.

Also, we are delighted to be giving out free copies of the recently published 80-page booklet Beer Barrels and Brewhouses (which explores the brewing heritage of the East End). It is an excellent read. 

Attendees will also be entered into a free prize draw to win a £30 voucher valid at  The Greedy Cow in Grove Road. Thanks Reg for donating the voucher.


AGENDA
  1. Apologies for absence (to Secretary in advance)
  2. Minutes of 2017 AGM
  3. Matters arising
  4. Chair’s Report on Activities and Developments
  5. Treasurer’s Report on Finance and Annual Accounts
  6. Alexia Walenkaki
  7. Update on Future Events: 
    1. Community Fair and Dog Show 
    2. Monthly litter-picking get-togethers
    3. Any other suggestions invited 
  8. Election of officers:
    1. Chair
    2. Treasurer
    3. Secretary
  9. Update from Mile End Park Management Team 
  10. Any other business

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
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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
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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