Friday, 12 April 2019

Our AGM is this Monday 15th April 7PM at the Eco Pavilion (7 for 7.15PM)


This coming Monday 15th April is our AGM at the Eco Pavilion (which is just off Grove Road between the Brittania Fish Bar and the Grove/Roman Road junction).

The past year has been a busy year for the Friends with lots of activities including: litter-picking, planting thousands of bluebells, snowdrops and wild-flower seeds, our Annual Community Fair and Dog Show, closer links with Tower Hamlets Cemetary Park and the Friends of Meath Gardens and of course keeping an eye on the Park. At the AGM there is a chance to hear about these topics and our future plans.

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 3 times a year in one of our houses. If you are interested and want to find out more, then please just pop along on Monday. We don't bite!

The Park Management will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Free nibbles, soft drinks and wine will be available to help proceedings. 

AGENDA

1  Apologies for absence (to Secretary in advance)
2  Minutes of 2018 AGM
3  Matters arising
4  Chair’s Report on Activities and Developments
5  Treasurer’s Report on Finance and Annual Accounts
6  Update on Future Events:
a) Community Fair and Dog Show
b) Monthly litter-picking get-togethers
c) Bulb-planting
d) Any other suggestions invited
7  Election of officers:
a) Chair
b) Treasurer
c) Secretary
8  Update from Mile End Park Management team
9  Any other business


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Wednesday, 10 April 2019

St George’s Day Over 50s Tea Dance - Wed 24th April 2019 (2-4PM) at the Art Pavilion


Tower Hamlets Council is hosting its St George's Day Tea Dance for the over 50s on Wednesday 24th April (2-4PM) at Mile End Park's Art Pavilion. This annual event is always popular and where else can you devour a French Fancy and dance to New Orleans Jazz on St George's Day.

There will be live music from The Sunshine Kings, dance host Tony Lane, and refreshments to help you dance the afternoon away! 

BOOKING OPENS WEDNESDAY 10 APRIL 
Free but advance booking essential.  Please call Regina on 020 7364 7916 from 9.30-1pm Mon—Fri or email 
festivalsandevents@towerhamlets.gov.uk 

Art Pavilion Exhibition: Staring at the Sun 4-14th April 2019



Staring at the Sun which is part of the Queer, Feminist and Decolonial Responses to Ecological & Environmental Changes festival is currently on at the Art Pavilion in our Park.

At the speed of techno-global-capitalism we continue producing, consuming and living without accounting for the earth’s ability to replenish itself at the pace that we demand – we want to stare at the sun and, at the same time, expect not to lose our sight. The artists in this international group exhibition critically approach this predicament by producing lived and speculative alternatives to the ongoing ecological and environmental destruction. Their visions draw from indigenous knowledges, eco-sustainable modes of living, non-exploitative human/non-human relations, queer bio-hacking, gendered approaches to climate change, nature-based spirituality and ecosexuality. 

Artists: Eca Eps / Helena Hunter / Liz Rosenfeld / Mary Maggic / Micha Cárdenas / Nadja Verena Marcin / Pinar Yoldas / Tabita Rezaire / Zheng Bo

Staring at the Sun @ The Art Pavilion
5 – 14 April / 12-7pm daily / FREE 

Monday, 11 March 2019

We Grow into the Forest - Workshops & Events at The Art Pavilion (14-24th March)


An interdisciplinary group art exhibition inspired by our relationship with nature, with an extensive, informative and engaging programme of accompanying talks, concerts, workshops and film presentations. Suitable for families. 

Exhibition open 12noon - 6.30pm daily 


Thursday 14 March 
EXHIBITION OPENING 6.30-9pm 
7pm Opening concert 
Singer-songwriter Lucinda Sieger presents songs inspired by nature. Accompanied by Ian Chappory, percussion. 
8pm Poetic Migration 
A performance piece by guest artists Jordina Ros and Pere Estadella, Catalonia 
 
Friday 15 March 
6-8pm Storytelling 
Share your own story of how you connect with nature. 
Facilitated by Judit Prieto of Art from the Heart, curators of the exhibition. 
Free workshop. Donations box. Drinks provided. Book a place 


Saturday 16 March
11am-1pm Make your own instrument! 
Workshop for all ages, working with natural and recycled materials. Facilitated by Mauro Lacandia 
Phone or text 07799411587 to register. 
Suggested donation £5/3. Book a place 
11am-3pm Sustainable Market 
Stalls with great organic products and information stalls about sustainable living. 
3-5pm Tree of your Soul Dance Workshop 
Suitable for experienced dancers as well as beginners. Taking inspiration from paintings organised by Mazzilli Dance Theatre 
Free workshop. Donations box. Book a place 
5.30-8.30pm Short Film Festival 
With contributions about the exhibition theme by artist filmmakers from the UK and beyond. Featuring an exclusive scenes preview of the documentary “Sisters of Wilderness” Sisters of the Wilderness tells the story of five young Zulu women from underprivileged backgrounds going into the wilderness for the first time in their lives on a self-discovery journey, which offers them an opportunity to grow and heal, and serves as a reminder that we are intimately linked to nature and what we do to her we do to ourselves.. Producer Ronit Shapiro will be present for Q&A  
Free, with a suggested donation of £3. Book a place 
 
Sunday 17 March 
11am-1pm Nature blossoms: Celebrate Spring! 
Join Ken, Manager of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, for a guided tour, he’ll show you the glorious variety of spring bulbs, woodland and grassland wildflowers blooming around Mile End Park. He’ll also give you an insight into their ecological value, food value and share a bit of their folklore! 
Free walk. Donations box. Book a place 
4-6pm Poetry Workshop by Newham Poetry Group (English speaking) 
See description below 
Free workshop. Donations box. Book a place 
6-8pm Poetry workshop by Newham Poetry Group (Spanish speaking) 
Each session will be inspired by the environment around the Pavilion. We will explore the relationship between people and nature and also add other elements and techniques which assist in making poetry and creative writing a powerful tool of self-expression We will spend one hour writing and one hour presenting some results. All abilities welcome. No experience necessary. Both workshops run by Sonia Quintero, Founder of the Newham Poetry Group 
Free workshop. Donations box. Book a place 
8-9pm Poetry and Music 
Workshop participants can perform their pieces to an audience. 
With guitarist Tuomo Karjalainen.
 
Thursday 21 March
7.30-9.30pm Welcome Spring Concert: A Wonderful World 
Pieces to welcome the new season by 24 singers of the Crofton Singers Choir. 
Free concert. Donation box. 

Friday 22 March
6-9pm Stories of Women: Interactive Life Drawing Workshop 
Stories of Women is a completely model-centred life modelling and drawing experience, presented by Spirited Bodies. This life drawing performance invites you into the branches of Esther's life as she explores her roots, untangles the threads and gets to know her knots. We have many ancestors and we awake them when we are truly alive. 
Some drawing materials provided. 
Free workshop. Donations box. Book a place 

Saturday 23 March
11am-12.30pm Awake in Nature 
An experiential workshop to help deepen our connection with the natural world. Spending time both indoors and outdoors (Mile End Park), we will explore our relationship to nature, developing a renewed vitality and sense of belonging in the other-than-human world. We will work with a focus on using our senses and inhabiting the environment mindfully. By gently contacting our childhood wonder and delight in our natural surroundings, we may discover that this whole planet is in fact, our home. Facilitated by Jo Goldsmid. 
Free workshop. Donations box. Book a place 
2-4pm Upcycle! 
Fun and creative workshop for all ages. Some of the things you can learn to make: Wallets out of juice cartons. Jewellery out of magazine paper. Book marks or fridge magnets out of scrap cardboard and textiles. Pencil pots or plant pots from yoghurt pots and textiles. Bags from old t-shirts. Facilitated by ecoActive 
Free workshop. Donations box. Book a place 
6-7pm Author's Reading 
Rachael Ball reads from her illustrated book "The Wolf". Wolf is a graphic novel about confronting childhood grief and overcoming the loss of a loved one. With Q&A session 
Free workshop. Donations box. Book a place 
 
Sunday 24 March 
11am-1pm Collagraph 
Printmaking workshop for all ages using leaves and sustainable inks. See description below. 
Free workshop. Donations box. Book a place 
4-5.30pm Monoprint 
Printmaking workshop for all ages. See description below. 
These workshops are great for beginners and those experienced alike, or just anyone creative wanting to have a go with printmaking techniques. They are fun inspiring hands-on course course that support participants to experience a range of alternative and unconventional processes. Everyone will experiment and create their plates and prints using unusual materials and media. Materials are all included and participants will be able to take home their templates and prints. 
Both workshops are facilitated by artist printmaker Sisetta Zappone 
Free workshop. Donations box. Book a place 
5.30-6.30pm The Importance of Trees 
Presented by Sarah Shorley the Woodland Trust, and presenting the Tree Charter. The Charter for Trees, Woods and People sets out the principles for a society in which people and trees can stand stronger together. The Tree Charter was launched in Lincoln Castle on 6 November 2017; the 800th anniversary of the 1217 Charter of the Forest. 
Free event. Donations box. Book a place 
 
CLOSING CEREMONY 6.30-9pm 

7pm We Dance into the Forest 
Young Amici, an inclusive London dance company, have created a short performance based on the themes of the exhibition. 

8pm Closing Concert 
Sounds of upliftment by the Crofton Singers Choir 

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

2nd ‘Spring’ International Photography Exhibition at The Art Pavilion (7-11 March)





The 2nd ‘Spring’ International Photography Exhibition In London will once again be on display at the Art Pavilion in Mile End Park. This exhibition celebrates Chinese New Year 2019 with images provided by UK-China Photography Association, UK-Beijing Art Association, The Entrepreneurs Photography Society of China and Global Chinese Photography, organized by Opustique Infinity, with support from China Pictorial. 

The exhibition includes subjects taken from both the UK and China which range from natural landscapes, wildlife and human interest stories to sites of touristic interest and more. All are on display to help usher in the Year of the Pig with a diverse and high-quality selection of photographs. 

There will be an open evening on 7 March from 6.30-8.30pm as part of the Whitechapel Gallery’s First Thursdays Initiative to which all are welcome. 

Artists exhibiting include: Zhikuan Hou, Tao Zhang, Dong Wen, Zhaolin Yang, Bo Song, Li Cui, Shuyan Zhao, Ping Zhang, Jintao Li, Chi Huang. 

Curator: Xiaoyi Li 

All work will be available to buy at a charity auction from 2-4pm Sat 9th March. 


Dates: Thursday 7 - Monday 11 March 2019 
Time: 11am-5pm, Thursday to Sunday, 11am – 2.30pm Monday 
Venue: The Art Pavilion, Mile End Park, Clinton Road, E3 4QY

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

The Art Pavilion: A Discourse on Contemporary Drawing | 27 Feb to 4th March


THAT (Tower Hamlets Artist Teachers) network presents a collaborative exhibition between art students and art teachers from across the borough of Tower Hamlets celebrating the practice of drawing. Alongside the show will run a series of workshops and seminars inquiring into various drawing methods for analysing the empirical, led by: UAL Insights, ‘A’ Team Arts, Royal Drawing School, Bow Arts, Chisenhale Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery and  Auto-Italia.

Opening times are below:





Monday, 12 November 2018

Snowdrop Planting, Sunday 10-1PM, Chris' Wood

Chris' Wood

This Sunday we have our final bulb planting session of the year.

Over the past few weeks, we have planted some 4,000 bluebells along the woodland walk near the climbing wall. This time we have a thousand snowdrops to plant in Chris' Wood (location below) which is looking beautiful at the moment. We might even plant some daffs if time allows.

This is a great chance to meet others who enjoy our Park, whilst having some gentle exercise. Afterwards we will head to The Coffee Room for refreshments (you have to try their Victoria Sponge).

Equipment such as trowels, gloves and bulb planters is supplied; as well as a small number of foam kneeling pads. If you prefer then please do bring your own hand tools.

If you would like to join in then please email info@fomep.org.uk so we have an idea of numbers and you can be kept up to date with arrangements (ie weather!).


Location: Chris' Wood (besides the Art Pavilion and parallel to Clinton Road, behind the Grove Road Texaco Garage)
When: 10-1PM 
What to wear: Clothes suitable for the weather and sturdy boots.





Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Bulb Planting - This Friday and Sunday (Can you spare an hour or so?)


Mile End in 2-3 years?
This coming Friday and Sunday, instead of our regular monthly litter-pick, we are holding a couple of bulb-planting sessions. These should be great fun for all the family.

The Council have given us 6,000 bluebells and the "Grande Plan" is to plant bluebells in the section of woodland between Grove Road and Mile End Climbing Wall beside the railway. Whilst the area is no forest, anyone who has wandered through there will know it is actually surprisingly peaceful. Who knows, after a couple of years Mile End may have its very own bluebell wood to rival the Bluebell Railway.

If you would like to come and help out then please email info@fomep.org.uk or just turn up. Further details below.



Event Details
Location: The woodland area between Grove Road and the Mile End Climbing Wall (shaded light blue in the map above).
When: FRIDAY: 11.30-3PM; SUNDAY: 10-12 or until the bulbs run out! 
Equipment: We have a range of tools and equipment, but if you have your own (gardening gloves/bulb planter, etc) then you are welcome to bring them. Please wear sturdy/non-precious footwear. 

If you want to pop along for just half an hour or so then please do (preferably with Haribos).


Next year we hope to continue bulb planting the area (planting bluebells "in the green" late Spring and more bluebells in the Autumn), and lots of different bulbs in the orange-shaded area above - the idea being that  the wood transitions from a bluebell wood to a more varied planting regime as you turn the dog-leg by the climbing wall.



Sunday, 5 August 2018

The Art Pavilion - Waterscape Exhibition & Workshops (7-9th August)


This summer immerse yourself in a cooling, watery exhibition at The Art Pavilion in Mile End Park and take part in free art workshops including painting, textiles and paper-based media. Participants will be able to contribute towards the creation of a large-scale and progressive sculpture; all inspired by the waterside location of the gorgeous, glass-fronted Art Pavilion building. There will be an exhibition in the space featuring local artists David Ko, Jasper Deane, Alice Sielle, Virginia Hawke, Paula Haughney, Sarah Ainslie, Jill Fullbrook and Katja Rosenberg. 

Taster Workshops 
Tuesday 7 August 12pm-4pm Chinese Paper Cutting with David Ko 
Wednesday 8 August 12-4pm Marbling with Virginia Hawke 
Thursday 9 August 12pm-4pm Chinese Brush Painting with David Ko 
Tuesday - Thursday 7 – 9 August 12-4pm Silk Painting with Jill Fullbrook. 

Workshops are suitable for all levels, including those with no previous experience. Open to all, but children should be accompanied by adults. 

The exhibition will be open from 11am-5pm with drop-in sessions from 12-4pm each day. Just turn up, no booking required. 


Saturday, 28 July 2018

Tower Hamlets Summer Activities 2018 MoreTh>n 165 FREE Activities


Tower Hamlets has released its booklet detailing over 165 free activities for children, young people, adults and the whole family. Lots of the activities take place in Mile End Park in the Children's play park, Art Pavilion, Eco Pavilion, Urban Adventure Base, Mile End Stadium or the Leisure centre.

For the full programme click here.