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Opening of Windush Square 27th & 28th Feb 2010
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Emergency Exit Arts www.eea.org.uk will be opening Windrush Square, Brixton town centre this weekend.
Come and see the Human Catherine Wheel, a giant fire breathing pheonix leading the lantern parade, bands and loads more.

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Old Mayfair Carpet Gallery
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More exciting South London pop-up space news: the Old Mayfair Carpet Gallery, on Borough High Street, has recently opened to the public. Their opening exhibition runs until March, and is supported by a regular series of events, including collaborators and local residents. Link to their homepage is above, but most event news arrives via their Facebook page.

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Jarred Puddings

Blanch and Shock Smoking Jars of Pudding.
Part of Eat Your Heart Out at the Kindle Theatre in Birmingham
Tickets still available for every night til sunday

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Jarring Puddings

Blanch and Shock Smoking Jars of Pudding.
Part of Eat Your Heart Out at the Kindle Theatre in Birmingham
Tickets still available for every night til sunday

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Creative masterclasses at 198 Gallery

198 Contemporary Arts and Learning, Herne Hill, are offering a series of free development masterclasses for emerging artists, curators and gallerists. Beginning in mid October and running until early 2010, with repeats of each class, they cover the whole gamut of artworld topics:

Fundraising and Finance
14th October 2009 & 2nd February 2010

Evaluating your Project
20th October 2009 & 8th February 2010

Artist Run Spaces
12th October 2009 & 25th January 2010

Contracts and Copyright
26th October 2009 & 18th February 2010

Becoming Freelance
12th November 2009 & 21st January 2010

Gallery Education
10th November 2009 & 10th February 2010

Using the Internet
28th October 2009 & 16th February 2010

Curating Exhibitions and Projects
25th November 2009 & 27th January 2010

23rd November 2009 & 19th January 2010

Socially Engaged and Participatory Practice
18th October 2009 & Thursday 4th February 2010

Networking Event
10th December 2009 & 25th February 2010

All classes are free but require a 10 refundable deposit.

For more info, there's a full PDF available on the 198 website.

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Mimi Leung X Blanch & Shock Presents POLYCHROMASIA - Friday 31st August
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Blanch & Shock, a group set up by members of What They Could Do, They Did to work at the meeting point of fine art and food presents its latest work this Friday, in conjunction with artist Mimi Leung.

As part of Mimi's current exhibition at the Tenderpixel Gallery the group will be serving up a set of canapés responding to the exhibited paintings. Taking the wealth of colour in Mimi's work as a starting point, Blanch & Shock conducted creative research into the isolation of natural food pigments. Using these pigments they will dye a variety of canapés in the Leung livery, offering these up for free to attendees of Mimi's Q & A session at Tenderpixel Gallery from 4 30pm this Friday.

All are welcome, please see the attached press release for further information. The event also marks the close of the Rushes Soho Shorts Festival. Goodbye Turdbrains runs until August 8th.


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TOGETHER at Elephant and Castle

Together, At The Junction
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Together, At The Junction explores the relationship between collaborative art practice, community and public space. The Elephant Rooms invites jottaContemporary to facilitate artist engagement with a space in transition through live performances and site-specific works. The group exhibition will occupy The Elephant Rooms, a new roving art space in the Elephant and Castle Shopping centre founded and supported by Corsica Studios. The 1960s architectural structure will be the stage for a series of performances, live sound pieces and art works, in both the exhibition space and in the communal foyer space within the centre.

I think this has the potential to be totally brilliant as the grapevine puts a lot of interesting people all in one place at once and that place is Elephant and fucking Castle

Tom and Garry are performing their piece Chaplin Vs Keaton at the private view. We will be conducting some kind of ungodly 'workshop' in 'drawing' in the space over the duration of the exhibition at times tbc

come and play

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Watt They Could Do...
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10-12th July 2009 saw several members of What They Could do, They Did frolicking in a field at the superb Wattsfest. This "small but perfectly formed" festival in Devon is a collaboration between The Avant Rural Collective, Holmbush Records and Mr Bob Watt and his field.
What They Could Do, They Did were delighted to be running juggling,fabric,drawing and printing workshops which went down a treat on what turned out to be rather a damp Saturday. Revellers created T-shirts, cocktail hats, animal ears and even a matching cravat and nightcap combination in which to continue dancing into the wet,wet night.
Despite the adverse weather conditions, a fabulous time was had by all at what was hopefully the start of a long and happy involvement with Wattsfest.


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Waste Proposal Unit at Outhouse, Norwich

Im up in Norwich continuing a project I started last year with Critical Practice called Waste Proposal Unit. I was invited here by Outpost Gallery as part of their series of short residencies this summer for CAN 09 entitled Outhouse.

During the last few days I've been meeting local growers, producers and food retailers and developing recipes based on these interactions.

More information here: Bantamweight. Also, do make a visit Outpost Gallery's blog.

If you're around in Norwich on Tuesday night, come to Outpost Gallery's Outhouse building from 6pm for an event where we'll be cooking with the recipes of the last few days. It's on Colegate, look for the A-board outside. Hope to see you there!

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Katherine Hardy's work at Medcalf
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Kardy, as she is more frequently abridged, is showing work at Exmouth Market's Medcalf until August. She's showing a whole plethora of new drawings and paintings.

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The Dream Machine fathers' day record fair
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Where does the apostrophe go in "fathers' day"? This, and many other questions, answered this Fathering Sunday at the Dream Machine record fair, a newly beloved regular event at the Half Moon. Dad-centric events include 10% fathers' discounts and an open-mic for musically doting paternal types to perform odes to their offspring.

However, they do advise: Please do not kidnap any children to try and claim your discount.

More info on The Dream Machine website.

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What They Could Do 'zining it up at the Albany, Deptford

Tomorrow night is the second edition of OOXXOO's fine nights at the Albany, Deptford. We'll be there manning a stall with current and past editions of They Did magazine and other publications, plus all manner of other WTCD trinkets.

The lineup looks awesome, and it's also made some waves in the Guardian and Time Out's hot lists. Come down, say hi, buy stuff.

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David Tudor's Rainforest IV at Area 10, Peckham

David Tudor's environmental sound piece Rainforest IV is to be performed at Area 10 Project Space, Peckham, from July 3-4. It's a monumental piece, in size, scope and time, making use of the resonant properties of physically installed objects to create a strongly immersive and collaborative work.

Tudor himself describes it thus:

"In 1973 I made 'Rainforest IV' where the objects that the sounds are
sent through are very large so that they have their own presence in
space. I mean, they actually sound locally in the space where they are
hanging as well as being supplemented by a loudspeaker system. The
idea is that if you send sound through materials, the resonant nodes
of the materials are released and those can be picked up by contact
microphones or phono cartridges and those have a different kind of
sound than the object does when you listen to it very close where it's
hanging. It becomes like a reflection and it makes, I thought, quite a
harmonious and beautiful atmosphere, because wherever you move in the
room, you have reminiscences of something you have heard at some other
point in the space. It's (can be) a large group piece actually, any
number of people can participate in it. It's important that each
person makes their own sculpture, decides how to program it, and
performs it themselves. Very little instruction is necessary for the
piece. I've found it to be almost self-teaching because you discover
how to program the devices by seeing what they like to accept. Its
been a very rewarding type of activity for me. It's been done by as
large a group as 14 people. So that was how our Rainforest was done."

-- David Tudor

The performance features several luminaries of the London DIY/noise scene.

Read more on the Area 10 website.

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WTCDTD at Apollo Video, Herne Hill
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This Saturday evening WTCDTD take over Herne Hill's formerly abandoned Apollo Video for a night of space exploration.

Musical programme featuring:

The Capsized Smiles
B-Movie tales of horror and woe

One man's battle against the machines. The light of victory, shine on.

"every day a day dream", the holy beast (distorto-destructo)

AND, for the first time in the celluloid temple of Apollo:

Short films from The Pictures

& treats & that

Apollo Video is at 29 Norwood Road, SE24 9AA

for more info on the Apollo project, a month long programme featuring photography, film, music and performance see:


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Apollo Video opening tonight

From 6pm tonight the long-deserted Apollo Video in Herne Hill rises from the ashes, reborn as a space for art, music and much more during the month of June, and possibly beyond.

We'll be heading down to contribute to the fanfare.

Also just confirmed we'll be hosting a night at Apollo on 13th June, featuring a mixture of music, performance and a film programme curated by Garry Sykes of The Pictures, the underground film night airing monthly at Barden's Boudoir in Dalston.

Tonight's party is from 6pm-10pm, featuring a DJ set from Fab Fatale.

More info at the Apollo Video website. See you there!

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