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Looking Up in New X – crowdfunding opportunity

19 Nov

The Guardian described New Cross as “only for the intrepid”. Well we’re up for that. See here for our latest venture

 

Over the last 10 years Artmongers has been stirring things up in Deptford and New Cross with thought provoking public art that changes the way people relate to space. Taking back ownership of public space encourages all sorts of social benefits – not least the improved sense of well being while you’re taking part.

 

Lest year’s flash mob on the A2 highlighted the challenges pedestrians face getting from one side of New Cross to the other. We didn’t break any traffic rules but we definitely caused a stir. And this year’s campaign to plant 1000 sunflowers has involved hundreds of school children, Goldsmiths University, local businesses and community groups. It brightened up the place and more importantly it encouraged people to realize the possibility that it is our environment and we can choose how it is. Then recently we worked with another RSA supported project – Talk to Me London to create unexpected creative interventions at bus stops in New Cross including a disco.

 

So what’s this Looking Up about then? Two things:

 

  1. In 2011 the council close the local library. 2 months later we reopened on a trial basis as a volunteer library. The venue has been rebranded as New Cross Learning (thanks in part to a Catalyst grant from the RSA) and is now a vibrant community hub with record numbers of visitors
  2. Despite having the highest density of artists in Europe there’s no public art space here.

 

So the new idea is to create a giant 3D lightbox on the ceiling of New Cross Learning then work with local groups and emerging artists to create innovative artworks that change every few months.

 

With your support we can make it happen. Backers get to be part of the creative process and some levels get a piece of art for their home. Everybody knows they are part of transforming an area and empowering local residents – we are beginning to see a snowball effect.

 

Go here to find out more and maybe even back us.

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Video

Sunflowers video

30 Jun

Interview with Anna Furse

10 Oct

Anna Furse, head of Performing Arts at Goldsmiths talks to Patricio Forrester of Artmongers about the dynamics of a small stage spanning the space between Goldsmiths and the community / street. Art over Noise.

Why Goldsmiths supports New X-ING

10 Oct

See this short interview with Julie Taylor, Head of Enterprise at Goldsmiths

2012 New X-ING Relay

8 Oct

Click on the links for each day to see photo and video footage or on the individual links to see more info about the performers

  • Day 2: Sat 22 / 2pm-9pm 
  • 2-6pm: KIDS: bands include Sunbeam (rock), The Other Side and Katy & the Elders (alternative pop). There will also be a chance for young New X-ERS to have their say about the future of New Cross.
  • 7.30-9pm: Night Projections from Goldsmiths Media and Comms dept
  • Day 4: Tues 25 / 7.30pm-8.30pm
  • 7.30pm Photographic projections. Intergenerational photographic project
  • 8pm URBAN Local photography (open submission to artmongers.studio@gmail.com)
  • Day 6: Thurs 27 / 6.30pm-10pm
  • 6.30-7 pm Live Performance actionconstraint by A Cusumano, T Delfieriere and G Lomeo
  • 8-10 pm Youngathon presented by CEN8
  • Day 7: Fri 28 / 7pm-10pm
  • Glue Rooms DJ Tendraw: Live Art and Experimental Music “the most dodgy and daring artist from around the globe”
  • Day 8: Sat 29 Sept / 2pm-10pm 2pm and 4.30pm: And…Cross! from Laban choreographers Anne and Debora 3pm Dance 5.30pm: M Kuzminski, contemporary dance
    Open DJ: prepare to play 4 tracks you choose. The last one must be shameful!
  • Day 11:Wed 3 Oct / 8pm-9pm Night Projections. Site specific performance from Artmongers
  • Day 12: Thurs 4 Oct / 7pm – 10pm OSA Poetry Collective

 

Day 12: OSA presents Spoken Word

5 Oct

On National Poetry Day, this must have been one of the most popular events.


About 100 people enjoyed the skills and charisma of:

Virginia Love (spoken word), Andrea (spoken work), Alea Balzer “Lucifer over Storytelling London” (storytelling), Errol McGlashan (spoken word), Malcolm Bacchus (local history), Yssabelle & Dan (acoustic music)

Then Goodstocks, Yex Oil (。-_-。 )人( 。-_-。) and Marvin Bats with electronica/experimental/acoustic/spoken text finishing with Infinite Livez (electronica/trip-hop/hip-hop/live mixing.

Click on the photo to see the rest of the album for Day 12

Day 13: Grand Finale

4 Oct

Click on the photo to see the rest of the day

PIANOTHON

2.00: Paul Milnes – local pianist and main man at Jazz at the Cross

2.30: Nigel Smallpiece – show songs

3.00: Alexander Bren – soul / rock

3.30: Hazel Jane MacLaurin – folk

4.00: Tim Jones – jazz (also a painter and the man behind the famous Art Window in New Cross Gate)

4:30 Danny Sherwood – lyric based Jazz

5.00: Ricardo Cinalli – tango (you may know him better for his paintings)

MUSICAL RELAY

5:30 Danilo Borgerth (Guitar solo)

6:00 Nick Torry (Vocals & Guitar)

6:30 Susanna Catz (Vocals & Guitar)

BREAK

7:30 Alex Breewood & Richard Bremner vocals and guitars- blue grass

8:00 Pagoda Sun – Modern Folk

8:30 Metropolis (F. Lang) Live Performance
Original score by James Leahy.

9.30 pm Closing New-X-Ing Relay