Shared Histories

28 Apr

LowneVaneTypeAirMeter

The Lewisham Local History Society has had a chance to showcase a few choice pieces from its fascinating trove of treasures stored at New Cross Learning. They have been working in partnership with the Goldsmiths Collection during the Shared Histories exhibition in April/May.

We were excited to introduce the exhibition’s curator Jenny Doussan to the society so that artefacts of New Cross’s manufacturing past (including Twinings tea, a box of Turkish Delight and the air meter pictured above) could reach a wider audience.

A small kitchen table laid for tea suggested daily life in Lewisham in years past while an iPad detailing the history of the items at all four exhibition spaces reminded viewers of more modern technologies. With Goldsmiths contributing a range of art pieces, including 19th century etchings, early 20th century paintings of local activists, and contemporary art from its graduates alongside Lewisham Local History Society highlighting the area’s more practical creativity, the exhibition connected Lewisham’s rich and varied histories.

Image: Vane Type Air Meter, model C.4, circa 1980, Lowne Instruments, Ltd., Lewisham

New Cross Grows Summer

24 Apr

New Cross Sunflowers viewing

Where might you find a thousand sunflowers turning their heads towards the sunshine—the French countryside in high summer? Or the A2? One of southeast London’s busiest, grittiest thoroughfares may seem an unlikely spot but it’s true thanks to an unprecedented collaboration between local schools, shops and community groups initiated by New X ING and funded by Grow Wild. In addition to brightening the A2, the flowers will provide much needed foraging for bees in one of the only places  in the country with a growing bee population.

Starting this week, one thousand sunflower seeds will be planted and nurtured in pots in schools and homes across New Cross with a vision to bring growing sunshine to the A2 this summer. Local volunteers from Grow Wild, Greenshoots, Common Growth, New Cross Gate Trust, New Cross Learning, Goldsmiths, local schools, shops and homes will be watching over these small seeds in pots and in beds along the A2 and by the entrance to Sainsbury’s next to the petrol station.

Those plants growing in schools and homes will be transplanted over the next few months, with support and maintenance shared among the community. We hope to explore unusual sites for the sunflowers—billboards, roof terraces, windows, balconies, in shop windows and on the pavements—to create an urban wilderness of sunflowers

By late summer, there should hopefully be a landscape of sunflowers, culminating in a Harvest party in September. We’re excited about making the A2 grow wild, grow beautiful.

If you want to help out let us know (email Artmongers.studio@gmail.com)! Next community planting session is Saturday 27 Apr 1-3.30pm by the entrance to Sainsburys. Or join the seed planting session at New Cross Learning baby bounce session Tues 30 Apr 11am-12pm.

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

Day 11: Urban Projections

4 Oct

As traffic roared past on Lewisham Way it was echoed in one of the three projections onto Goldsmiths Library building and the New X-ING Relay screen accompanied by bus journey sound effects and live conversations.

Elsewhere the zen like movements of water, light and found objects on an old school overhead projector (Dominic Madden and Artmongers)  contrasted with the multicoloured and beautiful artworks created on a touch pad by Nicolai Kosin.

Click on any of the photos to see the rest of the gallery

Day 10: Dancing Tuesday

4 Oct

Those who were sturdy enough to brave the weather (left) were treated to fine displays of dancing from:

Click on the photos to see more

Sat Sep 29th afternoon M. Kuzminski

30 Sep

Maciej Kuzminski has led the development of a site-specific choreography with 4 dancers and a musician on the steps in front of New X-ING Relay.

See this video of previous work