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Making Uncovered, the popular festival of art, craft and design, is back for a second year, showcasing the best of south London’s creative talent.
Last year’s debut Making Uncovered attracted over 700 visitors, offering them the chance to watch local artists and makers in action, learn some new skills and share in the joy of making.
This year, the event returns in a new venue, the wonderful Six Brixton, a vibrant community venue in the heart of Lambeth. Once again, it promises to serve up a feast of fascinating arts and crafts, with ceramics, woodwork, textiles, drawing, calligraphy and much more on show.
Making Uncovered 2014 will be the opening event of the London Design Festival’s Brixton design district programme. It’s the first year that Brixton has showcased its design culture as part of London’s biggest design festival of the year.
“Last year Making Uncovered was an astounding success and attracted hundreds of visitors,” said Kristina Glushkova, co-founder of Lambeth-based artists’ collective Makerhood, which is organising the event.
“This year we’ve got some really interesting and unusual artists taking part, who will be doing things you don’t get to see every day. We’re really proud to be bringing these different crafts together under one roof to kick off Brixton’s design festival celebrations. It will be a very special occasion.”
Entry is free, and demonstrations of 12 different arts and crafts will run all day. Those wanting to have a go can take part in a range of intriguing workshops in ceramics, drawing, weaving, jewellery making, upholstery and more. Some of these will be first come, first served on the day, others are bookable on Makherhood’s Eventbrite page. Makers will also be selling one-off pieces.
In the evening, the festivities will carry on, with food and drink, and an exciting line up of live music and performance.
To book a free ticket or to take part in hands-on workshops, visit the Making Uncovered Eventbrite page at http://makinguncovered.eventbrite.co.uk/
The event is a result of collective work of many local makers, volunteers and partners. It is supported by Brixton’s popular Diverse gift shop and Europe’s leading retail packaging company WBC, based in Herne Hill.
A new proposal that would allow councils to levy a charge on large supermarkets has been submitted to the Government by Derby City Council with the full backing of 19 other councils from across the country. Dubbed the “Tesco Tax” the levy would provide councils like Southwark’s and Lambeth’s with extra revenue which they would have to reinvest in local areas like Herne Hill.
The detrimental impact large supermarkets have on local communities, local economies and the environment cannot be understated.
- For every pound spent in a large supermarket 5p of it remains in the local economy by contrast for independent retailers it is over 50p
- Whilst large supermarket chains recently expanded their floor space by 2,750,000 square feet the number of people they employed fell by over 400
- Tesco generated 28,500 tonnes of food waste, threw out two-thirds of its bagged salad and 40% of it apples in the first six months of 2013
Therefore, with the support of Local Works, the proposal was submitted under the Sustainable Communities Act. This is an act which empowers local communities and councils to suggest solutions to local problems to which the Government must act upon and “reach an agreement” with the concerned council.
The proposal is similar in structure to levies that have already existed in Northern Ireland and Scotland for over two years. What is proposed would be an extra 8.5% on the local business rates paid by large supermarkets. This is a drop in the ocean for the big supermarkets. It is thirty five times smaller than the VAT rise of 2011, for example. But the added income could potentially represent a lot for local communities.
Just as has happened in Northern Ireland the extra revenue of the levy could be used to promote smaller Herne Hill businesses and shops by subsidising their business rates. Alternatively, local services and amenities that are threatened with closure such as the Carnegie Library or the Herne Hill Velodrome, for example, could potentially benefit from this added revenue stream.
The supermarket levy has the potential to transform local communities, and redress the highly unbalanced playing field in the local retail market. Therefore, to give this proposal the best chance of succeeding we need the support from as many individuals and organisations as possible. The supermarkets are very powerful and they will use their large resources to try and defeat this proposal.
If you would like to find out more information about this campaign please visit Local Works’ website and see how you can contribute towards this campaign.
Doc film maker Maureen Ni Fiann & pianist Anthony Bastian appeared on ITN News London yesterday to discuss efforts to fund a documentary film about the Herne Hill Piano and the idea of more permanent street pianos in cities to help people be friendlier in public spaces. This project is in its final hours on Kickstarter! Big countdown now so please donate if you haven't and otherwise share the news! As Giles Gibson who has long championed all things to do with Herne Hill community (and appears in Maureen's first short film) says in the ITN clip: "We didn't have a heart to Herne Hill at all. So a lot of work's gone on to try and have somewhere we can the centre, a heart, somewhere we can call home." That's what the piano means and is a big part of, so please help take it further! kck.st/1n5II2b
See the ITN clip fullscreen at https://vimeo.com/103253800 - or watch it small below!
Long discussed, now underway! Efforts have begun to transfer the historic Carnegie Library building in Herne Hill from Lambeth Council to a new charitable trust to run it as a Community Hub. Taking this project forward will require lots of energy, ideas, skills and, above all, community support. So, as a first step volunteers needed to deliver newsletters throughout Herne Hill and surrounding area! http://wp.me/p40g6H-Bb
Herne Hill Piano was wheeled out ceremoniously to be filmed by Londonlive for their Go slot at 6.30pm on Thursday 7th August.
Piano Man Michael played for them and they interviewed Maureen about the film project that is on kickstarter - click below! 6 days left to pledge! if you like to chip in that would be fantastic!!
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