A NEW ART gallery being set up in the former Thicket Tavern pub on Anerley Hill will raise money for the Upper Norwood joint library.
Property developer Lightbox is opening the gallery as part of the acclaimed residential re-development of the former pub, in conjunction with Bigger Picture Gallery. It will be free for everyone to browse and enjoy a wide variety of different styles of artwork, showcasing some of the best talent from the thriving artistic community in Crystal Palace and surrounding area.
There will be a wide range of works available for purchase from limited edition prints to large one-off original oil paintings, and the opportunity to meet the exhibiting artists who include Angelique Hartigan, Michael Burles, Roy Peterson, Amanda Bracken, Staffan Gnosspelius, Liz Charsley-Jory, Dan McDermott, Tim Goffe and Guy Beggs.
Angelique Hartigan one of the founders of Bigger Picture Gallery said: “Bigger Picture Gallery are delighted to have been invited to work with local property developer Lightbox to launch its latest project on Anerley Hill – The Thicket.
“We have invited a selection of local artists to display work in the bright and airy commercial space on the ground and lower floors until August. “We are also very pleased to support our much loved local library.”
Lightbox director and Gipsy Hill resident Neville De Souza said: “The ground and lower ground floors of the newly restored building should make a wonderful exhibition space with its high ceilings and large feature windows that flood the interior with light.
“Lightbox are donating the space for free and any commission raised from the sale of artwork is being donated to the Upper Norwood Joint Library on Westow Hill.”
The gallery will be open to the public from 10am until 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays from 15th June until 11th August.
Upper Norwood Library Campaign spokesman Robert Gibson said: “This is a very generous initiative from a community orientated developer and our local artists. “Crystal Palace is very proud of its unique independent library which serves all five boroughs of Crystal Palace.
“The entire community has rallied round to protect it. “Local musicians have already raised money for the library and now our artists. “It makes me very proud to be a resident of Crystal Palace.”
Hartigan said the ethos behind The Bigger Picture Gallery is to make art accessible to the community and residents of the district and bringing artists together. “We will assist in sustaining a significant arts movement and hope to return our local area to the cultural destination that it once was.
“We are also providing a network for individuals who often work in isolation to interact and share ideas.”
TRANSITION TOWN CO-FOUNDER PICKS CRYSTAL PALACE FOR UK BOOK LAUNCH
ROB HOPKINS, the co-founder of the Transition Network is coming to Crystal Palace for the UK launch of his new book “The Power of Just Doing Stuff”!
He will be at the Grape & Grain pub on Tuesday 18th June to speak about his new book and the latest thinking in the Transition Movement, illustrated with real examples of Transition Towns in action.
Hopkins, who wrote wrote the Transition Handbook and The Transition Companion, the two books at the core of creating Transition Towns all over the world. is the winner of the 2009 Observer Ethical Award for the Grassroots Campaigner category, and in December 2009 was voted the Guardian’s ‘Green Community Hero’. Hopkins and the Transition Network have also made The Observer’s list of ‘Britain’s 50 New Radicals’.
Joe Duggan, who co-chairs Crystal Palace Transition Town said: “We are particularly pleased that Crystal Palace Transition Town is mentioned and are honoured that Rob Hopkins has chosen to visit us to see Crystal Palace Transition Town projects first hand and to launch his book here.”
Crystal Palace Transition Town initiatives include community garden projects including the Edible Garden in Westow Park and the Tipsy Garden by the Grape & Grain, the Crystal Palace Food Market on Haynes Lane every Saturday from 10am, a children outdoor activities Bugs Club, a site clearance and up-cycling initiative called Palace Pick Up, a sustainable energy group called Palace Power, a Local and Fair Trade group supporting local businesses and ethical shopping choices, a community hop growing project called Palace Pint and The Patchwork Farm an initiative designed to promote and support more local food growing. At present there are over 1,000 initiatives throughout the world, and over 40 in London.
Crystal Palace Transition Town say everyone is welcome to attend the vent, which starts at 7.30pm – but add that It’s likely the event will attract national media attention and a turn out from other Transition Towns and groups, so you might want to turn up early if you’d like a seat!.
- AUTHORS NATHAN FILER and BRIAN KIMBERLING will be sharing their experiences of writing their first novel with each other and the audience. talking about and reading from their work Bookseller Crow, Westow Street SE19 tonight (Friday June 7th.) Tickets £3 including wine. 7pm
£13 MILLION ANTIQUE CERAMICS SALE WILL ONLY BENEFIT CENTRAL CROYDON
MONIES FROM the proposed £13 million sale of part of an antique Chinese ceramics collection by Croydon council will only be invested in central Croydon.
A council press release says it is proposing to sell 24 items – worth nearly £13 million – from the 230-piece collection, the majority of which is still on public display in Croydon.
The collection, which dates from Neolithic times to the 19th century and includes includes Tang dynasty tomb models and Ming dynasty bowls was bequeathed to Croydon by local businessman and collector Raymond Riesco in 1959.
The decision to sell the items, which are currently being stored in a secure central London location, comes after escalating insurance and security costs meant that the full collection was becoming too expensive to maintain.
The press release says the proposal has the backing of the Riesco family, providing the proceeds of the sale are used to support culture in the borough – and that would see income from the sale be invested in the redevelopment of the Fairfield Halls.
There is also the possibility the Ashcroft Theatre could be renamed the Riesco Theatre in tribute to the family’s contribution to the borough’s culture, the press release adds.
Cabinet member for children, families and learning, Councillor Tim Pollard said: “This is a great opportunity to invest significant sums of money in Croydon’s cultural heritage for the long term benefit of future generations.
“It would also be a fantastic and fitting legacy to the Riesco family, who are supportive of these proposals.”
The council is currently seeking stakeholders’ views including national organisations and museums.
The letter to stakeholders from Aileen Cahill, head of libraries and culture, – a copy of which has been seen by News From Crystal Palace – says that should any sale take place “it is proposed that the capital receipts gained would be used for the regeneration of the cultural infrastructure in central Croydon.” The letter highlights “the borough’s biggest cultural asset, the Fairfield Halls” as being “in need of significant upgrade works to secure its future as a multi-purpose arts and entertainment venue for the enjoyment of generations to come” she adds. No mention is made of any planned name change for the Ashcroft theatre.
Stakeholders are then given the chance to comment on four questions / invitations including::
- Do you agree with the general proposal to sell the 24 items? (Yes / No – and if not, why not?)
- Please share with us any specific suggestions you might have about how the proceeds of any sale might be used
- Please let us know of any alternative suggestions you might have about how the council could raise funds to put towards the borough’s cultural provision
THE ASHCROFT THEATRE was named after the Croydon-born actress Dame Peggy Ashcroft who died in 1991 at the age of 83. Her obituary notice in the New York Times noted that in 1962 she became the first British actress to have a theatre named after her in her lifetime. Her few film roles included ‘The Thirty Nine Steps” with Robert Donat and “A Passage to India” the latter of which in 1984 earned her the Oscar for best supporting actress. Further reading: www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/bday/1222.html
The proposals are due to be considered at the council’s corporate services committee on Wednesday 24 July.