‘It’s a Newham Thing’ is an art project that aims to inspired and connect with the people of Newham.
Newham based artist Rayna Nadeem usually has a touring exhibition and interactive website but now she wants to expand the project further and get more people involved.
Rayna will be launching a small collection of T-shirts for the project and she wants some help from budding designers out there.
Rayna said: “This competition has been launched to get more members of the community involved in the project, and it’s also a great way for the winner to get free exposure and publicity for their talented art work.”
The competition is run by Newham NDP, and the submitted designs must be inspired by and reflect the local area that is Newham.
If you win your creations will be printed on t-shirts and sold in Newham and online via www.itsanewhamthing.com.
Please email all entries to Chi Gavhure at email@example.com by November 12th.
Back at the start of August it was announced that the hotly tipped London Pleasure Gardens were closing their doors to the public after the company went into administration. And now the organisers of the failed Bloc Festival have spoken out.
You'll probably remember that Bloc was the opening event at the Pleasure Gardens. The free festival which was shut down after a few hours because of safety fears and overcrowding.
For the first time since it was announced that the 35,000 capacity venue in Newham was closing down organisers have spoken out about what they think went wrong. Problems apparently started when more people than expected turned up to the ticketed event. A combination of over sold tickets and people wanting to try and get in without one meant that staff were told to abandon ticket scanning and just let everyone in. Immediately the venue was over crowded causing safety concerns.
As well as this the organisers have also blamed the fact that much of the infrastructure within the site was not finished in time for the opening. Of this the organisers have said that it is, 'no secret that there were serious delays associated with the building of the London Pleasure Gardens site'. They then added, 'there is no doubt that these delays severely compromised our efforts to deliver a successful production'.
So there you have it. After a lengthy legal battle they've now spoken out. If you'd like to you can read the whole statement here and for some background on why the Pleasure Gardens failed head here.
Famed photographer David Bailey is to host an exhibition celebrating the best bits of East London.
The exhibition will take place in July in Newham where Bailey grew up and will feature photographs of East London over the years from the 60s right through to the present day. The exhibition is part of the Create 2012 project which aims to bring art to local communities and will feature portraits of local residents as well as street scenes that Bailey has captured over his career.
Speaking about the works he's planning to exhibit Bailey told Vogue, 'They range, but the concentration is on the Sixties, Eighties and now. Newham is the obvious place to do it - it's where it all happened.'
Bailey's East End will run from 14th July - 11th August at the Royal Docks in Newham.
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