WMG Late: Rise Up

  • 1 December 2016
  • 18:30 - 22:30
  • Free. No need to book. First Thursday of every other month. Galleries and bar open all evening.


WMG Lates, our bimonthly after-hours events, are a chance to experience the Gallery in a relaxed adult atmosphere. Visit the special exhibitions and sample some of the best art, music, poetry and performance in London.

We are delighted to announce that the new season of Lates will be curated in partnership with Walthamstow-based organisation Beatroots, a social enterprise that works with communities to deliver high quality music programmes, including the incredible Stow Festival. 

This month get fired up over a century of art and music campaigning for political change, inspired by the Gallery's current exhibition A World to Win. The night explores the sound of contemporary protest with Hattie Collins and Olivia Rose talking about their new book This Is Grime, Artist in Residence Daniel Baker interviewing grime academic Monique Charles and playing some of their favorite tracks on his own pop-up radio show and hip hop/grime artist Lemzi and local MCs performing live. DJ collective General Echo Sound System provide the soundtrack, students from Waltham Forest College exhibit their own punk-inspired creations and University of the Arts Alumni and Arts Activists Jill Kennedy McNeill and Summer Oxley invite you to join them in a hands on Arts Attack.

The line up (timings subject to change)

Story Lounge
7.30-7.50 Hattie Collins and Olivia Rose discuss their new book, This is Grime
8.30 -8.50 Radio show with Artist in Residence Daniel Baker and grime academic Monique Charles
9.30-9.50 Panel discussion with Hattie Collins, Olivia Rose, Monique Charles, Lemzi, and Daniel Baker

Tea Room
6.30 - 10.30 Live DJ collective General Echo Soundsystem
8.00 - 8.15 Acoustic set with Lemzi
9.00 -9.15 Cypher set with Lemzi and local MCs

Art Studios
6.30 - 10.30 Arts Attack textiles activity

Acanthus Room
6.30 - 10.30 Punk Exhibition

Hattie Collins and Olivia Rose, 7.30pm and 9.30pm, Story Lounge

Hattie Collins is Features Director of i-D and has contributed to, amongst other publications, the Guardian, Man About Town and The Sunday Times. Hattie has written about grime and its innovators since 2003, when it was a burgeoning DIY genre with no name.  

Olivia Rose is an award-winning photographer who has shot editorial for i-D and Vogue amongst other high-end fashion and lifestyle publications. The main focus of her work is the documentation of male dominated sub-cultures; from gang members in Kingston, Jamaica to roadmen in London. Working alongside Hattie for the last two years, Olivia has photographed the many characters that make up the Grime scene; from its early innovators to its current torchbearers.

Daniel Baker and Monique Charles, 8.30pm and 9.30pm, Story Lounge

Daniel Baker, Artist in Residence at the William Morris Gallery, and Monique Charles, grime academic from the University of Warwick, will be discussing grime, William Morris and the human voice as well as playing some of their favourite tracks in this live radio show format.

Baker’s residency Lyrical Revolutions: William Morris Meets Skepta? explores the power and potential of the human voice inspired by connections between William Morris’s political poetry and the lyrics of Grime artists. Find out more about his residency at his first public appearance in the role.

Monique Charles is a Doctoral Researcher at Warwick University focusing on ‘race’, spirituality, class, gender and music as it relates to Grime. She is currently working on her thesis; Hallowed be thy Grime? : A musicological and sociological genealogy of Grime music and its relation to Black Atlantic religious discourse. Charles’s essay Grime Central! : Subterranean ground-in grit engulfing manicured mainstream spaces is one of the first scholarly works focusing on Grime.

Lemzi, 8pm, 9pm and 9.30pm, Tea Room

Lemzi will be performing an acoustic set in the Tea Room at 8pm and at 9pm he will be joined by MCs from the local area for a live cypher set. At 9.30pm he joins Hattie Collins, Olivia Rose, Daniel Baker and Monique Charles for a panel discussion.

Lemzi is a potent lyricist and descriptive and eloquent storyteller, effortlessly bringing elements of his spirituality to his music whilst accurately commentating on the very real challenges facing modern society. Born in Leytonstone, Lemzi’s influences include artists such an NAS, Emimen, Big L, Kano, Ghetts and Dizzee Rascal.

Arts Attack, drop-in 6.30pm – 10.30pm, Art Studios

University of the Arts Alumni and Arts Activists Jill Kennedy McNeill and Summer Oxley invite you to join them in a creative activity inspired by the exhibition A World to Win. If posters are the traditional means of communicating an organisation's political values and ideals then surely badges, pins and patches are the time-honoured method for expressing our personal politics.

This fun and creative activity invites you to 'Wear Your Politics' using techniques such as stamping, coating fabric with latex and printing. Artist activists from the University of the Arts will help you to create a fabric badge, neck piece or patch to tell the world about what you value. This activity is free and all materials are provided.

General Echo Sound System, 6.30pm – 10.30pm, Tea Room

Walthamstow based DJ collective General Echo Sound System play a mix of militant dub and roots protest music mixed in with reggae, political hip-hop, soul and jazz. Follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

Punk exhibition, drop-in 6.30pm – 10.30pm, Acanthus Room

Art, fashion and media students from the Creative Industries department at Waltham Forest College display a selection of their work created in response to the recent Punk London celebrations and drawing inspiration from the DIY ethos of the time.

Free entry, bar open all evening.