WMG Lates, our bimonthly after-hours events co-curated with Vine Collective, 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.
WMG Late: Transmission is inspired by Clare Twomey's exhibition Time Present and Time Past, which has turned the Gallery's special exhibition space into a live craft studio where members of the public learn new skills as a volunteer apprentice. WMG Late finds out how these artists, poets and musicians learnt their craft and what inspires them, whilst inviting the audience to perform alongside professional poet Salena Godden and writer Ellie Broughton at our first open mic night. Walthamstow based DJ collective Eastern Front Soundsystem provide the soundtrack bringing people together to enjoy diverse, inspiring performances and a ceramics workshop Past Pattern, Future Repeat led by Clayground Collective.
How to perform at the Open Mic
If you are a poet, spoken word performer or musican then you could take part in our first Open Mic night at the William Morris Gallery. Your performance does not need to be about William Morris!!! It just needs to be suitable for a friendly, open minded adult audience. All you need to do is come along on the evening and sign up for a slot from 6.30pm when the doors to the event open. Slots will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Performance times for the Open Mic will be between 7.55pm - 8.25pm and 9.40pm - 10pm. You will have up to 8 minutes of performance time. Musicians are welcome to bring an instrument but it will need to be acoustic and require no set up.
The line up (timings subject to change)
Clayground Collective 6.30pm - 10.30pm
Hand skills cannot be learned from books. They need time to acquire and effort to pass onto the next generation. New ideas always build on what’s gone before. Morris and colleagues harked back to the hand skills of a pre-industrial age to inspire the Arts and Crafts Movement just as the modern maker movement draws on their ideas today. As clay studies are under threat in schools, hand skills deserve new attention in museums and civic spaces.
Join clay specialists Clayground Collective to improve your own skills in this specially conceived workshop Past Pattern, Future Repeat. Learn something new to enjoy yourself or pass onto others. Look for design ideas in the museum to inspire your own repeat pattern created by carving and stamping into raw clay.
Clayground Collective digs into all things clay, creating artworks with the public, hosting learning workshops and conducting research into why hand skills matter today. Together with artists from different artforms, Clayground delves into the past to inspire the passing on of skills for the future. The company has received a national award from Creative and Cultural Skills.
Eastern Front Soundsystem 6.30pm - 10.30pm
Eastern Front Soundsystem are a Walthamstow-based DJ collective - vinyl obsessives, disco nerds & bad dancers every one of them.
Frequently found at a number of venues across Walthamstow and Hackey as well as further afield, they pride themselves on their eclectic tastes with their sets covering everything from forgotten soul 45s & balearic beats to classic house, disco & beyond. Check them out at Soundcloud.
Salena Godden 8.25pm and 10pm
Salena Godden has been described as; "The doyenne of the spoken word scene" (Ian McMillan, BBC Radio 3); "The Mae West madam of the salon" (The Sunday Times) and "everything the Daily Mail is terrified of" (Kerrang! Magazine).
Salena has written Under the Pier, Fishing In The Aftermath, Poems 1994-2014 and her celebrated literary childhood memoir Springfield Road.
Salena appears regularly on the BBC as a guest poet on shows such as Woman’s Hour, From Fact To Fiction, The Verb, Saturday Live and Loose Ends. For WMG Late:Transmission Salena will be looking at her heroes and influences.
Find out more about Salena Godden at Waiting for Godden.
Ellie Broughton 7.35pm and 9.20pm
Ellie Broughton is a writer living in Walthamstow. Highlights of her career to date include has written about falling in love with the man from the kebab shop for Time Out and touring the lighthouses of Madeira for Elsewhere journal.
About Vine Collective
Vine Collective create eclectic nights hosting writers, live music, film makers, DJs and poets. Co-curating the WMG Lates, Vine Collective invite artists to respond to the Morris collections and special exhibitions with new or existing work.
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