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Live Tours – NEWINGTON GREEN MEETING HOUSE

Newington Green Meeting House is now open to the public after extensive restorative build work. They are inviting the public to explore the elegantly renovated building and learn about the fascinating people and events that shaped its revolutionary history.

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This also means there are opportunities to see our exhibition VINDICATION as a                        “live” installation! 

 

by Caterina Belo

Tours are approximately 30 minutes long and then you are free to explore the space, exhibitions and audio guide yourselves. The building is fully wheelchair accessible.

Please help them cater the tour towards your interest and needs of the group by answering all the questions when booking.

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Newington Green Online Pandemic Memorial

From our neighbours at New Unity

A participatory online community memorial event to mourn losses from coronavirus in Newington Green will be held on
Sunday 31st May at 4pm
At this event, community members will be able to mourn individuals close to them and those from the wider community who have died from the virus. In addition, other losses and uncertainty caused by the pandemic will also be marked, including job losses and mental health problems.
To attend, register at bit.ly/NewingtonGreenMemorial
The link to join the online video event (through Zoom) will be sent the day before. Up to 500 people may attend and participate.
There will be readings, live music and more.
Bereaved people are invited to get in touch to arrange for the memorial to include a moment of remembrance specifically for their lost loved ones.
The memorial will be hosted by New Unity, a non-religious congregation in Newington Green.
All are welcome.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT

We would like to remember our local Hackney heroine today. philosopher, radical, and author of A Vindication Of The Rights Of Woman

Mary Wollstonecraft

Mary was born in Spitafields on April 27 1759

She set up a school in Newington Green (a hotbed of Dissent) and for a time lived in Hoxton.

Newington Green

For more information here is a Wollstonecraft Timeline with illustrations

As part of the NLHF project BLUE CIRCLE OF DISSENT we are creating an installation based on the STEWY graffiti artwork that will be back on the wall at New Unity once the building re-opens.

So for any that want to contribute to that installation print off and

colour in this stencil and we will collect at the end of lockdown and add to our laminates which hopefully will be hung in September 2020 at New Unity

There are more Wollstonecraft Resources here!

                            Mary Wollstonecraft Unity Arts 260th Celebration 2019 at Newington Green

 

STEWY Installation At Home Activity

Unity Arts have been invited to contribute their installation piece based on the STEWY graffiti art portrait of Mary Wollstonecraft as part of the re-opening of New Unity at Newington Green (where she ran a school for girls).

Originally the artwork was to be installed in New Unity for April and also form part of our event this April 27 on Wollstonecraft’s birthday.

We have had to cancel our Easter workshops when we were to finish the work on the installation but everyone who enjoys colouring in can still do some of the work at home. Especially children. (Colouring in will also lower your blood pressure).

Our work on this piece started on Wollstonecraft’s birthday last year and has since seen contributions from the Dissenter’s Choir,  Hoxton Hall Youth Group, during the Summer Workshops at the Diorama Arts studio and by pupils from William Patten school.

All levels welcome.

                      Newington Green Autumn 2019

Download the Wollstonecraft Timeline with illustrations to learn about why Wollstonecraft is a subject for this project

And the STEWY A4 Colouring in Sheet

Please contact us via the form below and we can keep you posted about the progress of the piece, organise the collection of artwork and of course invite all artists to the opening in September!

 

STEWY Installation Workshops – Easter

New Unity at Newington Green is re-opening later this month.

On April 24 and 25 they will be holding various events called

Mary Wollstonecraft and Dissent: A Celebration

and Unity Arts have been invited to contribute their installation piece based on the STEWY graffiti art portrait of Mary Wollstonecraft.

Our work on this piece started on Wollstonecraft’s birthday last year and has since also been worked on by the Dissenter’s Choir,  Hoxton Hall Youth Group, during the Summer Workshops at the Diorama Arts studio and by pupils from William Patten school.

In order to complete the work earlier than initially planned (October) we will be holding some Open House art workshops over the Easter break in St Mary’s Community Centre in Hackney. 

All levels welcome.

Please register interest in the form below

 

ABNEY PARK RECEIVES £4.4M GRANT

There is fantastic news for one of our long standing  heritage partners!

Hackney Council have announced the successful bid for funds. Abney Park’s historic chapel will be brought back into use as a venue after Hackney Council was awarded £4.4m by the National Lottery to improve the park.

The funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund will also see major work to the rest of the gothic cemetery – one of London’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ – including a new cafe and classroom at the park’s main entrance and a new accessible entrance on Church Street, which will encourage more visitors to the park to enjoy its history and biodiversity.


As part of the improvements, an environmentally friendly heat pump will be installed in the park to provide heat and hot water to the park’s new buildings.

This local gem has seen us research Music Hall stars like Nelly Power and George Leybourne and most recently Abney Park created the Mary Hays Tour to support our project  BLUE CIRCLE OF DISSENT

More info at  Hackney Council

and at Abney Park

CONGRATULATIONS!

Behind the Scenes: Filming an Interview with Professor Anna Birch

Having graduated from university in 2018, I thought my research days were behind me. However, an exciting opportunity to dust off my research skills arose when Lil Warren, Heritage Outcomes Manager at Unity Arts, told me of their latest project Blue Circle of Dissent. This National Lottery Funded project focusses on the lives, work, and circles around Mary Wollstonecraft and Blue Stockings Society leader Elizabeth Montagu.

My first independent assignment was to interview Wollstonecraft expert Professor Anna Birch for a short documentary film. Anna is the director of Fragments & Monuments, a company which creates performance and film work about the life and legacy of Wollstonecraft.

As I discovered, most of the work for producing a filmed interview takes place off-camera; this blog is to give you a behind-the-scenes insight into the process.

Preparation, Preparation, Preparation
I began by asking myself a question: what did I already know about Mary Wollstonecraft? Answer: that she was Mary Shelley’s mother, and that she wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792), marking her as the first British feminist. There was a lot more to discover…
I read about Wollstonecraft and made notes on what I wanted to know more about. I became particularly intrigued by her travels: she went to live in France in 1792 – when the turbulent revolution was well underway – and travelled to Scandinavia in 1795 to recover a stolen ship in an attempt to win back her former lover.

In a series of meetings with Lil and the Digital Outputs Team, we decided that the interview with Anna would focus on Wollstonecraft as the pioneering female travel writer. I had also learnt three tips for filming day: don’t wear stripes, wear make-up, and wear bright colours. My monochromatic wardrobe struggled with this third tip, but as a wise man once said: two out of three ain’t bad.

When turning my research into questions, I wanted to create a narrative structure to help the interview flow. The questions would begin by setting the scene, asking Anna about her work and involvement with Wollstonecraft. Then we would turn to Wollstonecraft’s travels to France and Scandinavia, and finally her personal life and legacy, concluding with my favourite question: ‘what do you think Wollstonecraft would make of society today?’. With the questions finalised on paper, it was now time to bring them to life.

Lights, Camera…
Of course, I wasn’t working on this interview day alone. Lil was directing, Neil Webster from Edwin Louis Fear Films and Christian Smith were filming, and Sarah Warren was Production Assistant. On filming day, we met for a briefing before walking to Anna’s house (where we would have arrived earlier if my walking pace could match a Londoner’s!).

While Neil and Christian set up the filming equipment, Anna took Lil, Sarah and me up to her library for coffee. Although set-up took longer than anticipated (about an hour), it gave Anna and I valuable time to get to know each other off-screen. We had been to the same university, so we talked about its theatre scene and the lack of female writers on the reading lists, before moving on to Anna’s work with Fragments and Monuments. Anna and the company challenge the traditionally held definition of a monument as something static: they create living, dynamic ‘monuments’ to Wollstonecraft, such as walks that enable participants to trace Wollstonecraft’s footsteps in Stoke Newington. It struck me that our short film would also be a moving monument to the writer.

…Action!
With the all-clear from the crew, Anna and I took our seats at her kitchen table, under two fabulous STEWY prints of Wollstonecraft. Neil and Christian had set up two cameras ‘Parky style’: one at the front of the table with both of us in shot, and one behind my left shoulder for close-up shots of Anna – shots that I kept ‘dirtying’ by inadvertently moving into view!
We wanted the conversation to feel natural, so I listened carefully to Anna’s answers and would pick up on something she had said to link to the following question. Our time spent chatting beforehand really helped during the interview as it felt like a continuation of our conversation upstairs. This rapport translated onto the screen: Sarah said that we looked like we had known each other for years!

We filmed the interview in one take, pausing only once for Neil to reset his camera.  After wrapping, we had a post-interview debrief at the Luminary Bakery, and I then walked with Sarah to Newington Green to visit Wollstonecraft’s former stomping ground (and future site of her memorial sculpture).

“That’s a wrap” doesn’t signal the end of working on the film, as the editing process is just beginning.

Taking part in the interview was a wonderful experience that combined independent research with working as part of a team, all to create a work that will be shared with a wider audience. It was inspiring to meet passionate and knowledgeable creatives, and intellectually stimulating to research and discuss such a fascinating female figure.

I’m greatly looking forward to seeing the finished film, and to working with Unity Arts further on Blue Circle Of Dissent.

Ellen Gage

Location Photos by Christian Maier Smith

BRUSSELS AT DAWN Exhibition – Stoke Newington

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BRUSSELS AT DAWN is being hosted by St Mary’s Church, Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 9ES 2 – 12 November to coincide with Remembrance events.

The installation will be a selection of the pieces previously exhibited at St Martin In The Fields. It is fitting that the community bring their work back to St Mary’s in Hackney as for many of our group it is their local church.