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Charlotte Bill: Lost and Found at Ealing library

Charlotte Bill: Lost and Found at Ealing library

As the dust settles on SPINE Festival 2016, we catch up with Charlotte Bill, SPINE Festival Artist in Residence at Ealing Library, to find out how you really can make animations out of just about anything… including the lost property box!

Ealing! The far West of London. I trekked over there with my trusty shopping trolley full of equipment….

The Saturday session was fun: children dropping into the library and animating the lost property which had been left in the library. There was a wonderful  selection of umbrellas and reading …

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A Festive Message From Apples and Snakes

A Festive Message From Apples and Snakes

 

Dear family and friends,

Squabbling over the advent calendar in the office has begun so it must mean it’s December and, unbelievably, we are on the countdown to the end of the year.

It’s whizzed by again, jam-packed with fabulous events, poets, and projectstoo numerous to mention. Once again we have been lucky enough to work with a wide range of partner organisations, from the Nuffield Council on Bioethics to the National Portrait Gallery to Latitude Festival to Free Word, delivering our diverse programme across the country.

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Praveena: Library Takeover

Praveena: Library Takeover

This week we talk to Praveena, a student participating in Library Takeover – an exciting new training programme for aspiring event producers aged 11-18 year and creative library staff.

I found out about the Library Takeover project via an e-mail from Croydon Library. The aim of Library Takeover is to encourage teenagers to visit the library more frequently, by producing an event in a library. I decided to apply because, the scheme offered me a chance to work with professional creative producers as well as other young people.

The first …

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A Look Back at SPINE Festival 2015

A Look Back at SPINE Festival 2015

As SPINE Festival comes to a close, we look back over a packed programme of more than 50 free arts and literature events that took place in libraries across London.

‘It can feel like society is signposting us — Do art here but not over here, that’s not an ‘ART’ space — but we live and breathe creativity wherever we are’ — Rachel Sambrooks, Hounslow Artist in Residence

This first ever pan-London libraries festival, brought communities together in 33 libraries across 11 London boroughs to celebrate literature and the arts …

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SPINE Festival Artist in Residence - Gemma Coldicott: Reflections on SPINE Festival

SPINE Festival Artist in Residence – Gemma Coldicott: Reflections on SPINE Festival

As SPINE Festival comes to an end, we catch up with Artist in Residence for Southwark, Gemma Coldicott.

‘What’s in the box?’…Wonder no more. Reflections on SPINE Festival.

The workshops are all over, the sharing shared and the solander box closed. SPINE was a brilliant 4 weeks, during which time I met and danced with 102 children aged between 3-10yrs old with and without disabilities. Oh, and there was also a cheerful (more senior) lady who occasionally joined in our warm ups.

The sharing was full of surprises, as the …

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SPINE Festival Artist in Residence - Jared Louche: The Land of Magnificent

SPINE Festival Artist in Residence – Jared Louche: The Land of Magnificent

We catch up with SPINE Festival Artist in Residence Jared Louche for all the latest from Harlesden Library…

These past few weeks, ensconced in the throbbing heart of Harlesden Library, have been one glorious ride through the Land Of Magnificent:

deliriously crazy busy hours of knotting and unknotting tales,
hectic mania of tumbling activity,
explosive excitement of pushing pencils leaving their pirouette shavings and seed-sprouting poems behind.

They’ve been weeks of snipping scissors shearing
blind, blank pages into
rhythmic dots and jots of
colour and creation.

They’ve been …

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SPINE Festival Artist in Residence – Rachel Sambrooks: Adventures in Hounslow

With SPINE Festival getting off to a great start, we caught up with SPINE Festival Artist in Residence, Rachel Sambrooks, at Hounslow Central Library to hear all about it!

Adventures in Hounslow…

Hounslow Library is integrated into the bustle of modern life. It’s at the top of the Treaty Shopping Centre, it’s busy and filled with families at the weekend, often stopping off during their shopping trip. It’s heartening to see how many people have embraced the workshops and Word Quest. We left some activities up and there …

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SPINE Artist in Residence Andy D'Cruz: The Journey Begins...

SPINE Artist in Residence Andy D’Cruz: The Journey Begins…

SPINE Festival Artist in Residence for Sutton, Andy D’Cruz, tells us about the exciting ‘Home is…’ project he’s been kick-starting at Circle Library.

The Journey Begins…

It’s the first day of my SPINE Festival project and I am meeting the team at Circle Library in Sutton, preparing materials and discussing ideas. Whilst I’m waiting, I take some photos of the surrounding houses as a starting point for the project. I begin to look for differences and diversity in the buildings and soon realise that the houses are all pretty …

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SPINE Festival - Introducing Southwark Artist in Residence Gemma Coldicott

SPINE Festival – Introducing Southwark Artist in Residence Gemma Coldicott

Dance artist Gemma Coldicott tells us what she’s been getting up to at Brandon Library as SPINE Festival Artist in Residence for Southwark.

Amplified music and children dancing, in libraries? Not sure these are the most kindred of spirits. So, with slight trepidation I journeyed into Kennington, to Brandon Library, with my mini speaker, and definitely no subwoofers, in toe.

I retrieved my ‘work book’, a solander style box, and prepared it for the session by filling it with items such as scarves and ribbons. Appropriately called ‘What’s

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SPINE Festival – Meet the Boroughs of Croydon and Harrow

Croydon and Harrow are the last of our 11 SPINE Festival boroughs to be introduced. Let’s see what they have to offer!

Introducing Croydon…

Within the borough of Croydon there is a total of 13 libraries promoting and celebrating literacy and creativity.

These libraries provide diverse spaces for the community, offering a wide range of public events and facilities, including information and enquiry services, and free computer and internet access. The London borough of Croydon library services are managed by Cultural Community Solutions Ltd (CCS).

Introducing Harrow…

There is a

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