Author: Around Dulwich

Peckham Sponsors Refugees

Peckham Sponsors Refugees are now delighted to launch their fundraising page www.give.net/peckhamsponsorsrefugees They have a fundraising target of £20,000 which will secure a deposit on a home, furniture and provide extensive, expensive support with interpretation and counselling. They need to hit £9,000 before they can formally start the process with the Home Office.  How can you help? Peckham Sponsors Refugees are arranging several fundraising events which will help build awareness of this cause and raise funds… But there is loads that you can all do individually or in smaller groups to get the ball rolling. Donate! Visit the page now  www.give.net/peckhamsponsorsrefugees and remember to include gift aid with your donation (if you are eligible). Share the link. If you’ve been talking to your friends and families about this initiative then I’m sure you’ve had lots of offers of support. Please send the link to anyone who’s shown an interest, or post it on social media. Can you raise money through work/social groups/school? You might want to organise a bake sale for the office or a bucket collection in your …

The Dulwich Festival

The Dulwich Festival returns this spring (11-20 May) with the theme of ‘Celebration’ and promises to be bigger and better than ever to mark its 25th year. Highlights include rap royalty, The Last Poets, celebrating 50 years together; an evening with author Jane Robinson, celebrating the centenary of the Suffragettes; and a celebration of atoms, big bangs and DNA with award winning writer & performer, John Hinton’s, Ensonglopedia of Science. Over ten terrific days, the festival will showcase art & culture in the various wonderful hidden gems to be found in Dulwich. Dulwich, which pre-dates the Domesday book, has always had a vibrant community and been a pioneer for the arts. Dulwich Picture Gallery was the world’s first public art gallery when it was established over 200 years ago. The Dulwich Picture Gallery won’t be alone in opening its doors at this year’s Festival, over 250 local artists will once again welcome the public into their homes and studios for the Artist’s Open House, taking place across both weekends, providing a unique insight into their …

The Last Word: Nic Kemp, co-founder of Oomami

Nic Kemp is the co-founder of Oomami, a consultancy for film, video & broadcast companies to help them expand and streamline their creative processes through technology and innovation. She also runs a gluten free blog Eggainst The Grain which is full of nutritional child friendly recipes and advice. She lives with with her partner, Matt, and their two young daughters. How long have you lived in the area? About 13 years. What brought you here? We had the opportunity to rent a friends 3 bedroom house in Ladywell for the same price as I was paying for a room in Shoreditch. We then had kids and decided to stay and settle in Honor Oak. What has changed most during that time? Places to eat and drink! When we first arrived, we never really hung out locally as there wasn’t much here. The Ladywell Tavern was the only pub really near us and was pretty dire then, though we did love the old Mr Lawrence’s. I remember when Jam Circus and The Orchard opened – it …

Brockwell Lido hosts The Modern Movement, a festival of 20th century design 

Back again this year, The Modern Movement, south London’s prestigious, free festival celebrating 20th century design, is taking place on 5th – 6th May at Brockwell Lido, Herne Hill, London from 10am to 4.30pm. A range of specially selected dealers and architects, including Retro Barn,Dad Design, GP Lights & More, Da Silva Interiors and ID for London will be selling a stunning range of classic vintage furniture, jewellery and object d’art set against the back drop of the art deco Grade II listed lido building. The Modern Movement was started in May 2008 to bring together 20th century vintage furniture dealers to display interesting furniture in architectural surroundings. The main organiser of The Modern Movement is Moses Otunla, owner of the vintage furniture showroom, Bleu. Moses sources his stock from around the world and recent finds have included designs by Merrow& Associates, Saarinen, Alvar Alto, Finn Juhl, Fritz Hansen, Han Wegner, Charles & Ray Eames

Horniman Museum and Gardens – April events

Exhibitions Colour: The Rainbow Revealed 10 February-28 October Colour: The Rainbow Revealed is an award-winning exhibition exploring the endless ways in which colour shapes our world. Be dazzled by how colours are made and perceived, discover how animals use colour to attract and hide, and look into how different colours mean many different things for people across the planet. The exhibition is also full of family-friendly displays and interactive games including an Art Machine for you to create your own vibrant masterpiece, a Mood Room with multi-coloured lights, and a Colour Café to learn why only certain colours tempt our taste buds. Ticket prices: Child £4.40; Adult £7.70: Family (2 adults, 2 children) £18.70. Prices include voluntary 10% Gift Aid donation. Standard prices also available. Horniman Members and Benefactors enjoy free, unlimited visits to the exhibition. For more information and to book tickets go to www.horniman.ac.uk. Horniman Butterfly House 10am-5pm March to October Last admission 30 minutes before closing. See the website for seasonal opening times. Get up close with hundreds of beautiful butterflies in …