Something to look forward to. It’s what we all need right now, isn’t it?
Can you sing? Play an instrument? Recite a poem or a monologue? Juggle? Tell a (clean) joke? Perform a puppet show? We’re looking for talented people of all kinds to take part in an online talent show to take place at the end of January/early February.
We’d love you to be part of it, help us raise some cheer (and hopefully some funds) for the library and give the community something to look forward to through the dark days of January and beyond.
- Will take place on Zoom, early evening, from the end of January/early February, depending on everyone’s availability
- Each act will have 5 minutes to deliver their “party-piece”
- Each performer will need to have access to an internet-enabled device with a camera/microphone and be able to install Zoom on it (we can give some remote support on that if required). Mobile phones are fine, though a desktop/laptop gives a better Zooming experience
- Performers will need a quiet space to perform in, with a neutral backdrop – no dogs/kids/noisy flatmates barging through while you’re performing please!
- This is a family friendly event, so please ensure your material, surroundings and demeanour are appropriate!
- The audience will make a donation of their choosing to attend
- The audience will not be visible – only performers will appear on screen
- The library will provide a moderator to introduce acts and start/finish the evening
If you’re too shy to perform, you can still take part – in the audience – and we’ll be posting more info about that in due course. In the meantime, follow us on social media for updates, and get practising!
The last post on here (before the latest lockdown) was about painting preparations. Well, painting work is well underway now, and in fact almost finished. The dust sheets are still up, but if you peer in you can just about make out what’s going on. Joe, Gerry and Alan, with help from other volunteers, have been beavering away in two-hour shifts, broken up by two-hour intervals. The intervals allow for airing the space out between volunteers. Because they’ve been working alone, it’s been a lonely task, but at least they’ve not spent their time chatting, eh? Gotta look on the bright side. Huge thanks to all of them.
Here’s what one volunteer (Joe Keating, pictured), said about why he volunteered.
“I volunteered for painting to support the important library project. It feels good to play a small part in this long-term voluntary effort. Those involved in the planning, fundraising and monitoring of the building process have given enormous amounts of time, work, expertise and persistence over several years. They deserve every assistance in completing the library for our community.”
Thanks also go to the generous donation of quality paint obtained for us by supporter Ellen Alsbrooks. This is truly a community effort and the library is very much a joint effort. It will be lovely to see all contributors in the library when we finally open later this year.
As well as the painting work, Alan is also now working on a solution to affix all of the shelves to the walls, and to build our movable shelving. Once this is completed, we’ll be able to restart book cataloguing, as far as Covid regulations permit. Once the stock is catalogued, it will be sorted and shelved. We’ll be making calls to the book stock team in due course for volunteers for these tasks.
Meanwhile, the background preparations are also ongoing. There are volunteer handbooks and policies to write, instruction manuals and training programmes to finalise, an intranet to be built, and many, many more tasks. So far this year we’ve clocked up an impressive 113 hours of volunteering time between us.
We’re very excited to announce that, as of tomorrow, 19 September, the library will be open on Saturdays and Sundays, until 13 December, for viewings of Brian Griffiths’ installation, SELF – CONSCIOUS. Visitors may view the installation between 1200 and 1600 on Saturdays and Sundays, or by appointment.
SELF – CONSCIOUS is an artwork by Brian Griffiths at Cricklewood Library. Conceived as a parallel lending library of selected books paired with sculptures. The artwork is on view every Saturday and Sunday 12 – 4 pm, and by appointment.
At time of publication this new community library is not complete. SELF – CONSCIOUS will be installed and wait for the library to open before lending. SELF – CONSCIOUS is on view during this wait.
‘We are told that there is a tall wooden cupboard in Cricklewood Library, standing somewhat incongruous. This holds nine books and nine boxed, and therefore hidden, sculptures.
We are told when loaning one of these books a bespoke sculpture will be loaned for the same period, to be taken home.
We are told that at the end of the loan period, the sculpture and book must be placed back in the box and returned to the tall wooden cupboard, still standing somewhat incongruous.’
We are told that Griffiths has always loved a good story. He believes that stories help us to ennoble ourselves, to fix what was broken in us, and to help us become the people we dreamed of being. Lies that tell a deeper truth.
We are not told that the artist has his own agenda in the story. He may mislead or cover mistakes, to do anything else is not staying in character.
We are not told that Brian is concerned with point of view, experimenting in the persuasions and limits of a first-person narrator.’
“Since graduating from Goldsmiths College in the late 1990’s I have been making sculptures and object installations full of overblown theatricality and pathos.
I like to tell stories however clichéd and timeworn. I want to make art that is staged, always pretending. I value the dramatisation of space, and work to direct audiences both physically and imaginatively. Objects, images and characters become materials to be laid out and persuaded to perform. My approach to visual languages and genres feels like trying on ornate fancy dress – to be enjoyed, and changed frequently.
I think with things, they become vocabulary, a way to start. I am driven by a curiosity in objects and our complex relations with them – how objects come to shape us; how we use them to create meaning, to organize our anxieties and affections, to sublimate our fears and shape our fantasies’.
I make sculpture because it sits in the world with us, like us. For me, self and stuff is always mixed up.”
– Brian Griffiths
We hope you’re having a good summer and enjoying the weather, and particularly the park – how lucky we are to have Gladstone Park to escape to.
Despite all that, we’ve got our Back to School hats on and are thinking about the opening of the library, which, despite nasty Covid-19, draws ever nearer. We’re aiming for September. With that in mind, we’d like to update you on our plans.
The three library spaces (main library space, activity room and meeting room) will all eventually be available for hire, but we’ll be starting with the activity room at the back of the building.
We are working on our health and safety policy which will outline the measures we will take to ensure that staff, volunteers, facilitators and users are safe. This will include cleaning between activities, providing handwashing stations and hand sanitisers, use of PPE and social distancing. We will also be following Brent Libraries’ guidelines on track and trace.
We’d like to hear from you if you have any ideas about using the space for a limited number of people for your activities. You may also want to offer activities via Zoom or even a combination, for example, recording your activity as it takes place. We can support you with using Zoom if you’re not already familiar with it.
It’s early days for us here so far in terms of social distancing and enforced stays at home. Why not take advantage of these museums’ offers of free access to their collections while the crisis is upon us?
- Pinacoteca di Brera – Milano https://pinacotecabrera.org/
- Galleria degli Uffizi – Firenze https://www.uffizi.it/mostre-virtuali
- Musei Vaticani – Roma http://www.museivaticani.va/content/museivaticani/it/collezioni/catalogo-online.html
- Museo Archeologico – Athens https://www.namuseum.gr/en/collections/
- Prado – Madrid https://www.museodelprado.es/en/the-collection/art-works
- Louvre – Paris https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne
- British Museum – London https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection
- Metropolitan Museum – New York https://artsandculture.google.com/explore
- Hermitage – St Petersburg https://bit.ly/3cJHdnj
- National Gallery of art – Washington https://www.nga.gov/index.html
A challenge anyone can do (without loads of training or special kit)
This is an event almost ANYONE can do. Bring the family or come on your own with us. Kensal Queens Park took the largest group of people to this last year – almost 100. Their youngest fundraiser was 5 years old and the two eldest were 65!
And none of them were very fit. The fast ran fast; the majority of us got round the best they could.
A great way to raise money
It’s very easy to get sponsorship and we can help with that! (or just come join the fun with no sponsorship if you’re prepared to pay the entry fee yourself).
Previous team members have raised over £40,000 for local charities from this event the past three years. Generally people are very happy to sponsor a friend trying Triathlon for the first time. It’s in beautiful grounds, with kids events (they can raise money too or leave that bit to the adults!) and “Sprint” and “Super Sprint” mini-Triathlon distances.
And there are Relay events – so if you don’t like swimming (750 metres) you can just do the cycle (22 km) or run (5.4 km).
Meanwhile, if you agree to raise £100 or more for a local charity, The Moberly Sports Centre, the Maqam, Lizzie Barker PT and Gym Locomotive will help you get into shape for free!
If you sign up, you’ll be joining others raising money for other local charities, including Salusbury World, St Laurence’s Larder, Sufra NW London, and Kensal Rise Library. It would be lovely to get a bit of competition going!
Thank you The Moberly Sports Centre, The Maqam, Daniels Estate Agents, bagsoflove, Maciej at Gym Locomotive, Lizzie Barker PT, RISE Design Studio for all your support with this event (and all the light-hearted training).
How much will it cost me?
We are offering places at a 70% discount to the Sunday team entry price in return for pledging to raise sponsorship money.
Sprint or Super Sprint ‘individual’ event places (where you do all three legs: swim, bike, run) are £39.
A Relay place is just £19.
We can offer these prices if you agree to raise at least £100 in sponsorship or the local charity you choose. We promise you will find that level of sponsorship very easy and we’ll help you achieve it.You ALSO get these fantastic local benefits, thanks to our kind sponsors:
1. 70% off entry price
2. A ‘month at the Moberly’ Sports Centre to get into shape
3. Free ‘Swimming Nature‘ lessons at the Maqam
4. Free strength and mobility “MOT” with Maciej at Gym Locomotive
5. Free Lizzie Barker Group Training on Tiverton Green
6. Free lifts to Denham to try open water swimming (and lots of team runs and cycles)
7. “Kensal” Tri training top designed by Red Giant
8. Warm fuzzy feel from helping local charities + being part of the largest team at Blenheim
We will also pool lifts to Blenheim, help source a bicycle (note you can even ride a shopping bike), and we may be able to lend wet suits.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a place. Places will likely sell-out by April and if you want to get fitter for the event then training opportunities with our groups are already available.
Can’t take part but still want to help? Sponsor someone else taking part by visiting our Virgin Money Giving Campaign page.
See how Kensal Queens Park team got motivated last year, thanks to Gareth Heal’s lighthearted video.
Kensal Rise Triathlon 2020 Cut 2 HD from Gareth Heal on Vimeo.