Cricklewood’s Got Talent – Have You?

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.

The Event

  • 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 think you’d like to take part, please send a short (no more than 90 sec) sample video to Federica on events@cricklewoodlibrary.org.uk as soon as possible. She’ll be in touch when we’ve reviewed all contributions. Please be sure to indicate your availability when you get in touch with her.

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!

DOWNLOAD AN EMAILABLE FLYER HERE TO SEND TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS

Painting Prep

If you’re passing the library this week you may well see us in and out getting ready for painting the library, sorting out materials, prepping the surfaces, that sort of thing. The painting task is about to begin. Sadly, it won’t be the big, sociable community event we had originally planned, due to that pesky Covid-19, but it has to be done! So we’ll be working in small groups, in a well-ventilated space, with changeover time between shifts to air it out.

Alan Carter, who’s running this activity, will shortly be in touch with volunteers via Three Rings. If you’re sad at missing out on this, don’t worry, there will be many more tasks to get stuck into.

Get Your Flu Jab!

It’s going to be more important than ever this year to make sure you’re protected against seasonal flu.

If you

  • are 65 and over (including those who’ll be 65 by 31 March 2021)
  • have certain health conditions
  • are pregnant
  • are in a long-stay residential care
  • receive a carer’s allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick
  • live with someone who’s at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)
  • are a frontline frontline health or social care worker

you are entitled to a flu jab. Your doctor’s surgery (list of Brent GPs here) can provide a flu jab in a safe environment.

SELF – CONSCIOUS

The exhibition has opened. Here’s a little glimpse of what it looks like.

Viewings every Saturday and Sunday, 1200-1600, until 13 December.

Brent Biennial – Brian Griffiths’ SELF – CONSCIOUS

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

Beat the Social Distancing Blues

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?

  1. Pinacoteca di Brera – Milano https://pinacotecabrera.org/
  2. Galleria degli Uffizi – Firenze https://www.uffizi.it/mostre-virtuali
  3. Musei Vaticani – Roma http://www.museivaticani.va/content/museivaticani/it/collezioni/catalogo-online.html
  4. Museo Archeologico – Athens https://www.namuseum.gr/en/collections/
  5. Prado – Madrid https://www.museodelprado.es/en/the-collection/art-works
  6. Louvre – Paris https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne
  7. British Museum – London https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection
  8. Metropolitan Museum – New York https://artsandculture.google.com/explore
  9. Hermitage – St Petersburg https://bit.ly/3cJHdnj
  10. National Gallery of art – Washington https://www.nga.gov/index.html