On Wednesday 27th June we were joined by over 180 local residents at Islington’s Assembly Hall for a celebration of the creativity of older people in the borough, and had a jolly good time!
With the theme ‘Welcome to the Future’ there was a wide range of making, playing, drawing, dancing, drinking, eating and watching activities in the line-up:
Host Timberlina poses for live-life-drawing on stage whilst DJ Auntie Maureen inspires the dance floor. Adorning the stage are Peel Art Group’s self-portraits of the past. The group recorded an audio work welcoming their past selves to the future
Host Timerlina at the tea bar
DJ Auntie Maureen
We are welcomed to the future by Deputy Mayor Councillor Rakhia Ismail
Claremont’s Disco Dancers
Benjamin A Owen’s film documenting clay workshops at The Mildmays, an Extra Care setting run by Notting Hill Genesis. As part of Cuibtt’s Community Studios scheme Ben has a studio on-site, and the workshops with residents were funded through Islington’s WORD Festival. This funding also enabled residents from The Mildmays and Lennox House to come to Summer Ball and see their work presented in front of a large audience.
A resident from The Mildmays looking at artworks made by the Girdlestone Art Group
Artist Mark Oliver and House of Illustration brought along their new card game In Your Shoes-a banter-based card game designed and developed with Islington residents
Amanda from Claremont with Ann taking part in the Positive Collective’s giant Chatterbox activity giving out positive motivations for the future
Ann and Cubitt’s Gallery Manager Fabio exchanging future hopes and aspirations
Mike, member of Positive Collective and Saturday Socials on stage taking part in live-life-drawing
Boots performed poetry and spoken word on stage. He is a participant in Cubitt’s project with Islington’s Home Library Service. Boots has been working with artist Ania Bas as part of Cuibtt’s Saturday Socials programme
Regular participant Ruth in her bespoke futuristic costume, joining in the Conga
Audience members chatting at the tea bar
Volunteers serving cakes. Thanks to The Hummingbird Bakery who kindly donated cup cakes for our event
Future Selfies- an activity led by Lucy Steggals and Ania Bas inviting the audience to portray themselves in the future
Maria’s Future Selfie
The audience get down on the dancefloor
We end the event with a new tradition: everyone joining in the Hokey-Cokey.
Funded through Islington Giving and Arts Council England’s Celebration Age programme is the highlight of our annual events calendar.
Photo credits: Marta Corada and Lucy Steggals