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Good morning and happy Monday! I hope you had a lovely Easter. The holidays may be over, but there are still plenty of fun and creative things to be done over the next seven days.

There’s woodcarving with Bill Hudson tonight at Art in the Park – a great course for learning all about the art of wood carving and producing your own functional objects and works of art. Experienced carvers are also welcome to drop in to use our space and materials. This Saturday is a one-day plate and bowl making class with our ceramist Leyla Folwell – all you need for  making and decorating you’re own unique plate or bowl from scratch! To find out more about the courses we are running and to book your place please click here.

We’re very excited for Art in the Park artist Andrea Sinclair, whose choir is singing in a free event at the Globe Theatre this Sunday. Sonnet Sunday launches the Globe Festival with singing, dancing stalls and readings of the sonnets. Congratulations Andrea!

Animal Inside Out looks like a very interesting exhibition (though probably not to everyone’s taste!). This curious exhibition at the Natural History Museum displays the astonishing, and often quite beautiful, anatomies and inner workings of different animals. Ever wondered what the blood vessels in a shark or the nervous system of cat look like? No? But here’s a chance to find out!

This week is also the final week of the Alchemy Festival at the Southbank Centre, a festival celebrating the music, debate, film, dance, literature, fashion and design of India and South Asia. Attend a jazz concert, a poetry reading, or drop in for some morning yoga.

There’s also a great retrospective of YBA Gillian Wearing currently showing at the Whitechapel Gallery. Wearing’s work is an exploration in the way we present ourselves to the world, and this exhibition features her famous series, Signs that say what you want them to say, and not Signs that say what someone else wants you to say where strangers were offered paper and pen to communicate their own messages.

And if you’re feeling crafty this week how about having a go at this simple and elegant mobile. A great (and surprisingly easy) way to brighten up a room!

Whatever you do this week, and a fun and interesting time!

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Happy Monday! Are you doing anything nice this week?

It’s a full week of workshops at Art in the Park. Bill’s woodcarving classes continue tonight – learn to carve wood and create your own work of art or sculpture. On Tuesday Andrea will be running a pewter casting class, teaching the ancient art of pewter to make stunning pieces of jewellery. Thursdays is pottery with Leyla, with classes running throughout the afternoon and evening for children, beginners and advanced students. And this Saturday is the first of two mosaics workshops – learn how to make beautiful mosaics and use it to create art or decorate your own furniture, mirrors and picture frames.

There is a beautiful and moving exhibition currently running at the Brunei Gallery at the University of London. ‘One Thousand Pot, One Thousand Thoughts’  is
 an installation by artist and ceramicist Yozo Hirayama commemorating the victims of the Tohoku earthquake and Tsunami of
 11th
 March
 2011. Hirayama handcrafted one thousands pots to stands 
as 
a 
marker 
and 
a memory 
of those
 who
’s lives were taken in the disaster.

The first UK solo show of the New York crochet artist Olek continues this week at Tony’s Gallery. In ‘I do not expect to be a mother but I do expect to die alone’ Olek covers a gallery space and all the object within it in colourful crochet. A strange and stunning sight to behold.

If you’re feeling inspired by Olek’s exhibition to pick up a crochet hook, how about this mobius strip cowl – a mathematical scarf with only one side!

And don’t forget Mother’s Day this Sunday! There are two great workshops running which would make a great Mother’s Day treat. The Forge is holding Mother’s Day Ruin, a gin making workshop with a talk, gin making workshops and cocktails – sounds like great fun! For more conservative mothers, the Idler Academy is running a Cooking with Flowers Tea Time Event, tastings and demonstrations and the chance to learn recipes for Rose Cream Scones, Lavender Biscuits and Flower-infused cordials… Yum!

Whatever you do this weekend have a great time, and if you’re doing anything exciting, please share it with us!

This year’s Burgess Park May Fair was a huge success with lots of activities and a great turnout. There were animals from Surrey Docks Farm, face painting, a mega sports challenge, BBQ, raffle, cake stalls and an outdoor screening of Slumdog Millionaire.

Art in the Park was also involved, providing creative, artistic activities for children. Leyla Folwell‘s portable pottery wheel gathered queues of kids wanting to get stuck in and dirty!  A marquee was also set up for bunting, where children used pre-made printing blocks to put designs on fabric triangles before it was hoisted up with ribbons woven using plastic strips from shopping bags. Other artists who helped  make the day such fun were Bill Hudson, Jacob Bunton, Annie Newman, Matilda Jefferis and Jane Higginbottom.

The Heart Gardeners also chipped in with their plant stall selling variety of garden must-haves such as worm juice, taken from our very own worms.

For more pictures of the day, see Friends of Burgess Park’s links below:

May Fair: Fair-y Cakes!

May Fair: Fayre

May Fair: Making & Creating

May Fair: Books, Animals and More Cakes!

On Friday 8th April the Heart Gardeners opened their doors to visitors as part of the Silver festival. A number of people dropped in to look at our gardening project and the ceramics that we are currently making. A party of 8 from Love Walk Residential Home for the Disabled in Camberwell stayed for the whole session and both joined in with the gardening and the ceramics.

It was a lovely sunny day sow we were all able to have lunch outside and enjoyed a bowl of homemade pea and mint soup.

Our visitors just did not want to go home afterwards and we hope that we will see them again some time soon.

The Heart Garden opening day was also featured in Silver Festival’s catalogue, here for more details.

For more information, go to http://www.southwark.gov.uk/silver.