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The Roots is an exciting new project from Southwark Pensioners Centre. The project, which began this summer, tells the story of Walworth Road based G. Baldwin & Co and the customers who have frequented the shop over its long history. Art in the Park has been lucky to be a part of this project, and has run a series of projects to support The Roots.

We have run a series of Gardening Workshops, learning about plants and their uses and exploring the flora of Burgess Park.




And back in July, the Medical Herbalist and the Cuming Museum Youth Panel visited Art in the Park to share some herbal remedies and recipes with young people from Southwark.


We’ll be running another workshop on November 26th. To find out more about this great project, others events they are running and to see more photos from our work with them please visit www.therootsstory.co.uk.

We were all blown into the class by strong winds today but this didn’t stop anybody from turning up to paint. The group are working on studies for the upcoming Silver Views exhibition in April, with some of the students progressing enough to be able to move onto painting on canvases.

Here are just some of the comments from the group:

“I am enjoying this – not quite worked like this before.”

“I just learnt how to filter in sky – beautiful!”

“…friendly class – Im learning…”

“…interesting but I feel I’m not getting there – keeps your mind occupied…”

“Very frustrating!”

As you can see, there is mixed feedback, this just goes to show that this workshop can be as challenging and delightful in ways you didn’t know. On top of this, they all said I make a good cup of tea!

The Art Group painting workshop is held every Monday 11am – 1pm and is open to all those over 50 living on the Aylesbury or SE17. Run in partnership with Southwark Pensioners Centre (SPC). See our website for more details: www.artinthepark.co.uk

About Silver Views

Silver Views is Southwark’s celebrated exhibition for the over 60s. In addition to this, the April 8th-24th will feature a fortnight of events and acitivities happening across the borough and beyond. Silver highlights the creativity of its older community through performance and exhibition opportunities, as well offering a whole range of creative, cultural, learning, physical and social experiences.

For more information on http://www.southwark.gov.uk/silver or for a breakdown of some of the events, see Cafe Gallery where the exhibition is to be held.