Inspiring Islington

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Read our interview with Nicola and Kimi here!

Inspiring Islington is a photography exhibition where everyone has a story about their connection to Islington. Opening on 5 April at Islington Museum, Inspiring Islington features the stories of people featured on the popular blog ‘Islington Faces‘ written by Nicola Baird and with photography by Kimi Gill.

This free exhibition reveals the power of place to create a life of incident and memory and is not to be missed! It is supported by a range of other free events, see details below:

When: 5 April – 3 June 2019
Where: Islington Museum, 245 St John Street, EC1V 4NB
Open Monday – Saturday 10am-5pm (closed Wed & Sun)

Supporting events

WALK: Creative Inspiration in N1
Tuesday 9 April, 11am-12.30pm
Take an inspirational stroll through Islington to learn about the area’s diverse range of creatives and crafty opportunities. Jane, a local designer, maker, photographer and accredited Islington guide will show you art, artists and artisans. Booking essential.

TUESDAY MEETS: Coffee & chat at Islington Museum
9 and 16 April, 14 and 21 May at 12 noon-1pm
Do you prefer going to a show with somebody? Us too! Please join an Islington Face for coffee at Islington Museum, then head together to the Inspiring Islington exhibition at Islington Museum.
No need to book, just drop in.

TALK: Can You Live Your Best Life In Islington?
Saturday 27 April 2.30-4.30pm (bring cake to share) at Islington Museum
Merium Bhuiyan from Cakeface Makeup; Archway-based Choices director Sheri Lawal & Flora Williamson from islington4women, discuss how women of all ages can live their best life in Islington. Chaired by Islington Faces’ founder Nicola Baird. Expect to find out useful info about life, work and ways of bolstering our communities in Islington, plus delicious cake. Booking essential.

WALK: Activist Islington On Holloway Road
Monday 29 April, 11am-12.30pm
Free walk in the footsteps of Islington activists – as they marched up Upper Street, protested and celebrated on Highbury Fields and raised money to fight Fascism at the Central Library. This walk explores the stories of many Islington activists. Booking essential.

WORKSHOP: Write For Islington Faces
Saturday 11 May 2-4pm at Islington Museum
Write your own or your neighbour’s life story. Join Nicola Baird to find out the challenges and joys of guiding an interviewee to talk about their lives. Bring a notebook and pen (and phone as it may have a voice recorder). This workshop is ideal for people who want to write or would like to be an interviewee for Islington Faces. Booking essential.

WALK: How Local Activists Made A Difference
Sunday 19 May, 11am-1pm
This Upper Street walking tour visits key radical sites, such as the Sisterwrite bookshop, HQ of the ANC, as well as the pub associated with Lesbians & Gays Support The Miners. Find out how inspiring Islington people were involved in anti-apartheid boycotts, CND Greenham Common protests and LGBTQ+ rights. Booking essential.

WORKSHOP: Take Photo Portraits
Saturday 25 May 2-4.30pm at Islington Museum
Bring your camera/phone for a photo workshop with Kimi Gill. We’ll discuss ways to make your snaps into something special, head outside to take our photos, before gathering back at Islington Museum to review our photos. Booking essential. Our promise: your best pictures will feature on Islington Faces (if you want).

All Under 5s events are at Islington Museum. No need to book.

UNDER 5s: Storytelling
Tuesday 2 April, 10am and 10.45am
Two sessions to explore the stories of the people of your neighbourhood and people around you, with our storyteller Dani.

UNDER 5s: Messy play
Thursday 25 April, 10-11.30am
The people of Islington have so many wonderful stories to tell. What’s yours? Explore these stories at this creative messy play.

UNDER 5s: Storytelling
Friday 10 May, 10-11.30am
Hear the stories behind activists in Islington and how they made a difference, with our storyteller Dani.

UNDER 5s: Messy play
Thursday 23 May, 10-10.45am
Looking at activism and protest in the borough and how people made a difference (and still do).

For messy play aprons and old clothes are recommended. Any questions call: 020 7527 2837

Special canal tour to raise funds for charity
Where: SUP Safari at Islington Boat Club, City Road Basin, Graham Street, N1
When: Saturday 11 May, 5.30-7pm
Cost: £35 – donated to Islington Boat Club
Booking essential (8 places only)
Learn a new skill by joining this stand-up paddleboard (SUP) safari on Regent’s Canal near Angel with instructor Rosie Markwick and some of Islington Faces – expect canal stories of history, mystery and change. You’ll have a unique experience and the fee goes towards activities and courses for adults and young people at the fabulous Islington Boat Club.
Open to anyone aged 12+ who is able swim and comfortably kneel. SUP boards and life jackets are provided but participants are asked to bring a change of clothes, just in case.
Book your place

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