December 2017 Thursday
Peckham Levels, car park turned community project, opens on Friday 8th December with a weekend of free events to celebrate. Aiming to 'build a new creative workshop and cultural destination', the concrete block has been redesigned to provide studio spaces for local artists and a public platform for independent entrepreneurs. Carl Turner Architects and Make Shift, the team behind Pop Brixton (another space supporting small businesses), proposed the restructure in 2015 when the Southwark Council asked the community for ideas about what to do with the underused multi-storey car park. The first four floors of Peckham Levels are privately rented by local artists, whose talents range from violinmaking to 3-D printing. The workshops allow jewellers (like Ella Bull), designers (like Playdate), writers (like the staff of gal-dem), and producers (like Brother Film Co.) to focus on their craft in a communal setting. Levels five and six of the reimagined car park, in contrast, will be open to the public on a regular basis. The 'shared space' is available for community events. Visitors can take a yoga class or get a blow dry overlooking the panoramic views of Peckham from Cahoona's Hair Hub before feasting on the scrumptious street food available at this bustling hub of talent. peckhamlevels.org
December 2017 Wednesday
Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic
Step into the enchanting world of Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends with a special exhibition, Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Original drawings by illustrator E.H. Shepard go on display for the first time in 40 years, as A.A. Milne’s stories are brought to life in the largest ever exhibition dedicated to the loveable character and his creators. Consider the working relationship between Milne and Shepard, examine the unique language used by the author, and find out more about the influences that helped to forge the popular stories and characters, based on real-life toys owned by Milne’s son, Christopher Robin. Other highlights include original manuscripts and a 1928 Christopher Robin nursery tea set owned by the Queen. Children can see the stories in a new light, through art and word play, and take part in a range of family-friendly events and activities related to the exhibition.