Swiss Cottage Gallery
Magical London inspired by Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London
15 April to 24 May 2015
As part of Camden’s 2015 Cityread London campaign, spend some time discovering magical London and develop your own creative writing skills.
Taking inspiration from 10 pictures that are part of the London Borough of Camden’s Art Collection, you are invited to create your own short story of between 800 and 1200 words. You can either try to weave all the pictures into your story or just concentrate on a few. Send your story to firstname.lastname@example.org and the stories will be loaded onto www.lovecamden.org, some of the stories will also be displayed in the Gallery.
If you can’t make it to the gallery, some of the works are shown below to get you started!
Don’t know where to start writing your own story? Why not
join the creative writing workshops run by Maggie Hamand, from 5pm to 8pm, in the
Gallery on: 22 April, 6 May and 20 May. (Book online here)
Don’t know where to start writing your own story? Why not join the creative writing workshops run by Maggie Hamand, from 5pm to 8pm, in the Gallery on: 22 April, 6 May and 20 May. (Book online here)
October in Bedford Square, George E. R. Salter, Date unknown, Oil on canvas. © the copyright holder
Leadenhall Place, John Griffiths, 1959, Print. © the copyright holder
Women in the Snow, Sheila Fell, 1966, Acrylic and charcoal. © The estate of Sheila Fell
Legende von Toten Soldaten, Peter de Francia, Date Unknown, Pencil and charcoal on paper. © estate of Peter de Francia, courtesy James Hyman Gallery, London
The Dark Valley,
Carel Weight, 1967, Acrylic on board. © estate of Carel Weight / Bridgeman Images
The Dark Valley, Carel Weight, 1967, Acrylic on board. © estate of Carel Weight / Bridgeman Images
The Boat to Greenwich, Edward Ardizzone, 1966, Lithograph. © courtesy of The Estate of Edward Ardizzone
A Question of Stance, Alternative Position III, Terry Willson, 1976, Print. © the copyright holder
Wapping to Windsor, Carel
Weight, Date unknown, Lithograph. © estate of Carel Weight / Bridgeman Images
Wapping to Windsor, Carel Weight, Date unknown, Lithograph. © estate of Carel Weight / Bridgeman Images
Regent's Canal, Käthe Strenitz,Date unknown, Oil on board. © the artist's estate
Other free events you might enjoy:
- Author Ben Aaronovitch will visit the Library and Gallery to talk about Rivers of London and his writing career on Saturday 25 April at 4pm. (Book online here)
- Author Stephen Myers will deliver a drop in talk about Camden’s lost and hidden rivers, including the Fleet, Tyburn and Westbourne, at Camden Local Studies and Archives Centreon Tuesday 21 April at 7.15pm.
- Create your own spooky photos using pinhole cameras on Saturday 16 May in the gallery.
Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
Synopsis of the book:
Imagine a young copper on the beat, minding his own business at Covent Garden Piazza, witnessing a murder, interviewing a ghost, being taken to dinner by a special force policeman who turns out to be the last wizard for special forces with the Met, (who has a mostly well behaved vampire for a housekeeper). This is what happens to Peter Grant who suddenly finds himself given a mission to kill vampires who are murdering innocent Londoners, meeting river spirits and adjudicating between a turf war between Father Thames and Mama Thames. A trip back through the ages of London right back to Roman times and a struggle with the spirits of riot and mayhem brings a semblance of order back to the streets of London - well - just for a while…
Cityread is an annual festival of literature that aims to bring reading to life for the city’s inhabitants, workers and visitors. Taking place each April Cityread London encourages the capital to simultaneously pick up a book and read it together. Taking the book as a starting point, a month-long programme of book groups, film screenings and other events takes place all across London. Visit cityread.london.org for more details of ways to get involved.
Swiss Cottage Gallery Visitor Information
Opening times: Mon-Thu 10am-8pm
Swiss Cottage Library and Gallery
88 Avenue Rd, London, NW3 3HA
The Gallery Programme
Solo exhibitions by artists and arts organisations based and/or working in the borough area - and beyond - reflecting the contemporary visual arts community of Camden and the visual art and design institutions in the borough.
- Exhibitions that draw attention to the artistic history of Camden and artists that have lived or worked in the borough.
- Regular exhibitions to mark local or national initiatives such as the WWI centenary or Open House.
- Annual Open Open exhibition, usually in July, which is open to all including professional and non-professional artists alike.
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Swiss Cottage Gallery policy and guidance
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Another Way of Reading: An Exhibition from the Zabludowicz Collection & Swiss Cottage Gallery in Partnership