Friday, 17 November 2017

Manik Miah's embroidery

Manik Miah created the spectacular embroidered bird on our Christmas card this year. He was a keen member of the embroidery workshops we've held over the past few months at the Masbro Centre, in Hammersmith, with the Elders' Group there. The Elders' Group is a wonderful weekly gathering of older people who enjoy a range of activities and social events. Working with them was great fun.

Manik, originally from Bangladesh, has attended the Elders' Group since 2005 and enjoys the company and party atmosphere. He particularly liked embroidering as it reminded him of home.
"I find it very relaxing .. . In my country there is a big culture of needlework so I like it very much."

If you would like to buy any of these cards, please click here.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Christmas cards 2017 - please support Bridging Arts

We've produced some lovely Christmas cards this year - featuring a design by Manik Miah, who attended our embroidery workshops at the Masbro Centre, Hammersmith. Manik started with a simple outline of a nightingale, and transformed it into something splendid and sparkling - just right for Christmas. These are quite big cards - 148mm x 148mm - and the greeting inside reads 'With best wishes for Christmas and the New Year'.

Please see below for images of the front and the reverse. The cards are £7.50 for 10, including package and postage. Email to place your order.

Also pictured below - Manik with other people at the workshop last spring.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Remembrance Day in Hayle

St Elwyn's Church, Hayle, was packed yesterday - Remembrance Sunday.  There were Guides, Scouts, army cadets and many men (and women) wearing medals.
There was a moving sermon which mentioned the National Explosives Factory in World War One and the two women who died in an explosion, buried in Phillack Church graveyard. The panels from our project Heart of Conflict are now in Phillack Church on display - so that their dangerous and courageous work will not be forgotten.  Everyone walked after the church service to the 11am silence and laying of wreaths at the war memorial.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

There died a myriad

Extract of a poem by Ezra Pound - appropriate for Remembrance Day 2017.

These fought in any case,
and some believing,
pro domo, in any case…

Some quick to arm,
some for adventure,
some from fear of weakness,
some from fear of censure,
some for love of slaughter, in imagination,
learning later…
some in fear, learning love of slaughter;

Died some, pro patria,
non ‘dulce’ non ‘et decor’…
walked eye-deep in hell
believing in old men’s lies, then unbelieving
came home, home to a lie,
home to many deceits,
home to old lies and new infamy;
usury age-old and age-thick
and liars in public places.

Daring as never before, wastage as never before.
Young blood and high blood,
Fair cheeks, and fine bodies;

fortitude as never before

frankness as never before,
disillusions as never told in the old days,
hysterias, trench confessions,
laughter out of dead bellies.

There died a myriad,
And of the best, among them,
For an old bitch gone in the teeth,
For a botched civilization,

Charm, smiling at the good mouth,
Quick eyes gone under earth’s lid,

For two gross of broken statues,
For a few thousand battered books.

From Hugh Selwyn Mauberley (1920)

Remembering at Paddington

Paddington station remembering the World War One fallen this morning...

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Heart of Conflict and Social History curators...

We were delighted to be able to write a piece about Heart of Conflict, our work in Cornwall on World War One, for SHC News, the quarterly newsletter of the Social History Curators Group.
It was an easy piece to put together  - it's been such a great project.
The newsletter will eventually be put online. In the meantime, I'll upload a copy of the article on to the Bridging Arts website.
There's a lot of information about the SHCG's work on their website. Click here to read more.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

We're in search of a new Trustee.....

Our Trustee Pontus Rosen will be leaving the UK in the spring and we're in search of a new Trustee to take his place on the board.

This will involve four meetings in London a year - plus ad hoc input by email and phone as projects develop. The right person will make a real difference.

If you're keen to join us, please do get in touch. We need someone keen, imaginative and bold enough to help pull off the unexpected just when the odds.  Please send your CV to

For an informal chat, please email