Archives for the month of: April, 2016

 

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Church Street Local Projects Shelf

Wednesday 4 May 2016

Launch at 3.30pm at Church Street Library

Free and open to all

Please join us to launch the Church Street Local Projects Shelf, a community-run bookshelf for Church Street Library.

The Local Projects Shelf will feature the many projects and publications about the Church Street and Edgware Road area and will exist as a growing archive of the neighbourhood.

The shelf was born out of the need to share the vast amount of materials produced by art organisations, academic institutions, individual practitioners and researchers about the neighbourhood, with the public that constitutes it. The shelf is designed by Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad, and invites donations of any publications or materials about the area.

Coinciding with the launch of the Local Projects Shelf, the event will launch Studies on a Road, a series of pamphlets documenting projects commissioned through the Serpentine Galleries’ Edgware Road Project as well as Action of Street/Action of Room a publication by students from Westminster Academy and artists Febrik.

Publication contributors will discuss their projects and we will share our experiences of living and working in the neighbourhood over food from the market.

Please bring a publication to donate to the Local Projects Shelf if you can!

For more information, please contact:
Amal Khalaf amalk@serpentinegalleries.org

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ACT ESOL: Language, resistance, theatre

Saturday 7 May 2016

3pm

Education Space at the Serpentine Galleries

Free and open to all

Teacher Becky Winstanley and Implicated Theatre Director Frances Rifkin discuss ACT ESOL, an ongoing theatre and language education project that combines Theatre of the Oppressed and Participatory ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages).

ACT ESOL is a project by the Serpentine Galleries Edgware Road Project, where participatory ESOL teachers and Implicated Theatre work with language learners to develop a more political ESOL approach that combines language with a focus on resistance.

Following the devastating impact that cuts and aggressive immigration policies have had on mainstream, government funded ESOL provision, political ESOL projects such as this are timely and much needed.   Implicated Theatre ran an 8 week pilot project in Spring 2015, which aimed to work with second language speakers to combine Boal inspired Theatre of the Oppressed work with language development. Participants enrolled on the course to learn new performance skills and use the theatre as a context to develop their English language skills.

Experiences of migration in relation to language were not necessarily explored adequately in previous Implicated Theatre workshops. And although many teachers successfully use drama techniques in their ESOL work, few are familiar with the complexity and transformational potential of Theatre of the Oppressed.

The idea emerged to create a course specifically for Theatre of the Oppressed with English and to pilot a project with theatre and language experts working together to experiment with different ideas. Implicated Theatre worked with the Migrants Resources Centre and English for Action to establish the project which became ACT ESOL.

As the project continues and we work towards creating a resource for ESOL teachers to be launched at the end of the year, join us for the discussion where we will be launching an interim report by English for Action’s Becky Winstanley, that describes the work we did during the pilot of the ACT ESOL project but also hopes to inspire other teachers to try out and develop this work in their own contexts.  The digital version of the report will be available to download in early May.

Becky Winstanley is an experienced ESOL teacher and teacher educator working in Tower Hamlets. Her particular areas of interest include participatory approaches to education, language and migration and language and literacy development for social change. She worked on Actionaid’s Reflect ESOL project, adapting the international Reflect model for language learning in the UK and trained with Reflect practitioners in Liberia. She has been an active trade unionist for many years and is interested in teachers’ and students’ struggles in education and beyond

English for Action (EFA) London provides English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses for migrant communities across London. Our aim is to reach people who may be excluded from mainstream ESOL courses. We believe that ESOL classes, with the correct focus, can enable migrants to access the social, economic and political benefits that would be out of reach without language training and support.  – See more at:

Implicated Theatre have worked since October 2011 including collaborations with the Migrants Resource Centre, UNITE’s Hotel Workers union and Justice for Domestic Workers with theatre director Frances Rifkin. The experimental workshops explore the relationships between political speech and action, the self and the collective, voice and silence. Forming close relationships with migrant’s rights groups and unions, Implicated Theatre creates theatrical interventions inspired by real-life struggle, and highlighting issues of social justice.

For more information please contact amalk@serpentinegalleries.org