Tier Two affects OPEN performances, but not our workshops.

Since London moved into COVID Tier Two we have looked at what we need to do to continue running a varied artistic programme.

Workshops:

There is no change to our workshop programme. We can continue creative and mindfulness workshops as we have been doing.

  • Class sizes remain limited to a maximum of ten people.
  • Each person has their own 2m table, or socially distanced easel and participants respect each other’s personal space.
  • The team sanitises all equipment before and after each class and washrooms and door handles every hour.
  • We operate a one way system with hand sanitiser at the door. Gloves and disposable masks are available if required.
  • Visitors are encouraged to check into the venue when they arrive. We display the NHS track and trace QR code on the front door and above the hand sanitiser.

Performances:

Tier Two affects OPEN performances and gigs. We can host performances in front of a live audience, but may have a problems during the interval. We can seat everyone in their household bubble at a safe distance from the next group. However people must remain in their seats and not mingle, which is usually part of the event’s experience. The team and our performance partners are looking at ways in which we can change to make sure people continue to enjoy their evening.

We’ve cancelled Healing Comedy Club gigs until we can solve the conundrum.

Tier Two Guidelines:

If you want to read more about Tier Two and how it affects you, please go to the Government Website

Join us for a watercolour workshop at Greenford Quay and explore your creativity.

In the three hour workshop you will learn techniques, tips and tricks to help you master the art of watercolour painting. Tutor Gail Astbury will show you how to draw inspiration from your surroundings and how to gather the information you need to create your own artwork..

This workshop is for anyone who

  • loves to paint
  • wants to improve their technique with watercolours
  • wants to get together with other enthusiasts  
  • would like to develop a personal style and build a portfolio of work

All levels of experience are welcome.

You have two opportunities to join a watercolour workshop at Greenford Quay during September:

Saturday 19 September 9.30am – 12.30pm Book a place via Eventbrite – click on this link

Saturday 26 September 9.30am – 12.30pm Book your place via Eventbrite – click on this link

ABOUT THE TUTOR

Gail Astbury has a B.A. (Hons) Fine Art Painting from Wimbledon UAL and has gained an MA in Contemporary Arts Practice from Goldsmiths University and Tate Galleries. Her work has featured in many prominent locations such as London’s Trafalgar Square, the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Academy and she has works held in the collection of the MMSU Museum of Modern Art in Croatia.

Gail paints in her studios in London and La Péruse, southwest France. She starts her paintings with her immediate surroundings and takes photos and makes sketches to gather a visual library to use as reference points. Then she plays with the imagery and uses scale, colour, edits and zoom to select and highlight interesting focal points. She uses a range of techniques from renaissance lighting and brushwork to the colour and decorative compositions of 20th century modernism through to contemporary mass media image making and production. The resulting paintings are celebratory, they tell visual tales and proclaim societal hopes and fears.  

Visit Gail’s website for more information. http://www.gailastbury.com 

We are delighted to be asked by Ealing Libraries to assist with their Summer Reading Challenge 2020 and maintain the momentum they had built up over the years in encouraging the Borough’s young resident to engage with the library.

For several years the library staff and volunteers have encouraged the Borough’s young readers with new books and activities. This year they wanted to maintain the momentum they have built up for children to participate and decided to take Summer Reading Challenge 2020 online. They were looking for a short play or enactment of a story which could be uploaded to their YouTube channel.

OPEN has worked with the Library many times before providing performances and plays for a variety of events. We turned to A Wonderful Adventure with whom we have collaborated on a number of occasions and agreed on an adaptation of a well-known children’s book. A Wonderful Adventure adapted The Dragon Tamers by Edith Nesbit. Their lockdown production has been uploaded to Ealing Libraries YouTube channel for viewing.

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Children can join the #SillySquad by registering on http://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk

For more information on how to borrow books online or find more activities visit www.youtube.com/EalingLibraries

Would you like the opportunity to explore the world of watercolour painting en plein air?

Join us on Wednesday 19 August as professional artist and experienced tutor Gail Astbury leads a watercolour workshops focusing on Flora & Fauna surrounding Greenford Quays.

Suitable for all levels of experience.

The class size is limited to 10 people so booking is essential –  https://bit.ly/3how9NG

Join us for Summer Events this August as we explore Greenford Quay with A Wonderful Adventure and artist Gail Astbury.

A Wonderful Adventure presents a unique and immersive production of Wind in the Willows. Built around the iconic and whimsical characters of Mole, Badger and Mr Toad, this experience invites you to share in their tales of friendship and adventure, through a combination of storytelling and theatrics. The trail, which spans across Greenford Quay, is suitable for visitors of all ages and abilities, with each experience tailored to your group depending on whether you are a family unit or an adult party. SOLD OUT

Professional artist and tutor, Gail Astbury has run a successful walking and watercolour course for many years. She brings her skills and insights to Greenford Quay and has developed two painting and walking workshops as part of the Summer Events claendar:

Wednesday 5 August – Land & Riverscapes https://bit.ly/2OSsBqI

Wednesday 19 August – Flora & Fauna https://bit.ly/3how9NG

Local photographer’s art sale raises money to support Ealing based charity BEfriend and helps the charity operational expenses.

Photographer and local resident, Ali Moosavi, put his photograph, Make a blank valuable by putting it in an exquisite frame, up for sale this week and donated the proceeds to BEfriend. The art sale raises money for the charity to help continue its valuable work in the community.

The charity matches friendly and reliable volunteers with people who have become lonely and socially isolated. Volunteers provide company and companionship and help those they befriend feel engaged with the world again, either through bringing hope and warmth in with them or by helping people get out. During recent months their services have been even more important and they have extra pressures in delivering the required help in a safe way.

Rachel Hill, Director, commented that all the money raised from the sale of Ali’s photograph will go towards sustaining the service.

Ali Moosavi is a member of London Independent Photography, a community organisation for professional and amateur photographers, representing the Ealing satellite group. The LIP activities are designed to bring together photographers with different interests and levels of expertise who wish to develop their personal approach to photography, improve their skills and gain recognition for their work.

OPEN Ealing hosted the art sale. Two striking examples of Ali’s work have been on display in the Dickens Yard arts centre.

Adjusting to a different way of life is tricky, even if it is only for a short time.

As the lockdown continues we’ve some online courses starting next week. Fiction and Wellbeing first and there’ll be more to come so keep checking back!

Check our Facebook pages too. We have wellbeing writing prompts from Mary Burns and Mark Kirkbride has set would be authors a taster exercise.