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September

OPEN CALL FOR HACKNEY ARTISTS! Town Hall Takeover 2016

We are thrilled to announce an exciting opportunity for local artists to be involved in a brand new project at Shoreditch Town Hall.

On Saturday 29 October, the Town Hall will throw open its doors for a day of workshops, performances and events for all the family! A packed programme of theatre, music, dance and art activities will take place across the building.

As part of the programme, we’re looking for Hackney-based artists to lead some of the workshop activity, doing what you do best. We’re looking for artists who can offer a 60-minute workshop for up to 30 young participants and their accompanying adults. There are NO limitations on art form - we will consider anything and everything – however please note that it is likely these workshops will take place in one of our basement spaces meaning that the floor will be concrete and therefore not suitable for certain types of activity. If possible, we would love for your session to engage specifically with the local Hackney community, and are interested to hear how this might work in your initial expression of interest.

Please email joss.nicholas@shoreditchtownhall.com, outlining exactly what your session would include and any information about your relevant experience, by midday on Wednesday 28 September. Please also indicate the age range of participants that your workshop will target (it must be an age range within 0-14 years). Fixed small fees will be available for all artists who are selected to lead workshops, as well as some basic technical support on the day.

If your proposal does not quite sit within a 60-minute workshop structure, but you think your activity is suitable, please do still get in touch as we’d love to hear about your ideas, whether they end up being considered for this project or something else further down the line.

We very much look forward to hearing from you!

August

Shoreditch Town Hall celebrates £10,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant

Shoreditch Town Hall announces today that it has received a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Sharing Heritage grant to support More Light, More Power: 150 Years of Shoreditch Town Hall, a project to celebrate the building’s 150th anniversary.

To mark the occasion, Shoreditch Town Hall will produce a commemorative publication to document the former civic building’s rich history: from its roots in 19th century progressive politics, to its role in East London working class culture as a music hall and boxing venue; from community-led campaigns to save the building, to its contemporary usage as an arts and events space.  

The project will also include a temporary exhibition of photos and materials in a number of spaces inside the building, as well as permanent displays to help people understand and appreciate its heritage.

Despite the architectural and historical importance of Shoreditch Town Hall, there is currently no single place or publication where the buildings story is available. Although some key moments in the life of the Town Hall are on record, there are many significant gaps in knowledge and few photographs of people using and enjoying the space.

A team of staff and volunteers from Shoreditch Town Hall will therefore go out into the community in the coming months, working with project coordinator Brona O’Toole to meet local people, carry out a selection of interviews and document stories or memories of the building over the years. We will also research and compile information from a range of archives and public sources, as well as personal collections.

Director Nick Giles said: “It has been our ambition for some time now to produce a more comprehensive history of the Town Hall, so that we can better celebrate what is a unique, landmark building, its colourful history and the role it has played in people’s lives over the past one hundred and fifty years. Thanks to this support from the Heritage Lottery Fund we will now be able to achieve this, and importantly for us, run a project that will enable us to go out into the community and work with a diverse team of volunteers.”

Stuart Hobley, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund London, said: “HLF support will recognise the historical and architectural importance of Shoreditch Town Hall in celebration of the building’s 150th anniversary. Thanks to National Lottery players, communities will be able to mark this special occasion with a project exploring and preserving the local history of the Town Hall, leading to a commemorative publication and exhibition at the heart of Shoreditch.”

If you would like to volunteer or have a story or memory of the Town Hall, if your family or friends have been involved with the building in the past – especially if you have photographs or documents – we would love to hear from you. Please email history@shoreditchtownhall.com or write to Brona O’Toole at Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street, London, EC1V 9LT.

A Meet and Greet will be on Thursday 15 September (2.00pm-5.00pm) where we will introduce the project to those who want to be interviewed and meet a few potential volunteers.

Volunteer training will be Monday 19 September (2.00pm-5.00pm) with interviews to follow later in the week.

On completion of the project in December 2016 archive materials, our history publication and links to information on wider local history will be made available from on a newly launched history section of www.shoreditchtownhall.com.

OPEN CALL-OUT FOR GRAPHIC DESIGNERS!

Town Hall Takeover – October 2016

A group of Primary School aged children attending a recent Shoreditch Town Hall production, engaging with actors.

We are thrilled to announce an exciting opportunity for a talented graphic designer to be involved in a brand new project with Shoreditch Town Hall. 

This October, Shoreditch Town Hall will throw open its doors for a day of workshops, performances and activities for young people aged 14 and under and their families! A packed programme of theatre, music, dance and art will take place across the whole building.

We’re looking for a fabulous designer to create the artwork for the Town Hall Takeover marketing campaign, which will be featured on our posters, flyers and programme. This will be seen by up to 1,000 Hackney community members during the event - and many more in the run up - and is a great way of exposing your work to new audiences and building your portfolio. If successful, you will then be asked to design another piece of print for the day itself (details below).
This one-off project would suit a recent graduate, or a current student of graphic design, illustration or similar.

We want you to have creative freedom over the design, so please don’t feel completely bound by our brand identity communicated through our website and brochures. However, we do want to make clear the association with Shoreditch Town Hall. Please include the following when creating your entry:

• It must demonstrate the welcoming nature of the day, and our accessible, ‘open to all’ values.
• Emphasise that this is a day for Hackney.
• We would like the main Town Hall Takeover image to be an illustration, drawn by hand or digitally, with an emphasis on the word “Takeover”
• Fun, child-friendly writing and images.
• Our logo must be featured, but it does not have to be centrefold (downloadable on our
vacancies page).
• Research and understand the building. Look online at our photographs and 360 tours. There’s lots of information on our website.

The deadline for applications is mid-day on Wednesday 24 August.
The creator of the winning design will be contacted by Friday 26 August. Due to print, production and distribution deadlines, the winner must be available to redraft and proof their artwork between this date and Friday 9 September (inclusive).   Please only apply if you meet these criteria.

The chosen designer will also be asked to create a map of the building in October, which will act as interactive, directional and informative print for our audiences to be used on the day. We will only ask for this after the designer has been chosen and the main artwork design has been decided upon.
After all artwork has been signed off by Shoreditch Town Hall, the winning designer will be given a one-off payment of  £200.

Designers should send their entry along with an example of a recent piece of their work to joss.nicholas@shoreditchtownhall.com 
Files should be supplied in PDF format and your entry should be of an appropriate resolution/quality to print clearly on A3 paper (300dpi or similar).
We very much look forward to hearing from you and seeing your work for our exciting new project!

June May

Shoreditch Town Hall Announces 2016 Autumn Season

With Shoreditch Town Hall preparing for next month’s UK première of Andrew Schneider’s highly acclaimed YOUARENOWHERE, the venue today announces an eclectic autumn season of high quality, cutting edge theatre, performance, music and comedy.

The climax of the season takes place during September when the venue hosts an extensive programme of new and award-winning theatre including the London première of Spymonkey’s The Complete Deaths which comes to Shoreditch following a national tour; and the RSC production of Alice Birch’s acclaimed award-winning play Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. which transfers following a run in Edinburgh and at The Other Place Festival in Stratford-upon-Avon.

The London première of Ross Sutherland’s dark dystopian comedy Party Trap also transfers in September, as does Shoreditch Town Hall commission Tell Me Anything from On The Run, following the company’s acclaimed debut So It Goes. A second Town Hall commission, Analogue’s Sleepless, also debuts in Shoreditch. Inspired by the true story of an Italian family plagued by a rare genetic sleep disorder and the race to discover what lies behind the terrible and shameful curse, this commission continues an ongoing relationship with Analogue who are artistic associates of the Town Hall.

This September also sees the first Electronic Voice Phenomena session by Mercy & Penned in the Margins, commissioned by the Town Hall and Bluecoat, Liverpool, with further performances taking place in November and December.

In October the venue hosts the première of Phone Home by Town Hall associates Upstart Theatre alongside Highway Productions (Athens) and Pathos München, margate/dreamland by Nigel Barrett & Louise Mari with AK/DK, a show from five-piece comedy jazz ensemble The Horne Section and the 2015 BBC Folk Awards winners Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker.  This is followed in November by several shows from the EFG London Jazz Festival, the capital’s biggest music festival, including Nell Bryden and Kansas Smitty’s House Band, with further acts to be announced soon.

Shoreditch Town Hall today also announces The Wardrobe Ensemble as an Associate Company following its recent successful run of 1972: The Future of Sex, and a new production with the Almeida Young Company which will produce From The Ground Up, an immersive, site-specific production created in collaboration with Joeri Smet from Ontroerend Goed.

Shoreditch Town Hall director Nick Giles said today “As our wonderful building continues to develop, with greater in-house technical and production capabilities matched by higher audience capacities, so does our artistic programme. At the heart of our autumn season is a collection of original, bold theatre at home in our non-traditional spaces, including work commissioned or supported by the Town Hall, alongside new strands of live music and comedy gigs in our revamped 750-seat Assembly Hall. We are particularly thrilled to be building on relationships with the Royal Shakespeare Company, EFG London Jazz Festival and Almeida Theatre over the coming months, as well as the peerless Spymonkey, who I first worked with fifteen years ago. Alongside our ongoing new theatre development programme, London transfers and community events, this is our most eclectic season to date, and one which in its scope and particular mix continues our mission to explore and celebrate the enormous potential of Shoreditch Town Hall as a distinctive contemporary arts space in London.”

Tickets now available from www.shoreditchtownhall.com