SPINE – Vauxhall Voices: Attention all young performance poets

SPINE Vauxhall Voices

SPINE Vauxhall VoicesAre you an aspiring writer, rapper, poet or spoken word artist aged 12 to 19? Do you know someone who is?

Tate South Lambeth Library is hosting an exciting new FREE programme of workshops at which the work of young writers – of all kinds – are showcased. Writer and spoken word artists Malika Booker and Francesca Beard will be working with workshop delegates to develop writing and performance skills – and there will be an opportunity to perform work at a live event held at the Tate South Lambeth Library .

Workshop dates (all at 4.30 to 6.30 at the Tate South Lambeth Library):

26 February 2013

5 March  2013

12 March 2013

19 March 2013

2 April 2013

9 April 2013

16 April 2013

To book you place contact daisy@applesandsnakes.org or text SPINE VAUXHALL  and your name to 07952 279410, or just turn up.

More information: www.applesandsnakes.org or call 0845 521 3460

On Tuesday 12 February at 6.30pm at the Tate South Lambeth Library there is also a free screening of We are Poets, a film in which six teenage poets represent the UK at America’s biggest slam poetry contest.

SPINE – Vauxhall Voices is a pilot project focused on engaging young people with spoken word, live literature and their local library.


Tate South Lambeth Library 2013 Art Competition

Tate South Lambeth art competition

Tate South Lambeth art competitionAre you an artist? Is Tate South Lambeth Library your local? Enter the Tate South Lambeth Library Art Competition and see your work exhibited at the library for two months.

There are two top prizes of £50 to be won. One winner will be chosen by a popular vote of visitors to the exhibition, the other by the distinguished panel of judges:

Martin Caiger-Smith is a curator and lecturer at the Courtauld Institute of Art
Frances Morris is Head of International Collections at Tate Modern
Munirah Olton is an artist & creative director at Salongo Arts

The entry fee is just £5.

To enter, visit the Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library website, where you will find a downloadable entry form (they are also available at the library), a list of key dates and the rules.

All entries must be submitted by Saturday 9 February 2013.


FREE talk about The British Interplanetary Society

Colin Philp, a Fellow and Council Member of The British Interplanetary Society (BIS), will give a talk at Tate South Lambeth Library on the Society and its pioneering work in space flight, its history, and its relationship to the local area. The talk is organised by the Friends of Tate South Lambeth.

Tuesday 18 September 2012, 7pm (doors open 6.45pm)

Tate South Lambeth Library

180 South Lambeth Road

London SW8 1QP

Free entry.

Refreshments available with donations to Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library.

Tate South Lambeth Library needs your views on the future


The Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library with support from Stockwell Partnership and Lambeth Council have launched a campaign to gather your views on the future of the library. This is what they say:

  • The Council has now agreed budgets for all libraries. Together we want to shape ideas on how the Tate South Lambeth library budget could be spent whilst facing a cut in funding to be achieved by April 2014.
  • Some changes are inevitable but funds should be spent on what local people most need and want. New activities would be welcomed. We could expand community use of the library as well as bring in additional income.
  • We want views, ideas and proposals from the community and potential partners – so please get involved and make sure our future service is the best it can be.

Bring your views, ideas, proposals to:

Tate South Lambeth Library, 180 South Lambeth Road
on Wednesday 8 August, 6-8pm

If you are unable to attend but wish to comment,, you are invited to email friendsoftsl@hotmail.com


Dickens, Lambeth and the River Thames: a talk at Durning Library

Dickens' Lambeth talk at Durning Library

Dickens' Lambeth talk at Durning LibraryThe Friends of Durning Library have announced a new speaker for Monday 16 July – Lambeth Archivist Jon Newman explores Dickens’ overlapping accounts and descriptions of the place, and in particular of the River Thames that flowed around it and made Lambeth distinct from the rest of London.

Monday 16 July 2012, 6.45 for 7.15pm

Durning Library

167 Kennington Lane

London SE11 4HF

Light refreshments. Everyone is welcome. There’s no admission charge, but a £2 donation towards costs is invited.

(This history talk replaces the scheduled talk by Paul Mason, economics editor of Newsnight, which has been postponed because current events in Europe are taking him abroad. The Friends hope to hear him talk in the autumn.)

Friends of Tate South Lambeth: free film screening of ‘Revolution’

RevolutionThe Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library are screening at the Tate South Lambeth Library as part of their free monthly (every 3rd Wednesday) film night.

Revolution is an award-winning documentary by young Cuban Director Mayckell  Pedrero looking at the lives and struggles of the highly acclaimed Cuban Hip Hop group Los Aldeanos. Shot in Havana and told principally through the words of the two group members, Aldo and Bian; Revolution offers a fascinating insight into modern day Cuba.

Rhodri Holtham, who has written a postgraduate dissertation on Cuban Hip Hop and is a personal friend of the Director, will give a short introduction and will be on hand to answer any questions after the screening.

Wednesday 18 July 2012, 6.45 for 7pm
Tate South Lambeth Library
180 South Lambeth Road
London SW8 1QP.

Light refreshments available with suggested donations to the Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library.


Two important library meetings: Wed 23 and Mon 28 May

Here are two important events coming up via the Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library.

Wednesday 23 May 2012, 6.45pm for 7.00pm
Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library AGM

at the Tate South Lambeth Library, 180 South Lambeth Road.

Including an open discussion on the way ahead in the Cooperative Libraries regime proposed by Lambeth Council. New members and would-be members are very welcome – and especially if you are willing to join the committee and get stuck in.

Monday 28 May 2012, 6.15 to 7.45pm
VNEB & Tate South Lambeth Library
Public meeting with Adrian Smith,  director of cultural services at Lambeth Council
at the Tate South Lambeth Library, 180 South Lambeth Road.

Has Lambeth understood the impact of Vauxhall’s development on demand for our local library? That is the question that Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library will put to Adrian Smith, the director of cultural services at Lambeth Council.

More details on the Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library website.

The meeting on May 28th is your chance to raise these – and other – questions. Come along to Tate South Lambeth Library, 180 South Lambeth Road.

Andrew Saint reviews Vauxhall Gardens: A History

Vauxhall Gardens: A History, David Coke, Alan Borg

David Coke and Alan Borg’s monumental work on Vauxhall Gardens has been reviewed by Andrew Saint for The Vauxhall Society. David Coke has curated The Triumph of Pleasure: Vauxhall Gardens 1729 – 1786, an exhibition opening at the Foundling Museum on 11 May. Drawing from the collections of major museums and galleries across the country, the exhibition will display works by Hogarth, Canaletto, Hayman, Rowlandson and Gainsborough. One of the last surviving supper box paintings will be on display alongside objects associated with the Gardens and the Foundling Hospital. The exhibition will also be the first time François Roubiliac’s three terracotta portrait busts of William Hogarth, George Frideric Handel and Jonathan Tyers have been seen together. In addition, David Coke will be giving a talk – ‘The delight of all persons of reputation and taste’ – an introduction to Vauxhall Gardens 1661-1859 - at the Durning Library on Monday 21 May, 7pm.

Read the review here.

Start to grow your own fruit and vegetables – However small the space


Come and learn the basics and sow some seeds with Christine, Garden Organic’s local master gardener, and Sue, Lambeth’s Green Community Champions Officer
on Wednesday 28 March at 7.00pm
at Tate South Lambeth library, 180 South Lambeth Road, SW8
If you plan to attend, please email friendsoftsl@hotmail.com

Master Gardeners www.mastergardeners.org.uk are volunteers managed by Garden Organic www.gardenorganic,org.uk offering growing advice and support.   They don’t offer a gardening service. Participation for all involved is free.


Libraries Campaign: Lambeth’s guide to how you can take part

Lambeth Libraries campaign

Thanks to The Friends of the Tate South Lambeth, the Durning and other Vauxhall libraries and community groups such as The Vauxhall Society, Lambeth’s politicos and officials at last seem to have got the message that closing libraries is both a legal minefield and an election-loser.

Jo Cleary, who runs Lambeth’s Adults and Community Services, has now put together a useful guide on how you make yourself heard on the libraries issue between now and when consultation ends on Friday, April 20. From Ms Cleary’s officialspeak about ‘our journey to becoming a cooperative council’ being ‘about giving people the power to decide how things are run and who runs them’, could it be that on libraries, Lambeth would like to take a back seat, while of course continuing to collect the Council Tax? [Read more…]