Friday, 30 March 2012


These wonderful photos by Amy Scaife captured some of the drama of the evening

Petite pop up cinema set up

Our audience for the first screening

The screen lights up at dusk

Fresh, hot popcorn to feed the crowds

Young audience members play in the light

The artists Elizabeth Hobbs (left) and Emily Tracy (right) adding vintage glamour

Tony Tunes captivates the audience with windup gramophone and shellac recordings

Our audience for the second screening 

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Bags of bags!

Guy Haywood's limited edition artwork - THE SKY'S THE LIMIT is being distributed via over 25 businesses based on Wood Street. Traders and shoppers are delighted with the offer of uplifting message combined with functional carrier. You might be lucky enough to "bag one", if you make a purchase at any one of the host shops including:

Second Nature Wholefoods at No.78 
Agomba's Shoe shop at No.104
Ward's Clothing at No.105
Colvins Decorating shop at No 110
Gregory News at No.113
New Life Charity shop at No. 135
la Dumitrescu Alimentara Romanian Delicatessen at No. 141
Cat Rescue Charity shop at No.152
Limpopo Butchery at No.156
Mat Cosmetics at No. 160
Wood Street Central Store at No.168
Lancasters Hone and Garden in The Old Station Yard 
Sklep Agatka at No.191
Wood Street Food and Wine No.241
and all units Wood Street Indoor Market

Many thanks to our hosts!

Pop up cinema minus 34 hours!

Monday, 26 March 2012

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Filming at Woodside school.

We have completed filming at Woodside primary school. Children from year 3 and 6 did a great job being film stars, film crew, directors and a cinema queue amongst many things. We filmed their shadows and will be using all of the footage in the final film. Lizzy and I have been furiously preparing for the final event finishing the film. Watch this space for details!

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Planning our book

Since our last session of drawing games in Wood Street Library, we have been pouring over the complete collection of drawings, doodles and sketches from When Wood Street Draws. 

There are street scenes with people and paint spills, familiar buildings and new buildings, family cars and fantastical transport inventions.

We are working out how to best fill our book with all the pictures of delicious dinners, favorite games, pictures of home and enchanting imagined landscapes. We have loveable rogues, heroes and heroines, swinging monkeys, singing cats, lots of weather, and towering cakes.

At the end of our session in Wood Street Library
the table top is covered in drawings
Della has been carefully testing how to extract individual pictures from our tabletop doodle dialogues. 

In all she has counted over 250 images. 

She has been brushing up on her bookmaking techniques with Matt Mackenzie, printmaker and bookbinder at Paekakariki Press, to find the best way to secure all the pictures in the When Wood Street Draws book.

When it has all been assembled, the When Wood Street Draws book will be available to look through at Wood Street Library.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Shadows at Woodside Primary School

The Picture Palace visited Woodside Primary School last week and they made some magical moving shadows, acting as characters from the Broadwest Studios in Wood Street and cinemagoers in the silent film era.

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Tall Tales at Frederick Bremer School

Earlier this week, Artist Vic Lee and Project Curator Ashley worked with the Head of Creative Arts, Mr Hicks, and Year 10 students at Frederick Bremer School during a special enrichment day. Students had a privileged preview of the Tall Tales artwork in progress and learnt about Vic's creative approach and working methods.
They considered ways that a range of contemporary artists employ text in temporary public artworks, before trying their hand at making their own brilliant text artworks with stickers, post-it notes and paper cutting.
It was a really fun, inspiring day and we very much look forward to continue working with Frederick Bremer School staff and students throughout Round 2 of the programme.

The pupils will visit Vic's full size work in situ on Wood Street when they return after the Easter holidays.

Some students comments:

" I learnt some new, different techniques directly from the artist"

"It was fun and entertaining"

"I learnt a lot about different processes and ideas behind the work"

"It was really useful for my Art GCSE, as well as being fun"

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Table Top Takeover

When Wood Street Draws is taking over the tables in Wood Street Library for our biggest
Table Top Doodle Dialogue

Join us at the library for drawing games between 10.30 and 12.30, March 10th. 

This is our final session! Next step: we will be compiling the When Wood Street Draws book.

Find Wood Street Library at the junction of Wood Street and Forest Road. 

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Chip Shop Draw

Saturday 3rd March, 5-7pm

We are taking the When Wood Street Draws drawing games to the Brother's Fish Bar Take Away.

Brother's Fish Bar has been recommended to us time and again at our When Wood Street Draws sessions. The chips are said to be delicious - it's even been said that they're famous. 

Pop in, place your order and pass your time with our drawing games  from 5 to 7pm, Saturday 3rd March.

Brothers Fish Bar, 122 Wood Street, E17 3HX

Friday, 2 March 2012

Drawing DIY at Colvins

Colvins at 110 Wood Street are our kind hosts for today's session of drawing games for When Wood Street Draws. 

Inspired by a drawing from our session in Casa 05, we're looking forward to collecting sketches of your current DIY projects, your previous DIY masterpieces, and your future DIY dreams. Wood Street is, after all,  a local centre for builders merchants, timber merchants and all things DIY.

The session runs from 11 -1pm, find Della is taking up residence at the Wallpaper bench.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Film production

Film production has started! Year 3 and 6 children at Woodside Primary school have been preparing for filming for the Pop-Up Picture Palace project. Nearly 100 years ago Walthamstow film companies were doing the same with stars such as Violet Hopson. The children made hats and props to mimic hats from the noughties and twenties, and they prepared artwork which will be animated in the Pop-Up studio at Wood street Indoor Market.
The collaged images will make adverts showing the amazing array of goods that were made in Walthamstow over the last 100 years.