WELCOME TO SOLIDARIDAD OBRERA AKA BRILLIANT SCHOOL Elegant town houses and a utilitarian housing estate make up the other edges of Powis Square, the site of key civil rights actions over the years which resulted in the founding of a public green space in 1968. The design developed by ArchitectureDoingPlace explores and illuminates these boundaries of ownership, by proposing a neutral ‘clearing’ where everyone can come together to celebrate the creative benefit of urban proximity. The proposal comprises a habitable threshold, 40 capacity learning space, a planted terrace which doubles as a stage, and pergolas from which to appreciate the square. From 11th - 16th September ArchitectureDoingPlace's pavilion will be open, and jam packed with free activities and interactive performances accessible to all. WHAT IS IT? The Portobello Pavilion was the brainchild of local curator Tim Burke and was supported by Kensington and Chelsea’s INTRANSIT festival (focusing on new site specific endeavours) into being in 2015. Over the next few years, the Pavilion became the hub of the festival, tying in various local projects through free art-and-doing sessions held there each day. Following the Grenfell fire, the borough's Arts & Culture Service re-evaluated the delivery of its two flagship festivals (Nour and InTRANSIT) to inform & forge a new way of working collaboratively with local creative community. The Pavilion this year will be a beacon project in which the council’s Arts & Culture Service sit on equal footing with locally based artists, curators and institutions to each support local arts in their own way through the Pavilion project. The evolving group, some of whose members are giving workshops hope that this year’s Pavilion will give awareness and opportunity to other local practitioners who might visit the Pavilion and help to steer the future of the project HOW DO I? Scroll over the pictures to learn about what's on when. Everything is free, and there's no need to book. You can also drop in on Monday 10 Sep after 5pm to find out more about the programming. See you there!
Tuesday 11th
11 - 9pm Remembering Tim Burke A take-over of the Pavilion by Tim Burke's nearest and dearest. As Tim, long time resident of Powis Terrace, communtiy activist, artist, brainchild of both the Pop-up Cinema and Portobello Pavilion is laid to rest, drop in to share stories and memories of his life, love and contribution to so many people around the world. Bring a candle, listen to his favourite music and share stories both in the Pavilion and across the road in the Tabernacle.
Wednesday 12th
11 - 1pm Art and Yoga with Ilaria Di Fiore Start your morning in creative harmony with creative artist and yoga therapist Ilaria Di Fiore. Long-time resident of north Kensington. Ilaria is a seasoned facilitator and her community art participants have won prizes the Saatchi Gallery. Her art and Kundalini yoga sessions are a wonderful way of gaining focus and strength. Open session for all ages and levels.
2pm - 5pm The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Arts Grants Scheme’s Autumn round is now open for applications! The Arts Team are hosting an informal drop-in session to provide guidance on applications and discuss your projects - Open to all - individuals and organisations. Bring a notebook, pen and your idea!
3 - 6pm Make your Mark, Inside and out! Using only paper and paint join Toby Laurent Belson and create a massive mural over the week, which will be finished by Saturday 15th. Open to all ages and abilities!
6 - 9pm 'Performance' screening plus Powis Square history slideshow talk by Tom Vague, featuring a preview of the 50th anniversary book about the film by Jay Glennie, and Anne Pigalle performing songs from her forthcoming 'Ecstase' album dedicated to the 'Performance' director Donald Cammell. Due to licensing over 18s only
Thursday 13th
3 - 6pm Make your Mark, Inside and out! Using only paper and paint join Toby Laurent Belson and create a massive mural over the week, which will be finished by Saturday 15th. Open to all ages and abilities!
7pm - 9pm Carnival Pioneers Mas 1973 Join Leslie Palmer in conversation with Lynda Rosenior-Patten for an evening about the modern roots of Carnival and a discussion about Carnival's future. With film, music and free food.
Friday 14th
3 - 5pm Art and Yoga with Ilaria Di Fiore Start your afternoon in creative harmony with creative artist and yoga therapist Ilaria Di Fiore. Long-time resident of north Kensington Ilaria is a seasoned facilitator and her community art participants have won prizes the Saatchi Gallery. Her art and Kundalini yoga sessions are a wonderful way of gaining focus and strength. Open session for all ages and levels.
2.30 - 5pm Solar Power Workshop Learn about solar electricity and build portable solar phone chargers for community use. Join us to find out more about the project, get hands on experience of solar electricity and learn about North Kensington Community Energy’s plans to create K&C’s first community owned solar power station.
3 - 6pm Make your Mark, Inside and out! Using only paper and paint join Toby Laurent Belson and create a massive mural over the week, which will be finished by Saturday 15th. Open to all ages and abilities!
8pm - 9.30pm Film - Grenfell Inspired Art After the horrendous Grenfell Tower fire north kensington was in mourning and angry due to the injustice perpetrated by the council. Some of the people helping the area to heal from this man made natural disaster were local community artist. The projects that these creative minds manifested have been amazing. They have brought an uplifting transition to the residents sorrounding the burnt out shell. This film documents JC Kamau's quest to find out why & how these positive people developed such strong & meaningful works of art that inspired a community in need of a mental & physical change of fortune.
Saturday 15th
3 - 6pm Make your Mark, Inside and out! Using only paper and paint join Toby Laurent Belson and create a massive mural over the week, which will be finished by Saturday 15th. Open to all ages and abilities!
1 - 5.30pm Brilliant School: Architecture Doing Place and Write Talk Listen Brilliant school is an inspirational space that works with professional artists to create and deliver masterclass style workshops geared towards attendees discovering and exploring their own brilliance. At Brilliant School the focus will be on participants drawing on personal and cultural experiences and local reference points during creation. Facilitating artists will use on their artistic practises to encourage this exploration of voice.
11 - 2pm Collage Your City with Sahra Hersi Young people will be asked to consider the affects architecture has on their daily lives. Through the medium of collage, they will reimagine the area around the Pavilion to reflect their own tastes, needs and personal experiences.
2 - 5.30pm The Heart Of Story Telling with Dipo Agboluage In this dramatic writing workshop, playwright Dipo Agboluage will help attendees to pull their lives and experience towards the heart of a story. Participants will use the minute detail of their daily routines and surroundings to start building out unique characters and situations enabling them to see how the sights, sounds, smells and feelings of their own experiences can be modelled into fantastic tales.

image credit: Sahra Hersi

3 - 4pm Art and Yoga with Ilaria Di Fiore Start your afternoon in creative harmony with creative artist and yoga therapist Ilaria Di Fiore. Long-time resident of north Kensington Ilaria is a seasoned facilitator and her community art participants have won prizes the Saatchi Gallery. Her art and Kundalini yoga sessions are a wonderful way of gaining focus and strength. Open session for all ages and levels.
5.30pm - 9pm Dissenter’s Walk: Notting Hill Local Social History Tour Our environment is shaped by our history and the culture and heritage of the local people. North Kensington’s local social history is rich in controversy, diversity and dissent; it has been the home to an array of notable characters as well the place from which social movements and protests emanated. The area has been characterised by movements of people including Gypsy and Europe an Jewish communities, Irish, Cypriot, Maltese, Caribbean, Spanish and Moroccan, more recently from Ethiopian, Eritrean and Somali. Unfortunately the wealthy, who traditionally populated the South of the borough, have also migrated north so that parts of the area have also become home to some of the wealthiest people in the UK Local residents Carol John and Isis Amlak take you on a social history tour that cast a lens on activistism, campaigning and socio political debate, shedding light on live issues such as the true nature of British v English identity, deprivation, migration and the impact of so called regeneration in North Kensington.
Sunday 16th
4 - 6pm Story’s from the Street, an Intergenerational Street Theatre Performance In this show we invite you to consider yourself to be somebody like our protagonist making their migration journey and coping all that life throws at you on the way as the year’s role by. Audience participation and interaction is a must!
1 - 4pm Fighting SUS, an spoken word and history showcase Riots, resistance and the repeal of the SUS laws. Young Londoners respond to the history of the 1970-1981 Sus Law which was used by police to arrest and harass black and Asian men, and discuss the issues around today’s Stop and Search practices and the implimentation of section 60 orders.
6pm - 7.15 then 7.30 - 9pm Closing Event - My Art is My Weapon then Spoken Word Open Mic I Sis & Shareefa Energy Historically, art, literature, poetry and music have been tightly woven into movements for social change. There are numerous examples of artists, poets, singers and writers being censored, arrested, beaten, or even killed for their visual and vocal dissent driven by their moral stance as activists. This workshop will endeavour to engage participants in the concept of artistic dissent, we will examine the nature and necessity of creativity as a mechanism for advocacy, challenge and protest. We will interrogate how a people’s historical, cultural, social and economic status is not only the genesis of their artistic expression but also a powerful tool for dissent used by social movements for change. To this end we will explore motivation and/or obligation that compel artistes to assert their right to embed, manipulate or mould protest into their own form of expression. “The only obligation which I have a right to assume, is to do at any time what I think right.” Henry David Thoreau - The Rights and Duties of the Individual in relation to Government (1848)
WELCOME TO SOLIDARIDAD OBRERA AKA BRILLIANT SCHOOL Elegant town houses and a utilitarian housing estate make up the other edges of Powis Square, the site of key civil rights actions over the years which resulted in the founding of a public green space in 1968. The design developed by ArchitectureDoingPlace explores and illuminates these boundaries of ownership, by proposing a neutral ‘clearing’ where everyone can come together to celebrate the creative benefit of urban proximity. The proposal comprises a habitable threshold, 40 capacity learning space, a planted terrace which doubles as a stage, and pergolas from which to appreciate the square. From 11th - 16th September ArchitectureDoingPlace's pavilion will be open, and jam packed with free activities and interactive performances accessible to all. WHAT IS IT? The Portobello Pavilion was the brainchild of local curator Tim Burke and was supported by Kensington and Chelsea’s INTRANSIT festival (focusing on new site specific endeavours) into being in 2015. Over the next few years, the Pavilion became the hub of the festival, tying in various local projects through free art-and-doing sessions held there each day. Following the Grenfell fire, the borough's Arts & Culture Service re-evaluated the delivery of its two flagship festivals (Nour and InTRANSIT) to inform & forge a new way of working collaboratively with local creative community. The Pavilion this year will be a beacon project in which the council’s Arts & Culture Service sit on equal footing with locally based artists, curators and institutions to each support local arts in their own way through the Pavilion project. The evolving group, some of whose members are giving workshops hope that this year’s Pavilion will give awareness and opportunity to other local practitioners who might visit the Pavilion and help to steer the future of the project HOW DO I? Scroll over the pictures to learn about what's on when. Everything is free, and there's no need to book. You can also drop in on Monday 10 Sep after 5pm to find out more about the programming. See you there!
Tuesday 11th
Wednesday 12th
Thursday 13th
6- 7pm Yoga with Ilaria Di Fiore Start your evening in creative harmony with creative artist and yoga therapist Ilaria Di Fiore. Long-time resident of north Kensington Ilaria is a seasoned facilitator and her community art participants have won prizes the Saatchi Gallery. Her Kundalini yoga sessions are a wonderful way of gaining focus and strength. Open session for all ages and levels.
Friday 14th
Saturday 15th
Sunday 16th

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