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Summer Together! 2016

Thanks to the generous support of Arts Council England, Together! 2012 CIC will be in residency from 1-31 August 2016 at the Grassroots Centre, Memorial Park, Memorial Avenue, West Ham, London E15 3BD.

Monday 1 August 2016: Together! Music Club 7-9pm Open Mike. Bring your own instruments or use ours. A great opportunity to rehearse for the Together! 2012 tent at the Liberty Festival on 3 September 2016. Contact Together! 2012 CIC for details of further rehearsal opportunities.

Wednesdays 3 August, 10 August, 17 August, 24 & 31 August 2016 10.30am-12 noon: Together! Pop-Up Poetry Club. We will be writing poems in response to Memorial Park, and finding creative ways to share these within Grassroots and the Park.

Fridays 5, 12, 19 & 26 August 2016: Together! Art Club 2-4pm. We will be creating drawings, paintings and installations in response to the Park, and exhibiting these within Grassroots and the Park.

Wednesday 31 August 2-4pm: Not-So-Private View at Grassroots & Memorial Park of the work created plus a preview of our street art project. FREE. ALL WELCOME.

* We welcome people with mobility and sensory impairments, people with learning difficulties, people with long-term health conditions and people with mental health difficulties, together with family and friends, carers and support workers.

On Saturday 3 September 2016 we will be showcasing the talents of locally based disabled artists at the Together! 2012 tent at the Mayor of London’s Liberty Festival in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from 1-6pm. FREE. All welcome. Thanks to the London Legacy Development Corporation and Arts Council England for their support.

Please note there will be no workshops at The Hub after the end of July.

Together! in March 2016

The Together! Music Club returns Monday 7 March 2016 from 7-8.30pm at the River Centre. Open mike - play along or just listen; bring your own instruments or use ours. Free. All welcome. River Centre, Vincent Street, Canning Town, London E17 1LZ. Nearest bus, tube and DLR station: Canning Town (fully accessible).

Our friends Act Up! Newham theatre company present Outside the Box, an original play developed by the company with writer/director Trevor Lloyd, on Friday 11 March at Stratford Circus, Theatre Square, E15 1BX. Followed by music from Dennis Queen. Tickets £6/£4 from Stratford Circus box office 020 8279 1080.

LAST CHANCE TO SEE Fred App’s popular ‘Newham Spins’ exhibition of portraits is at the Hub until the end of March 2016. The Hub is usually open from 9am-9pm.

Our free arts workshops for disabled people and their companions continue at the Hub on Wednesdays from 10.30am-12noon with the Pop-Up Poetry Club; and the Art Club’s Drawing and Painting session on Fridays from 2-4pm.

The East London Wheelchair Dance Club with Folk in Motion continues Fridays 4 & 18 March at Durning Hall from 5.15-6.15pm. The Club is suitable for all wheelchair users including those who need to be pushed.

All Together! 2012 CIC activities are FREE and no booking is required for individuals and small groups (groups of 5+ please contact us as below first).

The Hub (including The Street Gallery & The gALLErY), 123 Star Lane, Canning Town, London E16 4PZ. Nearest DLR station: Star Lane (fully accessible). Nearest tube station: Canning Town (fully accessible). Bus routes include 69, 115, 5, 330, 300. Limited street parking. 

Durning Hall, Earlham Grove, London E7 9AB. 020 8536 3800. Nearest railway station: Forest Gate (not accessible). Nearest tube and DLR stations: Stratford (fully accessible). Bus routes include 58, 330, 86, 25. Limited street parking; Blue Badge holders can prebook carpark spaces.



The final programme has been revealed for the 2015 Together! Disability History Month Festival, which takes place in East London from 20 November – 16 December. This free festival showcases the work of local, national and international disabled artists and is funded by Arts Council England. The programme includes the annual Together! Open Exhibition and Disability Film Festival, as well as performances and workshops by poets, musicians, actors and dancers (see next page for full details).

In addition to the Open Exhibition and Film Festival, highlights include the final date of Penny Pepper’s Lost in Spaces national tour (21 November, Old Town Hall Stratford); Signdance Collective International’s Carthage by Caridad Svich, an Afro-Cuban dance theatre piece exploring the subject of slavery and human trafficking (26 November, Old Town Hall Stratford); a street art performance for International Day of Disabled People (3 December, central Stratford); Jo-anne Cox and Walton McClaren make guest appearances at the Together! Music Club (7 December, River Centre, Canning Town); and Sean Burn delivers a workshop followed by a performance at the end-of-festival party (16 December, The Hub, Canning Town).

This is the fourth annual Together! Festival, which began in 2012 in the main Host Borough of Newham to celebrate the Paralympics and Disability History Month. Together! 2012 CIC was founded in 2013 by the 2012 festival’s organizers, the UK Disabled People’s Council, to create a lasting and concrete Paralympic cultural Legacy in East London. Led by locally based disabled artists, Together! 2012 CIC now organizes a year-round free programme of targeted arts activities for disabled people and their companions, as well as free exhibitions, performances and events by disabled artists for everyone.

For more information contact Laura Horton on 07810541401 / or Artistic Director Ju Gosling on 07973 252751 /

This is a painting of a yellow knitted boat with a knitted sail on a blue sea, against a blue sky.

Knitting Time by Colin Hambrook

Thursday 22 October 2015 6.30-9pm: Not-So-Private View of KNITTING TIME by Colin Hambrook & EARTH MEDICINE-LIGHT WORKER by Bruchinaarts at The Hub (for venue details see below). The exhibition runs until 15 November 2015 and is open 7 days a week from 9am-9pm. Click here for more information. Free. All welcome. The Street Gallery & The gALLErY, The Hub, 123 Star Lane, Canning Town, London E16 4PZ. Nearest DLR station: Star Lane (fully accessible). Nearest tube station: Canning Town (fully accessible). Bus routes include 69, 115, 5, 330, 300. Limited street parking.

Good luck to East London Wheelchair Dance Club with Folk in Motion, who perform at the Dance Around the World Festival Sunday 25 October at 12.40pm at Cecil Sharp House. For more information about the festival click here.

New Online

Some of the work created by participants in our Summer Together! 2015 programme can now be accessed/downloaded online.

Poems and short stories from our Erotic Writing workshop with Penny Pepper can be read here:

Original compositions by Robin Surgeoner aka Angry Fish, Angus MD, Janice Weir Germia, MC Survivor and Dwain Bryan, recorded at University Square Stratford and released together as Summer in Stratford, can be downloaded FREE here:

Photograph of a canvas banner, with the name Together! 2012 written at the bottom in colourful graffiti, with spray painted symbols above of different art forms such as a palette and brushes, camera, book, needle and cotton, clapperboard, microphone etc

The banner created by participants in our Summer Together! graffiti art workshop with Graffiti Life.

Call for Entries: Together! 2015 Open Exhibition

The Together! annual Open Exhibition brings together work by amateur, community, semi-professional and professional disabled artists who identify as having a connection to Newham – for example living, working, studying, volunteering or having been brought up in the borough. We guarantee to exhibit one entry from each artist so long as it is suitable for a family friendly audience. The Open Exhibition launches at the Hub in E16 on 20 November and remains there until mid-January before touring. Contact us as below to enter.

Call for Entries: Together! 2015 Film Festival

The 2015 Together! Disability Film Festival takes place from 4-6 December 2015 in Stratford, London E15. The festival welcomes films of all lengths and genres by disabled filmmakers; we also welcome films by non-disabled filmmakers that have a disability theme or a central disabled character. Films can be in any language including BSL so long as English sub-titles are included, and can range from low-budget shorts to features.

The Together! Film Festival has been taking place in East London since 2012 and is the only UK film festival to include all types of Disability Film, including those by or featuring Deaf people, people with mobility and sensory impairments, people with long-term health conditions, people with learning difficulties and people with mental health difficulties. For last year’s programme, see

The festival, which takes place as a pop-up cinema with ‘relaxed’ screenings, continues to promote the selected films year-round. The online programme acts as a curated portal and introduction to Disability Film – in 2014, more than 75% of the films we screened were also partly or wholly available online, but would otherwise have required a great deal of research to find and view. (Some of our filmmakers choose to include a password within the programme so that only people viewing via the portal could access these.) The 2014 festival was also featured at the Birkbeck Institute of the Moving Image’s Cinema and Human Rights Day.

Submissions should be sent to and must include the following information: name of filmmaker, contact details, title of film, date of completion, country of origin, running time, any publicly available online link (for the programme) and a short synopsis. No fee is charged or paid. DVD screeners are preferred for viewing but are not essential; if available please submit a version with English sub-titles to increase accessibility for people who are hard of hearing.

Watch our new film here, celebrating three years of Together! 2012

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