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Jamaica Hidden Histories Exhibition

posted by the hanging out team - Thursday, February 26, 2015



6 MARCH – 17 MAY 2015






Admission Free


Full Spectrum Productions presents the Jamaica Hidden Histories exhibition at gallery@oxo, Oxo Tower Wharf, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

This is the culmination of a two-year project to uncover and showcase cultural and historical links between Britain and Jamaica. Departing from Oliver Cromwell’s taking of the island in 1655, and navigating its way through 1962 independence and into the present day, the display charts Jamaican influence on British culture and its economy.

A programme of events runs adjacent to the exhibition, and includes a diverse selection of artist talks, screenings and traditional crafts workshops.



Sun 15 March / 2pm / Free*

As part of the annual Mother's Day celebration, join us in discussion on the important role of Jamaican mothers from the 1950’s to present day in Britain.


Sat 21 March / 2pm / Free*

You are encouraged to bring in your own Jamaican artefacts including: postcards, letters, photographs, textiles and business archives. Items will be reviewed by experts and may be selected to feature in future exhibitions.  


Thur 19 March / 11am / Free*

Year 9+

A guided tour and a talk by Haverstock School students about how they created the pirates and buccaneers hand painted skirts on display.


Sun 29 March / 2pm / Free*

In a continuation of exhibition theme 'Business Language and Marketing', hear the story of Jamaica's first own luxury chocolate brand made with 100% of Jamaica's finest cocoa beans.

Hear the Director herself, Marvia Borrell, about how she created her unique brand.  Black River Chocolate will be available for purchase at the gallery from the 29th March.



Fri 10 April / 2-3pm / Free* /Age 10+

Explore the exhibition with a guided tour from one of the Jamaica Hidden History team.



Sun 12  April / 2-3.30pm / Age 11+

£5.00 towards the cost of materials

Create your own kites and greeting cards inspired by themes from the exhibition.


Tue 28 April / 2pm / Free*

A talk by Jamaican-born designer, Lorna Holder.  Lorna created designs for major chain stores such as Littlewoods, Etam, Berkertex and Lady at Lord John.

She designed the Justine, young fashion, range for the Littlewoods catalogue and created one of the first celebrity fashion endorsements in a main stream catalogue for the Olympian swimmer Sharon Davies. She was Head of Young Fashion at Davies & Field from 1979-1986, in Shoreditch.


Thu  30 April / 11am / Free*

Urban photographer and archivist, Charlie Phillips, will discuss his archive of Jamaican photography.  A selection of his photography will be on display at the exhibition.


Thur 30 April / 2pm / Free*

Neil Kenlock, photographer and media professional, speaks about Root Magazine – a modern publication targeted at the black British community, which he co-founded in 1979. 



Tues 5 May / 2pm / Free*

An opportunity to discover the stories behind selected prints from the rarely seen photographic archive of Sir H.H. Johnston (1858-1927).  The talk will be led by Dr, David Lambert, reader on Caribbean History, Warwick University. Johnston captured everyday life in Jamaica at the turn of the 20th century; his scenes of people in rural settings depict a vivid and accurate record of a lifestyle that has changed radically over the past 100 years.

Prints of his iconic black & white images will be on sale in partnership with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).



Sat 16 May / 2 - 5pm / Free*

What’s next for people of Jamaican heritage in the UK?




F U T U R E   E V E N T S

In continuation of the project, there will be an exhibition entitled ‘Independence, Identity & Belonging’ at the Drum in Birmingham, June-July 2015 and ‘Sugar Was King’, Sept-Nov 2015 at the New Art Exchange, Nottingham

Jamaica Hidden Histories: Evening Showcase at Rich Mix

posted by the hanging out team - Monday, April 14, 2014

Full Spectrum Productions would like to give you a quick update on our successful Business Leaders  Presentation at the RICH MIX.
The event featured Jamaican Business Leaders talking about their personal journeys in creating their unique brand with a Q&A afterwards, chaired by Lorna Holder, Managing Director for Full Spectrum Production and Producer of the Jamaica Hidden Histories project. Presentations were made by:

  • Levi Roots- Chef, Entrepreneur, Dragon Slayer and the brains and personality behind the hugely popular Reggae Reggae Sauce.
  • Marvia Borrell - CEO of Black River Chocolate.
  • George Ruddock -  Editor and Managing Director of GV Media Group Ltd.

The insightful presentations were in preparation for the volunteers work for the 10 day Jamaican Business Language and Marketing Workshops  and the exciting final evening showcase. The Evening Showcase will feature Jamaican dialect based spoken word performances, promotional videos and imagery by young volunteers. Freddie Notes will make a special guest performance, taking us through a 70 year musical journey!

FREE Evening Showcase
17th April 2014
From 7.30pm
Rich Mix
35-47 Bethnal Green Road
London E1 6LA

This is a FREE live event
Places are limited, reserve as soon as possible: 020 7613 7498

We hope to see you all at Evening Showcase! Don't forget to keep an eye on our website (www.jamaicahiddenhistories.com) and our Facebook site (www.facebook.com/JamaicaHiddenHistories), Twitter (www.twitter.com/JHHistories) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/jamaicahiddenhistories#) for news and updates on what we've been getting up to.

The Jamaica Hidden Histories Team

Tony Benn

posted by the hanging out team - Sunday, March 16, 2014

“The strength of feeling by young people against injustice and war is as strong today with new forms of communication as it was in the 1960's and 70's”  
Tony Benn

Tony Benn with Lorna Holder and Kurt Barling

The Hanging Out Project is saddened to here about the passing of Ex-Labour MP Tony Benn. We are honoured to have worked with him at our Anti-War Discussion Forum held at the Imperial War Museums. You can see a selection of the dialogue below taken from the Hanging Out book written by Lorna Holder.

On Sunday 15th May 2011 around 150 people of different ages, races and backgrounds came together at the Imperial War Museums in South London to discuss protests in terms of anti-war protests, and the more recent protests against government proposed cuts. The event opened with a shortened version of the documentary “March to Aldermaston” (1958) followed by a panel discussion, and questions from the audience. 

Kurt Barling:
"Tony, maybe I can bring you in here, because you've been on many organised protests, organised marches and back in the early 60’s you were involved with the anti-apartheid movement and stood on many a platform, dealing with racism and injustice.  When you personally saw those alternative ways of protesting, i.e. whether it be in Notting Hill in the late 50's or in the 60's again, or Brixton or Broadwater Farm, or Bradford more recently, how do you view those particular forms of protest?  Do you think that actually there have been too many different ways of presenting your message if the political process isn’t working for you?"

Tony Benn:
"I don’t like the word protest, because protest implies that you’re saying, I’ve lost the battle and I don’t like it, which is what you’d expect if you lost the battle.   I think we should formulate our policy in terms of making demands. If you make demands you make them everywhere and you make them in a way that relates to the needs of the people you are talking to and you listen carefully to them because popular experience is enormously important and you go on demanding it until you win. 
Now exactly why the Suffragettes won, I wouldn’t want to enter in to an argument about that, but I think that it was a majority opinion expressing itself against a minority power structure, just as ‘The Levellers’ [political movement during the English Civil Wars] won the right for men to vote or the ‘Tolpuddle Martyrs’ who won the right for people to support trade unions. I think history is made of what people demand, and how they go about it, and if you go on making demands, I think you’re likely to win.   
The purpose of campaigns is to persuade people and if you’re so assertive to frighten people, it may be counter-productive. I think CND won respect because year after year we went on arguing the same case."

From Struggling With Mandela to National Union of Journalists’ President: Meet Lionel Morrison OBE

posted by the hanging out team - Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Lionel Morrison with Hanging Out graduate journalist Orrel Lawrence. Photography courtesy of Elam Forrester.

Aged just 21, Lionel Morrison would find himself on trial alongside Nelson Mandela and 155 others who dared to oppose Apartheid. Notwithstanding this, he would go on to become the first black president of the UK’s National Union of Journalists (NUJ). Quite simply, Morrison challenges inequality wherever he finds it.

Born and raised in the full grip of Apartheid South Africa, Morrison bitterly recalls his first police raid after speaking at a university political meeting. He was aged just 19 years of age, and increasingly gathering a healthy interest in political activism. But with drastic consequences for anyone who dared to challenge the Apartheid regime of the time, what would drive a relatively young man to risk what little liberty he did have as a black person?

“Easily, for me what I hate is inequality,” Morrison answers my question in short. “In South Africa, I couldn’t even go into the post office and I always questioned why I couldn’t go to the other side. It was unfair, and only because of my bloody colour.” Morrison speaks emotionally, as if the unjust was as recent as yesterday.

As we relax and settle into our interview, right on cue Morrison quizzes me. “If we are sitting here, and the house next door starts to burn with children inside, do we sit and wait on firefighters? No! We rush over and get the kids out!!” he emphatically answers his own question, before providing a context for his radical outlook. 

“As a black person in South Africa we had to observe partitions in public places. You had to have an ID pass that would tell you where you could be. Only black people must have had that pass.”

“We couldn’t go to the same churches, and we even had to be buried in separate cemeteries. We attended separate schools with black teachers, but the principle was always white. That was South Africa,” Morrison recalls. 

“In different ways we must become our own revolutionaries. When things are wrong, you’ve got to do something about it,” Morrison insists, before we pursue with the interview in which such words come to epitomise his life.

By 20 years old, having gained a reputation as a political activist, as well as a journalist on a local black weekly, Morrison was arrested again; this time for putting up political slogans with an anti-Apartheid activist group ‘The Picasso Gang’. Morrison spent the next five months in Johannesburg’s prison, The Fort.

“You could easily get sodomised in there. It was an interesting question of how to exist,” Morrison ponders. “You live in a cell of 92 people in a 15 x 45 foot space, like sardines. There was one toilet. Young people were brought in by the warden. In the night you’d hear screams of a young boy being raped, and nobody says anything.”

Lionel Morrison with Nelson Mandela on his 90th birthday in South Africa.

Just months after his release from the notorious Fort, during the night of 6 December 1956, police raided his house, and yet again arrested Morrison. He was then put on trial with 155 others, including Nelson Mandela, and Walter Sissulu, for allegedly plotting to overthrow the state.

Now aged just 21, Morrison found himself the youngest person in South Africa’s history to face a charge of High Treason, a charge that if found guilty was punishable by death. Whilst admitting that this was quite a prospect to consider, he maintains he was appeased by the question “Would you like to offer yourself for what you believe in? Once you say yes, you are no longer scared.”

After a fortunate acquittal, Morrison continued work as a reporter for the Golden City Post, South Africa’s first black weekly newspaper, before founding the South African National Union of Journalists, with the help of the UK’s National Union of Journalists (NUJ). Some years later, Morrison would be dogged with yet another arrest, this time on suspicion of possessing banned materials. In 1959, after numerous detentions Morrison managed to flee South Africa for the UK. Arriving, he would successfully set up the Afro-Asian Journalists Association (AAJA). The AAJA would take Morrison around Europe, Asia and Africa before he returned to the UK in 1969.

Morrison  admits that whilst he may have escaped Apartheid back home, in the UK ethnic minorities were still up against a racial struggle, which he too would experience first-hand.

“I wrote to nearly one hundred editors in newspapers and magazines for a job”. Of those who did write back, some of them asked to see Morrison, purely intrigued and humoured by the prospect of a black journalist in Fleet Street – but not to actually offer  him work.

Lionel Morrison. Photography courtesy of Elam Forrester.

Discontent would eventually cease when encountering Bob Edwards, a Fleet Street editor with a history of major editorials under his name. Edwards finally deployed  Morrison to fertile ground, and soon Morrison gained by-lines with popular mainstream titles, such as The Evening Standard and The Telegraph. Morrison recalls that at this point with him establishing himself in Britain, his struggle against racial inequality was just as important as the struggle back in South Africa.

“My fight here was an extension of my fight in South Africa, since I couldn’t be there. Once here, I thought it’s important to fight inequalities here. Let me join the unions and fight for better things here. If I neutralised attitudes here, attitudes towards South Africa would also be neutralised, and it would help Britain not to support the Apartheid government.”

During the 1970s, Morrison remained an active member of the NUJ in the UK. But soon, he  would realise that seventies Britain had its own limits in the way of racial tolerance, when in 1977 he took the very bold step of putting himself forward for the NUJ presidency.

“I had put in a bid in 1977,” he says, before candidly explaining that despite being overwhelmingly the popular political choice; due to his colour he would lose the election to “bloody racism.” But in 1987, Morrison would indeed eventually make history, successfully re-running to become the NUJ’s first black president. In what was almost an effort to expiate his own loss a decade beforehand, he would spend much of his presidency addressing inequality in the media, as well as the NUJ itself.

“I was able to put forward the issues of race, gender and equality in the Union and in the industry. We went on to set up a committee and a Black Members Council which opened up many doors,” Morrison proudly recalls. And more proudly still, he would play an instrumental part in establishing the George Viner Memorial Trust, an NUJ trust, to financially aid aspiring black journalism students.

Morrison remains optimistic with the issue of race and the UK media, noting progress, as he does with wider British society. “Okay, today racism may well be more subtle, but we have laws against racism which shows progress. We have further to go but we have more power now to complete our journey.”

But what of Morrison’s hopes for his native country, particularly in the aftermath of Mandela’s passing? Morrison maintains, “South Africa is a good place, but it will take much longer to heal.”

Morrison reflects fondly on his friendship with the late former president. “My great opportunity in life was to be around Nelson Mandela, and to be able to understand him. He was a great negotiator. His ideas were always straight, and good. He was able to prevent a bloodbath, and get to a situation with peace.”

“Nelson was able to open up the reconciliation process, but unfortunately he was in power for just three years because in his last two he was giving too much power to Mbeki. From Mbeki, things just started going downhill. All of Nelson’s successors failed to connect in the same way. He should have had two terms.”

As he flashes back to days that are thankfully now long behind him, Morrison recalls his fight for basic human rights and democracy. “To be happy in a society, you must be a part of it. Democracy is not a question of the majority imposing on the minority. All we wanted was to ensure that there would be a democratic country, where we could all live together, as equal people.”

Unsurprisingly then, five decades on, Race, Equality and the Media form a key part of Morrison’s modern day struggle. Morrison still actively participates in the NUJ and resides as chair of the Board of Trustees on the George Viner Memorial Trust. He continues to encourage young people, particularly those from ethnic minorities to apply to the Trust, as well as to actively seek involvement in the wider Union. 

“Journalism must be one of diversity. We must be able to look at different views as this is what society is all about.” The NUJ’s George Viner Trust, which Morrison played an active part in setting up in the late 1980s, has helped over 150 students gain necessary journalism training, helping to redress the imbalance of ethnic minority journalists in the UK.

His struggle spans decades, as well as continents. Now in his late seventies, Lionel Morrison reflects on an at-times chilling past, and celebrates the positive changes both here and in South Africa that he is visibly jubilant to have championed.

Orrel Lawrence  is  a graduate journalist  with the  Hanging Out  project

Jamaica Hidden Histories: Cultural Re-Awakening Conference Day

posted by the hanging out team - Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Full Spectrum Productions' 'Jamaica Hidden Histories' two year programme of events kicks off with a special Cultural Re-Awakening Conference at the London Metropolitan Archives on Saturday 26th October 2013 from 9.30 am – 5.30 pm. The day will provide a snapshot of the historical and continuing links between Jamaica and Britain through a series of diverse workshops, talks, discussions, story telling and oral history interviews.  Participants' Jamaican memorabilia will also receive an Antique Roadshow style review.   Entry to the event is £10, which will include a full day of activities, refreshments and lunch.

This special programme of events has been specifically designed to promote interactive discussions and audience participation.  This is the public's chance to voice their opinions and have their say on  Jamaica’s distinctive cultural identity and links with Britain.  Activities include:

  • Black Business Media Talk & Discussion: Led by George Ruddock, Managing Director of GV Media Group, publishers of The Voice and Weekly Gleaner.  Learn about and discuss the role that the black media plays in portraying the news and the responsibility it has to its readers.
  • Ask the Archivist: Guests are encouraged to bring in their own Jamaican artefacts including: postcards, letters, photographs, textiles and business archives. Items will be reviewed by experts and may be selected for future project exhibitions.
  • Oral History Interviews: An opportunity for elders to talk about their own 'Hidden Histories' and share their personal experiences as part of a video archive.
  • Rastafarianism Talk & Workshop: Exploring the biblical references and influences of early reggae music and artists such as Bob Marley and Peter Tosh.
  • Business Archives Council Talk:  Many Caribbean businesses failed to keep archives.  Learn about the importance of business archiving and the role it plays in preserving social and cultural history.
  • Story Telling: An interactive performance for secondary school aged children based on the adventures and tribulations of the pirates and buccaneers enlisted by Cromwell to protect Jamaica from Spanish invasion.
  • ‘Identity & Belonging’ Discussion: Personal reflections by young people from all communities, providing an insight into their sense of belonging and their thoughts on their role in society.

 The event will be chaired by Dolores Cooper OD, Community Initiatives Consultant.

Date: Saturday 26 October 2013

Venue:  London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, London EC1R 0HB

Time: 9.30am – 5.30pm

Tickets: £10 for adults (includes lunch and refreshments), free entry for accompanied young people aged 11-17.

Booking is essential. To reserve places visit https://jamaicahiddenhistories.eventbrite.co.uk

For full conference details, including directions, visit www.Jamaicahiddenhistories.com

Or check out our Facebook: www.facebook.com/JamaicaHiddenHistories

Mark Wilsmore Interview

posted by the hanging out team - Sunday, July 14, 2013


Extract from interview with Mark Wilsmore, Managing Director, Ace Café.  Interviewed by students from Haverstock School, Camden

Interviewer: What identifies you as a Rocker?


Rockers, I guess, are identified by the music (Rock ‘n’ Roll), motorbikes and black leather jackets. Those three things I discovered in my teens. I had seen them in my childhood. Motorbikes were around, and I had heard jukeboxes at fair grounds and amusement arcades. I loved Rock ‘n’ Roll and didn’t really know where to find it in the 70’s when I grew up, but I was determined to have a motorbike and a black leather jacket.

The youngsters of today, they have got huge challenges ahead of them, but nonetheless, their emotions are the same as emotions through time memorial. It’s just that they will have different technology to play with, and they will have different clothes to ‘play’ with. They will get music as you do today, and they’ll get music in a totally different way. Now you can download it, get it on your phone, all sorts of different ways, whereas in our time you could only get it on a record, vinyl.  Now it’s with us everywhere. So I think it’s a big ask of us oldies of the youngsters.

They are going to have so much more technology available to them and so many more choices of fields of interest which, needless to say, most oldies like me are quite jealous of.

Interviewer: Do you agree with the way things are run today, including politics, social life and media?


The short answer to that is NO! But I am not really going to be able to influence much. It’s going to be your generation that brings about changes.

Society is going through upheavals at the moment and I suspect we will go through more upheavals in years to come as more and more of my age group reach their senior years and increasingly become an expense.  A huge expense looking after us, but hey, that’s going to be a problem you guys have to sort out!

Interviewer: Tell us about rock musicians of the time

I have come to understand now how artists like Billy Fury, as an example- was hugely popular with girls. Good-looking lad, good voice, good moves on stage. He wasn’t necessarily that popular with guys who I would suggest to some extent would be jealous of this iconic figure that was so attractive to females. Jean Vincent of the other hand haunting voice, and the power behind his voice. He rode motorbikes; he got a bad leg as a consequence of motorbikes. He dressed the part wearing black leather of the stage. So he was really expressing or he was seen to express the desires and wishes of guys like me. So  Jean Vincent every time.

Four Corners - an interview with Gail Anderson

posted by the hanging out team - Friday, May 31, 2013

I love NY. The first time I visited the city was in the early 1980s when I was aged around 16 years old. My father’s side of the family occasionally held large family reunions either in the US or the Caribbean and so we went over to New York on our way to attend a reunion in New Jersey.

We stayed with family in Brooklyn, and I was fascinated with everything about it and the fact that it all felt so familiar. Here I was walking around the real life film set of my dreams with the soundtracks of TV shows like Starsky & Hutch and films like Car Wash reverberating around my mindFrom a design perspective, I couldn’t help but be consumed by the mega-brand bombardment that screams out at you on all corners. From the bright neon signs and huge billboard advertisements to the plethora of product packaging, confectionery and magazine covers that adorn the news-stands. It is with reference to the latter, and magazine design in particular, that I bring to your attention now.

Rolling Stone magazine was, and continues to be one of the most highly regarded and influential publications of its time. Working during the years stewarded by the prolific and distinctive art director, Fred Woodward, was an African American woman who has blazed her own trail as a designer, art director, author and educator. Her work is honored and celebrated in publications and awards annuals all over the world. And if it hasn’t been done already, her name should be lit up in neon on the side of a skyscraper like the signs that adorn her hometown, New York.

It is my pleasure to introduce you to Gail Anderson.

Source: Darren Cox

Gail Anderson design, writer and educator.

To read more : www.designweek.co.uk

Video Games and Violence

posted by the hanging out team - Monday, May 06, 2013

I must admit, I’m excited. After logging on to my favourite video game website I was greeted by three brand new trailers, teasing the arrival of the newest addition to one of my favourite game franchises: Grand Theft Auto. If you’re familiar with the series, then you know what to expect. Guns, robbery, murder, prostitution, swearing, and general wheeler dealer misdemeanours will all be featured. I’m also fairly certain I know what’s coming; a renewed ‘cause for concern’ as the press, parents and the socially conscious air their fears over the levels of violence that, if the trailers are anything to go by, is sure to reach some heights.

Grand Theft Auto V Box Art

Violent video games have had a long history with the press. If you read newspapers then you’re sure to have seen the ‘a study has found…’ article either condemning or excusing violent videogames of their effects, or even blaming them outright as the cause for a tragedy. Numerous school shootings and murders have been followed by a decrying of certain games which famously include the aforementioned GTA, Call of Duty, Doom, Counter Strike and Mortal Kombat; just to name a few.
It also seems there is a bigger concern for the effects of violence in videogames than there is in the cinema and on television. Indeed, violence on the cinema screen is much more prevalent than it once was, but there is still an emphasis on video games being more hazardous than those other mediums. This may be because video games, by definition, have an interactivity not present in cinema or television – in first person shooters such as Call of Duty, with enough suspension of disbelief (and the protagonist is generally silent), you are holding that gun. But whether this can be directly related as a cause to real life tragedies could be considered a stretch.
I’ve always considered video games to be a medium still in its infancy. Like the cinema of the early 20th century, its concerns are with escape and fantasy, providing both images of beauty and the grotesque. And cinema seemingly had magical powers to make things disappear or teleport across the screen, frightening audiences who had never encountered the like before, video games hold a similar power, absorbing its player into another world, one in which almost anything is possible.
I believe the medium is growing; their stories becoming more important, and their in-game worlds more fascinating. This is what I find so exciting about GTA, why I’m so looking forward to the fifth game in the series, and why I play other games which also happen to be violent. Without its engrossing fictional world and story, I wouldn’t be looking forward to it – and I’m certain neither would anyone else.

By Nicholas Beer.

Four Corners

posted by the hanging out team - Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Michael Thompson, AKA Freestylee. Jamaican graphic designer and founder of the International Reggae Poster Contest and displaying some of his own work. His website is at www.freestylee.net.

Dancehallstylee, by Michael Thompson

Dancehallstylee, by Michael Thompson

Click here for details.

Take a chance, take a course!

posted by the hanging out team - Tuesday, February 12, 2013

At this time of year when your New Year’s resolution has failed and your enthusiasm for your grand new start has fizzled out; it’s easy to sink back on laurels and think ‘Whatever’. Becoming too preoccupied with the ‘I can’t’ or the ‘if only’ that we lose sight of what could potentially make us happy in life. All those things you wanted to try before you die, all those hidden interests we have niggling at the back of our minds become nothing but a pang of regret or wistfulness.

Actors- Colin Firth 

Not to be cliché, but life is short and opportunities aren’t always as patient as we wish they were. The thing we overlook too often is that opportunities are something that can be created. You don’t have to sit and wait for fate to hand them to you. Taking a short course is creating that opportunity. Whether you’re a student, a graduate, employed or unemployed; a short course could give your life the boost is needs to get it on the road. For example, Nancy graduated with a 2.1 BA in Fashion in Journalism from the University of Narnia. She loved her course but she always wanted a clearer understanding of what went into creating a collection or garment. So, what can she do?

Musicians- M.I.A

Well for a start she should do her research. What is it that she really wants to try- textiles, fashion drawing, pattern cutting? Central Saint Martins would be a good place to start. They boast a vast array of courses from Animation from Beginner to Advanced; Script Writing; Photography; Acting; Ballet; and Fashion Design or Marketing. Some courses are available over a short weekend or a few days while others are weekly for five and sometimes ten weeks. The courses allow for those in full time work seeking a creative change in career as well as those in part time employment or otherwise. Central Saint Martin’s offers an elite level of teaching and enrichment that is renowned and respected globally. Their student body is made of a large range of nationalities, as students travel from worldwide to study there. Some of their more famous alumni include,

Musicians- Jarvis Cocker (Pulp) 

A short course at Central Saint Martins is great for leading into a creative career path. If you’re looking for a course outside of those creative areas or if your interest is a little more casual; look on your local government website and look for adult learning. There are opportunities to learn new languages; decorate cakes; dance; and gain a qualification in bookkeeping. All of the courses are reasonably priced and local with concessions available to those who qualify. There’s no real reason you shouldn’t pursue what you are interested in. There are classes available in most London Boroughs and you don’t have to be a resident of a particular borough to take classes there. You can live in Tower Hamlets and take Zumba in Greenwich. It’s also always worth looking into local papers to see exercise classes or recreational activities available. Check your local university or college to check what course they have available. There are often lectures or courses that are open to the public.

Fashion Designers- Jeff Banks.

Whether your interest is in pursuing a new hobby, starting exercise or if you want find your new calling in life; a short course could be the key. It will benefit you socially, mentally stimulate you and improve your overall wellbeing.

Natasha Dujon 

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