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Frankie The Artist

May 18 2017   |   By: beefy   |   0   |   Posted in Art, Uncategorized

FullSizeRender20170329_122126 20170329_122148 Hey how you all doing?  Frankie Most of you know Frankie he has been a resident on the estate for over 30 years and since i’ve known him he has been doing his brilliant artwork, His paintings are displayed in alot of homes. I remember my mum having a few of his paintings and her friends coming round and asking who is the artist or where did she get them from. All of his paintings you can see the love and attention to detail he has in them, We will be having a launch of the new centre soon and Frankie’s paintings will be on display, Also he will be selling his work and already there has been alot of interest and enquiries about his art. So don’t forget to keep your eyes and ears open for more details about Frankie and his paintings, You can even pop into the community centre if you would like to see a few of them.

Outsiders in London – Are you one, too?

Feb 22 2015   |   By: admin   |   0   |   Posted in Art, Community, Homepage Article, Information, Uncategorized

Press Release: 22nd February 2015 By Milan Svanderlik A free, seven-week exhibition, featuring the powerful portraits and deeply moving life stories of 41 extraordinary Londoners. This is Milan Svanderlik’s second major non-commercial exhibition at St Martin’s, in the very heart of London. Mon 23 March 2015 - Sat 9th May 2015 The Gallery in the Crypt, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ (scroll to the bottom of the page for a location map)

Gary Barnes and Dennis Rose

UPDATE: Check out the following link where Dennis (no longer such a menace!) is the main feature in a 5 minute London Live culture programme, LondonGo. Dennis on the London Live programme Dennis Rose and Gary Areef Barnes are two of the 40 people who took part in the project: they have both felt like outsiders and in many ways they continue to do so. Yet they are insiders too and very much a part of the Stockwell Park Estate community in Brixton. Both their life stories are captivating, moving and inspirational because they offer hope to a younger generation; indeed, they are an inspiration to all of us. The term ‘outsiders’ often has negative connotations: these are the people who are regarded as ‘them’ incontrast to ‘us’, the arrivals from distant provinces or foreign lands, those not quite belonging, those not exactly fitting in, those not conforming. Of course, there is another side to this coin: there are those who stand out deliberately, who choose to go against the grain, the ones who challenge established social, cultural or religious norms, who question the policies and orthodoxies broadly accepted by those who are of the mainstream, those ‘on the inside’. Outsiders in London aims to illustrate how many of us will experience the feeling of being an outsider at some stage in our lives; how some of us are labelled as, or feel ourselves to be, outsiders from the very outset but manage to turn this into an advantage, or just make the best of it; how some of us are crushed by the burden of being ‘on the outside’, while others grapple with it, grow stronger and, in overcoming adversity, quite often make exceptional contributions to society. This Exhibition reveals something of the lives of 41 such individuals, who perceive (or have perceived) themselves as ‘outsiders’ in one way or another, and to celebrate both that they have survived and what they have achieved. It is also to be hoped that every one of us will recognise in these images, and life stories, some facet of ourselves or of someone close to us. Milan’s latest exhibition has a strong link to its predecessor, 100 Faces of London, held at The Gallery in the Crypt in 2012, as it too emphasises the extraordinary diversity of London’s population, but this time with a more explicit socio-political slant. All the portraits and the associated life stories (in full) of the 40+ individuals are already online and can be viewed at:
The Gallery in the Crypt St Martin-in-the-Fields Trafalgar Square London WC2N 4JJ

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Coming Up Soon!… Milan Svanderlik

Jun 09 2014   |   By: admin   |   0   |   Posted in Art, Community

Image 1 Milan fell into the Community Trust trap by meeting with members of the Trust. A motley collection of “OUTSIDERS”, we all agreed to take part in Milan’s new project, 'Outsiders in London, Are you one, too?' The project has its own website ( and you are welcome to have a look at the images and read the associated stories - perhaps you’ll recognise someone you know?! A six-week exhibition at The Gallery in the Crypt, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, will open on 30 March 2015 (Admission free). This is Milan’s second exhibition of photographic portraits, following the successful 100 Faces of London, also shown at St Martin’s, in 2012, just before the Olympics. As soon as everything is up to date and completed…we will invite you all to come along…until  then take a little peek at the website and see just what has been going on.  

Fierce Productions

May 21 2014   |   By: admin   |   0   |   Posted in Art, Community, Uncategorized

Fierce Productions is an amazing organisation that walked through our doors many years ago.

The support and enthusiasm of Rebecca Johnson, the director, was a breath of fresh air. Rebecca understood the Centre and the work that was done at the time. Whilst making her own film “TOP GIRL”, Rebecca also filmed a “fly on the wall” documentary about the Centre and the people who used it. Called “Home Turf” the documentary is a piece of social history. Both young and old talk about the changes on the estate, what they think of the Centre and explain why they use the place. There have clearly been changes. Changes come through evolution and, in order to be embedded, changes need time to settle. We are currently in transition… waiting for our newly refurbished building. In the meantime we have worked with Fierce Productions on a number of other projects - the bigger plan in being involved with these projects is to create a record of “a moment in time”...

The film “Swagger Like Us” a stunning film about fashion and lifestyle on the fast vanishing “endz”.
“Electric” is a short film, filmed mainly in Wayland House - all about the disconnection that can arise when you leave a place and return, only to see things differently.
Top Girl

Top Girl is all about rebellious youngsters in Brixton, living a double life and almost believing it themselves! The confusion felt by the young people is shown as they struggle for acceptance with both their peers and their family. It is the usual generation gap, full of life, music and the musings of the young it is a quick “hit” of nostalgia for that moment in time when the sun shines and young people take their first faltering steps into growing up. Both joy and despair… leading to realisation in just a sharp intake of breath. Top Girl won awards for: Best Screenplay, Best Actress and Best Cinematography at the BFI Black Filmmakers Festival.

Honeytrap (trailer to the forthcoming release)

A new film titled “Honeytrap” was filmed in and around the Centre in 2013. Sadly the script was developed using a tragedy that had already impacted on the young people in the area. Gangs were a part of growing up. Now less of a concern to those of us living here, the impact of the grudges and unresolved issues between young people leads to murder. Local kids got involved both in front and behind the cameras. They mixed with those whose career paths already included “Youngers” (currently on TV) and learned just how hard it is to create a film that needs continuity, different lighting, scripts to be learned, people to be reliable and how to go the extra half mile!

Honeytrap is due for release towards the end of the year - click here to learn more about it. One of the production assistants was Gary, Gary can be seen in Home Turf keeping discipline in army uniform… he now works full-time in the “movie” business… we’re just “keeping them moving in the right direction”. In the Centre we have many budding film makers. Our Big Local video and our Christmas Party video was put together by an outfit called Jack Joint, the videos made by Devon are lovingly worked on for months in our very own Computer Suite. Talent can be found everywhere, sometimes it can hide away under a stone, sometimes it can strut its stuff on the stage.

Emil and the Detectives! By Erich Kastner

Apr 15 2014   |   By: admin   |   0   |   Posted in Art, Community, Homepage Article, Uncategorized

Who spotted Million Binyam from Stockwell Park strutting her stuff on stage in Emil and the Detectives? Carl Miller’s adaption of the story of Emil being robbed by Mr Snow is clear about the stigma attached to poverty, and being poor. Set in 1920’s Germany against a background of rigid authoritarianism and conformity, the play explores the relationship of child to adult authority, the perceived dangers of the Big City and the relationship between parent and child. Pretty sure that Million could have brought her own views to the story! Kids from here…doing well… soon up for the Oscars… Stockwell Park nurtures champions! emil and the detectives
Just in case you are wondering who Million Binyam is - we were the first to recognise her star qualities! She has featured on our main logo for the past 4 years (alongside her brother, who we're sure is also a star in the making!!)

Antiqu’e: One in a Million

Apr 10 2014   |   By: admin   |   0   |   Posted in Art, Community, Music

Antique is a young lady well known to many members of the Trust (they went to school with her). Antique has run workshops for Build It, the Job Centre and many others. A Positive Person, Antique can sing… can she sing! Her latest video (released on 30th January 2014) was shot in our meeting room and is covered below. Antique is gearing herself up to tackle the issues around Bereavement in one of our “Tackling the difficult subjects” sessions. Despite the title we are hoping for positive outcomes from the workshops… we will be reminding you when and where. We start with a discussion about drug use in partnership with the NHS in June and hope to run a session once a month talking about those things you may not feel confident speaking about. All nationalities, all ages and all cultures are invited to come along to bring their views on those difficult subjects.


Check out the BEHIND THE SCENES footage of "One in a Million" filmed in our very own centre!

Here's the full release of Antique's video: "One in a Million"

if it's antiqu'e it's inspirational

SW9GGER Photo Shoot: Looking Back… (find all your pics here)

Mar 28 2014   |   By: admin   |   0   |   Posted in Art, Community, Community Centre, Homepage Article


SW9GGA Like Us is a result of egos and enthusiasm. Faced with the cameras our young people get into the groove with opinions, style and a lot of laughs! As a result of popular demand you can finally check out all the photos from the shoot! You are able to see the photos and even download them individually. Due to the massive number of photos, we have split the shoot in to one summary album and a set of eight albums containing all of the photos taken during the shoot. Instructions follow...

flickr stream preview

In order to view the photos on flickr, begin by clicking on the photo montage above: 1) This will take you to the "SW9GGA Photos - Summa Dem!" album, which is the summary album of the photos 2) If you see a photo you like and want to see more of the same type: hover the mouse over the photo you like 3) A name such as 'SW9GGA 02345' will appear: take note of it 4) Click on 'View all albums', which is next to the current album's profile pic 5) Select the corresponding album to the photo name you noted in step 3. In this example (SW9GGA 02345) belongs to album '(5/8) SW9GGA 02001 - 02500' 6) Now, just scroll through the album's photos and you should find another copy of the photo you were interested, but now its surrounded by others taken around the same time! Tip: Print out these instructions as a guide, if you are still having trouble
If you want a copy of one of the photos on flickr: 1) click on the photo for a full preview 2) click the three dots on the right of the screen 3) click on "Download / All sizes", then choose "Original" for the best quality and finally hit the "Download" button 3 dots 4) The photo has now downloaded on the computer and should either be in the 'Downloads' or 'Pictures' folder or maybe even the Desktop (depending on your internet browser)
Don't forget to check out!

The Film
SW9GGER photo shoot slideshow  The Slideshow

Lil Sullivan – FRAMED! Benefit Bash

Jun 14 2013   |   By: admin   |   0   |   Posted in Art, Community, Information

FRAMED! Benefit Bash When:  Sunday, June 16th Where: The Grosvenor 17 Sidney Road SW9 0TP Time: 7:30 - 10:30 PM Ticket Price: Love donation We'll have a hat to pass around after the performances as well as a donation box at the door


Lil Sullivan, local artist of SW9 is the beneficiary of FRAMED! Seven years ago she suffered a stroke that had her in a coma for six months. Upon waking up, she discovered the left side of her body partially paralysed and limited use of her hand. 

Today, Lil is back and making her art once again! As well as being a full time mother, she is very active in her community as well as a co-founder of the London Stroke Action Council (LSAC).  Lil is an inspiration to all. The stroke may have slowed her down a bit, but it did not stop her. Her upcoming exhibition benefiting LSAC has her creating like crazy, and all this new work needs to be framed

FRAMED!, a benefit bash is a going to be an evening of art, music & Comedy Hosted by theDoryLama (finalist Funny’s Funny Female Comedian of the Year 2011, Funny Women Semi Finalist 2009) All this entertain to you and help Lil raise the money to frame her artwork. All proceeds will be used for the art pieces that will be shown in her solo exhibition in July, 2013 benefiting the London Stoke Action Council.

Join us on Sunday, June 16th for an evening of FRAMED! For those of you in Ireland who unable to make it, worry not! We will record the event and put it online with a PayPal account so you may enjoy the performances and make donations.

Performances by

Lil Sullivan

Catherine Brogan

Enda Muldoon

The Underdogs

'Coeur Vagabond'


The No Frills Band

-- Out of the Blue: The Art of The Stroke
Gold on the Streets: 2013 Calendar

Once Upon a Summer… (in 2011!)

Aug 01 2011   |   By: admin   |   0   |   Posted in Art, Black Film Archive, Community

Over the Summer holidays local residents of all ages, races and a passion for doing 'something' got together with friends from Vital Link to paint, draw and write poetry together.  An amazing two piece band rapped and drummed; Farid put together an amazing meal in next to no time. The Black Film Archive showed a collection of films called Big City Stories - all about the integration of the Afro Caribbean community into Britain.

It’s amazing what can happen when a group of people sit down together to share time, space and food!

Many, many thanks to Farid, Salome, Mary, Esther, June, Toshi and friends!!!

There is more to life than 'Microsoft Office' at the Community Centre!