Artistic Regeneration in Tooting
After a really fantastic Mind How You Go Walking event last night (write-up coming shortly), which encouraged us to draw breath, take time, notice and listen to the sounds around and within, and of course in the wake of the epic Trashcatcher’s Carnival of 2010, TTT’s attention is drawn to further seeds of creative renewal in Tooting. Once packed with cinemas, but recently lacking any creative public space, Tooting has two exciting new artistic ventures taking flight this week.
Tooting Market Project to be found at Unit 32 in the market for the next 3 months launches on Friday 14th at 4.30 p.m. Local artists are joining forces with Tooting Market to regenerate some of the empty space into a thriving art gallery and studio between January & March 2011, creating an innovative “Heritage Wall” with the immediate community of stall holders and market users and facilitating the wider community in arts and heritage workshops. More on facebook here
Tooting Arts Club, meanwhile, launches on Saturday 15th with a party at Tooting Bec’s revamped Wheatsheaf (promising a bill including both Sadiq Khan and Arthur Smith – a new double act?) and states its aim to “produce plays both old and new, in various venues in Tooting” which sounds great! A debut play “Invasion” will run at the Selkirk from 1st to 19th February.
What next? Not the return of Tooting cinema, surely? DT