Merry Christmas from everyone at IAF!
2018 has been AWESOME!
We close the doors for our Christmas break today but can't wait to get back in 2019!
Islington Arts Factory will be closed from 23rd December 2015 - 2nd January 2015.
We reopen on 3rd January
We hope you have a fantastic festive period and we look forward to seeing you in the
MakeArt, our annual children's exhibition, is definitely one of our favourite times of year. We get all our tutors and students together in one place and have a glass of kid friendly punch or parent friendly mulled wine, a mince pie or 2 and celebrate all their creativity and hard work and the Mayor of Islington comes, just look at those robes!
Check out some pics from the night.
Dave Poyser, Mayor of Islington, opening the event
What a talented lot of artists! We can't wait to see what the new term brings in January!
Last Friday we had an Art Sale here at IAF where we sold a collection of art works that have been very generously donated to us over the years by various supporters, as well as some new works from our resident artists. There were so many brilliant art works on sale and we also had a raffle with amazing prizes like a throwing lesson for two worth £110! The event itself was loads of fun, with mulled wine flowing and nibbles aplenty. We have now sold most of the art works and raised an fantastic £4500!!! Check out some pics from the event below.
We are so so grateful to everyone who came and bought and art work or a raffle ticket, and all the fab artists who donated work, Islington Arts Factory could not do it without you!
One of the questions we get asked all the time around here is 'What is Contemporary Dance ?' With lot's of different modern dance forms around, especially in the street and urban genres it can all be a bit confusing and not that easy to explain!
Contemporary dance has its origins in ballet and developed to give choreographers and performers a greater sense of freedom for the interpretation of emotion. Contemporary technique combines many aspects of ballet, such as strong and controlled legwork, but also emphasises the use of the back and incorporates floorwork and has greater versatility, freedom and fluid movements for jumping and turning.
At IAF we place the same emphasis on teaching contemporary as ballet, one form supports the other, and enables children to progress more quickly through the levels, while giving them wonderful creative and imaginative performance opportunities.
It definitely feels like the end of the summer doesn’t it? Don’t despair though because autumn is a great time for new starts and offers loads of exciting exhibitions that are worth heading in doors for!
Not only is our exhibition programme going to be loads of fun, kicking off with a solo exhibition by the super talent that is Jamie Shaw and finishing the year with MakeArt our children’s annual showcase, but there’s an abundance of exhibitions in London at the moment to immerse yourself in. So get away from the miserable cold days and head to a gallery! Here’s a few that we are definitely going to check out.
Yayoi Kusama: The Moving Moment When I Went To The Universe Victoria Miro
Playful Kusama returns to Islington based Victoria Miro, it should be fun but may be hard to get a ticket!
Good Grief, Charlie Brown! Somerset House
Who doesn't love Snoopy? This exhibition looks great for all, young and old.
Dream On V & A Museum of Childhood
Explore your imagination in this free exhibitions for families.
And then of course our very own MakeArt!
There is no better way to explore London than through it's galleries so get wrapped up and go get inspired!
Montage is Islington Arts Factory's annual dance showcase and it is one of our events that everyone looks forward to the most. Everyone pulls together, every member of staff gets involved and we get to show off the super talented dancers, young and old who come to class at IAF.
This year we were up at Jackson's Lane, our Haringey neighbours, who we love. Here are some pics from this year's event.
Francis Angol our Director of Dance running the tech
One of the great things about about Montage is getting to see see our children grow up and progress. The Picture on the left is Rebecca (left) in 2009 as a cheetah and the one on the right is her from this year, on pointe! We are so proud of her.
And here are this years cheeky little ones as monkeys and chickens - too cute!
We were so pleased to have Maria's Ballroom group (left) join us for the first time and Saji's samba ladies (right) are always such a crowd pleaser, just look at those feathers!
Another fantastic year - well done everyone!
Every Tuesday and Friday our dance studio, hallways, changing room, cafe and, well, just about everywhere, fill up with a sea of pink leotards. Girls love ballet and our children's classes are full of wonderful, joyful dancers. This is great but we believe that ballet is brilliant for everyone whatever age or gender and here are just 5 reasons why...
Although ballet can seem more rigid than other forms of dance, with set rules, positions and structure it is actually an immensely creative art form. It is also constantly changing and choreographers like Matthew Bourne are at the forefront of keeping ballet fresh and relevant. Hana our children’s ballet teacher uses ballet to explore everything from myths to the seasons to geometry with our Children’s Ballet Company!
One of our Children's ballet performances at Montage
Bonus! You'll learn a bit of French so you know your Pirouette (turn) from your Plie (bend)
Islington Arts Factory is lucky enough to call itself home to a whole load of artists and creatives all working with different mediums, from photography to clay and contemporary dance to taxidermy. That's right! Taxidermy! Tonja Grung from Made From the Dead moved into her studio years ago and we are so glad she did, she's the best! We popped up to her studio to have a chat...
What do you do at IAF?
I am a professional Taxidermist and have my studio / workshop here. This is also where I run classes, both private and for groups and where I create my pieces of artwork
What’s your favourite thing about IAF?
That it is run like a family and is so welcoming. It offers such a broad scale of activities for all people of all ages and abilities.
How long have you been coming to IAF
Too long to remember!
Tell us what IAF means to you
A great deal. It’s where I run my business from. When I walk in it’s like walking into my own home and I always look forward to it.
Who is your favourite artist?
Darwin, Sinke, and Van Tongeren of Fine Taxidermy, their work is beautiful.
What’s a North London gem you think everyone should know about?
Highgate Woods as I like going for walks in the relaxing tranquillity of nature
What do you do when you’re not here?
When I’m not a full time Mum I enjoy lino printing, restoring furniture, sewing and bird watching to mention a few.
A sneak peek at Tonja's studio
How cool is Tonja?! If you want to meet her yourself come along to one of her classes they are great fun!
Sometimes it's difficult to get us to stop dancing because it is just so much fun! But as well as being a joyful form of artistic expression dancing has loads of health benefits that will help you through any winter blues...
Improved condition of your heart and lungs
Increased muscular strength and endurance
Increased aerobic fitness
Improved muscle tone
Stronger bones and reduced risk of osteoporosis
Better coordination, agility and motor fitness
Improved balance and spatial awareness
Increased physical confiidence
Improved mental functioning
Improved general and psychological wellbeing
Greater self confidence and self esteem
Better social skills
Isn't that awesome! and it is never too late to start, come along to a class or just shake your stuff in your bedroom, we promise it will make you feel great!
The new year is often a time when we make resolutions and try to improve ourselves, but we don't believe in New Year New You, you are perfect as you are! We say why not just try something you've always wanted to give a go like one of our fun beginners courses!
BEGINNERS PAINTING COURSE
£84/course Materials included
Tutor: Monica Chrys
A 6-week Adult Painting Course on Saturday aimed at beginners, intermediates and anyone who would love to improve their painting (acrylic) and colour mixing skills. The classes are relaxed but informative - teaching students the building blocks of good painting and colour mixing. Students are encouraged to develop their own personal projects during the course. Acrylic paints, paper, brushes, mixing palettes, pencils and charcoals are provided at the class.
BEGINNERS POTTERY COURSES
Saturdays 12 - 3pm
£150/person for 4 week course - all materials and firing included
Tutor: Kayley Holderness
Four three-hour afternoon workshops designed to give a good understanding of basic hand building and decorating techniques. Create functional pieces from start to finish: make with a range of different clays, experiment with exciting textures and colourful surface decoration, and glaze the fired pieces.
Email Kayley to reserve a space
Thursdays 7 - 8pm
18th Jan - 15th Feb
Tutor: Catherine Minns
A gentle introduction to a highly technical dance form, designed for the complete beginner or those wanting to go back to basics. This course will explain the structure of the classical ballet class as you learn the ballet positions; basic barre; centre exercises and jumps and turns. Over five weeks you will improve your balance and develop your flexibility, muscle tone, strength, posture and coordination.
YOGA BASICS COURSE
Monday 7.30 - 8.30pm
8th Jan - 12th Feb
book @ Mindful Movements
Build a strong foundation to begin, or improve your practice of Yoga. This 6 week course will focus on creating correct alignment, core stability and awareness. A steady and informative class, with time to work on individual poses this course aims to give you the confidence and knowledge to reap the benefits and enjoy Yoga.
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