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Croydon Arts Store: Croydon’s culture is in safe hands

Posted on November 3rd, by Tom Milsom in Culture. No Comments

‘Meanwhile use’ is proving a vital driver in keeping Croydon’s cultural scene alive

There are many players in the melodrama of Croydon’s struggle to come into its own as a vital cultural hub. But bigger than Boxpark, or Matthews Yard, or Fairfield Halls, perhaps even bigger than the spectre of gentrification that looms over it all, is the fate of the Whitgift Centre.

Since 2013, the … Read More »

Event review: Peaks & Troughs at TURF Projects

Posted on October 25th, by Fergus Coltsmann in Culture. No Comments

Neon, glass and recycled metal prove a timely comment on our city – and on gender stereotypes

On first glance, Peaks & Troughs seems like a series of abstract and bizarre sculptures. However, look a little closer, and human figures and shapes start to jump out. Black mould becomes a cross section of a brain, white glass a set of teeth, red and brown lumps behind metal … Read More »

Wandle Fortnight: a visit to the Wandle Industrial Museum

Posted on October 11th, by Andrew Dickinson in Culture. No Comments

A great place to learn all about the history and heritage of the River Wandle

Wandle Fortnight ran from 9th to 23rd September. Wandle Park was heavily involved in activities to celebrate the river’s past and present. There was river cleaning, pond dipping, watercolour painting with Turf Projects, and Wandle Park-inspired haiku poetry with George from the Friends group. Then, perhaps most interestingly, we went on a midweek … Read More »

Turf Projects is drawing an alternative map of Croydon

Posted on March 21st, by Oscar Gaynor in Culture. No Comments

The weird, the wonderful, the overlooked – what parts of Croydon would you put on an alternative map?

Croydon can be a strange place. Turf Projects and Fungus Press are looking for your suggestions of curious, overlooked and outright surreal locations for an alternative map of our borough.

Over the past two years, should you have taken a stroll through Wandle or Park … Read More »

Event review: Croydon Community Choir’s Midwinter Music

Posted on December 16th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. No Comments

How we held a pagan midwinter-fest in Matthews Yard

It’s no coincidence that Croydon started seriously getting its act together around 2013. That was the year we held our first Heritage Festival. I found myself thinking about this as I joined a small group of community singers in Matthews Yard at 7:00pm on Monday 5th December, and making some interesting connections.

I believe that the regenerative … Read More »

Develop Croydon ostracises the very community that makes Croydon worth developing

Posted on November 21st, by Devin Stephenson in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Local businessman Devin Stephenson isn’t impressed with what Develop Croydon represents

Every November, hundreds of speculative property developers and investors descend on Croydon for the Develop Croydon conference.

Many delegates are looking to buy properties and land, and use them to build luxury apartments that local people can’t afford. With tickets to the event costing £395, it’s clear that the Croydon general … Read More »

News in brief February 2016

Posted on March 7th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

The big Croydon news stories from February 2016, summarised for your convenience

Controversy surrounded the Tiger Tiger nightclub closure

The closure of Croydon’s well-known Tiger Tiger nightclub was met with regret and nostalgia, as reported in the London Evening Standard but was welcomed by others. Quoted in the Croydon Advertiser, Zack Rodney, owner of the Granaries, described the closure as “the best thing that ever … Read More »

So what if Fairfield Halls closes for two years – I’m glad

Posted on January 7th, by Jonny Rose in Culture. 22 comments

Jonny Rose refuses to eulogise the potentially departed Fairfield Halls

News that the Fairfield Halls is due to be closed for two years of renovation has seen many in Croydon enter into paroxysms of grief reserved usually for dead relatives and relegated football teams.

My own response is less “Oh no”, and more “So what?”.

Rather than being a death knell … Read More »

Event review: the Picasso Bestiary exhibition at the TURF Gallery

Posted on December 16th, by Tom Winter in Culture. No Comments

Tom Winter has a beastly time in Keeley Road

TURF Projects‘ latest exhibition entitled ‘A Bestiary’ is a reflection on a little known inaugural exhibition held at the Croydon Clocktower gallery some twenty years ago. This was entitled ‘Cock and Bull Stories: A Picasso Bestiary’ and was a wonderful collection of some eighty works by Picasso involving animals or monsters, available for all of south London to … Read More »

How Croydon’s grass roots art scene bloomed

Posted on October 30th, by Sean Creighton in Culture. No Comments

Grass roots artistic revivals, like that in Croydon’s new arts quarter, are part of a proud tradition, says Sean Creighton

The Damien Hirst artworks on show in Croydon have been brought to us by Kevin Zuchowski-Morrison of the RISE gallery in St George’s Walk. He has shown that those involved in art can bring high priced items to those without the money to pay to … Read More »