Turf Projects

The opening of Croydon Community Clothes Exchange, Saturday 11th August

Posted on August 17th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 3 comments

A new pre-loved boutique has launched in Croydon town centre

We’re not all Carrie Bradshaw-style fashion junkies. I have women friends whose tours of duty at the shops – the front line of the self-image wars – leave them exhausted and depressed. One is now a total refusenik. “I never buy clothes”, she says.

I, on the other hand, have plenty of Ms Bradshaw going … Read More »

Turf Projects to run new summer art courses in Croydon town centre

Posted on July 14th, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

Turf Projects is running a number of new art courses over the summer, for painters and multimedia creatives. All levels are catered for!

Release begins:

Painting Toe-Dipper: an introduction to painting with Charlie Reed
Painting newbie, or just want to learn new techniques? Dip your toes into painting at our taster sessions with painter Charlie Reed! Discover how to use inks, watercolour, acrylic and oil paints … Read More »

Tempting Failure festival becomes a Croydon exclusive

Posted on June 25th, by Robert Hesp in Culture. No Comments

This exciting festival, crammed with challenging, experimental works, is now taking place only in Croydon

Croydon is set to become a hub for daring and radical performance and noise art this July, as the seventh incarnation of the festival Tempting Failure (TF18) descends on the borough – now in its new biennial format.

Bringing a fortnight-long programme of international and UK-based artists between 9th and 22nd … Read More »

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 »