London Met connects with local community

London Metropolitan University is opening its doors to the local community for a week of culture, education and community events.

Date: 17 October 2014

London Met Connect Week takes place on 20-24 October 2014 and will see free public exhibitions, performances, lectures and conversations take place, all aimed at building closer partnerships between students, researchers and the local and professional communities.

The week has been organised by The Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at London Met, together with the Rowan Arts, as a part of the Islington Exhibits festival taking place across the borough throughout October.

“There are lots of exciting things happening in the local area and Connect Week is all about joining them up,” explained Emma Greenough, Employability and Placements Officer at London Met.

“We want to open our doors to local people and build closer partnerships between students, graduates, researchers, and local organisations and communities.”

During Connect Week, several London Met students and alumni will perform at the University’s Holloway campus (Holloway Road, Islington), undertaking live performances, multimedia installations and interactive art.

Live art from tweets sent during London Met Connect Week

London Met graduate Nye Thompson, for example, will create a “Wall of Tweets”. The artist will be collecting tweets from local people about their life in the area and use them to create a constantly changing display that represents life on and around Holloway Road.

Her ‘Museum of the Shared Now’ project is a series of experiments in creating an enhanced sense of community in the Holloway Road area. The wall of curated tweets is already active online and a physical version of the printed images will be at Tower Building Mezzanine over the course of Connect Week from Monday 20 to Friday 24 October.

New venue launches at the Boiler House – At Boiling Point

Connect Week will also see the launch of a new creative venue for Holloway, The Boiler House. A pop-up festival, At Boiling Point, will run throughout the week incorporating theatre and multi-media installations and performances from exciting new professional theatre companies, fresh from Edinburgh success. 

Clamber over the rubble, lean over the bannisters and peer into the dark corners to see the exciting multi-media art work and theatrical performances which will be bubbling out of this hot new venue.

The venue is a disused boiler house, converted into a cultural space right in the heart of London Metropolitan University. The performances will be accompanied by an exhibition of work by multi-media artists, which will be projected onto the venue’s brick walls.

Visit the London Met Connect Week website for the full line-up.