This week, the iconic shopping cart that everyone knows and loves will return to its spot in Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre for more skill sharing and a whole lot of fun! We’ve followed The People’s Bureau throughout the year so couldn’t wait to find out what this month’s programme had in store.
For those yet to hear about The People’s Bureau, which is sponsored by Delancey, it’s an initiative that brings the community together through the sharing of skills and hobbies. Based from a decorative shopping cart, which is set up appropriately according to which activities are available, members of the community are invited to get together and learn something new! Previous sessions have included everything from screen printing to tarot card reading, and with the next skill sharing taking place this Friday (9th October), we were eager to find out what will be on offer this time around.
Kicking off from 11am, guests can get stuck into an engraving session with artist Morven Mulgrew, who has previously led successful workshops in leather purse and belt making. Using special engraving techniques, guests can learn how to add beautiful decorations and messages to brassware and spoons, so it’s recommended you bring any spare silver or brassware along with you so you can get creative!
Following this, Carolina from LAWRS (the Latin American Women’s Rights Services) will offer a language exchange session. This will give guests the chance to brush up on their Spanish and English and test out their new language skills amongst friends.
If all this activity works up an appetite, Siriol from the Rockingham Women will return to The People’s Bureau for a session in bread fermentation. After the success of her Welsh cakes demonstration at the last skill sharing, Siriol will teach attendees how to make bread, including how to knead and use ingredients that affect the flavour and texture.
From 2pm, the Rockingham Women will continue their previous embroidery session to extend the bunting they began months ago, while sharing their advanced techniques in needlework.
Finishing the day off, green-fingered guests can get involved in planting pelargoniums (geraniums) from cuttings, ready to be installed as part of an exhibition project at visual arts space, 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning. From there it will travel back to Elephant & Castle’s London College of Communication, where it will be on display as part of Green week!
Fancy getting involved and learning some fantastic new skills? You’ll find The People’s Bureau on the first floor of the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre from 11am this Friday!