Rabbits Road Institute – Library Launch

  • Manor Park Library, image Newham Archives.

Library Launch

October 22, 2016 12:30pm-6pm, Free

The new Library at Rabbits Road Institute is a collection of books nominated by collaborators, friends and participants. An ongoing resource, it will be available to visitors and users of the space.
Join us for an afternoon of free activities and celebrations. All activities are free, please book through eventbrite.co.uk or email info@rabbitsroadinstitute.org.

The Safe House: The Decline of Ideas
12.30 pm
Screening of a new documentary, directed by Greta Bellamacina and Davina Catt, plus Q&A with Greta Bellamacina.

Poet and filmmaker Greta Bellamacina has teamed up with Davina Catt to document the history of British public libraries and their current decline. From their Scottish beginnings in the 18th century right up to present day, Catt and Bellamacina chart the history of UK libraries alongside interviews with the likes of Stephen Fry, Irvine Welsh, Amma Asante and John Cooper Clarke, who plead for libraries to be saved from relentless cuts.

Spirit of ‘64 in 2016: Public Libraries and Emancipatory Spaces
Talk with Alice Corble, Jo Norcup and The Alternative School of Economics.

Alice Corble is a library professional and PhD Candidate researching the changing forms of libraries under contemporary conditions of rapid economic, technological and cultural change in England, at Goldsmiths University. Alice trained as a ‘Radical Librarian’ with the Feminist Library, is a founding member of the Radical Librarians Collective, and has worked in public and academic libraries for seven years. She also researched the post-colonial library landscapes of India during an AHRC international fellowship in 2011-12 and visited numerous libraries in Delhi, Kolkata and Kerala for this research.

Dr Jo Norcup is an historical and cultural geographer and honorary research fellow in the Department of Geography, University of Glasgow where her research variously alights on vernacular and dissenting cultures and geographies of education. Her current research concerns the cultural and historical geographies of public libraries. Jo is director of Geography Workshop an independent production company whose radio work includes the ‘Er Outdoors radio series for Resonance FM  which charts women’s creative, intellectual and scientific cultural contributions to historical and contemporary landscapes. For further details please email joanne.norcup@glasgow.ac.uk.

The Alternative School of Economics is a collaboration between artists Ruth Beale and Amy Feneck, who have been commissioned by Create London to develop a series of projects in Manor Park, Newham, over the last 18 months including Rabbits Road Institute. Their work aims to explore economics creatively, using it as a framework for investigating political, social and cultural issues.

Markus Vater
2.00–4.30 pm
Artist Markus Vater will be creating a series of new drawings to record the event.

Markus Vater has exhibited as an artist since 1995, both nationally and internationally, in a wide range of institutions. As a founding member of hobbypopMuseum, an art collective that included painters, musicians, architects, photographers and sculptors, he was involved in finding and devising new, open and experimental forms of showing, making and performing art. His own practice involves painting, drawing, writing, video, animation and performance.

Drinks Reception with Readings from the Library
4.30–6.00 pm
Short readings from selected nominated books. Readers include – Hydar Dewachi, Reuben Henry, Katherine Gardner and Craig Ryan.

Refreshments by Company Drinks – companydrinks.info