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Knitting West Norwood together!

Can you knit? Would you like to teach someone to knit – or learn how?


Come to our ‘hands on art’ themed November Feast on Sunday 6 November and help us knit a quilt to raise money for a local organisation South London Refugee Association ; a wonderful charity working on the front line with refugees in our neighbourhood.


We need squares roughly the size of a CD case (12cm x 12cm) – these can be knitted at Feast or in your own time, and be as many and as varied as you like! We will stitch them all together when we have enough to make the quilt – and then raffle it. Drop off your squares at Feast or on the Feast desk at the Portico Gallery.


Any questions? Just email!

Arty Feast this Sunday 6 November!

This Sunday 6 November, it’s hands on art time at Feast! We’re going all creative and it’s your chance to get your hands mucky, gluey, covered in charcoal or tied up in wool…

All about Feast this Sunday you will hear the clickity click of knitting needles.
Because we are ‘knitting West Norwood together’ with a special quilt-making project to raise money for a wonderful local organisation South London Refugee Association. This organisation work on the front line here, helping refugees who arrive in our neighbourhood sometimes with literally nothing but what they can carry.

If you can, please sit down and knit a square at Feast – then buy a raffle ticket and when the quilt is complete, you could win it! All proceeds go towards helping the charity continue its valuable work.

Crafty stuff for all the family

Come to Family Wellbeing at the leisure centre and join the lovely South London Play Partners for some free making sessions for everyone.

  • Mosaic making 1.30-3.30pm

Try your hand at mosaics and make a coaster/square wall relief with local mosaic artist Kes Young from Heart in Art Workshops (with mosaic tiles kindly donated by James at Mosaic Workshop in West Norwood)

  • Puppet Making 12-4pm

Dan will also be there helping you make hand and rod puppets (yes, like the Muppets) which you can decorate with paint and textiles.

  • Ceramics 11-2pm

Or you could get mucky with clay? Artist Emma Fenelon will be making a ceramic map of West Norwood so go to the Portico Gallery and make your house, school, shop, favourite landmark out of clay…

  • Drink & Draw 12-2pm

Adults only this last one…enjoy a relaxed drawing session with a drink at Knowles. Local artist Melanie will give you a choice of quirky objects to draw and tips to improve your rusty observation skills. All art materials supplied. If you haven’t picked up a pencil since school, fear not..this is laid back social drawing. With alcohol. Hence the name ‘Drink & Draw’…

West Norwood Foto – FEAST Day Special

We’ve laid on some opportunities to get snappy this FEAST day and enter West Norwood Foto.
We’re inviting 40 new entries on FEAST day with lucky number 40 winning the WeNo bag of your choice!

You don’t have to be David Bailey to enter, just grab some shots capturing the spirit of West Norwood on your mobile and share! Check out the amazing photos that have already been entered here!

  • DJ Sundays at The Book and Record Bar 12 to 2pm

Join resident DJ’s as they broadcast live at the The Book and Record Bar. Capture the action on your camera and enter WN Foto. The six finest entries will be rewarded with a free beer voucher!

  • Photowalk at West Norwood Cemetery 11 to 12.30pm

Take in a tour of the cemetery with your camera and enter the photography competition.

If that’s all too much creativity for you, the Hollywood Star Beauty Bar, 481 Norwood Rd, is offering FREE Indian head massages from 10.30am-5pm on Feast day!

Let us entertain you

While your hands and eyes and brains are busy, we’ve got something delightful as ever for the ears. Here’s everything that’s on at this month’s Feast…

West Norwood Free Film Festival!

West Norwood is going to have it’s very own Free Film Festival (check out the website, there are currently eleven of them, mostly in SE London but spreading…) Our version is being run by the Feast Film Nights volunteers and is due to take place annually during the Feast ‘down time’ towards the end of March. Two of the team will be out and about this Feast day so if you’re keen to get involved or just hear more about it and suggest films, find them and let them know… We have already booked St Luke’s for a free film screening…any ideas for appropriate films to

See you at Feast!

West Norwood Revealed…

Have a look here to see what has already been entered!

FEAST is calling for your defining images of West Norwood; photos that capture the character of our area.

We are busy creating an online gallery where we will exhibit all entries. Everyone gets the chance to shine. It’s about taking part and sharing pictures of where we live. As a bonus, we have three professional judges from the field of photography, Anna Hindocha, Hermione Wiltshire and Pierre Alozie, who will select the winning photographs. Local businesses are kindly donating prizes, which will be announced via social media.


You can enter photographs of West Norwood under the following themes;

  • Community
  • Fantastic and Strange
  • Street scenes


Each judge will be responsible for a theme. They will select the winning photograph and the runner up and will add a few lines saying what they liked about the photograph.


We are delighted to have the involvement of the following photographers;

  • Anna Hindocha, photographer
  • Hermione Wiltshire, senior photography lecturer and fellow at the Royal College of Art
  • Pierre Alozie, photojournalist

Judges Biographies

Anna Hindocha has been a photographer for twenty years, mainly specialising in photographing people. In 2014, her company Warm Glow Photo became the first photography company to win a Brand Amplifier Award, as a result of its unique approach to family portrait photography. Anna has exhibited work at Photofusion, the ICA, the Viewfinder Gallery, The Portico Gallery, the APT and The Foundry. She has also been shortlisted for the National Tattoo Photography Awards and is a member of London Independent Photography. She received a BA in Photographic and Digital Arts from the University of Westminster and was awarded a distinction in MA Photography from the University of the Creative Arts at Rochester.

She proudly lives and works in West Norwood.


Anna will be judging the Community theme.

Hermione Wiltshire was born in London and studied Sculpture at Central school of art at BA level followed by an MA at Chelsea School of Art and Design. She was the Momart Fellow at the Tate Gallery Liverpool resulting in an exhibition at the Tate gallery Liverpool called ‘Elective Affinities’ as well as a scholar at the British School of Rome and the recipient of many awards including G.L.A., Arts Council and a major award from The Arts Foundation. Her work is in many major national and international collections including the Arts Council, the Walker Arts collection, the MAK and Weltkunst Collection.

Her practice is Photographic, sculptural, architectural and performance based. Subjects addressed in her work are gender politics of representation, radical feminist theory, Modernism, public space, the status of the photographic image, psychoanalysis, dance, performance and music. Her current research interests are the maternal function and creative practice in relation to Modernism, Expanded Photography and the Physical Image. She has taught at numerous art schools nationally and internationally including Istanbul, Turkey and Italy and is currently a senior lecturer at the RCA, school of Fine Art, photography programme, where she is also a fellow.


Hermione will be judging the Fantastic and Strange theme.

Pierre Alozie is an autonomous Franco/Nigerian photojournalist based in London who explores social, political and cultural issues with stills, video and multimedia. He has been a photographer since 1986, was self taught whilst living in Paris, his first work being in theatres photographing the productions and doing portraits of the actors. His interest in photojournalism came with moving to Berlin, Germany in 1988. Here he covered political and social events in the city and published his first photos in Berlin newspapers like the Tageszeitung and Zitty. With the fall of the Berlin Wall, he was well placed to take advantage of the city’s geographical location.

He was in Prague for the Velvet Revolution, in Romania, Bulgaria, and Kosovo in 1989, and covered the fall of Communism. He subsequently returned to these areas to work and eventually covered the Balkan civil war in 1992, especially the siege of Sarajevo. These photographs were published and exhibited in Germany and the USA. His career as a photographer has embraced many areas, including fashion photography, portraiture, press and fine art photography. He has exhibited his work in galleries in Germany, US and UK. He is part of the photographers’ collective F8 and FFR (Frontline Freelance Register) and speaks French and English as a native speaker as well as good German and Italian.

CalAid volunteers sort through a massive collection of donated cloths, shoes, toiletries and other goods, for the refugees and migrants in Calais

Pierre will be judging the Street Scenes theme.

Deadline for entries

Midnight, 14 November 2016

So get snapping!


All photographs entered into the competition will be exhibited to an online public gallery. Entries will be uploaded on a rolling basis.

FEAST will also project a selection of entries at the Portico Gallery in December.

The FEAST website will display the winning photographs with judges comments. Winning photographs may possibly be printed and displayed locally next year.

Submission Rules

  • You may enter up to three photographs (this can be all in one theme)
  • Open to all ages
  • Entries need to be submitted by the deadline of 14 November 2016
  • By submitting an entry you agree to the competition terms!

How to Submit Your Photos

Please send your entries in by email to

  • Please send files as a JPEG.
  • Size no bigger than 1.5MB.

In the message box, please provide your name, contact details, age if under 18 and the theme/s you are entering under. (These details will not be passed to third parties).

Remember to keep your large original file if you have one, because we may print winning photos at a later date!

Competition Terms – the small print!

Judges’ decision is final!

Winners will be notified by Wednesday 23 November via email. If there is no response from the winner within 3 days, another winner will be chosen.

By submitting your entry, you agree that FEAST may replicate and share your entry and name through its website, email newsletters and social media in relation to the competition.  FEAST reserve the right to print a selection of photographs at a later stage.

You are the sole copyright owner and creator of the images submitted.

FEAST reserves the right to disqualify any inappropriate images.

Photographs should not infringe copyright or personal privacy. As a guide; for street scenes it is fine to take general shots of people, including children. However, you should not use a telephoto lens to take photographs of people in places they expect to be private, like their gardens. For non street shots, permissions should be sought where appropriate (that might include asking the owner of a public venue as well as the subject of the photograph).


Any queries, please email;