Before we kick things off, we wanted to give special thanks to everyone who has engaged with us over the last 6 months, be that to watch, perform, or socialise – your support is helping us platform those whose ideas haven’t been seen yet! We are a proud Queer/female-led arts organisation, and we hope you’ve had a wonderful PRIDE!
Welcome to July’s edition of our newsletter, we have so many exciting things to share with you!!
We are in full swing of our ‘Dolly Diamonds Rather Large Variety Night’ residency, and what a TREAT it has been! If you don’t know, get to know! Keep an eye on our socials, there might also be another secret show date….
(Don’t worry if you’ve missed July’s showings…we’ll also be taking the show to the Edinburgh Fringe in August!)
Other month highlights include another wonderful Launch of ArtViaArt’s exhibition, our gallery residents until September. Join us on 26th July for the launch of the new works! If that’s not your thing, don’t fret! We have live music, open decks and even some regular comedy into the building!
Check out our website to see what else we have in store for you, and as always, if you or someone you know needs a venue and support to bring an idea to life, you know where to find us!
Bad Gays is a podcast about evil and complicated queers in history. From Alexander the Great to J. Edgar Hoover, our history is littered with them. Unlike the easy heroes, however — people like Oscar Wilde, Audre Lorde or Alan Turing — we rarely remember them as queer, or as gay. And yet their sexuality was just as important an influence on their life as those whom we celebrate. Over the course of our podcast, we profile queer people from the past whose lives have been overlooked by queer people on the search for historical icons.
Based on Real Life Experiences and spoken directly to the audience through two intertwining monologues, a Man and Woman, honestly discuss their past in relation to broken consent, sexual assault, the effect of growing up with the past ever-present and how society treats them.
Content Notice: Examples given and discussions of violation, sexual assault and lack of consent throughout.
Irina obsessively takes explicit photographs of the average-looking men she persuades to model for her, scouted from the streets of Newcastle.
Placed on sabbatical from her dead-end bar job, she is offered an exhibition at a fashionable London gallery, promising to revive her career in the art world and offering an escape from her rut of drugs, alcohol, and extreme cinema. The news triggers a self-destructive tailspin, centred around Irina’s relationship with her obsessive best friend, and a shy young man from her local supermarket who has attracted her attention…
Boy Parts is the incendiary debut novel from Eliza Clark, a pitch-black comedy both shocking and hilarious, fearlessly exploring the taboo regions of sexuality and gender roles in the twenty-first century.
For years, Alice Phoebe Lou has been an older sister to her listeners. Her music considers relationships, sense of self and time with an entrancing rawness that is difficult to define. More so than ever before, Alice’s fifth album, ‘Shelter’, emphasises the reassurance inherent in her songwriting. Between more upbeat singles that mark moments of rebellion and openness, lilting lullaby-esque tracks provide comfort in the passing of time.
Custom House Bookshop is based in the heart of the community here in east London. Come visit us if you can at 3 Freemasons Road, E16 3AR. Our opening times are Tuesday to Friday 10.00 – 17.00, Saturday 11.00 – 14.00. We are less than 2 minutes from Custom House D.L.R. station. We provide books, events and activities that reflect the uniqueness of our area. Situated next to the Royal Docks which has welcomed people since the Roman times, Custom House can proudly boast to have someone from almost every country living here. If you’re looking for the best in African fiction, a classic Russian novel, the latest bestseller, study books or children’s poetry, our friendly team are here to help. We also stock a wide range of greeting cards, gift wrap, stationary, games and quality gifts.
FRIENDS of SCL CVN
This new section of the newsletter is dedicated to our friends and creative community to share up and coming things outside of SCL CVN.
Cold Islanders – 11th August.
Join creative collective Cold Islanders for “Black Adoption: a call to the community”, a panel talk featuring Black adopters, adoptees, foster carers and social workers discussing the process of adoption and why we need more Black adopters.
GRLS+ CLUB is an events series aimed to promote underrepresented genders and independent, grassroot venues/causes. Marketed towards, but not exclusive to, womxn, NB’s and GNC people, GRLS+ Club was founded to create a fun, DIY club scene without the pressures of music industry norms, such as male-dominated greenrooms, dancefloors, crew and artists.