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Pop-Up Cinema & Grotto Bar

In December 2018, we launched a three week Pop up Cinema programme 'Films from the Bookshelves' where we sifted through the library catalogues for cinematic inspiration; poetry, classic literature, short stories, comics and graphic novels all got the big screen treatment. Guests were also able to have a drink and snack in the magical Grotto Bar decorated with decks donated by James Glancy Design.

 

Open House

During the first phase of works, we opened the doors of the Old Library for the Open House weekend. Tours were provided by Robin Lee Architects, London Borough of Bexley and The Exchange.

 
 
 

The Exchange Project

With support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Architectural Heritage Fund, and in partnership with London Borough of Bexley, we continue with our plans to repair and renew the old library, re-establishing it at the heart of the community.

 
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Windrush & Bexley's story of migration

In partnership with Bexley's African Caribbean Community Association (BACCA), The Revd. Ann Norman (Community Deacon for Erith) and London Borough of Bexley, this exhibition will explore Bexley's story of migration and encourage you to tell yours.

 

Erith Think Tank

The Erith Think Tank is a place where the community can come together to discuss issues of local importance and, significantly, what we can do about these issues by working together.  The Think Tank’s home will be the renewed Conversation Room - a space for discussion, understanding and debate.

 

Erith Christmas Tree Festival

We had a lot of fun working with Erith Christ Church to deliver activities for the annual Erith Christmas Tree Festival in 2018. We held a Street Food Fair, delivered some Christmas Crafting activities and decorated a large tree with donations from James Glancy Design.

 

The Pier Commission

In September 2017, we launched the inaugural Pier Commission - an arts project based on Erith Pier. Members of the Erith community supported artist Julia Snowdin to create a series of storytelling sails that told stories of the river past and present, which were hung around the pier for three weeks as part of the Totally Thames Festival. This project was sponsored by Orbit and Wates Residential.

 

Erith Lighthouse

Erith Lighthouse was a project funded by Bexley Council and developed by design practices DK-CM and The Decorators. Over the summer this pop-up events space was located in two Erith sites - the Riverside Gardens and at the entrance to Erith Pier. The Exchange ran daytime programming for local families, adults and schools. London South East College students supported The Exchange by promoting the event and developing artwork, images and films.

 

Erith Fun Day

The Exchange's first local event! The Exchange took a stall at Erith's Fun Day to ask local residents what they would like to see at the Old Carnegie Library, and to help us to design our brand - colour was the defining characteristic!