February half term fun! There is an extensive programme of activities running in Haringey for children and young people during the half term break.


Exhibitions at Bruce Castle Museum

The Art of the Gestetner

  • Extended to 24 February 2019

The art group Alt Går Bra present a new exhibition exploring the political and social history of the world-famous Gestetner duplicating machine, made in Tottenham.

Featuring over 100 artefacts from Haringey Archive and Bruce Castle Museum, alongside those uncovered from Gestetner users from around Haringey and beyond, the exhibition explores the Gestetner machine as a device that revolutionised the office. It also reveals how the machines were put to alternative use, enabling a wave of political activists, artists and writers to produce printed publications quickly, affordably and with relative ease.

Location: Compton Gallery.

Kindly supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England, Haringey Council and the Norwegian Embassy in London.

About the artists: Alt Går Bra (external link) is an art and research group exploring the intersections between art and politics through exhibitions and publications.

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Inspiring Women of Haringey: A Suffragette in the Family

  • From 6 October 2018 to end March 2019

2018 is the centenary year of the Representation of the People Act. This allowed some women – those owning property and over the age of 30 – the right to vote for the first time. At the general election on 14 December 1918, 8.5 million women and 5.6 million men were enfranchised. It took another 10 years until the age qualification was abolished, putting men and women on a more equal footing.

The women’s suffrage movement reached every part of the country and cut across all classes. Some of the stories about individual suffragettes and their struggle for the vote are well known to us. Other stories lay untold, forgotten or hidden.

This fascinating exhibition presents the wonderful stories and research about local women who campaigned for the vote more than 100 years ago. These stories, artefacts and photographs have been kindly shared with Collective Exchange and Bruce Castle Museum & Haringey Archive by relatives proud of these pioneering women in their families. The exhibition tells us more about the lives of these women - such as the Spongs of Muswell Hill - who made their voices heard in their fierce struggle to get the right to vote.

Location: Old Kitchen.

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Black Georgian Londoners: Portraits, People and Perceptions

  • From 14 October 2018 to end April 2019

Discover more about Georgian Black Londoners in this new exhibition which reveals recent research about James Townsend, the Lord of the Manor at Bruce Castle during the 18th century and his black heritage and connections, alongside a collection of rare and unusual portraits of Black Georgians.

Kindly supported by the Fellowship of St John.

Location: East Wing Gallery.

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Vanguard of Then & Now: Part 1 - an exhibition and call-out to artists

  • 27 February to 31 March 2019

Haringey Vanguard BAME LGBTQ+ projectOn display, a selection of archival creative works - both social and political - from the Haringey LGBTQ+ and BAME LGBTQ+ community (1970s - 1990s), drawn from the collections of Haringey Archive and Bruce Castle Museum, and the London Metropolitan Archives. Inspired by these collections, the Heritage Lottery Funded project Haringey Vanguard invites artists from the BAME LGBTQ+ communities to submit a creative response to these images on display for a future exhibition at Bruce Castle Museum in October 2019.

Applicants can be working in any artistic discipline, including zines, painting, prints, video or poetry. Up to 4 ideas will be commissioned, and the selected artwork exhibited as part of the Vanguard of Then & Now: Part 2 exhibition, celebrating LGBTQ+ Black History month.

Exhibited archival works will be part of a special event by Haringey Vanguard at Bruce Castle Museum on Wednesday 27 February, 6pm.

They will remain on display until 31 March.

For further details of the project and expressions of interest in the art exhibition, please contact Veronica McKenzie (Community Project Officer), Haringey Vanguard heritage project: haringeyvanguard@gmail.com

Location: Coleraine Gallery.

Heritage Lottery Fund

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The Hoffmann Foundation for Autism Competition 2019: Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings

  • 2 March to May 2019

Hoffman Foundation for Autism, View of St Paul's Hoffman Foundation for Autism - pattern

Hoffman Foundation for Autism - by StephenThe Hoffmann Foundation for Autism has provided an art service for adults with Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC) since 1991. Exhibiting their work for the first time in 1994, there have been 47 shows in the past 25 years.

The first UK-wide open art competition for people with ASC was held in 2009, with their exhibition at Bruce Castle. The competition supports art-based activities by inviting entries of their drawings and paintings. This year’s competition sees a return to Bruce Castle. This inspirational exhibition showcases 70 paintings and drawings, curated by the Hoffman Foundation’s Hub in Wood Green.

Location: Compton Gallery.

Hoffman Foundation for Autism - portrait Hoffman Foundation for Autism - by Edward

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Art in the Tower

Tudor TowerA changing display of multi-media artwork by resident art class Art2View in the Tudor Tower at Bruce Castle.

Open on special event days.

  • Next event - Saturday 16 February, 11am - 4.30pm, as part of the Haringey Local History Fair

Works by the artists are for sale, and all proceeds kindly help the Friends of Bruce Castle and the Museum to support the free Family Activities' Art and Craft Activities Programme.

Location: Tudor Tower.

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12 February 2019

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