Unwrapping the Present

Unwrapping the Present
Unwrapping The Present, 2009 at Zabludowicz Collection, London. Photo: Alec Myers
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Unwrapping the Present
6 – 7 June 2009

No. 1 Camden Park Road and Transition Belsize present a weekend of arts, films, live performances, workshops and discussions rooted in the past and planting seeds for the future.

Running Order:

Saturday 6th June:


Doors Open –
Please drop off your unwanted household items, knick-knacks, bric-a-brac and clothing for the
Give and Take at 3.30pm. No electrical goods please.


Sewing and making Shopping Bags
(til 6pm)


Workshop: Slow Food chef Sarah Moore leads a cookery and baking workshop


Film Screening:
Memories of the Caledonian Cattle Market and Every Day Life: Shopping in and Around Camden
Town by Camden New Town History Project
NW1 09 by Carol Marin-Pache
Followed by Q &A with the film makers


Give and Take
1 hour during which people can barter and exchange their unwanted goods with others


Pimp a Rickshaw - Artist Beny Casas leads a workshop painting a London cycle rickshaw, outside
on front terrace


Workshop: Herbalist David Hammond gives a demonstration of different medicinal properties of
a few common plants and how to produce your own ointments and tinctures with these.


Live Music: Northern Celts


Live Music: Perhaps Contraption



Sunday 7th June:


Sewing and customizing of unwanted old clothes into historically themed costumes
Studio photography of final outfits
(til 4.00)


Workshop: Slow Food chef Sarah Moore leads a cookery and baking workshop


Workshop: Nick Hallett demonstrates how to book-bind and leads a workshop to hand-bind the
fanzine produced over the two days of Unwrapping the Present as a document of the weekend.
(til 4.00)


Film Screening:
Those Were The Days: Memories of the Coronation and Fifty Years of Living in Camden by
Camden New Town History Project and a photographic presentation by Daniela Sbrisny
Followed by Q & A


Live Performance: Beverley Rowe's Spoken Music


Live Performance: Interactive storytelling with The Good Children



Unwrapping the Present is part of Club Ponderosa, a temporary social club produced by Matt Stokes in collaboration with local residents, artists and enthusiasts. It takes its name from both the ranch in the famous 1960s TV series Bonanza and a shelter built in a Newcastle neighbourhood by residents of a crescent seeking an independent space to meet and talk. Club Ponderosa will function as a place for performances and social interaction designed and programmed by residents of the area around 176. Developed in collaboration with self-organised groups and gifted amateurs, the club will operate within 176, but with its own series of events and a separate entrance and access times. It will also include MASS, a free collective sound system made up of donated elements. The project is part of Stokes' residency at the gallery and is being developed partly in response to the history of the former Methodist chapel that houses 176 and its surrounding area.

Exhibiting Artists