The Albany is delighted to be programming events at our sister venue, Deptford Lounge. Tickets are available through the Deptford Lounge website: deptfordlounge.org.uk and our website. See what's on below.
PLEASE NOTE: these events take place at the Deptford Lounge, 9 Giffin Street, Deptford SE8 4RJ.
An exhibition telling the story of when Bernadette Russell was kind to a stranger every day for a whole leap year. In August 2011, London was burning. Here is the story of one Londoner’s response to the riots and their aftermath. In words and photographs you see Bernadette Russell trying to be kind to a stranger every day for a year (366 days as it covered a leap year!), in an attempt to answer the question: ‘Is it possible to change the world, just by being kind?’.
In this session we’ll be looking at what mindfulness is, where it comes from and why everyone seems to be talking about it. Most importantly, we’ll be giving it a go. All are welcome, from the keen and the curious to the deeply sceptical, so come find out the truth behind the buzzword.
Ever feel frustrated that you are not able to create what you most want in your life? We all need to create a clear idea of where we want to go and how to get there. This workshop will help you to find new ways of enhancing your creative potential, emotional well-being and relationships with others in order to achieve a successful future. We will explore topics related to nature, self-image and the practise of self-development by introducing relevant themes from the biological sciences and mindfulness practices. Practical activities include guided visualisation and meditation.
Take part in an exploration of ourselves with Janey Moffat from Craftimation Factory, focusing on ‘taboo thoughts’. You will be given access to a wide range of materials including fabric, cardboard and paint in order to create an artwork skull, meditating on why we don’t like to think about everyday subjects like death and mental health as a society.
You are invited to purge on paper everything you are carrying around in your head that you would ideally like to be free of. The paper will be posted anonymously (sealed in an envelope) in a brightly coloured ‘post box’. There will be a ceremonious reading of the dumped thoughts at the end of the day.
How do you draw a smell, draw a taste, and draw a sound or what you can feel? Artist Jackie Brown leads a drawing workshop focusing on our immediate senses and how to turn these into a drawing. We will explore what our senses tell us about our inner and outer environments, offering a fascinating insight into how to express ourselves fully through drawing a sensation or a feeling.
Craftivist Collective’s founder Sarah Corbett presents a practical workshop about craft as a meditative tool to stop, reflect and act on wellbeing in a gentle yet transformative way. This embroidery workshop aims to improve well-being by involving participants in the fun, connected, sensory and mindful process of making things.
In this interactive session, Vanessa King of Action for Happiness will help us unpack what happiness means to us and why it matters personally, at home, at work and for our communities. She’ll help us explore some of the key ingredients for happiness, how what we notice makes a difference and we’ll try out some actions we can take in our daily lives that can help us, and others, to feel good and function well day-to-day.
This morning movement session will focus on awakening and preparing the body for the day ahead. We will pay attention to weight and centering oneself through gravity and flow, leading towards a more energised state of moving. All levels welcome.
A festival of arts and mindfulness events tapping into your creative potential. NOW Live Events are delighted to be back at Deptford Lounge with an innovative programme of arts and wellbeing activities for all ages. On offer will be NOW’s unique and playful approach to literature, performance, craft, poetry, visual arts, spoken word, music, mindfulness meditation, workshops for children and more.
Join neuroscientist Dr Shama Rahman of award-winning theatre company Jugular: Joining The Head and The Heart as we demystify the science of creativity and how we can access it for ourselves through simple storytelling theatre techniques.
This family friendly workshop takes familiar events and turns them upside down and inside out to playfully question whether being the biggest, fastest, strongest really is what we’re after. Events - in what will be a heptathlon - include the 100 metres Slowest Running, Strictly Come Tiniest Dancing and more. Practise your focusing skills in a whole new way.
Ampersand Media will take you through the techniques that they use when creating their show, Storylines. It will be silly. It will be ridiculous. You may laugh a lot, and hopefully by the end of the session you'll feel that you have something you're brave enough to perform.
Having life-changing conversations and talking about something that matters is a big threshold to cross. Communicating effectively at work and in your personal life strengthens relationships, opens doors to new opportunities and makes you feel better about yourself and others. This fascinating workshop with psychologist Sarah Rozenthuler, author of Life-Changing Conversations: 7 Strategies For Talking About What Matters Most, will give you the know-how to have that significant conversation, whether at home or at work.
In this workshop, Michael Townsend-Williams will share how his awareness of breathing has changed his life. An adman turned yoga teacher and mindfulness coach, Michael is an advocate of ‘welldoing’ – leading a busy and productive life, but not at the expense of our health and wellbeing. And key to this is our breath.
Exploring connectivity to breath, space, and people, this engaging class is influenced by release-based technique using a combination of falling, shifting and creative improvisation. The classes focus on strength resistance coordination and musicality to encourage freedom of movement, and awareness of the body in the moment. All levels welcome.
In this session we’ll be exploring what mindfulness is and how it can make a real difference in your life. As well as opportunities to learn basic techniques there’ll be time for questions and discussion so you’ll have everything you need to make a start.
We are fast becoming a society that favours speed over slow but what if slow actually creates more time, not less? The slow creative workshop brings together local artists Sarah Hickson and Jackee Holder in a multimedia workshop bringing together the art of slow writing and the art of slow photography.
Mask Making is one of the most ancient art forms and the majority of cultures across the globe once had masks as a central part of ritual. It is a very personal journey to make one’s own mask. This Masketeers workshop is designed to make a personal totem piece and as the mask takes shape, the maker cannot help but reveal a part of themselves through the design, build and decoration.
Somehow, in the journey out West, meditation and mindfulness lost some of its active, playful nature. The truth is you don’t have to sit still in silence to meditate. Join Sarah Waite, runner and meditation coach, for a magical run around Deptford, using art and simple techniques to reimagine meditation and running.
Best-selling author and former Times journalist Rachel Kelly is #thewordsdoctor, telling the story of how poetry was at the heart of her recovery from two depressive episodes. Visit Rachel for a five minute appointment; share your problem and she will share with you the words that might help you through it.
The Prompt Arts Life Writing Studio is where writing workshop meets artist’s studio. The workshop encourages you to focus on your response to objects (and corresponding sensations) taken from the area surrounding Deptford Lounge, actively engaging with the world around.
London-based poet, emcee and theatre maker Simon Mole invites you to take part in a relaxed yet thought provoking session using free-writing and poetry to explore our responses to change and transition.
This interactive session will include reading poems and creating music, exploring our moods and emotions through the creation of sounds and the fusion of human expression with music technology.
Join one of the leading storytellers, specialising in stories from Africa, the Caribbean and Arabia. Storytelling takes us on a journey of the imagination, encouraging us to engage the senses and savour the moment. Come and join Jan Blake to experience worlds of love, hate, trickery and fate. You will be joining gods, animals and human beings on their journeys through their lives and hear how they have become immortal through the tales of people.
In this innovative and interactive workshop, neuroscientist, martial arts expert and leading Mindfulness trainer Dr Tamara Russell will guide you through a series of pioneering movement exercises helping you to be more focused in the moment.
Come and join in a joyous session of making up tuneful noise. We'll play with the sound of our voices and write some wonderful songs, proving together that anyone can sing and make up music that reflects how they feel.
This workshop explores the treasures to be found in our lives right now expressed through spoken word. We will focus on our present life situations, discovering the gems in the lessons and teachings we receive in the moment.
This workshop invites you to think of a memory that is triggered by a specific piece of music, or it may be that you start with the music and that triggers the memory, either way, we will write down our songs and the memory associated with it.
Using a painting as a starting point, Alastair Creamer invites you to experience the world around you in a whole new way. Put all your worries on ‘pause’ and live in the present. Breathe. Stop. Listen. And look. What will you see? Using art, music and your own way with words, Alastair Creamer will guide you on a journey that starts with a picture and ends with a reflection about yourself. Come and find out more about the way you see, hear and express your experience of the world.
Alastair Creamer invites you to share your Deptford stories, memories and moments. He'll make some of these into a Blue Plaque Moment and you can be photographed next to your plaque.
This interactive workshop for parents and children (3+) explores how we can be more aware through experiments in speaking, listening, colour, senses, movement and sitting like a frog.
This session will be an introduction to various mindfulness meditation practices, inviting presence and peace in ourselves, offering it to those around us and showing ways to maintain it in our everyday lives.
Since August 2011, after a chance encounter in a post office in Deptford, Bernadette Russell decided to try to be kind to a stranger every single day for a year. Find out what Bernadette got up to that year and since, see some great pictures from her book Do Nice Be Kind Spread Happy and come do some fun kindnesses of your own.
Have you ever thought you could be a record breaker? Join us for our FUNtastic record breakers challenges and try and add your name to our Deptford Lounge Champions Roll of Honour. Drop in to try our wacky and fun challenges from hula hooping and building sugar cube towers to tongue twisters.