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Nuka (rice bran) pickling - watch out Sarson's

In a Pickle at Frieze

Karen presents her prized 3 year old Japanese-style nuka pickles as part of Grizedale Arts' Coliseum of the Consumed project, at this year's Frieze Art Fair

Their last art appearance was with Myvillages in Nordhorn (via Eurostar) in January 2010, they taste even better now though they still look as odd.

Duggan Morris design model for the new Floating Cinema

And the Winner of the Floating Cinema architecture competition is ...

Duggan Morris Architects - many congratulations to Joe and Adam and all of their team. Karen and I are really looking forward to collaborating with them and UP Projects to make the design a reality.

It was actually a really tough decision but a very enjoyable and interesting experience! Being part of the architecture competition process has been fascinating, it has challenged us to think about the design of the boat/cinema but also about the programme, context and audience we want to reach over the next three years. We've been so impressed by the commitment and professionalism of all the practices and want to thank everyone who took part in the competition. Also a big thanks to the Architecture Foundation for guiding us through the process and all those observers and advisors who gave us their support.

The short listed practices were:

- Nilsson Pflugfelder (Berlin/London)
- vPPR (London)
- OBRA (New York/Beijing)
- Duggan Morris (London)

Wild Friends

Friends of Somewhere 'We Made That' have designed a new playspace very near to Abbey Gardens and it's opening with a couple of launch events over the next few days. If you've got kids and live in the Newham area why not visit the Abbey Gardens Harvest Festival AND the new Wild Kingdom all on Saturday! 

Weekend Wild Play Activities at Three Mills Green
Saturday 22nd September, 11am – 4pm
Come and explore the new playspace with the help of Wild Playworkers and wildlife photographers.

Monday 24th September 2012
3 – 6pm at Three Mills Green
Join We Made That for the official opening of the Wild Kingdom Playspace! You will find a giant water slide, picnic feast, entertainment, performances & much more amid the new exciting landscape of Three Mills Green. All welcome!

If you're still at a loose end it's also our Floating Cinema event with Fugitive images on Saturday and then on Sunday Nina will be at the Q&A at Hackney Picture House following our 2.00 screening of Jaywick Escapes - Phew! 

Another chance to see Jaywick in London

After our sell out screening at the East End Film Festival we're delighted to annouce there will be another screening close to Somewhere home at our favourite local cinema - Hackney Picture House. It will be at 14.00 on Sunday the 23rd of September. Book now to avoid disappointment! 

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NGS & Harvest Fest!

Last weekend we had a really great first NGS day at Abbey Gardens now you can visit and enjoy the ever popular annual Harvest Festival. Come help us celebrate our fourth gardening season with a traditional anniversary theme of fruit and flowers:

Saturday 22nd of September 2-5pm

* Come and enjoy a delicious meal prepared by Gary and Elisabetta from Abbey Gardens produce 
* Listen to live jazz from Arch1 house band 
* Enjoy the event workshops including flower arranging, chess, flower photography, drawing, and children’s crafts 
* Explore the garden on one of our garden tours 
* Find creepy crawlies in the bug hunt 
* Watch a video and slideshow about the history of the garden 
* Submit your masterpiece into our annual cake decorating or flower arranging competitions 
* And there’s our ever-popular honesty stall and tea and cake stall!

All activities are free. Some activities are at set times including:

Flower arranging workshop – 2:30 – 3pm 
Children’s Craft activity – 2:45 – 4pm 
Flower photography workshop – 3:30 – 4pm 
Bug Hunt – 4:15 – 4:45pm

For consideration in the competitions, entries should be submitted before 4pm. 
Food, Tea, cake and honesty stall produce for donations to the garden.