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November 2022

Dear friends and colleagues,

In our November newsletter we spotlight the work of KQ Partner The Place, and look ahead to Christmas shopping with Cockpit Arts.

While in December, we look forward to a Christmas drink, and warmly invite you to join us at the British Library, where we'll finish the year with a free private view of the Library's new exhibition about the life and legend of Alexander the Great.

With best wishes, 

Knowledge Quarter


KQ Private View


KQ Private View and Drinks Reception: Alexander the Great

Wednesday 14 December, 18:00-19:30British Library

Join us for a drink and our last private view of the year at the British Library's blockbuster new exhibition, Alexander the Great: The Making of a Myth.

Drinks reception will take place on the British Library's terrace level from 18:00, and access to the exhibition starts from 18:30.

In person only. Please register to attend via eventbrite.


Last chance


Football and Religion: Tales of Hope, Passion & Play

until 4 December – Aga Khan Centre Gallery

The complex relationship between football and religion is explored in this mixed-media exhibition, featuring illustrated works by visual artist Ed Merlin Murray. Glimpse into the subject through a series of stories, ideas and experiences from individuals and organisations connected with both the world of sport and that of the spirit.  The exhibition highlights how these worlds are becoming increasingly interwoven as awareness grows of the cultural and religious needs of players and of others involved in the game. And indeed, how societal attitudes and ideas are evolving as a result.

A special closing panel discussion will take place on Wednesday 30 November 18:00-20:00, with an emphasis on Women’s football. Book tickets here


Winter Open Studios


24-27 November, Cockpit Arts, Bloomsbury

Cockpit Arts is home to over 160 of the most exciting makers and designers working today. They invite you to journey behind the studio doors to meet the makers and experience a celebrated world of creativity. At the Winter Studios, you'll also find something truly unique for your loved ones this Christmas, including jewellery, ceramics, glass, textiles and so much more, made with love and for all kinds of budgets.

Book tickets online


Partner spotlight


An interview with Maria Ryan, Creative Learning Director at The Place.

Q: Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions, Maria. Please do tell us about your role at The Place.

I had trained at The Place in 1991-1995 and I hadn’t had access to any dance or the arts more generally during my school years. My current role is as Creative Learning Producer, and I’ve been in this role since 2017. I started working at The Place in 2011 as maternity cover for the Children & Youth Dance Manager. As a result of a restructure I was offered the Creative Learning Producer position, and the main activity is work with Camden schools and local community organisations, as well as producing youth events and coordinating contextual events alongside shows in the theatre.

Q: What do you enjoy about your work here at The Place?

I enjoy just being around all things dance! The studios, the students, the theatre, artists, young people dancing… I love that people who have been to The Place, often return at different times and in various capacities. Everyone is passionate about what they do, and they do it with care and integrity. I have made many good friends dancing and working here.

Q: Your role very much connects you to the community around The Place, within and beyond the borough of Camden. How do you feel you are impacting on this community?

We know that dance can boost confidence and self-esteem, as well as teaches life skills such as teamwork, concentration, memory, spatial awareness, discipline, as well, as contributing significantly to your physical and mental wellbeing. We are hoping to provide access to opportunities that are aspiration raising; that will broaden the horizons of what is possible for children in our locality. The work we do seeks to ensure that the people we work with feel seen, heard and respected. That art and culture can be very much created by them, for them and with them.

I would like for every child in a Camden school to know that The Place exists in their neighbourhood and that they can come and watch or take part in dance here.

Q: You recently facilitated a project with Clean Break called Now You See Me - can you tell us about it?

The Place has worked with Clean Break, an organisation for women who have been through the prison system, for many years, providing artists to deliver dance classes annually for their members. We have run two projects so far, with the pandemic putting a halt to the most recent project, but we were finally able to complete this in July 2022.

We worked for two hours each week on solo movement that was explored through creative tasks. This movement would then be filmed by Roswitha Chesher, a renowned dance filmmaker, to create a short film for the exhibition. Large A1 images would be framed and hung at The Place theatre bar and each image would have a QR code next to it, so people could then watch the films on their smart phone or iPad. We had a Private Viewing for the group, their family and friends and our organisations. The women also created some of their own poetry which we also framed as part of the exhibition.

It was a very moving occasion, as the women had not seen their images or films until this time. It was a celebration of the beautiful work they had created but also of their confidence in moving, and self-belief that they had developed too, that was so special.

We plan to run this project again next year, and with all that I have learnt this time, I am so excited to work with more women at Clean Break and see what phenomena they create next time.



Countering the Climate Crisis in Literature and Culture
A diverse panel explores the role literature and culture can play in addressing the climate crisis. Short talks from three guest speakers will be followed by time for questions and discussion.
Thursday 17 November, 18:00-19:30 – City, University of London

London Jazz Festival
The EFG London Jazz Festival is the capital’s biggest pan-city music festival, taking place annually in November, which has long been acclaimed for showcasing a heady mix of talent from around the world. Widely acknowledged for delivering world-class artists and emerging stars, the festival continues to take jazz to a massive audience, in one of UK’s landmark music events.
Until Sunday 20 November, 19:00-20:30 – Kings Place

Lunch Hour Lecture | Managing Covid19 – how could we have done (and do) better?
Susan Michie, Professor of Health Psychology and Director of UCL’s Centre for Behaviour Change, argues that human behaviour is at the heart of managing pandemic infections such as Covid19, for example wearing facemasks indoors when transmission is high and self-isolating when ill or testing positive for Covid19.
Tuesday 22 November, 13:00-14:00 – UCL

Medical cartooning: then and now – a discussion panel
Medicine, physicians and scientific discoveries have been depicted in cartoons for hundreds of years, from the ridiculed and the reviled to political commentary and public education. Join our expert panel on Wednesday 23 November for a lively discussion of how we have represented medicine and science in cartoons over the centuries.
Wednesdy 23 November18:00-20:30 – Royal College of Physicians

(No) sex please, we're the British Museum
Join the Youth Collective for an evening of creative activities, workshops, tours, performances and talks across the Museum to explore the theme of sex across time and cultures through the collection. They'll explore how sex can be fun and funny and destigmatise the notions of how, why and if we do it.
Friday 25 November, 17:00-20:30 – British Museum

City within a City: A Celebration of Chinatown
Cities across the world have thriving hubs known as Chinatown, often in their centre. Join the British Library for an evening celebrating Chinatowns across the UK and exploring the history of these famous enclaves.
Monday 28 November, 19:00-20:30 – British Library

Professor Alice Roberts: Ancestors, Burial, Archaeology and Ancient DNA
Discover how archaeology and genetics are joining forces to shed light on Ancient Britain. Professor Alice Roberts will discuss themes from her new book, Buried, with researchers from the Crick’s Ancient Genomics lab
Thursday 1 December, 18:30-19:45 – Francis Crick Institute

Snowed In
Join in on a playful and snowy adventure this Christmas, with The Place’s dance show for families, Snowed In. Four friends, discovering they are snowed in, imagine a magnificent adventure in a topsy turvy world where adults are nowhere to be seen… Knowledge Quarter partners get 20% off when they book 3 or more tickets, using the code CAMDEN20.
14-24 December  The Place


Jobs and opportunities

Senior Events and Engagement Manager – Alan Turing Institute
Salary: up to £52k | Closing: 21 November

Development Manager: Individual Giving – Foundling Museum
Salary: up to £45k | Closing: 23 November

Trusts and Foundations Officer British Library
Salary: £32k | Closing: 23 November

Head of Trusts and Foundations – Art Fund
Salary: £50k | Closing: 28 November

Curator – Charles Dickens Museum
Salary: £32k | Closing: 7 December

Project Archivist – Wiener Holocaust Library
Salary: up to £32k | Closing: 11 December

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