Each week Our City Together will be posting a simple creative challenge for you to try out at home.
These challenges will provide a fun activity you can do alone or with your whole family and are suitable for a variety of ages to help release your inner artist and creativity. Give them a go, try out something new and then share the results with us #OurCityTogether.
In the last few months many Londoners have discovered a passion for baking. But what if you could only buy bread from one street in London? Crazy, right?
Well, that’s what happened in 1302 when Bread Street in the City was named by the king and all the bakers in London had to set up shop there.
And it wasn’t just Bread Street. There was Milk Street where cows were kept, Honey Lane, Poultry, Stew Lane and of course the world-famous Pudding Lane, among others.
To celebrate the City’s culinary past, why not share with us some of your recent baking achievements? Just choose a City street name and post a photo. Will it be Cinnamon Street, Saffron Hill, Garlick Hill or Camomile Street?
The choice is yours.
This year’s City Beerfest may not be able to go ahead, but there’s nothing stopping us enjoying a drop of the good stuff!
Rather than drink it though, why not try something a bit different - we want to see your most creative beer-based recipes!
This week, try making a Pride collage, with artist Patrick Bullock, in collaboration with Emergency Exit Arts.
The City of London is home to a wealth of LGBTQ+ history. Within the City borders are located landmarks, venues and organisations linked or actively involved with the LGBTQ+ community.
This exercise is all about playing around with ideas and drawing directly from your personal experiences using materials and objects you have access to in your own home.
Do: Create a photomontage or collage
The techniques of photomontage and collage are terrific methods for leapfrogging over the hurdles that prevent creativity. Not everyone has the skills to draw and visually interpret their ideas but pretty much everyone can use a pair of scissors and then arrange the results. See below for ideas.
First choose a topic/heading from the list below. You can do as many as you want or have time for. Interpret them however you want.
Tips on how to get started:
Once you have a pleasing arrangement, photograph it and share your image on @visitthecity on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook with #ourcitytogether #creativecity
Have you ever looked at the many items we throw in the bin and thought, quite literally, what a waste! Has the idea of giving the stuff that you no longer need a better use ever crossed your mind? Are you missing walking along City of London's streets and admiring some of its majestic buildings? Then release your imagination and free your artistic soul to join us by taking part in this creative challenge.
Do: Recreate your favourite City of London building out of recycled materials you have at home.
These tips below might also help:
Once you have created your masterpiece, don’t forget to share it with us on @visitthecity and @GreenSqMile on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook with #OurCityTogether #creativecity #recycledcity.
Take a look at last week's creative challenge. It's not too late to share a submission!
Did you know that the view of St Paul’s Cathedral has been protected for centuries?
Now that we are compelled to stay local, do you sometimes look longingly towards the City?
Can you spot its silhouette? Do you find yourself name checking its buildings?
No matter where you are in London, you can walk up a hill above the treetops to explore the horizon in search of familiar landmarks. Maybe you spot the Shard, Canary Wharf or the Gherkin but more often than not, your eyes will search for the familiar sight of St Paul’s Cathedral’s dome.
We would love to see your View from Afar! From your local park or your bedroom window, in the sun or in the rain, at sunrise or sunset, why not share your View from Afar?