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Leaf clearing day! Saturday 29th November 2014

November 13, 2014

Leaf Clearing Day!

Shoreditch Dog Show

June 23, 2014

Something fun to do in Shoreditch this Sunday 29th June in the St Leonard’s Church Gardens from 2pm…

Shoreditch Dog Show_P4P

Midsummer Picnic – Sunday 22nd June 2014

June 14, 2014

The Friends of Arnold Circus invite you to join us for our annual sharing picnic with music, fun and food on and around the bandstand…


Midsummer picnic poster


* Pavilion Brass Band  * DJ Barney Green * ÅbÄke designed t-shirts * Polaroid portraits

* tombola + great prizes from local designers, shops and restaurants.

* ice cream * giant bubbles * face painting

Cycle Challenge 4pm + bicycle repair workshop from 1pm

Rochelle School – grounds open 1-5pm with bouncy castle, Halal BBQ & frieze cakes


January 5, 2014


As promised, we are having 2 more Leaf-Clearing Volunteer Days. (Hopefully it will not rain on both days!).  Please come & join in. All help welcome, although care must be taken not to damage the plants nor tread on the bulbs that may be starting to come through.

Gloves will be provided, and hopefully some tea!

Please leave a message here or on the Arnold Circus Facebook page if you are thinking of coming,  or contact me at  or 07903397431 with any questions, or just turn up!

Leon Kossoff print launch – Monday 2nd December 2013

November 19, 2013


You are invited to join us for the launch of ‘Arnold Circus, Saturday Afternoon 2012’, a new digital print, in an edition of 300, created especially for the Friends of Arnold Circus from the original charcoal and pastel drawing, by internationally renowned artist Leon Kossoff.

Monday 2nd December, 5-8pm
Leila’s Shop
17 Calvert Avenue
London E2 7JP

Leon Kossoff was born in Shoreditch in 1926 and returned to draw Arnold Circus between 2008 and 2012. The area is close to his heart since he grew up on the Boundary Estate, went to Rochelle School and his father’s bakery was on Calvert Avenue.

Leon Kossoff ‘Arnold Circus, Saturday Afternoon 2012’

Digital print, paper size 64.5 x 49cm, image size 51 x 43cm
(from the original 61 x 51cm charcoal and pastel drawing)

Naturalis Absolute White Smooth paper 250gsm
printed by Pure Print in an edition of 300
© Leon Kossoff 2013. All rights reserved.

Special Launch Price £30
available from Leila’s Shop or Herrick Gallery

AGM & Film Screening – Tuesday 23rd July 2013

July 22, 2013


6.15 – 9.15 pm TUESDAY 23rd July

@ Calvert 22, 22 Calvert Avenue, E2 7JP.

In the life of Shoreditch there is little that is as constant as change.
It is here in our streets that the local community continuously renews itself.
Arnold Circus bears witness to succeeding generations of people from diverse origins who make their homes in these beautiful buildings in streets that radiate out from the now verdant calm of the gardens.
Last summer saw the BBC’s documentary series ‘ A Secret History of Our Streets’ screened on national television to well deserved acclaim.
At tomorrow’s FoAC AGM we are delighted to present an open screening in the company of Chris Durlacher, the writer & director of the Arnold Circus episode, who will participate in an exclusive Q & A discussion.

We are fortunate too in being able to host the event in the gallery of Calvert22 to whom we extend our gratitude for their good grace & hospitality.
The event is free and open to all.


Doors open at 6.15pm
Refreshments provided free by Leila’s Shop
plus welcome & registration of members.

At 7.15pm AGM brisk run through of FoAC business.
This is a chance to receive an update of what has happened this last year and discover the prospects for the forthcoming twelve months.
Members can vote on nominees for the board of trustees.

The film screening starts around 7.30pm followed at 8.15pm by a Q & A session with Chris Durlacher.

FEAST & FUN PICNIC Sunday 30th June

June 20, 2013

The Friends of Arnold Circus invite you all to the annual sharing picnic!


Feast & Fun Picnic

Join in the feast and fun with a picnic, a dish to share and a bicycle if you dare!

Tower Hamlets Wheelers CYCLE CHALLENGE – 100 laps of the circus at 4pm!
+ Maze Partnership Cycle Project cycle games
+ free bicycle check & repair service from 1pm

Bandstand MUSIC curated by Barney Musician with Meg Cavanaugh Band • Henrietta • Turn Back to Spring • Council + more tba…

Giant Bubbles • Polaroid Portraits • Origami • Curious Fruit & Veg Animals • Luna & Curious Sushi • Dishoom Chai & Biscuits • La Grotta Ices

Rochelle School grounds will be open from 1.30-5pm with Bouncy Castle • Halal BBQ • Rochelle Canteen tea & cordials + cakes courtesy of Frieze!

Friends of Arnold Circus present new Åbäke designed t-shirts + tote bags!

With thanks to LB Tower Hamlets Arts & Events
Supported by the Friends of Arnold CircusRegistered Charity no.1114726

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Tower Hamlets Wheelers