Largactyl Shuffle Walk Dates 2014-2015

cooltan-arts-largactyl-shuffleAre you interested in London’s hidden stories? Then CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle is for you! Join us on fun guided cultural walks for mental and physical wellbeing.

The themed walks are researched by volunteers who create intriguing talks on local history, arts and mental health. You can learn new things, get fit, and take part in fun interactive activities.

The Largactyl Shuffle is named after the oldest anti-psychotic drug, Largactyl, that can have extreme physical side effects including a distinctive shambolic gait, or ‘shuffling’.

Walks happen on the third Saturday of each month and last approximately 4 hours. Walks are family friendly and inclusive and are suitable for people of all abilities including wheelchair users. You can join us for half an hour, half a mile or the full distance of 4.8 miles. Walks start from outside the main entrance of Maudsley Hospital, Denmark Hill, SE5 8AZ OR from outside the Turbine Hall entrance of Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1 9TG.

Upcoming Walks

May 17th 2014 – Pagan Walk
Tate Modern  -  Camberwell
12pm-4pm

June 21st 2014 –Midnight Walk
Tate – Maudsley
12am-5am

July 19th2014 – Garden Walk
Maudsley– Myatts Fields
12pm-4pm

August 16th 2014 – Industrial Walk
Tate Modern– Bermondsey
12pm-4pm

September 20th 2014 – Black History Walk
Maudsley – Peckham
12pm-4pm

October 11th 2014 – Sponsored Walk
Maudsley – Southbank
11:30am-4pm

November 15th 2014 – Literary Walk
Maudsley– Peckham Rye
12pm-4pm

December 20th 2014 – Musical Walk
Tate – Bermondsey
12pm – 4pm

Jan 17th 2015 – Health Walk
Maudsley – Burgess Park
12pm-4pm

Feb 21st 2015 – LGBT History Walk
Maudsley – Cross Bones Cemetery
12pm-4pm

March 21st 2013 –Women Walk
Tate – Waterloo
12pm-4pm

April 18th 2015 – Rights and Equality Walk
Tate– Walworth
12pm-4pm

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Largactyl Shuffle Garden Walk – a Review

On Saturday 19th July CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle led a ‘Garden Walk’ from Maudsley Hospital to Myatts Fields, exploring the fascinating social history of Camberwell’s best loved green spaces.  Walker Jonathan Polkest took these photos and wrote the below review:

Here are some images from the Largactyl Shuffle Garden Walk which was excellent (my aubergine plant from Myatts Field Park bears witness to this).

The photos “illustrate” parts of our walk from Maudsley Hospital through Ruskin Park, the weather was peculiar, raining occasionally with little or no cloud, as featured in the photograph of the group speaking to some volunteers at the Loughborough Junction (Farm) horticultural project (truly inspiring).

We sampled their salad vegetables and gained tips on growing ‘your own’ and then visited Myatts Field Park, in particular, the horticultural greenhouse with the inspirational Fabrice.

We ended our walk in the bandstand of Myatts Garden with a very interesting perspective of Vera Brittain’s Testament of Youth, on the site of a massive Field Hospital, I photographed it in black and white, re evoking its pastoral history. Many thanks to Lu and to all the peripatetic drifters for an inspirational day.

 

 

 

 

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Photo Review – Largactyl Shuffle at Liberty Festival 2013

OLiberty9n Saturday 7th September the Largactyl Shuffle led a guided walk across the Olympic Park as part of Liberty Festival 2013.

The walk theme was Biodiversity and explored the environment and the psycho-geography of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park a year on from the end of the Paralympics.

Here is an image gallery of photos from the event.

Photos by Amos Phillips

 

 

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CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle to lead guided tour at Science Museum Lates on the 25th September 2013

Lates Group-lr lates_w_mastercard_364pxCoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle will be leading the third of a series of events at the Science Museum’s Lates with MasterCard on the 25th September 2013.

This month it will be a  “walk-in” all evening event between 18.45 – 22.00.

The Largactyl Shuffle’s September tour is entitled ‘Representing Mental Distress’. Photography has always been a powerful way of representing the world and people around us. Yet what these images tell us, depends on who interprets them and who has the power to decide what they represent.
Join CoolTan Arts’ volunteers at the Science Museum LATES event to learn and discuss representations of mental distress, the use of photography in early psychiatry and the power of photographic art to challenge dominant ideas about mental health.

The Science Museum’s highly popular Lates takes place on the last Wednesday of each month, from 6:45pm to 10:00pm, with September’s edition being on the theme of ‘Photography’. Each month has a different theme and offers a varied programme of free, adults only entertainment with talks, events and activities in the galleries.

Arts in mental health charity CoolTan Arts received a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) All Our Stories grant of £10,000 to research and lead the series of guided gallery tours on mental health at the Science Museum. The tours explore objects in the museum with a connection to mental health heritage, inspired by collections in the Medical, Psychology and Science Galleries.
CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle group, made up of volunteers with experience of mental distress, already lead a long running monthly guided cultural walk through Southwark. The monthly themed walks are designed to challenge stigma and encourage mental and physical wellbeing, through art, exercise, humour and history.
Since January 2013, volunteers from the group have undertaken research on objects in the Science Museum’s stores and public collection, interpreting them in the context of mental health, giving new perspective on the meaning and historical significance of Science Museum collections. The project will go on to produce an accompanying Book and DVD about the project.

Further dates are set for the Largactyl group to lead walks at future Lates events during 2013-2014, on November 27th and January 29th 2014.

Commenting on the walk, Michelle Baharier, CEO of CoolTan Arts said: – “Taking part in the ‘Lates’ programme gives the Largactyl group the wonderful opportunity to share their walks and research with many more people in London.”

“The Science Museum has a longstanding commitment to mental health and public engagement and we are delighted to be working with CoolTan Arts on this project,” explained Kayte McSweeney, Audience Advocate at the Science Museum. “The Largactyl Shuffle guided tour at Lates will offer visitors a unique and personalised insight to our medical galleries and provide a stimulating and thought provoking session.”

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CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle to lead guided tour at Science Museum Lates on the 31st July 2013

Lates Group-lr lates_w_mastercard_364pxCoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle are pleased to announce that they will be leading the first of a series of guided gallery tours at the Science Museum’s Lates with MasterCard on the 31st July 2013. The tour will take place at both 7:30pm and 8:30pm.
The Largactyl Shuffle’s July tour is entitled ‘Festina Lente’ (Hurry slowly) and will explore how the modern pace of life affects our mental wellbeing. The Industrial Revolution brought about new technologies in transport and communication, like the steam engine and the telegraph. These kinds of developments have profoundly changed our pace of life and continue to do so. Is the modern pace of life making us sick?

The Science Museum’s highly popular Lates takes place on the last Wednesday of each month, from 6:45pm to 10:00pm, with July’s edition being on the theme of ‘Speed’. Each month has a different theme and offers a varied programme of free, adults only entertainment with talks, events and activities in the galleries.

Arts in mental health charity CoolTan Arts received a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) All Our Stories grant of £10,000 to research and lead the series of guided gallery tours on mental health at the Science Museum. The tours explore objects in the museum with a connection to mental health heritage, inspired by collections in the Medical, Psychology and Science Galleries.
CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle group, made up of volunteers with experience of mental distress, already lead a long running monthly guided cultural walk through Southwark. The monthly themed walks are designed to challenge stigma and encourage mental and physical wellbeing, through art, exercise, humour and history.
Since January 2013, volunteers from the group have undertaken research on objects in the Science Museum’s stores and public collection, interpreting them in the context of mental health, giving new perspective on the meaning and historical significance of Science Museum collections. The project will go on to produce an accompanying Book and DVD about the project.

Further dates are set for the Largactyl group to lead walks at future Lates events during 2013-2014, on August 28th, September 25th, November 27th and January 29th 2014.

Commenting on the walk, Michelle Baharier, CEO of CoolTan Arts said: – “Yes, modern life can make us ill because the speed of communication is now faster than we are. Sedentary lifestyles and social isolation are silent killers. Joining a group walk like the Largactyl Shuffle gives people the opportunity to relax through walking and talking together.  Taking part in the ‘Lates’ programme gives the Largactyl group the wonderful opportunity to share their walks and research with many more people in London.”

“The Science Museum has a longstanding commitment to mental health and public engagement and we are delighted to be working with CoolTan Arts on this project,” explained Kayte McSweeney, Audience Advocate at the Science Museum. “The Largactyl Shuffle guided tour at Lates will offer visitors a unique and personalised insight to our medical galleries and provide a stimulating and thought provoking session.”

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Review: CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle Charles Dickens Walk 2013

The CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle held an alternative Dickens Walk on 20th July 2013, with many of us dressing up in our own adaptations of Dickensian fashions while walking the new route from Tate Modern to the Imperial War Museum.

Our first stop was at the Crossbones Cemetery on Redcross Way, an unconsecretated burial site and memorial to sex workers, where we heard a talk about the many homeless and working women in London during Dickens’ time, and left our messages on the cemetery gates.

We then moved on to Borough High Street for a talk outside The George Inn, which featured in ‘Pickwick Papers’, before visiting the former site of Marshalsea Prison, where Dickens’ father was jailed for debt, and St George the Martyr, which features heavily in ‘Little Dorrit’.

Victorian London was notorious for its prisons and we stopped in Newington Gardens to hear how Dickens condemned public execution after witnessing a double hanging at Horsemonger Lane Jail, which was once located nearby.

From here, we moved on to the Obelisk at George’s Circus, for a quote from ‘David Copperfield’, before stopping to hear about the Gordon Riots of 1780, an anti-Catholic protest which led to widespread looting and featured in ‘Barnaby Rudge’.

Dickens was famous for taking long walks around London at night, and he would often pause at Bethlem Hospital, which is now the Imperial War Museum, so this is where we made our final stop.

After hearing excerpts from his essay ‘Night Walks’, we learnt about the great writer’s manic depression, was given a talk on Dickens’ Walworth and finished the day with a much-needed coffee at the café near the Peace Gardens.

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Review: CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle Summer Solstice Midnight Walk 2013

More than 100 Largactyl Shufflers gathered for our Midnight Summer Solstice walk on the evening of June 22, when we walked from Tate Modern to Maudsley Hospital, and learnt about the ‘Mad Buildings’ of Southwark!
Here are some photos from the walk …

Our first stop was at the gates of the Crossbones Cemetery on Redcross Way. After hearing a talk about its history as an unconsecrated burial site and memorial to sex workers, we moved on to the Borough and the former site of the Marshalsea prison, an infamous jail where Dickens’ father was once imprisoned.
From the Borough we headed on down to the Elephant and Castle roundabout and gathered in the centre, next to the colourful lights by the Faraday Memorial, to hear a talk on night walking. Charles Dickens, who was a prolific night walker, often passed this very spot on his way to Rochester.
After leaving the roundabout it was a short walk to the Heygate, where we learnt about the history of the estate and its controversial current redevelopment, before a quick rest at CoolTan Arts for coffee and cakes. As the light began slowly to return, we continued our walk down Walworth Road and headed to Camberwell Green, where we arrived at our very own CoolTan Arts Bench and gingko tree. Here we heard about the history and meaning of the Summer Solstice, before lighting candles around the bench.
There was one more stop for talks at the opposite end of the Green, where we learnt about the history of Camberwell House Asylum and Bethlem Hospital, before finally finishing the walk at Maudsley Hospital for a much needed sit-down and hot drinks.

Well done everybody that bravely took part, and we hope to see you again next year!

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CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle: May Day Walk

A review by Tim Russell with pictures …

The CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle celebrated the origins of May Day and the arrival of Spring on 18 May when we walked from Tate Modern to Burgess Park.

Photos by: Amy Bradshaw

Photos by: Amy Bradshaw

Our first stop was Quilp Gardens, where we learnt about the origins of May Day and its folklore. After making some garlands we moved on to the church gardens of St George the Martyr, to hear about how the Italians celebrate May Day, going right back to the Roman festival of Floralia.

From Borough we headed down to the Elephant and Castle, the scene of many violent clashes during the General Strike, and gathered at the roundabout for a talk on workers’ rights and local May Day marches and demonstrations.

The middle of the roundabout was also the site of a 17th century maypole, so we tied ribbons to a tree close to where it would have stood and, after talking about guerilla gardening, planted some seeds in the ground.

There were also visits to a nearby anarchist bookshop for a talk about May Day celebrations in Lithuania and John Ruskin Street, named after the great writer and art critic who revived the traditions of maypole dancing in the 19th century.

The walk finished with a visit to a May Fair in Burgess Park, where visitors could enjoy the vintage fun fair, hop on board a static hot air balloon and even feed some lambs from Vauxhall City Farm.

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CoolTan Arts: Largactyl Shuffle Midnight Walk

Saturday 22nd June 2013 11.45pm
Starts:
Tate Modern, Turbine Hall entrance, Bankside, London SE1 9TG
Ends:
Maudsley Hospital Denmark Hill, SE5 8AZ
Cost: Free/Donation

Join CoolTan Arts for a fun guided midnight walk – an exciting evening of summer solstice lunacy!

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The walk will visit a number of local buildings with an unusual design or purpose and look at the mysterious psychological effects that these locations can have on people. There will be stops at the Marshalsea, where Charles Dickens’ father was imprisoned; the Heygate Estate, a huge neo-Brutalist estate currently being demolished; Camberwell House, a former asylum; and Cross Bones Cemetery, a disused post-Medieval burial ground that was once on unconsecrated graveyard for sex workers.

The summer solstice is the perfect time for the walk as it’s traditionally been a time when the forces of nature are at their most powerful, and the boundaries between the physical and spiritual world are at their thinnest. In the past it was believed witches were flying around and huge bonfires were lit to honour the sun.

The full walk is 4.8 miles and will last approximately 4.5 hours. Suitable for all ages, join us for as long or as little as you like.

CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle is a guided, stigma-busting cultural walk, designed to encourage mental and physical wellbeing, through art, exercise, humour and history. The Largactyl Shuffle is fun, free, fully accessible and a great way to meet new people!

Please wear comfortable shoes and bring a bottle of water and snacks (no alcohol please). Walk leaders will safely guide the walk, wearing orange high-viz vests and rucksacks. Call CoolTan Arts on 0798 565 8443 if you cannot find the group of walkers on the evening.

All Welcome!

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CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle: May Day Walk

Saturday 18th May
Time: 11.30am-4.30pm
Place: Tate Modern (outside The Turbine Hall entrance), Bankside, London SE1 9TG
Cost: free/voluntary donation

Join CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle for the May Day Walk, a guided, stigma-busting cultural walk, designed to encourage mental and physical wellbeing, through art, exercise, humour and history.
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For May’s Largactyl Shuffle we will walk through green spaces to celebrate the origins of May Day and the arrival of  Spring. Learn about the folklore of traditional May Day celebrations, including the history of the Maypole and Jack in the Green, garland making and guerilla gardening.

There will also be talks about May Day protests, workers’ rights, parks as social spaces and how the day is celebrated over the world.

Please meet us at The Tate Modern, outside the Turbine Hall entrance from 11.30am to register and take part in May Day garland making. The walk leaves at 12.00 prompt and the full length walk will end at approx. 4.30pm. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring your own water.

Largactyl Shuffle walks are suitable for all levels of walking and are accessible to wheelchair users and people with disabilities. You can join us for whatever tickles your fancy feet, whether it is half a mile, one mile or the full distance of 4.5 miles!! The walk will finsh at Camberwell Green.

LS_logo_small_trans_bgThe walk leaders wear orange high-viz vests and rucksacks. Call CoolTan Arts on 07985 658443 if you cannot find the walking group on the day.

The walk is free but voluntary donations will be appreciated. You can donate on our JustGiving page.

All welcome!

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CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle: Bermondsey Walk

A review by Tim Russell with Pictures …

The CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle launched a new route on Saturday 20th April when we walked from Tate Modern to Bermondsey for the first time.

walk4The weather was perfect as we gathered outside the gallery’s Turbine Hall and remained hot and sunny throughout the afternoon.

Our first talk after leaving Bankside was at Red Cross Gardens, a newly restored community garden, which was originally laid out by the social reformer Octavia Hill in 1887, before we made our way to Long Lane. This was the scene of the battle of Bermondsey, when local residents held a huge anti-fascist demonstration, stopping Mosley’s blackshirts from marching through the area in 1937.

There were also talks at the Leathermarket, which was once a tannery; Bermondsey Square, where we heard about the famous local Antique Market; and Mill Street, the site of Jacob’s Island, a once notorious slum immortalised by Dickens in his classic novel Oliver Twist.

LS_logo_small_trans_bgThe walk finished with a couple of talks on Alfred and Ada Salter, two politicians and social reformers who made it their mission to improve living conditions in the area. The couple are still remembered for the great works they did in Bermondsey, thanks to a specially built rose garden and memorial stone in Southwark Park, where our walk finished.

Here are some more pictures from the day …

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CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle: Bermondsey Walk

Saturday April 20th
Time: 11.30am – 4.30pm
Place: Tate Modern (outside The Turbine Hall entrance), Bankside, London SE1 9TG
Cost: free/voluntary donation

Join CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle for the Bermondsey walk, a guided, stigma-busting cultural walk, designed to encourage mental and physical wellbeing, through art, exercise, humour and history.
Java WharfFor April’s Largactyl Shuffle we will walk from Tate Modern to Bermondsey to explore the heritage of this intriguing area of Southwark. Please join us to hear talks on the history, development and the modification of Bermondsey in relation to the arts, mental health and social history.

These include talks about the battle of Bermondsey, when the local community stopped fascists from marching through the area; Dr Alfred Salter, a crusading MP who made it his mission to improve living conditions in the area; and Jacob’s Island, a once notorious slum immortalised by Charles Dickens in his classic novel ‘Oliver Twist’.

We ask that walkers join us at the beginning of walks to register. We are meeting for registration at 11.30am outside The Turbine Hall entrance at The Tate Modern, SE1. The walk leaves at 12.00 prompt and the full length walk will end at approx. 4.30pm. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring your own water.

Largactyl Shuffle walks are suitable for all levels of walking and are accessible to wheelchair users and people with disabilities. You can join us for whatever tickles your fancy feet, whether it is half a mile or the full distance of 4.5 miles!!

The walk leaders wear orange high-viz vests and rucksacks. Call CoolTan Arts on 07985 658443 if you cannot find the walking group on the day.

The walk is free but voluntary donations will be appreciated. You can donate on our JustGiving page.

All welcome!

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Largactyl Shuffle Celebrates International Women’s Day

To celebrate International Women’s Day the Largactyl Shuffle ran a walk on Revolutionary Women on Saturday 16th March.
RW40We walked to Ruskin Park to hear about Phyllis Pearsall who, after leaving home age 14 and sleeping rough in Paris, wrote the London A-Z!!

Walking on, we went through the back streets of Camberwell to Myatts Fields where we were welcomed with an interesting talk on the origins of the park, cottage gardening and their self-sufficient Cafe. We rested with coffee and cakes in their round house – a circular glass building overlooking the park on all sides. Largactyl volunteers entertained us with talks on the Suffragettes and Suffragists, including Fanny Wilkinson who designed Myatt’s Fields.
(Image: Amy Bradshaw)

We walked further to Kennington Park and the Imperial War Museum to hear talks on the activist Olive Morris, now famously framed on the Brixton Pound, and the radical Suffragette Millicent Garret Fawcett. We celebrated Mary Seacole – the famous nurse during the Crimean War who recently, thanks to a public petition, has been saved from being axed from the National Curriculum. We shared talks on the force feeding and imprisonment of the suffragette community and the last talk celebrated the suffragettes with the placing of memorial cards for individual women who worked hard to claim our right to vote.

The walk ended appropriately with an introductory visit to the Feminist Library.

Here are some more images from the walk. All images by Amy Bradshaw.

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Largactyl Shuffle – Revolutionary Women Walk

Saturday 16th March
Start: Maudsley Hospital, Denmark Hill, SE5 8AZ
Ends: Feminist Library, SE1 7XW
Times: 11:30 – 4:30pm
Cost: free/voluntary donation
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Join CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle for the ‘Revolutionary Women Walk’, a guided, stigma-busting cultural walk, designed to celebrate International Women’s Day and encourage mental and physical wellbeing, through art, exercise, humour and history.

The walk will lead us through Ruskin Park and Myatts Fields and across boroughs for talks on local suffragettes and revolutionary women from Southwark and Lambeth.

We will be stopping for short talks on the suffragette and Britain’s first professional landscape gardener, Fanny Wilkinson; the writer, philosopher and advocate for women’s rights, Mary Wollstonecraft; and Alice Chapin, a suffragette who poured chemicals into ballot boxes to disrupt a Southwark by-election.There will also be talks on Olive Morris, who set up the Brixton Black Women’s Group, and two pioneering nurses, Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole.

So join us to make your own mark on Southwark’s Women’s Herstory and celebrate the Suffragettes fight for our equality. We will be placing our own ‘Blue Plaques’ at Revolutionary Women’s sites along the way.

The walk is free but voluntary donations will be appreciated. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring a bottle of water. The walk is accessible to wheelchair users and people with disabilities. The walk leaders wear orange high-viz vests and rucksacks. Call CoolTan Arts on 07985 658443 if you cannot find the group of walkers on the day.

All contributions are much appreciated www.justgiving.com/cooltanarts

All Welcome!

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Largactyl Shuffle LGBT Walk 2013 – Review by Thomas Batterham

February is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History Month, and what better way to celebrate this at CoolTan Arts than by making it the focus of February’s Largactyl Shuffle stigma-busting walk!
IMG_AB-5697_smallAfter meeting outside the Maudsley Hospital we set off at a leisurely pace towards our first stop at Camberwell Green, where we enjoyed some word-play with Polari, a form of slang used extensively in the gay community while homosexuality was still illegal in Great Britain.

Next up we stopped in front of the Magistrate’s Court for an enlightening talk from Estera on the trial of Oscar Wilde and the shifting attitudes towards homosexuality during his life and in the years since his death. After strolling on through the backstreets of Camberwell, by way of Addington Square and Burgess Park, we arrived at CoolTan Arts’ new premises in the heart of Walworth for a welcome tea and coffee break and a performance by talented singer/songwriter Mikye

After a quick hop over the Walworth Road to stock up on delicious cake and browse the jumble at CoolTan, we continued via Elephant and Castle to Saint George the Martyr Church in Borough. Here we were greeted by Reverend Ray Andrews who gave us a unique perspective on the experience of being an openly gay member of the clergy – as featured in the Channel 4 documentary Father Ray Comes Out.

From here we wandered over to Redcross Way and Cross Bones Cemetary, an unconsecrated burial ground used by sex workers since medieval times, and more recently as a paupers’ graveyard. Here we were treated to engaging talks by Emily on the distressing use of electro-shock therapy in the ‘treatment’ of homosexuality during the ‘60s and ‘70s, and from Viola on the artist Andrew Logan and the ‘Alternative Miss World’ event he started in 1972, which sought to challenge the conventional idea of beauty by inviting men to enter as women and vice versa.

Finally, the evening was rounded off by our very special guest, legendary gay rights activist and Southwark resident Peter Tatchell, who delivered a stirring talk on the struggle for equality in sexual orientation and the state of LGBT rights today.

Here are some more photos from the day …

Thanks to everyone who attended and made this walk so much fun, especially our guest speakers and the volunteers who made it possible!

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CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle: The Health Walk – a Review with pictures

On Saturday 19th January CoolTan Arts held the Largactyl Shuffle Health Walk.
jan2013_LS_walk12January walks are walks with no talks. They typify the month of January concentrating on the Largactyl call ‘to come out of the house, join us for a walk and get fit on the way’!!

We were a small dedicated group of new volunteers and Andrew, our Largactyl photographer. To keep warm we marched on, cutting across the west of Camberwell in snow covered streets to our first destination of Myatt’s Fields. We arrived in a snow storm and stopped for coffees in the Victorian band stand.

Next stop was the park’s own community cooking group – ‘Cook & Eat’. We were warmly welcomed by a group of local women and children who insisted on sitting us down to share a three course lunch with them. They treated us to paella, salad, fresh bread and butter, lemon sponge, and a glass of white wine!!
Myatt’s Field run this as a free cooking workshop to teach simple and nutritious cooking for the local community and to share together as a means to ‘meet thy neighbour.’ We stayed for some time chatting and sharing information about our own community groups. Myatt’s Fields also boasts the fact that it was designed by Fanny Wilkinson, one of the first professional women landscape gardeners and a suffragette. Largactyl now plan to return in March to include Fanny Wilkinson in our ‘Revolutionary Women Walk’.

Our walk continued around the back streets of Camberwell and ended with a visit to The Greek Orthodox Church in Camberwell New Road. The church has a lovely detailed interior and a small garden. Again we were warmly welcomed and kindly shown around the interior with Greek translation from Panos! A very positive and community spirited walk in snow clad Camberwell.

Here are some photos from the day …

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CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle – LGBT History Walk

Date: Saturday 16th February 2013
Starting: Maudsley Hospital, Denmark Hill, London SE5 8AZ
Finishing: Cross Bones Cemetery
Times: 12noon – 4:30pm
Cost: free/voluntary donation

Join CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle for the LGBT history walk, a guided, stigma-busting cultural walk, designed to encourage mental and physical wellbeing, through art, exercise, humour and history.

DSC00191_smallEn route we will stop for short talks celebrating past and contemporary LGBT locals, including a talk by human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell. We will also learn about famous Southwark LGBT artistes and the life of Oscar Wilde, explore the relationship between Mental Health and the LGBT community, and much more!

The walk welcomes adults and children of our local LGBT families and all who celebrate LGBT History Month to join us for talks, games and frolics. Please meet outside the main entrance to The Maudsley Hospital, Denmark Hill, SE5.

The walk will start at 12.00 and end at approx 4.30pm at Cross Bones cemetery. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring your own water. There will be a refreshments stop at CoolTan Arts.

LS_logo_small_trans_bgThe walk is accessible to wheelchair users and people with disabilities. The walk leaders wear orange high-viz vests and rucksacks. Call CoolTan Arts on 07985 658443 if you cannot find the walking group on the day.

The walk is free but voluntary donations will be appreciated. You can donate on our JustGiving page.

All welcome!

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Photos from the CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle Sponsored Walk

To raise awareness of the issues surrounding mental health diagnosis, CoolTan Arts marked World Mental Health Day with our annual Largactyl Shuffle Sponsored Walk on 13th October. The walk is our biggest yearly event and covers the 4.8 miles between Maudsley Hospital and Tate Modern. This year we explored the idea of BRANDED – how labels and branding can create stigma against those with mental distress.

Here are some photos of the event:

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CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle and Community Legacy Walk: Games Walk

On Saturday 18th August, the Community Legacy Walks project and CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle joined forces to run the Games Walk, from Hackney Museum to Victoria Park. Here are some images from the day. Check back soon for a full review.

Photo Credit: Jez C Self

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CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle – Charles Dickens Walk

Saturday 21st July
Start: Maudsley Hospital, Denmark Hill, SE5 8AZ
Ends: Dickens Gardens
Times: 12noon – 4:30pm
Cost: free/voluntary donation

Join CoolTan Arts on the Largactyl Shuffle alternative Dickens Walk, a guided walk from Maudsley Hospital to Dickens Square,SE1, where we aim to uncover some of the lesser-known facts about Britain’s most celebrated novelist in this important year of his bicentenary!

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Along the 3 mile route our friendly guides lead you on a journey exploring the local history and landmarks of Southwark and their connection to Dickens life and novels.

Walk with us to find out about Dickens’s hidden links to central Southwark , 19th Century mental health services and the grand local institutions of Camberwell and Peckham houses!

We will stop at Burgess Park to hear about ‘ Victorian & Dickens’s abandoned women’, refresh ourselves in their eatery and see the development of our local park.

Dickens himself had experience of mental distress and insomnia and was famous for taking long walks around London, especially at night.

CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle is a guided, stigma-busting cultural walk, designed to encourage mental and physical wellbeing, through art, exercise, humour and history.

The walk leaders wear orange high-viz vests and rucksacks. Call CoolTan Arts on 07985 658443 if you cannot find the group of walkers on the day.

The walk is free but voluntary donations will be appreciated. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring a bottle of water. The walk is accessible to wheelchair users and people with disabilities.

All Welcome!

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