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STIK to fund new wave of outdoor artworks by diverse artists

20th October 2020
Proceeds from the sale of STIK's ‘Holding Hands’ maquette will be donated to Hackney Council to fund a series of sculptures by diverse artists. The bronze maquette will be auctioned this Friday at Christie’s auction house and hopes to fetch around £120,000.  The news comes after last month’s unveiling of STIK’s 4-metre-high, bronze sculpture called ‘Holding Hands’ landed in Hoxton Square. The permanent sculpture was a culmination of a four-year collaboration between STIK and Hackney Council and was solely funded by the artist.  The arrival of ‘Holding Hands’ has created a new local landmark and has sparked flocks of visitors from local residents to influential figures. Many have posted social media pics of themselves with the artwork with the hashtag #HoldingHands.  Now, the unique, one-off, working maquette of ‘Holding Hands’ is being offered at Christie’s ‘Post-War and Contemporary Art’ sale on Friday 23 October in London.  Artist STIK said: ‘This project is intended to empower artists in East London to celebrate the diverse communities who live here.’  Notes for editors For more information about the unveiling of ‘Holding Hands’ read our September press release. Details of the Christie’s auction are on the Christie's website. Details of the new outdoor artworks and how to apply will be released in the coming months. ‘Holding Hands’ had its genesis in 2016 when Hackney Council asked STIK to design the official Hackney banner for the London Pride Parade featuring two non-gender specific figures. In 2017, STIK began working with the Council to find a permanent home in one of Hackney’s many green-flagged parks with ‘Holding Hands’, his first public sculpture. About the artist: STIK has lived and worked in Hackney for 20 years, seeing the borough from many different perspectives and has painted numerous murals in Hackney, many as a way to give voice to the various communities in the borough. He has had successful exhibitions of his paintings around the world. His work has sold at major auction houses and his monumental public artworks can be found in the streets of cities such as New York and Tokyo. STIK still continues to live and work in Hackney, where he has a studio. For more information on Hackney’s Cultural Development department visit Previous press releases with information on STIK’s work within Hackney are available on the news room

Introducing Hackney's Diverse Curriculum - the Black Contribution

19th October 2020
Cllr Anntoinette Bramble annouces groundbreaking new Black History curriculum, developed by Hackney teachers and council staff.
Groundbreaking new Black history curriculum rolled out across Hackney
Pupils in Hackney are set to learn about Black British history, thanks to a groundbreaking new curriculum, developed by Hackney teachers and council staff. ‘Hackney's Diverse Curriculum - the Black Contribution’ is a new, nine-week lesson plan spanning from Early Years to KS3 and 4 students, and will further the teaching of Black history in Hackney and the UK.  Fittingly announced during Hackney’s Black History Season, the curriculum will enrich the work already being done to teach young people Black British History. The work will also complement the Council’s commitment to being an anti-racist borough as outlined in Hackney’s Black Lives Matter Motion revealed in June 2020.  Hackney's Diverse Curriculum - the Black Contribution will feature a series of modules which catalogue the contributions of Black people across the ages. Modules can be adapted for the needs of students and used by educators at any time. Modules include; When I Grow Up (for Early Years), The Windrush Generation, Activism, Untold Stories, Stories of our Lives, British Identity, Diversity in Science, Windrush; an exploration of British History, and Windrush Past and Present.  Within the Windrush units, students will learn about the announcement of Hackney’s two new public artworks to be revealed in 2021/22. Created by renowned artists Thomas J Price and Veronica Ryan, they will honour Hackney’s Windrush Generation and help young people learn about the power of storytelling through artistic expression.  Artefacts from Hackney’s Museum and Archive will also help bring stories of migration and the origins of Black culture to life.  Notes for editors To find out more visit more information please email's Diverse Curriculum - the Black Contribution will be sent via email to all Hackney Schools and will be available upon request by schools outside of the borough. Funded by Hackney Council. The lesson plans are designed for Early years through to KS3 and 4 students. More information on Hackney’s Black Lives Matter Motion More information on Hackney Council’s Black History Season More about the Windrush Artwork 
19th October 2020
Cyberattack: Council service status update
Hackney Council services are currently significantly disrupted due to a serious cyberattack, and you may experience difficulty contacting us or using our services.  Key essential services, including our coronavirus response, continue to operate, but some of our services may be unavailable or disrupted for some time.  Council staff are working hard to restore services, protect data and investigate the attack with the National Cyber Security Centre, National Crime Agency and external experts.  Residents and businesses are asked to avoid contacting us unless absolutely necessary – but our phone lines remain open for essential help and advice and emergency support. Below is a list of key services that are currently affected. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list, and some other services may be disrupted and slower than normal. This list will be updated regularly. Payments We are currently unable to accept some payments including: rents and service charges, council tax and business rates. Direct Debit payments are not affected. If all payment options are unavailable and you are unable to make a payment as a result of this, you will not be penalised. Payments to some adult social care service users may not be paid. The Council is currently unable to make some payments including: Discretionary Housing Payments, certain supplier payments, housing benefit. If you have not received a payment you were expecting and you need support and advice, please contact us.  Housing Non-emergency repairs may take longer than usual – if you have an existing appointment, please contact us to confirm or rearrange it. Emergency and urgent repairs should be reported by calling 020 8356 3691. Applications and licenses We are currently unable to accept new applications to join the housing waiting list, for housing benefit or for the council tax reduction scheme. Emergency homelessness support and advice is available.  We are unable to process licence applications.  Most planning services are unavailable, including planning applications and land searches. Applications for visitor parking vouchers are unavailable. Reporting and ordering Residents are currently unable to report noise complaints. Please note that there may be a delay in responding to other reports and orders across the Council. Data protection Hackney's Data Protection Officer is Nicholas Welburn, who can be reached on
16th October 2020