The Children’s Art School is inviting families and children of all ages to help create a magical space jungle installation at free drop-in sessions, in the centre of Huddersfield, during the school holidays.
All the free sessions are run by leading artists with all art materials provided. There is also chance to join music, drumming and dance workshops, with a festival style finale taking place on Thursday August 31 and Friday and Saturday September 1 and 2, when people are encouraged to bring a picnic.
The summer of ‘Space Jungle’ art sessions are to be held each Thursday and Saturday, at Unit 33-34 in the Piazza Centre, Huddersfield.
Everyone taking part in the sessions will input towards the final creation, in the Interplanetarium themed surroundings of the unit, in the centre of town.
Chloe Williams, director of the Children’s Art School, which is based in Holmfirth but whose artists work across Kirklees on many projects, said: “This is an amazing opportunity to get involved with an experimental world of sculpture, light and sound.
“We want to give children of all ages an ‘out of this world experience’, something unusual and something they wouldn’t normally access or experience in their local community.”
The Children’s Art School believes that participation brings the community together and offering an opportunity to do something different in an unexpected place, like an empty shop unit in the centre Huddersfield.
Chloe added: “Inclusivity is important and this is a chance for children of all ages to experience high quality arts, to create alongside artists. The creativity and making is more important than what is actually made.”
The immersive artworks by PifPaf Theatre and artist Alison Smith, will form the centre pieces of the installation. The 13 days of workshops will see visual, sound and dance artists working with families and children to co-create artworks exploring colour, shape, texture, light and sound.
A festival style finale event will see artists, musicians, dancers and drama practitioners facilitate imaginative play; whilst pop up dance workshops and street performers will create a festival vibe, bringing people together to place children’s creativity front and centre, in what will become Huddersfield’s future Cultural Heart.
The project is funded by Arts Council England, One Community and Kirklees Libraries with support from Kirklees Council and the University of Huddersfield, through the Temporary Contemporary programme, which offers space to creative people, businesses and organisations.
Organisers will be sharing with families details of the Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Schools Out! Programme, to support children who are eligible for free school meals in Kirklees, as well as a number of fun creative activities.
All drop-in sessions are to be held every Thursday and Saturday from 11am-3pm, at Unit 33-34, The Piazza Centre, Huddersfield, HD1 2RS, with the finale festival event on August 31 and September 1 and 2 when people attending can bring a picnic.