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Exploring contemporary craft in early years.
Exhibition - 4th-25th May 2007
Seminars - Thursday 17th May and Thursday 24th May
Family Day - Saturday 19th May
at The Custard Factory, Birmingham
The exhibition will be held at the Custard Factory Gallery in Birmingham from the 4th – 25th May 2007.
Over the last two years, Craftspace has initiated two developmental projects working in early years settings with parents, carers and children. These projects, Treasure Boxes and Finding Space, have focused on the creative exploration of materials and in providing opportunities for parents and children to develop their creativity together.
The exhibition will include images/documentation from the two projects as well as commissioned work developed by the makers in response to the projects.
On Saturday the 19th May families are invited to drop-in and participate in creative activities with makers.
How can you take part?
Craftspace and St Thomas Children’s Centre are hosting two seminar study days as part of the exhibition programme which will explore how contemporary craft can impact on early years creative learning.
Who is this event for?
Early years educators and practitioners
Makers and artists interested in working in Early Years
Thursday 17th May and Thursday 24th May 10.00am-3.00pm
The Custard Factory Theatre, Gibb Street, Birmingham, B9 4AA.
See, hear about and discuss findings and key questions;
How can families work creatively together? How can we stimulate parents’ creativity? What is the contribution of the maker? And what is the role of documentation?
Bookable nursery days
During the exhibition nurseries will be able to take part in half day sessions at the gallery with makers Jon Williams (potter), Ruth Spaak (glass/plastics maker), Rita Patel (jewellery designer maker), and Laura Ellen Bacon (willow artist).
The forms were built by the parents and children and dictated by them. I offered ideas and inspiration on how to begin to develop the shapes. The children enjoyed the freedom of being able to use the materials in the ways they wanted and being able to make their mark.
Laura Ellen Bacon, maker
The project artists will be involved in the exhibition and programme:- Jon Williams, potter, Rita Patel, jewellery designer maker, Ruth Spaaks, glass/plastics maker, Laura Ellen Bacon, willow artist, and Marcus Rowlands documenter.
St Thomas Early Excellence Children’s Centre
Bloomsbury Children’s Centre
Developing people, ideas and opportunities through contemporary craft.