Making Together: What Happened? – Celebration

Free community workshops
Aston, Birmingham
April – October 2018

As Making Together at Birmingham Settlement came to an end the sharing event brought everyone involved and the wider community together to see what had happened in the residencies , find out a bit more about the artists involved and reflect on what we had all learned. Over 60 people both adults and children attended and enjoyed a chance to make, eat and socialise.

Over the course of the project we ran 30 different making sessions, saw 164 children and 216 adults, employed 6 artists and one documenter and worked with 2 really great volunteers.
It has been great getting to know the community around Birmingham Settlement and we hope making will become an embedded part of the Settlement’s activities in the future.

The group of artists stands together, smiling.
An artist helps a child design with plastic pieces.
A very young child investigates a wet clay pot.
A display of clay items made during workshops.

“It has been a great experience for me personally doing this workshop as it was my first opportunity to work in the community and as I had imagined, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was so wonderful to see so many people attend the last workshop.”

“In and around this area, there is nothing much going on, for mums with young children, so this is fab!”

A very young child reaches for a hammer to work with metal.
A young baby pokes a wet clay pot with a paintbrush.
A boy reaches to touch clay spinning on a potter's wheel.

“Discovering different kinds of art, meeting new and interesting people!”

‘Thank you again for giving me this fantastic opportunity! I enjoyed every minute of my time at the Settlement and feel privileged to be working with you all.’

 “I have learnt finger knitting and met knew people. My little one was happy.”

“I want you to return, I had a wonderful time.”

A table covered with embroidery hoops, paint and leaves.
Girls sit on the floor with spools of wool scattered around them.
Many hands work at a busy table, cutting scraps.


Where Next

Three clay heads of various sizes with different coloured slips, shapes and decoration applied to them.

Made for Play

The creation of interactive artworks designed for very young children.

a young hand pushes into wet clay.

Making Together: What happened? – Clay

See what happened at the clay workshops.

An older man works with a young boy hammering a metal punch.

Making Together

Archive 2019: Read about artists discovering materials with young children and families.

A small boy holds a pices of wet clay and pushes his fingers into it to make a small pot. The image shows adult hands working with the childs hands.

Treasure Boxes

From archive 2005: year-long residency for very young children and their parents/carers from St Thomas Early Excellence Children’s Centre in



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