Creative enrichment, all walks of life
Series of events to foster community engagement
In a community-based setting, our creative enrichment events emphasise learn-by-doing and participation regardless of experience. We further encourage all walks of life at exhibitions that showcase aspiring, emerging and professional artists alike.
Free and low cost events that are accessible to the general public are extremely time consuming and therefore costly to produce and promote. We rely on art buyers and workshop hosts to help continue our work. Please show your support with an art purchase, or host a creativity workshop for your community.
Attend a creativity workshop
Visual expression for communities and society
Ideal for absolute beginners seeking new ways to discuss and explore collective interests, from local to global.
This workshop is an opportunity to contemplate, draw and collage your thoughts in response to community and societal themes, the results of which you can use to continue the discussion with a wider audience.
Held at a garden venue
The first half involves warm-up drawing exercises, most of which are quite fast-paced. These help to build towards creating a drawing or collage, or some combination. The aim is for all to create a visual representation of the workshop theme, in their unique style.
The hope is that all participants gain a sense of confidence from using practical skills to try new ideas, and a sense of accomplishment having made something from scratch in a limited amount of time.
Battersea Park location at your preferred time of day or evening - weekdays or weekends
Ideal for adults who have no experience or confidence with visual expression
Typically two hours
Up to 20 participants per session
Can be adapted to family audiences and young people. Under 18s must be accompanied by a parent or their adult guardian at all times
Workshop fees apply
Buy from Art Hut
Locals’ Art Hut is hosted by Thrive Charity Battersea Park in their Main Garden. Continuing an ongoing series of creative enrichment events in SW London curated by Mel Barry since 2013, this initiative:
Offers accessible creative enrichment to all walks of life and all abilities
Promotes connections within and between communities and generations
Widens enjoyment of creativity from deep within the grassroots, in particular for vulnerable, isolated or marginalised adults
Nature inspired drawing workshop
For Thrive's Autumn Open Day, a south west London based printmaker gave her time to run a drawing workshop for all ages and levels of experience. Participants observed and drew from still life in the tranquillity of the autumn garden.
Amanda's prints and originals can be purchased from the Locals’ Art Hut and The Popsy Set.
Nature inspired sculpture trail workshop at Vauxhall City Farm
Participants worked with sculptor Sophie Marsham to create outdoor sculptures from vintage and other found objects. This event took place druing the 2017 Chelsea Fringe, kindly supported by @vauxhallone.
Ideal for communities looking to showcase their creativity, talent and ideas.
The body of work highlighted views about neighbourhood improvements; excessive urbanisation; personal space on the street, dog mess and other pollution.
During this public event, families from at least six boroughs enjoyed 50 free places in collaborative workshops run by professional artists.
Kindly supported by The London Framing Studio and The Magic Garden.
A similar event can be hosted by any community anywhere. Enquiries: email@example.com
The Move Exhibiton collection of visual art is inspired by dance, music and theatre.
The inaugural Move Exhibition launched in 2014 with a four day group show in London, followed by a tour of public venues in central London and Bath.
The Collection is curated by Mel Barry. Please click here for Move Exhibition stories.
In the making of the Move Exhibition collection, individuals aged between 3 and 84 enjoyed hundreds of free places in art workshops run by 10 professional artists over a period of eight months. These enrichment activities were hosted by charities, social enterprise, primary schools and public venues and culminated in a group exhibition with a private view opening for artists and their families. Please click here for Move Exhibition stories.
Move Exhibition art is available to purchase from The Popsy Set.
Together, the collective inspiration of aspiring and professional artists alike has produced distinct and lively Move Exhibition art from scratch, all based on their own observations of music, dance and theatre. Please click here for Move Exhibition stories.
Art in a Five Star Urban Garden
Collaborative art workshop in RHS registered primary school garden
Hosted by Christ Church CE primary school Battersea, sculptor Sophie Marsham worked alongside parents, teachers, students and their siblings making art to adorn a log cabin nestled at the back of the wonderful garden, used by teachers and pupils for learning within the garden environment.
The summer event was a great opportunity for all walks of life to enjoy a group process of creation and self-expression. Sophie guided participants to create people figures, from wooden picnic cutlery, reflecting the diversity of the local area.
The school’s vision was to develop a community garden that would change thinking by inspiring local families to grow fruit and vegetables. Since 2009, the school and their local community have worked hard to transform the once disused allotment, ensconced between buildings on the local estate which borders the school, into a thriving and productive garden educational resource. With help from the RHS Campaign for School Gardening, the Capital Growth Scheme and Covent Garden Sprouts Project they give pupils, staff, parents and local families a hands-on experience of sustainability. It is one of 100 gardens to have achieved level 5 which is the highest category in the RHS campaign for School Gardening with over 17,000 schools registered.
Nearly 90 per cent of pupils at the school are from differing minority ethnic heritages, with the largest proportions being Black African and Black Caribbean. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language and who are not fluent in English when they enter the school is treble the national average. The proportion known to be eligible for free school meals is also three times higher than the national average.
A four-day group exhibition in 2013 at a youth club in Battersea, London during a local Fringe Arts Festival. Emerge at Devas featured sculptures and mixed media, paintings, drawings and film by aspiring and professional artists; a range of ages and walks of life.
With support provided by an Unltd Star People Award