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ArtLab: The Archipelago at Earlsmead Primary School

Children at Earlsmead Primary School, Tottenham took part in Saturday workshops that follow the model of Iniva Creative Learning’s integrated art and art therapy programme: ArtLab. Led by artist Shepherd Manyika and supported by therapist Anna Sikorska, the workshops focused on supporting a small group of children in developing their emotional and relational skills whilst providing space for individual creativity. Increasing confidence and broadening horizons were central to the workshop goals and the children were introduced to a wide range of art and artists.

The children were involved in making artwork which include designing their own island, creating fantastical costumes, learning about printing techniques, playing with sound and also included a drawing tour around Tate Britain. Through the workshops, a safe, non-judgmental space was created for the children to voice their feelings and learn new skills by working together. An exhibition of their work ran from 9 May – 4 June at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre, N15 4RX. A film by Shepherd Manyika in response to the work of the children was screened at the opening event on 9 May (a clip will be made available soon).

Many thanks to the dedicated staff at Earlsmead Primary School. The workshops are made possible by the generous support of BBC Children in Need.