Join our free workshops & creative events throughout August Art Month

After a very long time, we are very excited to be welcoming the community back this summer to get creative face to face. Every week for the month of August, we are hosting a series of workshops and creative events in Clapham Park celebrating some of the local talent and stories here in the neighbourhood.

All of our workshops are free, with something for every age and ability to get involved. We also have a mix of options suitable for those that are still feeling vulnerable or uncomfortable with large groups.

Special thanks go out to Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing for their continued support of our project, which allows us to be able to offer all our activities for free. We also want to thank all the neighbours and residents of Clapham Park that have gotten involved with us since we started, sharing stories, local knowledge and creative skills.

Check out the schedule below and follow the links for more details. We are looking forward to seeing you all!

Paid Opportunity for Local Artists

If you are creative and have a great idea for a 10 minute artistic experience, consider applying to be one of five featured artists at our Clapham Park ArtBank on 21st August, and get up to £250 to be part of this one day event.

An ArtBank is an opportunity for artists and audiences to reconnect in a brief and immersive creative exchange. Artists develop a ten minute interactive performance — it could be dance, performance, poetry, visual art, music, anything! — that they perform to a small audience (in our case 3 people) for ten minutes. Then the audience rotates until they’ve seen each artist.

Click here for more details and the application form. Deadline is 11th August, 8pm. (**Deadline extended to 13th August 9am).

August Art Month Schedule

Click on the event title for more details and to book. More details being added over the next few days: to be notified of the latest updates, please join our mailing list, or contact us by email or phone so we can add you to our contact list.

Make Embroidery Art with the Embroidery Club and artist Sonia Tuttiett
Saturdays, 7, 14 & 21 Aug, 11am to 1pm @ Clapham Park Cube
Learn to do photo-embroidery or make a felt animal to take home (or just join us for free tea and a chat!). Family-friendly event for all ages (booking recommended).

Mindful Photography Walk with photographer Marcia Chandra
Saturday, 14 August, 2pm to 4pm, meet @ Clapham Park Cube
Bring your camera (or phone camera) and learn to ‘see’ your environment in a new way. A slow accessible walk suitable for those more limited in mobility. Aimed at adults and young people 16+, but under 16s welcome to accompany an adult (booking essential).

Plant Photo Art w/ Fotosynthesis & Agnes Riley Gardeners
Friday, 20 August, 2pm & 4pm @ Agnes Riley Gardens
A workshop for kids and families learning how to make photographic cyanotypes using plants, objects and the power of the sun. We will be hosted in the beautiful food garden created by the Agnes Riley Gardeners (booking essential).

Clapham Park ArtBank: 5 Local Artist Experiences
Saturday, 21 August, various times throughout day @ Clapham Park Cube
Prepare to be wowed by five local artists in a series of 10 minute performances. The full experience lasts 90 minutes. This event will have stricter Covid guidelines making it especially welcoming to those still feeling vulnerable in crowds; there will be very small audience numbers, required masks and social distancing (booking essential).

Neighbourhood Party & Craft Market
Saturday, 28 August, 11am to 3pm @ Clapham Park Cube
Join us to celebrate Clapham Park, our creative neighbours and see some of the work the Clapham Park Creative Co-op has been working on over the past few years. Shop from local creatives in the craft market, dance to some drums, see people you haven’t seen in a long time. More details will be posted soon.

History Walk with Alyson Wilson from The Clapham Society
Sunday, 29 August, 2:30 to 4pm @ Agnes Riley Gardens (Postponed from 8 August)
A slow accessible walk suitable for limited mobilities. Aimed at adults and young people 16+, but under 16s welcome to accompany an adult (booking essential).

Important information

Workshops are held at either the Clapham Park Cube (116 Kings Ave, SW4 8EP) or Agnes Riley Gardens (Atkins Rd, London SW12 0AH).

Booking is essential for most events, but we recommend RSVPing for drop-in sessions as well to help us manage numbers or keep you updated in case of any changes. Due to limited capacity for some activities, we may open booking only a few weeks before the event to ensure more people have a chance to join. To be notified of the latest updates, please join our mailing list, or contact us by email or phone so we can add you to our contact list.

A note on Covid-19: All of our staff and activity leaders will take lateral flow tests before the workshops; we encourage participants to do the same if you are able. Our workshops will continue to adhere to COVID-19 good practice where possible including social distancing, encouraging mask wearing if inside (and outdoors if you would prefer), and regular hand sanitisation. The ArtBank event will have stricter Covid protocols in place to accommodate members of the community that continue to exercise caution in public places.

We ask you to please consider others as many of our workshops are attended by people that are still being careful in public settings. If you are feeling unwell or experiencing any symptoms, we ask you to please stay home.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.

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