Plant Photo-Art Workshop for Kids

A workshop for kids and parents learning how to make photographic cyanotypes with using plants, objects and the power of the sun, led by Fotosynthesis and hosted by the Agnes Riley Gardeners.

Date: Friday, 20 August 2021
Time: 2-3:30pm or 4-5:30pm
Cost: £ Free
Ages: Good for children of all ages, under 8s must be accompanied by an adult
Spaces: 15 maximum per workshop, booking required
Location: meet at Agnes Riley Gardens, Atkins Rd, London SW12 0AH see it on Google Maps
Hosted by: Clapham Park Creative Co-op with Fotosynthesis and Agnes Riley Gardeners

Book by phone: 07715060091

This will be a fun, interactive workshop for kids of any age to learn how to make photo prints (cyantypes) using the power of sun. We will be visiting the Agnes Riley Community Garden with the gardeners to collect flowers and leaves, and create beautiful prints that can be taken home, having conversations about nature and art along the way. We invite parents to also come and get involved — join the gardeners for refreshments, and learn about this beautiful secret spot in Clapham Park.

This workshop will be led by art facilitator Carô Garvey from Fotosynthesis, which specialise in using images to engage and connect people.

This event is free thanks to funding from Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing. Special thanks to the Maytree Nursery for letting us use their water and covered area for the workshop.

Carô Gervay works as a photographer, artist, and facilitator in the UK, France and Vietnam. Her multicultural background and love of all forms of creative expressions made her develop projects linking everyday life with identities and memories. Her approach is intuitive, intimate, and experimental. She is a co-director at the Gate Darkroom, a community darkroom based at Thames-Side Studios, Woolwich; an associate artist at the youth organisation Phakama UK; and a member of the Asia Art Activism research network.

Fotosynthesis is a social enterprise that uses images and participatory methods to engage, connect, create, and advocate since 2009, delivering short and long-term projects, one-off workshops, training, and audiovisual productions. Based in Lambeth for many years, we now also work all across the country and internationally. We have been designing and delivering creative participatory processes with a strong emphasis on democratic participation and ethics of representations for more than 10 years with different communities and many with migrants refugees and asylum seekers with RefugeeYouth (since 2009), Jesuit Refugee Services UK (since 2012 and currently working with them), Latin American Women Rights Services, Latin Elephant, Museum of London, The Children’s Society and many more.

The Agnes Riley Community Garden is maintained by a group of ‘green thumb’ neighbours of all diversities in Agnes Riley Park for a number of years. It is host to a wide variety of vegetables, herbs and flowers. In 2021, with the help of The National Lottery and Urban Canopy, the gardeners now have a newly covered poly-tunnel and newly raised bed, and have run Sow at Home seedling projects. They are very welcoming to visitors and eager to engage new members of the community to join them.

What can you expect in this workshop?

This will be a very fun and engaging workshop where children will get to learn about nature and plants, while making beautiful prints. Cyanotypes are exciting to make and offer different ways to be creative with shapes and words. Some members of the Agnes Riley Gardeners will be there in the afternoon to give us a tour of the garden as we collect pieces for the artwork, and engage in conversation about nature and gardening.

We invite parents to join us also and participate in the conversations, and hang out and meet neighbours while visiting this wonderful secret place of Clapham Park. Refreshments will be provided (juice, water, coffee and tea).

Who is this workshop for?

This event is aimed at children of all ages; children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Parents and guardians are encouraged to join us and participate.

Important information

Registration and cancellation: This event is free to you, and we ask that as far as possible by booking a place you commit to attending.  Places are limited, and we want to be sure we offer an opportunity to as many people as possible. Please let us know or cancel your registration if you can no longer attend; no-shows may be prevented from registering to future free workshops and events.

Covid-19 Guidelines: All of our staff and leaders will take lateral flow tests before the workshop; we encourage others to do the same if you are able. Our workshops will continue to adhere to COVID-19 good practice including social distancing, encouraging mask wearing if inside (and outdoors if you would prefer), and regular hand sanitisation. 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.

Weather: This event will be held outside, rain or shine. If it rains, we will be holding the event under shelter.

Please bring:
— umbrella and/or waterproof gear for walking in the garden if it rains
— hand sanitiser and mask
— light refreshments will be provided (please bring your own snacks)

Photography/Video: Please note that this event will be photographed and recorded to share on our social media and communications material (names will not be shared publicly). Please let the photographer know at the start of the event if you do not wish to be recorded.

Access Notice

— This event is relaxed and slow; you are welcome to take breaks at any point.
— If you have additional access needs, please contact us and we will do our best to support you to participate.

Book by phone: 07715060091

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