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Forever Curious – My Creative Spark

Last week saw the launch of the My Creative Spark exhibition at Hanbury Hall, showcasing the work of East London primary schools as part of our Forever Curious initiative.

Currently in it’s fourth year, Forever Curious helps kids aged nine to eleven be more creative by offering a platform the current schooling curriculum cannot provide. We work with young people from a diverse range of backgrounds, providing vital creative opportunities for children who need it most.

Each year our team volunteers to work one-on-one with the kids in facilitated workshops where creativity is explored in an uninhibited environment. The output from these sessions is then displayed in an exhibition where the kids are invited back to view their creations.

This year, we tasked the students of Newport, St Anne’s and Millfields primary schools with exploring what their “creative spark” looked like. We talked about a creative spark being the magic moment when creativity strikes, when you are totally engaged with what you’re are doing, and body and mind are fizzing with energy.

The kids brought this to life in three different ways: what their creative spark world would look like, what their flag would be to represent that world and the fashion that would be worn by its inhabitants.

The challenges produced some fantastic work, displayed proudly in the Hanbury Hall exhibition. Big thanks to organiser Jodie Cariss and the W+K buddies, but mostly to to the brilliant kids of Newport, St Anne’s and Millfields. See you next year!

Forever Curious

Forever Curious, our social good platform, now in its fourth year is devised to develop creativity and curiosity in local schools. We are currently working with 90 children across 3 local primary schools. Dramatic cuts in education mean that creativity on the curriculum is almost non-existent. One of our FC partner schools is facing a 350k loss by 2019- equivalent to £800 per child per year making the project pretty fundamental in the current climate. FC isn’t just for the kid’s though; here at WK, we are constantly looking for ways to foster creativity and progress our outlook – the program has shown us that we can learn vast amounts from children who are naturally curious and probably more creative than our actual real life Creatives. Sorry Creatives.
This year’s workshop ‘My Creative Spark’ focused on finding your creativity within. Que: CREATOPIA an imaginary world where anything is possible and no idea is a bad one. How do you get to Creatopia? Through a shimmer curtain and secret handshake of course.
Once they’ve arrived in Creatopia, each child and their buddy (a WK staff member) were set a colourful array of creative workshops. Including planet creation, innovative S/S 2017 outfit making and some thoughtful flag designing. Each constructed to help find their individual creative sparks whatever shape they may take.
All in all it was a inspiring albeit exhausting two days with some adorable feedback from the kids:
“Coming here is like actual sunshine inside.”
“I think coming here is better than watching Manchester United and that’s my number 1 thing.”
“I like it that no one is looking at their phones. At home that happens all the time.”
The one on one attention we give each child in these sessions makes them particularly special for them and us, we had over 100 volunteers this year so thank you to all the WK staff that got involved. The strange and wonderful things produced from the workshops were so beyond our creative imaginations and so good, we are putting them into an exhibition in June to show everyone a glimpse into the world of Creatopia.