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Being curious and creative is important to us. With cuts to school budgets, children aren’t getting the chance to be as creative as they could be. That’s where Forever Curious comes in.

Each year we invite 90 local school children to get creative with some W+K volunteers. This year’s workshop was called My Creative Spark and included the creation of some imaginary worlds. Each planet in the magical universe has two sides; one made by a child, the other by a W+K buddy. They’ve come together to make a world where anything is possible.

Special thanks to the amazing kids of Millfields, Newport and St Anne’s Primary Schools. Find out Forever Curious more here.

Curro Coronel joins Makers’ Residency

Hat maker Curro Coronel is the fifth artist to work live in Makers’ Residency, our pop-up creative workspace and gallery.

The Spanish hatter will work in our public facing window in Hanbury Street from today (May 10), culminating in an exhibition on May 18. The residency is being livestreamed at makersresidency.com.

Curro is inspired by his upbringing in a small Spanish town where many families made money through tin, silver and lead mines. The hat maker uses these materials throughout all of his collections, which are constructed using traditional tools and techniques.

Tony Davidson, Executive Creative Director at Wieden+Kennedy London, said: “Curro has infused his work with the rich heritage of his upbringing in the Spanish mining town of Linares. He uses materials and processes inspired by the life of the miners and his own family. While his work feels free and organic in its form, Curro is an uncompromising craftsman, every detail has been carefully explored and considered, making him a perfect addition to Makers’ Residency.”

Curro added: “Makers’ Residency is a great way to give people a real insight into my creative process and see my work and techniques live.”