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On January 31st our Art in the Park artists and some lovely volunteers from BSkyB crafted some willow animals for a local primary school. We had a gorgeous day weaving willow into fabulous beasts – now on display around the school and playground! Take a look below at some of our work….

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And thank you again to all the volunteers from BSkyB for their hard work!

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What a wonderful day! The Curious Parade at Art in the Park was a great success. To celebrate the re-opening of some of Burgess Park we held a day of arts and craft workshops, music, festivities and parades for all the family. Children and adults brought their bikes, scooters and other wheeled things for a makeover and parade of these creative curiosities.

If you missed this Parade, do not worry – another theatrical fayre of wonderful curiosities will wheel into town to celebrate The Elephant and The Nun festival finale in Burgess Park on September 2nd. We hope you can join us then to take part in our curious bike parade and enjoy the fayre’s crafty workshops, food making and entertainment!

A few weeks ago Art in the Park was involved in The Localise Project, a study trip with Staffordshire University, The University of Warsaw and Vytautas Magnus University. The project involves small groups from each country coming together in Poland, the UK and Lithuania to explore and discuss practices associated with community arts and community development. Art in the Park was one of the venues hosting the study trip in London, with 15 people from the various countries attending. We had a great time and are very happy to have been a part of this wonderful project!

Happy Friday! What a beautiful week it’s been! Fingers crossed we have another week like this…

Classes are running at Art in the Park this week – come see the lovely Burgess Park in this gorgeous weather and get creative and learn some new skills while you’re here. Monday evening is woodcarving with Bill Hudson, open to all abilities. Thursday is pottery with Leyla Folwell, with classes running all afternoon and evening to suit any age and ability. Find out more and book your place here.

There’s plenty to do all around London this week. Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 has recently opened at the Victoria and Albert Museum. A beautiful exhibition held in the newly renovated fashion galleries.

The new cartography exhibition, Mind the Map, at the London Transport Museum looks very interesting. The collection of London transport maps from the last 100 years explore themes of journey, identity and publicity.

Have you seen the art exhibition at Tower Bridge? OPEN is a partnership between Southwark Arts Forum and Tower Bridge, showcasing emerging art and artists in this fantastic space. Art in the Park artist Simon Veis is currently showing some of his work here.

Don’t forget, this weekend is your last chance to catch the great Lucian Freud exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery!

Looking for a great craft project to brighten up your home? I love this wonderful and colourful weekend project from flax & twine – an hand-woven rug, made with a hula hoop!

And who else needs a cool, refreshing drink in this weather? This lavender lemonade looks delicious!

Have a wonderful and sunny week everyone!