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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!

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!

Hello there! Things to Make and Do posts have moved to Fridays – to get you ready for the weekend and the week ahead.

It’s a busy weekend at Art in the Park – both Bill Hudson and Leyla Folwell will be in the studio, running a woodworking class and a plate or bowl making workshop. After that, Monday will be woodcarving with Bill again. On Tuesday Andrea Sinclair will be running a one day pewter workshop, where you can learn to make your own jewellery. And Thursday will be pottery with Leyla Folwell – with classes running in the afternoon and evening for kids and grown ups alike! Phew! To find out more and book your place, click here!

This weekend is the last chance to catch the World Photography Awards at Somerset House a great exhibition of contemporary photography, spanning many different subjects such as current affairs, sport, portraiture, landscape and fashion.

Museums at Night, the annual after hours event happening at hundreds of museums and galleries up and down the country takes place this weekend. The Royal Observatory, National Gallery, Design Museum and more open up their doors at night for special events and workshops!

Ways with Words, a festival or words and ideas is happening this weekend in Opera Holland Park. Each day will feature around five events, with speakers such Alain de Botton, Jeremy Paxman, Maureen Lipman and Jimmy Carr.

This week will be your last chance to catch the Lucian Freud Portraits exhibition at the National Portraits Gallery. The exhibition runs until the 27th of June, make sure you don’t miss it!

Looking for a weekend project? How about these fantastic Hanging Mason jars lights! Quite an advanced project, but a stunning result if you have the time and patience.

And how about something tasty for the week – doesn’t this lemon tart look good? Yum!

Whatever you are doing this week, have a great time!

Happy Monday all! It’s a beautiful start to the week, a welcome change from all the rain. Fingers crossed it stays that way…

There’s so much going on at Art in the Park this week. Tonight is woodcarving with Bill Hudson – learn which tools to use, health and safety, how to best design and plan your carving, carving techniques, different uses of materials and much more… This Wednesday is the first in our new Lino Printing lessons with Simon Veis, a course which will guide you through all the stages from design to printing. Thursday is pottery with Leyla Folwell, with different classes running for all ages and levels of ability. Try your hand at ‘up-cycling’ old clothes with Jill Newman’s new Eco Fashion workshop on Friday evening. And this Saturday is Life Drawing, a class for anyone who wants to learn life drawing or enhance and work on their practice. For more information click here. How will you be getting crafty and creative this week?

There are some great new exhibitions on this week. A new exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci’s study of anatomy opens at The Queen’s Galllery this Friday. This groundbreaking work was lost for 400 years after his death in 1519, but can now be enjoyed in the largest exhibition of his studies of the human body.

A new exhibition of Bauhaus, ‘Bauhaus – Art as Life‘ opens at the Barbican on Thursday. From expressionist beginnings to a pioneering model uniting art and technology, this London exhibition presents the Bauhaus’ utopian vision to change society in the aftermath of the First World War.

If the sun stays out, what a better way to spend Sunday than taking a walk through the bluebells? Take a guided walk through the Bluebell woods within the Garden at Osterley Park and House!

Are you looking for something crafty to do this week? I absolutely love this stunning doily lampshade, why not give it a go this week?

Have a wonderful week, whatever you’re doing.

We’re very excited about the new eco-fashion classes starting this Friday at Art in the Park! Fabba-Friday’s Eco Fashion and Textiles Club is an experimental recycling fashion and sewing club, based on the informal “Stitch and Bitch” craze. Run by artist Jill Newman, it will offer evenings of sociable, informal creativity- and refreshment.

This recession friendly workshop will be running at Art in the Park on the last Friday of the month from 6pm – 9pm, for a mere £10 or £6 for concessions.

Bring a project or just come along and try out some ideas and techniques. Guidance and help is on hand from artist Jill Newman who has been making recycled clothes, costumes, textiles and accessories since the 1980’s.

For more information and to book your place please click here!