Craft School: A Summer of Playful Making
The exhibition is a result of the first year of Craft School, Yinka's Challenge — a national programme for schools that challenges learners aged 5-16 to get making. Led by leading London-based artist Yinka Ilori, children from across the country took part in a schools’ challenge to craft new work in response to the themes of play, storytelling, and empowerment. Underpinned by Make First, the Craft’s Council’s craft pedagogy, the challenge placed materials into the hands of young people to encourage ‘thinking through making’.
At Craft School, visitors can see the winning work of learners and teachers on display, alongside objects from the Crafts Council’s Collection. There will be opportunities for children and families to make, play, get hands-on with objects from the collection and take part in discussions around the importance of craft in classrooms.
With opportunities for craft learning rapidly disappearing from our schools, Craft School is a celebration of the tenacity and creativity of teachers who carve out time and space for making in their classrooms against the odds. The work on display shouts from the rooftops about the joy of making and the importance of open-ended play with materials for children and young people.
“I am trying to really encourage young people in schools to tell their own personal stories within design, whether it's about family or friends or experiences. I think anyone trying to develop their voice in their making, my first tip would be to be proud of your story and don't be afraid to be vulnerable in your work”
Yinka Ilori, Crafts Council trustee, and co-creator of the national school competition Craft School: Yinka’s Challenge.
For more information on the Crafts Council visit www.craftscouncil.org.uk and follow @CraftsCouncilUK on Twitter and Facebook
Crafts Council Gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday, 11am – 5pm. Drop-in or book tickets in advance at crafts-council.arttickets.org.uk/
Craft School workshop programme
• 3 August, 1-2.30pm, FREE family session with Drew Richards
• 10 August, 1-2.30pm, FREE family session with Amy Leung
• 17 August, 1-2.30pm, FREE family session with Katherine Smith
• 24 August, 1-2.30pm, FREE family session with Liaqat Rasul
Crafts Council gallery, 44a Pentonvile Road, London N1 9BY
Sat 9 Jul to Sat 3 September