I've just delivered the last of a series of Mini Art Club sessions that have taken inspiration from the gorgeous Modern Japanese Design exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery. Participants were invited to follow a trail up to the gallery and young children were drawn to colourful shapes and patterned household objects that were placed on to lightbox surfaces in the gallery, which helped them form connections with the fabrics, patterns and colours within the exhibition.
The immersive studio installation formed connections with the exhibition upstairs as well as the new Clore Art Studio developed by artists Sarah Marsh & Jess Wild, which responds to the fashion focus throughout the building. Inspired by the colours, textures, forms and fabrics upstairs, we created a large-scale sensory den space to crawl through, hide in, climb into and spin around in. Other intriguing objects and materials were also arranged in different corners of the room for children to discover and explore.
You can see the Mini Art Club photo album of the three sessions on MAG's flickr photostream. Also read volunteer Stephanie Mouillard's blogpost about Mini Art Club in Volunteer Voices on the MAG website. Stephanie has also started her own wordpress blog here too!
For July's Mini Art Club we'll be having a Mini Art Club party as it will be my last session in a while. After that I will be off and away to start some work in Singapore... watch this space!