Flickr Upload: The Early Years Atelier at the Whitworth

A moment of focus amidst a buzz of activity in the Atelier.  Image courtesy of Karen Hewitt, 2015.

How many pictures do we take in a lifetime? Every Monday I take at least 20-50 images in the Early Years Atelier alone! You can see some of these images on the Whitworth's Flickr  photostream here.

The Early Years Atelier is a new concept in the Clore Learning Studio at the Whitworth. It runs every Monday from 10am-4pm and is a free, drop-in space for families and community groups with young children.

I have been developing and delivering the Atelier since the gallery opened this February 2015 and each week different materials and objects have been introduced as provocations for open-ended play, socialising, exploration of materials, expressive language development, conversations, role play, action, movement and positive interactions between participants.

At the time of writing we have had over 1500 visits to the Atelier - which is very exciting. I really hope that a wide range of people come to use the Atelier as a valuable community resource and space which they can return to again and again. To get a sense of some of the ways participants have encountered the space, click here. Activity in the Atelier is observed, documented and evaluated each week and respond to interests, ideas and interactions of all those who use it.