Starting in 2017, Flourish is an on-going school holiday art programme for local families with primary school aged children. It takes place at ACAVA's Maxilla Walk Studios and offers a space for families to get creative and enjoy learning new skills with professional artists.

The initiative began as a one-off eco-art project funded by the Westway Trust, however following the devastating Grenfell Tower fire, the need for a safe, creative and family-friendly space for local people to come together was evident. Over time the project has developed, and we invite a broad range of artists to respond to a different theme each holiday, enabling families to explore what art is and can be.

Past programmes have included; building an installation that explores our relationship to the galaxy; science and art themed activities including making spinning planets and potato batteries; creating video installations using homemade camera obscuras, as well as activities such as printmaking, large scale collage and textile-based projects.

For younger audiences we run interactive storytelling sessions using puppets, props and input from the children. We weave wonderful imaginative tales that often journey through the building, garden and beyond.

In response to requests, most recently we have introduced teen-only sessions.

Although Flourish will not be taking place at Maxilla this school holiday (Easter 2020), we have been working with some of our favourite Flourish artists to deliver a remote programme for families to participate in at home. This includes an exciting new stop-frame animation initiative. Find out more here and follow #Flourishathome.

For more information on past workshops, please visit the following pages on our website:


Programme 2020


Programme 2019


Programme 2018


Programme 2017


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