Flourish 'Nurture': creative learning for North Kensington families this summer

Flourish 'Nurture' is inviting North Kensington families to participate in creative learning led by professional artist-educators this summer. All activities are curated to engage children and parents/carers in imaginative exploration and encourage individual expression in an accessible and welcoming environment. 
The sessions explore the theme of ‘Nurture’, looking at ways to reconnect with our family members, friends and neighbours after 18 months of social restrictions, and exploring ways of supporting each other to thrive.  
All workshops encourage the exploration of materials and ideas, from the construction of ambitious installations indoors to the creation of immersive experiences in the gated garden outdoors. Participants will also be experimenting with natural dyeing processes, clay and storytelling.

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Booking is essential. Families are encouraged to sign up for all three workshops each week if they can. Places are limited to five families per workshop.


Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between Monday 26 July and Wednesday 25 August


ACAVA Maxilla Studios
4 Maxilla Walk
London W10 6NQ


Week 26–28 July
Three-day workshop led by artist Emily Motto where families will be nurturing their senses by experimenting with strange, sticky, soft, wobbly, colourful, tactile and textured everyday materials, making art with things we think we know, and things we think we don’t. 

Monday 26, 10.30 am – 12.30 pm
Explore assemblage and ordering with found objects to create large window-based scenes and patterns using paint pouring and other techniques and materials. 

Tuesday 27 Aug, 10.30 am – 12.30 pm
Experiment with foam marbling and printing with found objects to create drapes and animate our indoor workshop space.

Wednesday 28 August, 10.30 am – 12.30 pm
Make and sculpt with paper clay. Create window scenes with hand-crafted stickers 

Week 2–4 August 
'Nature Nurture' is a three-day workshop where artist Flora Duley, a guest architect and local families will think about space and playfully design and construct dwellings and structures. Participants will experiment with natural and manmade materials, weaving, building and suspending constructed architectural shapes.

Monday 2 Aug, 10.30 am – 12.30 pm
Reimagine the landscape and help map the Maxilla project space using 2D and 3D techniques whilst experimenting with scale, layering and collage.   
Tuesday 3 August, 10.30 am – 12.30 pm
Construct individual dwellings to become part of a collective neighbourhood. Temporary structures will be built using simple folding and construction skills used by architects and artists, with some inspiration from nurturing buildings and habitats. 
Wednesday 4 August, 10.30 am – 12.30 pm
Create large woven structures to make places inside and outside where you can share stories and ideas for a future nurturing landscape. 


Week 9–11 August
Create natural dyes and textiles from plants and food scraps with artist Aimee Parrott 

Monday 9 August, 2 – 4 pm 
Prepare vegetable dyes and experiment with solar jar dyeing (for participants to take home) and painting with vegetable inks.

Tuesday 10 August, 2 – 4 pm
Introduction to bundle dyeing, including foraging for materials in the garden.

Wednesday 11 August, 2– 4 pm
Introduction shibori dyeing techniques with cotton, silk and paper.


Week 16–18 August
Collage, sew, sculpt, paint and plant over three days with artist Camilla Brendon, whilst finding out about sea life and the underwater world. Families will create a large-scale installation of imagined kelp forests and sea creatures, gathering information on the importance of these plants and how we can continue to nurture them.
Mon 16 Aug, 10.30 am – 12.30 pm
Make 3D kelp sculptures using papier mache, recycled materials and collage techniques. 
Tues 17 Aug, 10.30 am – 12.30 pm
Make individual terrariums and planters to take home and help purify the air we breathe.
Weds 18 Aug, 10.30 am – 12.30 pm
Design, make and decorate your very own sea creature using recycled fabrics and learning basic hand-sewing. Add these to the underwater installation, stand back and admire the collaborative artwork that’s been created.  


Week of 23–25 August
Join artist Josh Bilton for three-afternoon workshops exploring clay, nature and forms of storytelling. Throughout the sessions, you will have the opportunity to make small ceramic seeds from clay and to reflect on what you would like to grow and where you would like to plant them. Anything can be grown from the seed: more sun, more sky, birds that have been extinct, a plant, a tree? During the sessions, there will be an opportunity to reflect on the themes of nourishment through clay, drawing and writing.  

Monday 23 August, 2 – 4 pm
Sculpt your own ceramic seeds and reflect on what you would like to grow and nourish.

Tuesday 24 August, 2 – 4 pm
Using an exciting range of materials, sculpt your own pod to hold your ceramic seed.

Wednesday 25 August, 2 – 4 pm
Large scale sculpting to house all of your seed pods and seeds. We will take the sculpture to the garden, plant a ceramic seed in the ground and share our stories on what we would like to grow and nourish.


Storytelling sessions

Explore the theme of Nurture with storyteller Ali Williams. What does it mean to look after one another, the world, ourselves? Through a mix of tales old and new, Ali will help us explore ways of creating our own stories that will nurture us. Our interactive storytelling sessions are suitable for younger audiences from 3+. Everyone is welcome!

Wednesday 28 July, 2.30-3.30 pm 
Tuesday 3 August, 2.30-3.30 pm
Tuesday 17 August, 2.30-3.30 pm
Monday 23 August, 10.30-11.30 am


Supported by

Flourish 'Nurture' has been supported by John Lyon's Charity, the Kensington + Chelsea Foundation and The Kusuma Trust




Image by artist Emily Motto