Summer Creators - Portals to Nature

Welcome to Summer Creators!

Kids as well as grown-ups of all ages will find something to build, make and create at East Quay this summer! With a variety of different creative themes running each week of the school holidays, we have plenty to keep whole families from getting bored.

Activities are often FREE drop-ins (donations welcome), as well as lots of artist-led bookable activities available for a small charge (please see each event listing for further information and booking).

Linking with our exhibition, ‘Better Than This’, we’re harnessing the power of mother nature. This week we’re offering the chance to explore eco-processing photography techniques, make your own mushroom growing kit, experiment with natural dyes and take part in a ‘Council of All Beings’ workshop.

MONDAY 15 AUGUST

Summer Creators: Decorative Leaves

This week is portals to nature week, come and join in our group art installation.  We will be launching this on Monday as a family drop-in session but it will be available all week to add to if you are visiting East Quay on a different day. 

Come and add some art to all sorts of different types and shapes of leaves, then add to our overall art installation for the week.

Join us in the Courtyard from 10-11am for the Group installation. FREE

Summer Creators: Natural Dyeing

Exploring different natural dyes using vegetables and spices. You will create a series of samples and experiment with dyeing with lambswool and onto calico fabric. This workshop is for 10+ due to using hot pans.

This workshop takes place in the Creator Space from 2-4pm, costs £5 and is suitable for age 10+.

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TUESDAY 16 AUGUST

Summer Creators: Decorative Leaves

This week is portals to nature week, come and join in our group art installation!  We launched this on Monday as a family drop-in session but it will be available all week to add to if you are visiting East Quay on a different day. 

Come and add some art to all sorts of different types and shapes of leaves, then add to our overall art installation for the week.

Available in the Courtyard all day from 10am to add to the Group installation. This is an unmanned activity. FREE

Summer Creators: Nature Painting

Explore creating brushes from natural objects and use graphite to continuous line draw over the top of mark made patterns. This is a fun workshop for all ages, a time to experiment with natural objects, paint, charcoal and graphite.

Join us in the Courtyard from 10-12pm. FREE

WEDNESDAY 17 AUGUST

Summer Creators: Decorative Leaves

This week is portals to nature week, come and join in our group art installation!  We launched this on Monday as a family drop-in session but it will be available all week to add to if you are visiting East Quay on a different day. 

Come and add some art to all sorts of different types and shapes of leaves, then add to our overall art installation for the week.

Available in the Courtyard all day from 10am to add to the Group installation. This is an unmanned activity. FREE

Summer Creators: Mini Council of all Beings

A fun workshop for all ages, imagining ourselves as anything that is living but non human, real or imagined. Through sharing, singing, making and imagining we will form a council and bring our ‘messages to the humans’.

In this workshop we will: 

  • Talk about our favourite memories of being in nature
  • Join in a song imagining different beings
  • Walk through the ‘portal’ and become our chosen being
  • Make a head dress of our beings
  • Form a circle and each bring a message to the humans

This workshop takes place in the Creator Space from 10-11.30am, costs £3 and is suitable for all ages.

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Summer Creators: Eco Processing and Cyanotypes

Explore creating photos without using a camera. Inspired by the current exhibition ‘Better than this’ Kathy Hindes work. Learn how to create cyanotypes and Phytograms using natural developing processes.

This workshop takes place in the Creator Space from 2-4pm, costs £8 and is suitable for age 8+.

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THURSDAY 18 AUGUST

Summer Creators: Decorative Leaves

This week is portals to nature week, come and join in our group art installation!  We launched this on Monday as a family drop-in session but it will be available all week to add to if you are visiting East Quay on a different day. 

Come and add some art to all sorts of different types and shapes of leaves, then add to our overall art installation for the week.

Available in the Courtyard all day from 10am to add to the Group installation. This is an unmanned activity. FREE

Summer Creators: Grow Oyster Mushrooms - Kids!

A fun session where you will learn how to grow oyster mushrooms. You will prepare your own grow kit to take home and fruit. If you love gardening, why not come and learn to grow mushrooms! In this hour session you’ll learn a lot of fun facts about mushrooms, and make a mushroom growing block to take home and watch grow.

This workshop takes place in the Creator Space from 2-3pm, costs £8 and is suitable for age 8+.

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Summer Creators: Grow Oyster Mushrooms - Adults!

This course will help demystify mushroom growing, leaving you with the knowledge and kit to grow your own mushrooms at home. Learn to grow your own oyster mushrooms! The course includes a cup of fresh mushroom tea, a mushroom growing talk, and a practical session where you’ll make your own grow-at-home block that you can take away to fruit.

This workshop takes place in the Creator Space from 5-6.30pm, costs £15 and is an evening workshop for adults.

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FRIDAY 19 AUGUST

Summer Creators: Decorative Leaves

This week is portals to nature week, come and join in our group art installation!  We launched this on Monday as a family drop-in session but it will be available all week to add to if you are visiting East Quay on a different day. 

Come and add some art to all sorts of different types and shapes of leaves, then add to our overall art installation for the week.

Available in the Courtyard all day from 10am to add to the Group installation. This is an unmanned activity. FREE

Summer Creators: Land Art

Family workshop creating Land art. Exploring nature and creating giant pieces of art from natural objects. This event is a drop in session and can be enjoyed by all. Create land art using natural found objects, leaves, twigs, flowers, pebbles, shells.

Join us in the Courtyard from 10-12pm. FREE

Share pictures of your creations from our workshops on Instagram using the hashtag #eastquaysummercreators