16 and 19 December 2020: Animated Animal Stories Workshops with Amber Cooper-Davies

Learn a simple technique for animating your own paper animal puppet with illustrator Amber Cooper-Davies. Taking inspiration from our Animal Stories exhibition, you can tell your own stories of your favourite animals, guided by Amber’s instructions and limited only by your imagination!

Places cost £6 per person. Sign up by 6 December to receive a pack of materials to use in the workshop by post, but you can also take part using your own paper and pens if you prefer. You will need your own scissors, and a mobile device or tablet.

Suitable for adults 16 years plus, or families with children of 7 years plus. Children attending must be supervised by a responsible adult. The event will take place online via Zoom.

Past events

18 November 2020: Calming Calligraphy Workshop with Laura Edralin

Hounslow-based artist Laura Edralin takes us through a Calming Calligraphy workshop. Inspired by her Creative People and Places exhibition Hounslow’s Hidden Heroes, this workshop provides an opportunity to take part and try your hand at calligraphy.

Get a cup of tea, print the sheets (download here), find a felt tip pen and join in!

28 September 2020: Online Launch of Hounslow’s Hidden Heroes by Laura Edralin

Hounslow’s Hidden Heroes by Laura Edralin launched online with a celebration event.

Featuring portraits of local people, this project celebrates the ordinary people in the community doing extraordinary things. Many are helping to support and unite society through distributing food, helping people in need of advice and by improving their local area.

The portraits are made digitally using continuous lines, symbolising the ways in which we are all interconnected. Each person featured has been nominated by a colleague, friend or family member for their remarkable contribution to the community.

Laura is an artist specialising in calligraphy, and continuous line portraits. Working in a high-profile arts and music industry for many years, she explored mindfulness and creativity to support her mental health and wellbeing journey. After reconnecting with her creative outlet and love of line drawings, her work has become a popular space for celebrating flowers, figures and faces, using unbroken lines to create these pieces. Laura is passionate about improving people’s wellbeing, she has worked with organisations, such as the Royal Albert Hall, to establish and develop wellbeing committees and strategies. Laura co-founded the UK National Arts Wellbeing Collective, a platform for organisations and individuals within the Arts, Heritage, Cultural and Production industries to find wellbeing resources and support.

22 June 2020: Meet the Artist (online) with Rehmat Rayatt

Rehmat talked about her practice, including her Creative People and Places Hounslow commission Music & Me which links two of her biggest passions – music and photography.

Rehmat’s work has been published in The Guardian and The Telegraph as well as being exhibited at the Southbank Centre and broadcast on Sky Arts. She is based in Hounslow, and works all over the world.

7 May 2020: Meet the Artist (online) with Gerald Curtis

Listen to an extract from our Meet the Artist with Gerald Curtis online event. Hear Gerald talk about his creative process and the ideas explored in his exhibition Regeneration on Hounslow Heath, a series of works that document the aftermath of a wildfire on the heath.

Gerald works with performance, painting and photography. Graduating from the Performance Pathway at the Royal College of Art in 2017, Gerald has created a practice centred around public spaces, their use and importance.

Recently, he has been working with London Creative Network and Photofusion to develop projects using photography as a means to document works that last beyond conventional exhibition time frames. In particular, he is interested in looking at the process of walking and its uses in public space.

20 April 2020: Meet the Artist (online) with Aleesha Nandhra

Listen to an extract from our Meet the Artist with Aleesha Nandhra event.

Aleesha is the artist behind Neighbourhood Tastes, our exhibition exploring food, culture and sharing. In this talk, she explains her creative process for making illustration, and her approaches to working with communities.

Aleesha is an Illustrator and Printmaker from London, whose works manage to carefully tread the line between being whimsical and being highly emotionally evocative. A graduate of the Cambridge School of Art, Aleesha’s work manages to capture the spirit of several cultural phenomena, be they from home or abroad, and also manages to spark fun and life into objects that are otherwise considered mundane. She continues to create works on a freelance basis for clients including: Google, LA Times, The Barbican and more.