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Art Editorial

shipleykids17.jpg Get crafty. Get arty. Get Shipley.

The Shipley Art Gallery’s year long celebration for their 100th birthday continues apace during the summer months with a raft of activities for all the family.

What are summers really for? Making stuff, that’s what – both memories and things you can take home – and The Shipley are delivery on both counts over the coming weeks. Every Thursday throughout the school holiday they are inviting families to Get Crafty and try a new arty activity each time. These drop-in sessions take place between 10am-2pm and activities including decorating mugs, creating clay sculptures and making textile wall hangings.

For families in search of a challenge, Family Makes are for children and their grown-ups to work together and learn new skills with local artists. In Family Makes: Crazy Patchwork (28 July), artist Louise Underwood will guide families through the patchwork process from design to making and decorating. In Family Makes: Felted Forms (16 August), artist Omi Pharncote will help families create an embellished felt bowl out of sheep’s fleece. Family Makes workshops have limited availability so early booking is recommended via the Shipley Art Gallery website.

Families in need of a challenge should check out Family Makes: Felted Forms (16 August) with artist Omi Pharncote who will be helping families create an embellished felt bowl out of sheep’s fleece (limited availability – book through the website, below).

Young people can also get the chance to work with street artist Bobzilla for an urban bird spray workshop (birds being Bobzilla’s symbol for freedom - 25 August). The workshop will cover themes of identity and culture, as well as being a space to experiment creatively with spray paint.

More information on all of The Shipley’s classes and events from the website, below.

The Shipley Art Gallery, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead. shipleyartgallery.org.uk