Family Workshops

Learn all about contemporary art as you explore materials and making in Eastside Projects' exhibition inspired hands-on family workshops. Our artist-led workshops are suitable for families with children aged 5-11 and are absolutely free thanks to the generous support of the WA Cadbury Charitable Trust.

PAST workshops

Tuesday 28 October, 10.30am–12.30pm

Can you blow it? Can you hit it? Can you pluck it? Can you boing it? Led by musician and artist Sarah Farmer, and inspired by Susan Philipsz' exhibition, participants turned everyday objects into musical instruments and then collaboratively created their own piece of music in response to the sounds in the gallery.

Saturday 2 August

This family workshop explored the links between costume, movement and dance. Drawing inspiration from the outfits featured in the exhibition by Grace Schwindt, families worked together to create body altering costumes, that affect the way we move and feel. These were worn whilst carrying out everyday actions - walking, leaning, reaching and jumping - in extraordinary new ways.

Bill Drummond Family workshop
May/June 2014

Families joined Bill Drummond for a unique two part family workshop during which they worked together to construct two new sculptures ‘Sixteen Crows’ and ‘Sixteen Ragworts’. Over two weeks, through talking, looking and drawing, they explored what Crows and Ragwort flowers symbolise, what other animals or flowers might symbolise and what symbolising something means.

The workshops are free and suitable for children aged 5-11. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This workshop takes place over two weeks so you need to be able to make it to both sessions. To book a place email james@eastsideprojects.orgdiscovered why triangles are the secret to brilliant buildings and worked together to make our own fabulous architecture.

Exploring Spaces: Walking Through Walls
July 2013

All was revealed in this hands-on film-making family workshop. Inspired by the exhibition Parallelareal Variable, families explored ways to divide space and make invisible things appear through a clever use of materials. Working with film and projectors to make light solid, extend film into space and create immersive spaces from moving image.

Exploring Puppetry: Creating Creatures
April 2013

In this family workshop children brought to life a cast of creatures inspired by Javanese Puppetry and took them out into the world of Puppet Show to explore and meet the residents.

Exploring Objects: Making Tracks
February 2013

How do artists make ordinary objects extraordinary? This group printing workshop explored these ideas, using tyres to make a big impact. It was inspired by Mike Nelson's 'M6' exhibition.

Exploring Abstraction: Fantastic Plastic
November 2012

In this practical session children used sign-writer's vinyl to create colourful, abstract compositions inspired by the exhibition 'Abstract Possible: The Birmingham Beat'.

Exploring Sculpture: Making Faces
July 2012

In this workshop children transformed clay and plaster into sculptures inspired by Caroline Achaintre, Sara Barker, Alice Channer.

Printing with Poster Club
July 2011

For Eastside Projects' first family art workshops parents and children were invited to try their hands at silk screen printing and work together to make a jungle themed print collage. This practical workshop was led by artists from Poster Club during their exhibition in Eastside Projects Second Gallery.

Images of Past Workshops


















Exploring Abstraction: Fantastic Plastic

Exploring Abstraction: Fantastic Plastic

Exploring Abstraction: Fantastic Plastic

Exploring Sculpture: Making Faces

Exploring Sculpture: Making Faces

Exploring Sculpture: Making Faces