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2 Jul 2015

LU Arts welcome staff to attend Market Town project events

Image: Dangerous Play courtesy of Jubilee Arts Archive, The Black Country.

LU Arts is running a series of events as part of their Market Town project this month.

Market Town is part of its Radar programme. The July events include ‘Show Me How for Families’ event on 11July, which is specifically designed for five families with children, aged 5 – 15. Children and young adults will have the opportunity to learn new skills with the help of their parent or carer.

To start the day, there will be a crochet beginner’s class and an introduction to marquetry which involves using thin sheets of wood to create designs.

A functional pottery session with local potter Jo Keogh who will teach and demonstrate a range of simple techniques will also take place. Lastly, there will be a xylophone making workshop with James Woodcock. 

The ‘Show Me How’ sessions have been initiated by artist Ania Bais, to provide an opportunity for learning useful skills whilst exploring the possibility of a culture of shared knowledge and resources. 

Also part of Radar’s Market Town Project is the ‘The New Maker Economy’ event on 15 July which involves discussion about how makerspaces, fab-labs and community workshops could support the town’s economic sustainability. 

The growth of makerspaces is seen as an exciting opportunity to support design, entrepreneurship, fabrication and technological innovation.

Key speakers attending the event include: Andrew Sleigh, a researcher on NESTA’s recent UK makerspaces mapping project, Hannah Fox, development manager at Derby Silk Mill, Carolyn Hassan, founder and director of Knowle West Media Centre and Caroline Chapain, lecturer at the Department of Entrepreneurship and Local Economy and Birmingham University.

Both events are free to attend but booking is required as places are limited. Please click here to book sessions.

These events are a series being offered as part of Market Town. All other events are now fully booked.