Queens Park Arts Centre is launching a brand new schools art project in Spring 2020, funded by a Rothschild Foundation Impact Grant.

‘Finding the Joy in Making’ will see Queens Park working alongside five Buckinghamshire schools and Waddesdon Manor to help hundreds of young artists between the ages of four and nine create their own artwork inspired by the Chiltern Hills.

Students will visit Waddesdon Manor and work with inter-disciplinary artist Pippa North on a unique diorama inspired by the Chilterns, focusing on artistic skills including pottery, watercolour painting and felting. Their work will then form part of a very special exhibition at Queens Park Arts Centre this summer.

Building on the Centre’s WanderHouse Outreach Project, which launched in 2013 and has seen Pippa lead collaborative art and craft projects in a diverse range of schools and community settings, ‘Finding the Joy in Making’ will continue Queens Park’s association with Aylesbury Vale Academy Primary School, as well as making new links with Green Ridge, Longwick and Hughenden Primary Schools and Marsworth Infant School.

“The aim of this project is to provide a fun and creative way of introducing the idea of resilience and creative making using sustainable resources,” says Pippa, who has more than twenty years’ experience leading such projects. “I’m really looking forward to working with all of the children, and introducing them to a variety of beautiful, sensorial materials.”

"In our 40th year, it feels appropriate that we’re leading a project to inspire the next generation of creative makers throughout Buckinghamshire, introducing children to the many and varied opportunities for them and their families at Queens Park Arts Centre, both in 2020 and in the future," says Sarah Lewis, Artistic Director for the Centre.

"It’s been a pleasure developing this project with inter-disciplinary artist, Pippa North, collaborating with the schools, and, for the first time with the Rothschild Foundation and Waddesdon Manor. The project encapsulates our love of nature and the environment. It’ll encourage the children to be curious and to experiment with new and beautiful sustainable materials, as well as helping them to develop techniques and skills."

Leona Forsyth from the Rothschild Foundation, who are funding the project, says “I am delighted that we will be supporting Queens Park’s education programme and working together this year”.

For more information about 'The Joy of Making', email Artistic Director Sarah Lewis via sarah@qpc.org or call 01296 424332.

For more information about the WanderHouse Outreach Project, click here.