This afternoon we were wondering home when we popped into The Architecture Centre on Narrow Quay, next to the Arnolfini. The exhibition they have on at the moment is called 'Life of Clay: Experimental Practice at Grymsdyke Farm' (on until 12 March 2017), which includes beautiful, organic-looking ceramics made from robotic sausage stuffers, and video footage of said robotic arm, which appealled very much to both my children and my husband too. Although it might not be an interactive space for children in a conventional sense, in that the work looks very tactile but it fragile so you can't touch it, we were excited to find a large table dedicated to making your own plasticine designs on cardboard tiles. This has really opened my eyes to plasticine, which I always thought was pretty much defunct after faring badly over the years compared to playdough. We all enjoyed making tiles, my husband and son worked together to make a blue sausage robot inspired design, which looked like a bit like a paddling pool. My daughter made a rainbow coloured inverted pot with her sausages, and I made a flat sky-inspired tile with a marbled look. The tile-making area is really well set up with laminated mats to work on with printed examples of tiles, and prompts to help you find inspiration. They also have a shelves and wall space for you to exhibit your tiles afterwards. There is a 'Clay Play Day' drop in event scheduled on Saturday 18 February 1-4pm if you fancy some half-term creative clay time!
Jenny Clarke. I run Happymess (art, craft and messy play classes for young children). I have two small children who love to get messy and make things. I also like to see as much art as I can. This blog is about art, craft and messy play activities you can try out at home, art to see with your children, and the occasional Happymess event you can come along to!