On the 7th March & 14th March 2020 at 2.00pm-4.00pm, to support the Spine festival at the Idea Store Bow, we will be holding two exciting art sessions with Chisenhale Studio Artists Charlotte Mew and Kevin Harrison. The sessions will be focusing on the festival’s theme; Climate and exploring on how to use recycled materials for art making. So don’t miss it!

SPINE Festival is a multi-disciplinary arts festival giving children, young people and families the chance to engage with workshops and live performances for free at their local library. The project is produced by Apples and Snakes with a consortium of currently 17 London library services building a dynamic, creative cultural programme bringing diverse art forms into libraries, and exploring innovative ways to make literacy accessible. The purpose of the festival is to enrich and diversify regular and new programming strands – artist residencies, trainee artists scheme, library staff training & ESOL family learning whilst each year exploring a new theme. Past themes have included displacement and mental health and wellbeing, this year’s theme is Our World – the environment and climate change.

It is the only pan-London free arts and literature festival for children, young people and families. Over the last 5 years it has grown from 11 to 17 boroughs with a wide reach including many outer London boroughs where arts provision is sparse. For some children SPINE is their first experience of the arts in a welcoming space; for others it is their first experience of a library meaning that SPINE is developing and diversifying audiences for the arts and for libraries.