Home is Where the Heart is, Brighton, 14 May 2016

We're working with Children's Laureate Chris Riddell for a family art event at Brighton's Jubilee Library

Jubilee Library
14 May 2016

Photoworks, with project partner HOUSE, have invited illustrator and Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell, to host a free community drawing and photography event for children and families at Brighton & Hove’s Jubilee Library. Taking place 14 May 2016, from 11.00am-4.30pm, the event is part of HOUSE, Brighton & Hove’s annual visual arts festival.

Led by Brighton-based Riddell with photographer Elizabeth Doak, the workshop, suitable for those 5+, is titled Home is Where the Heart is. Participants will create a drawing inspired by the HOUSE festival themes of ‘home’ and ‘sense of place’. Participants will then take part in making collaborative portrait photographs of themselves with their drawing.

The resulting photographs of participants holding their drawings will be displayed as an installation in the foyer of MyHotel Brighton with drawings being displayed at the University of Brighton Foyer, Grand Parade until HOUSE festival closes on 29 May. The artwork will then be re-exhibited in Jubilee Library until end of June.

Riddell will also produce a limited edition print around the same theme.

Chris explains, “I’m delighted to be involved in this workshop and the installation which will bring photography and drawing together in a creative way, especially as Brighton is my home town and home is where the heart is!”

Judy Stevens, HOUSE Director, said, “This workshop and the resulting exhibitions of work are a perfect addition to this year’s HOUSE festival programme and we are pleased to be working with Chris and Elizabeth as well as Photoworks. The event ties to the themes of the festival and has a wonderful inclusivity to it. Chris brings a great energy to HOUSE through this project and it will be exciting to see the results displayed for the wider community during May.”

Juliette Buss, Photoworks Learning & Participation Curator, added, “Drawing and photography are really familiar and accessible practices for children, young people and families. Our workshop will invite participants young and old to use pen, paper and photographs to explore and express what ‘home’ means to them.”

Booking Details

To reserve places please visit any branch of Brighton & Hove Libraries or call 01273 290800. More information on library locations and opening hours can be found at www.citylibraries.info

  • The workshop is free.
  • Places are limited and advanced booking is strongly recommended.
  • The workshop is suitable for those aged 5+ and their families.
  • Participants will be allocated a 30 minute slot between 11am and 4.30pm.
  • Some drop in places may be available on the day, on a first come first served basis, but please book to avoid disappointment.
  • More information can also be found on the events page on the HOUSE website.