6 Dec 2019 – 20 Dec 2019

Regular hours

10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00

Islington Arts Factory

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Buses 4, 17, 29, 43, 91, 153, 253, 259, 271, 279, 359
  • Tube: Holloway Road or Caledonian Road

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MakeArt Exhibition is the exciting professional standard exhibition for all children and young people who attend the MakeArt programme at Islington Arts Factory.


Private View: 6pm - 8pm 6th December

Join us for MakeArt, the exciting annual showcase of children's artwork, created on Islington Arts Factory's MakeArt Programme by young artists aged 4 - 16 years old. This year the Mayor of Islington, Councillor Rakhia Ismail will declare the exhibition open for an assembled audience of family, friends and the public.

Discover The Big Top, a colourful collection of  painted cut outs, where you will encounter the ring master, a strong woman cat, acrobats, and an escaped elephant. Dive in to the 15ft long Let's go to the Beach painting, with jolly crabs, lobsters and a leaping whale, all created during IAF's  Summer Holiday Workshops. 

The ArtStart artists, aged 4 - 6 years old, have been focussing on environmental issues, creating aqua collages of the deep ocean and a large sculpture of a whale made from plastic bottles.

The MakeMoreArt teenage class have created an epic mixed media painting called Falling or Flying? which features tumbling, falling and flying figures, topped off with an avenging angel wielding a sword. The class explored facial expressions, creating a host of cackling, grimacing and eyebrow raising portraits.

What's in the Pond? you may well ask! Mr Frog, ducks, fishes and much more sit beneath the richly decorative  surfaces from the May Half Term Holiday Workshop. At Easter the children made Sheep sculptures, but these are no ordinary sheep...they're in a band!, reflecting the multi-arts environment that Islington Arts Factory provides.

Come down to the allotment to see what's been growing in Tuesday MakeArt, where you will discover glorious glittering flowers, cool cucumbers and canny cruciferous vegetables, beautifully depicted with fine line pen on top of paint.

Discover the wilderness in sculptures inhabited by Jungle animals and insects by Clay Level 1 alongside slab built teapots and abstract stacking vessels by our teenage potters from Clay level 2.

This year IAF invited Hanover Primary School's art club to showcase their latest project Birds, Colour and Contrast as part of the show. Their luminous, carefully layered surfaces express the children's delight in both nature and colour.

Eleanor Pearce, Director of Art  says:

'We are delighted to welcome you to MakeArt this year! Islington Arts Factory gives Children's art equal standing to that of adults. This exhibition is a demonstration of the expansive imagination shown by the artists and the sheer joy in their depictions on a range of exciting themes. It's a riot of colour and there's something new to discover wherever you look.'

Islington Arts Factory's  team of artists are committed to passing on their skills and unlocking the creative potential in every child.

The MakeArt Programme is devised and delivered by artists Eleanor Pearce (Director of Art, MakeMoreArt and Holiday Workshops ), Tess Williams (Tuesday MakeArt), Josephine Sweeney (Thursday MakeArt and Holiday Workshops), Kayley Holderness (Clay Level 1 & 2)) Kiera Burton (ArtStart) and Jude Lacey (ArtStart).  

Image Credits: Expression by Olesja Borouhhina, aged 14

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