Press Release

William Morris Gallery invites families to discover African art and craft

Family Day: Experience Africa! Saturday 30 April, 1pm – 4pm
Free, no need to book. Open to any family with children of any age.

William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road
Walthamstow, London, E17 4PP

Families can discover the diverse cultures of Africa through free craft activities at the William Morris Gallery’s next Family Day on Saturday 30 April.

The Gallery has teamed up with Waltham Forest-based African Diaspora Kids, which connects children with Africa and African culture, to put on three free creative activities inspired by its current exhibition, Social Fabric: African Textiles Today.

Families can help make a giant collage map of Africa, create a Tanzanian Tinga-Tinga painting and handle objects from Kenya, provided by the Kenya 100 project.

Rebecca Jacobs, Cultural Programme Officer at the William Morris Gallery, said:

“William Morris was such an enthusiastic student of other cultures around the world, it’s going to be so much fun to follow in his footsteps and explore the rich cultural heritage of Africa. African Diaspora Kids are such an energetic and interesting organisation to work with, they have such a wealth of knowledge and experience that I am sure this is going to be one of the best Family Days yet!”

Grace Owen, founder of African Diaspora Kids, said:

“Partnering with the William Morris Gallery is a dream come true because of our shared values around widening participation within diverse communities. The Experience Africa! Family Day is a great way to connect with African diaspora families and all those who would like to know more about our beautiful continent.”


For further information and images please contact Ian Mason:

Tel: 020 8496 4726
Mob: 07740 046143
Email: ian.mason@walthamforest.gov.uk

Family Days at the William Morris Gallery

Family Day is a monthly event at the William Morris Gallery offering free art and craft activities for families with children of all ages. Each Family Day features three art and craft activities, helping families explore the displays and exhibitions, giving them the confidence to be creative together. Since it was launched in four years ago over 6,000 people have attended a Family Day.

African Diaspora Kids

African Diaspora Kids launched in May 2015 and is a growing online community of families, educators, supporters and partners founded by Waltham Forest resident Grace Owen. This new community project emerged out of a conversation with 30 pan African Diaspora leaders passionate about the development and future of Africa. Research also revealed the lack of a London based online community for children and parents of African descent. The projects mission is to develop the next generation of African Diaspora Leaders, based on the belief that every African Diaspora Kid has the potential to make a positive contribution to Africa and the African Diaspora.

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