Draper’s Mills has teamed up with other primary schools across Kent with a shared mission of bringing creativity into the classrooms for thousands of children. We are working with over 15 schools across East Kent who have joined the important #ArtBuilders campaign, spearheaded by local Animate ArtsCompany CIC. During the month-long campaign in June, schools are pledging to run art weeks, creative days and exhibitions working with professional artists, partnering with local galleries and getting children creative!

Draper’s Mills will be creating a ‘Space Museum’ filled with all things Out Of This World! The work will be entirely created by pupils in years 1-6, showcasing their creativity, ideas and their expertise in a range of media. The art work will be displayed from Saturday 29th June to Sunday 14th July at 101 Social Club, Northdown Road, Cliftonville. Visitors are welcomed to see the work and support the #ArtBuildersprogramme.  

Art Builders is a funded programme by Arts Council England, led by Animate Arts Company from Canterbury. The project has an ambition to enable schools, with the support of professional artistsand filmmakers, to bring more arts in the classroom and inspire imaginations through creating work from simple materials like cardboard boxes and paper. Whilst schools continue to face difficult budget restrictions and pressures, schools on the #ArtBuildercampaign are actively championing the value of creativity in education by putting art at the heart of their pupil’s learning. 

Jo Dyer, Artistic Director of Animate Arts who spearheads the campaign, said: 

‘We want to support schools across Kent to actively campaign and speak-up for arts in schools. From our experience, schools are desperately craving art and creativity but it’s becoming increasingly difficult with low morale and cut-backs in resources. Art Builders is rallying schools and artists together to voice why art is a vital part of the curriculum and we hope to inspire more schools to join our campaign. We believe that a creativity education can be a powerful tool to raise standards in schools and most importantly it helps to build children’s confidence, well-being and learning.’

Our Young Art Leaders will be curating the exhibition on Friday 28th June 9am-3pm if you would like to join us at 101 for an amazing photo opportunity! Please contact Gemma Comber for further details.