Start With Art! returns with wonderful weaving

On Tuesday 1st June, The Corn Hall hosted its first Start With Art! event of the year. Organised by Rachel Barker of IMPS Creativity, the Start With Art! project sees children engage with creative activities inspired by our exhibition programme.

The Corn Hall is currently exhibiting works in the lower gallery by acclaimed weaver and textile designer, Margo Selby. The exhibition is complemented by another in our upper gallery entitled, A Celebration of Weave which, in collaboration with Designermakers21, showcases work by artists practicing weaving.

As such, weave became the stimulus for a variety of activities for the children to participate in. Whether it was running thread through paper plates, creating wooden block tessellations, or drawing repeating patterns with chalk, the children produced an imaginative display of work. Independent creative thinking underpins the ethos of Start With Art!. Children are encouraged to interpret activities in their own unique manner, therefore developing their own creative freedom.

This latest instalment was unique in its hosting of an artist in residence thanks to the involvement of weaver Kim Morgan from Saori Shed. With Kim’s supervision, the children were able to use a loom to create a bold and colourful weave. This work can currently be viewed in our upper gallery as part of a vitrine focused on The Start Wirth Art! programme.


One parent said it was a “wonderful day” and that it was “nice to be in a group and for my child to be able to interact with others and with art.”

Another parent said, “This is my 5 year olds idea of heaven! So many different crafts to try and she loved them all.”

Margo Selby’s Aperture and A Celebration of Weave run until 26 June