Fun for families at the International Slavery Museum

12 January 2018 by Stef

man holding up colourful hand-made paper masks in traditional African designs

Yazz delivering the African masks hands-on activity

Find out more about the fantastic family events coming up at International Slavery Museum with Education Demonstrator Yazz:

“I hope you all enjoyed visiting the International Slavery Museum in 2017. Dorcas Seb’s spoken work performance for Human Rights Day was a highlight of the year for me! What was your highlight of 2017?

It’s a new year and there are more exciting events to come as part of our 10th anniversary programme- I think that 2018 might even prove to be our best year yet!

We have some fantastic special events coming up for families and our younger visitors. Are you looking for fun, free activities for all the family? If so, now is the time to sit back, relax with a cup of tea and let me tell you what events are coming up for you.

January is packed with creative family workshops and you can even join us to learn new skills in two amazing artist-led workshops. Join artist Hannah Fray to learn bookbinding, creating your own handmade books on 27 January or get involved in our Printmaking workshop on 20 January where you can create your own beautiful printed designs to take home. These workshops link to the wonderful colours and designs of our Life in West Africa gallery and also take inspiration from the work of Turner Prize winning artist Lubaina Himid, whose artwork can be seen at the Walker Art Gallery!

two men with a lot of drums

Karim and Yazz at November 2017’s Senegalese drumming and storytelling workshops

Do you remember the Senegalese drumming and storytelling workshops we hosted last November? Well, urban griot and master drummer Karim Mbaye of Agida African Arts is back here again in February half term, on 15 February at 10-3pm. Karim will share traditional Senegalese storytelling brought to life using African musical instruments and you can also learn to drum like a master drummer too in our African drumming workshop. I’ll be holding the door open to welcome you when you arrive and I might event have a go on the drums and kora too.

During February half term, we also welcome back Paper Moon Print Studio for Paper Moon Print and Draw on 16 February where you’ll take a nice stroll around the gallery sketching to inspire you to come up with your own African inspired designs. You will then screen print a beautiful cover onto a brand new sketchbook to take home! Some of you may remember this workshop from last year, but don’t worry if you would like to join us again because Paper Moon have created a brand new sketchbook cover design for you so you can keep adding to your collection of African inspired prints!

Also, don’t forget to we have our brand new African Myths and Legends workshop too on various dates in January and February. This is an exciting new craft workshop, where you can discover amazing African folk tales and mythology and create your own beautiful artwork to take home. You can create Senegalese Yumboe finger puppets, an Anansi the spider headdress or a must have Ninki-Nanka dragon marionette! (I have a feeling this workshop will prove to be very popular as everyone in our Education team is already making dragons!) This craft is so much fun you’ll want to stay all day and we’ll also have a selection of fantastic books about amazing African myths and legends for you to read too.

girl sketching in a recreation of a traditional African home

Join us to sketch on gallery and print a beautiful sketchbook cover in Paper Moon Print and Draw.

We also have old favourites African Masks (with a few brand new mask designs too!), African Empires where you can create a beautiful crown of Mali emperor Mansa Musa or a gorgeous Benin Bronze, Faces of Change badgemaking celebrating inspirational Black heroes of history and also Underground Railroad inspired Quilt Codes too. Full details of all our family events can be found on the What’s on page of the website.

All of our events are free so why not come down to the museum, pop up to the third floor to say hello to the team and get crafty in one of our workshops!”

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