Little Green Pig is a charity based in Brighton in the UK encouraging literacy and story writing in disadvantaged children. It runs events where kids build confidence writing stories with the help of professional illustrators and authors. Imagine their excitement creating their own picture book by the end of a session…
Time is valuable at the moment as I’m fully involved in writing and illustrating my own book (about maps) so short of helping out for an entire session, I’ll be an illustrator-in-residence for an hour on the ground floor of No Walls Gallery between 1- 2pm on 31st August.
An initial story making workshop (to be held at the gallery downstairs) will be happening on Monday 29th where children will sow the seeds for a story. Each following workshop will take those seeds and grow them into new stories so an entire garden of books will be flourishing by the end of the week.
The free workshops will happen every day from Tuesday 30th August to Saturday 3rd September, 10 am – 12 pm. The children will write a team story and then finish them off individually with help from volunteer story mentors, complete with illustrations by them and an artist. They’ll then go home with their very own book! Suitable for 8 – 12 year olds of all levels with one session available per child. To book a place please email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Different authors and illustrators will appear each day:
Tuesday 30th Aug – Writer: Laura Wilkinson. Artist: Inko
Wednesday 31st Aug – Writer: Kate Harrison. Artist: Helen Cann (me!)
Thursday 1st Sept – Writer: Alex Heminsley. Artist: Jaime Huxtable
Friday 2nd Sept – Writer: Bridget Whelan. Artist: tbc
Saturday 3rd Sept – Writer: Ed Hogan. Artist: Phil Corbett
The professional illustrators will work on creating images for the story in their own styles with the focus fixed on the process and art of creativity rather than perfection. I think this is so important as part of making art (actually in most things…) – often, it’s the idea that something should be perfect that actually quenches true innovation and even prevents creation before anything has emerged. So expect a very happy lack of perfection!
If you are in Brighton, come and visit. I’d love to have a chat…
Post-script: I had a lovely time with Little Green Pig at No Walls Gallery. Supplied with some excellent coffee and a highly imaginative story created by the kids earlier and brought to life by bestselling author Alexandra Hemminsley (Ig- @hemmograms), I conjured up this very quick illustration of Margot escaping on her amazing flying camel, Alan.
Event: Make it up – a Little Green Pigs pop-up event.
Address: No Walls Gallery. 114 Church Street. Brighton. Bn1 1UD. UK.
Date and time of my residency: Wednesday 31st August 2016. 1-2pm.
(other artists will be in residence for the rest of the week).