Family Day: Future Worlds

  • 30 November 2013
  • 13:00 - 16:00
  • Free, drop-in event for families of all ages.


On the last Saturday of every month we pack the Gallery full of fun activities for families to make and do together. Each event includes a make and take so you can remember your special day.

What we'll be doing

This time we'll be using our imaginations to transform the Gallery into an ideal world with 3-D creatures from the future, inspired by William Morris's story News From Nowhere. Using clay and recycled materials we'll create creatures, flowers, plants and landscapes that might inhabit a future world. We'll be thinking about a greener, more environmentally-friendly future. Inspired by the children playing in the woods during the summer and living in tents as described in News from Nowhere, there'll even be a chance to build an old-fashioned den with furniture, fabric tents and poles! This will be a fun place to explore and play with images of Epping Forest and the River Lea for inspiration.

Meet the team

The session will be led by Walthamstow-based artist Michelle Reader and our friendly learning team. Michelle specialises in the use of found objects and waste materials. Her sculptures have been exhibited widely including at the Royal Horticultural Society and Vestry House Museum. She was also commissioned to create a sculpture of a postman from junk mail for the BBC1 programme 'That's Britain'!

Special prize draw

To celebrate the last Family Day before Christmas, there'll be a free prize draw to win a Buttonbag craft kit from our Christmas Shop to make at home with your family. We will draw one lucky family every hour on the hour at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm.