Social Fabric: Print Workshops for Schools

  • Every Friday from 18 March 2016 to 20 May 2016
    (Excluding 25 March 2016, 1 April 2016, 8 April 2016 and 15 April 2016 )
  • 10:00 - 13:00
  • Cost £120/£150 max 20 students. Fee includes materials and showcase participation.  (Supported by Art Council England)


    To book please email wmg.schoolbookings@walthamforest.gov.uk


    Workshops need to be booked at least 2 weeks in advance. Subsequent cancellation will be subject to a cancellation fee.


Explore the Social Fabric: African Textiles Today exhibition and discover how traditional African pattern designs have been developed with contemporary motifs and proverbs to express identities both cultural and political.  The sessions will introduce a range of printmaking techniques including block printing and heat transfer.

The workshop will be a starting point for each pupil to design, develop and print their own kanga-style fabric either to wear, to use as interior furnishing or as a statement banner or flag to be displayed at later showcase event at the gallery. Students can model their kangas down the main gallery staircase with a chance to pose for portfolio photographs and invite friends and family. Workshops are led by Elizabeth Oniri, a British textile designer inspired by the African tradition.

Primary pupils can book one of our regular Investigating Pattern 2 hour workshops which have been extended to include the Social Fabric exhibition and compare African patterns with William Morris designs. Pupils will print their own mini-kanga using blocks insprired by traditional African motifs. For more details see the Schools page in the Learning section. Workshops cost from £100 per class of 30 pupils.