Barkingside Art Club was built on the principle that inclusion and accessibility in art can bring communities together.
The SEN Hour is a free weekly session run by our founder Eliyah Qureshi for children with Special Educational Needs who attend local mainstream schools. The programme aims to improve social relationships through art and develop a connection with the library, as well as familiarise themselves with the process of finding and borrowing a book.
The first half of the workshop is dedicated to teach pupils about browsing through the books with guidance of their LSA and library staff, to help them build a better relationship with the library. The second half is dedicated to exploring various art techniques and learning new skills, which encourage pupils to explore their creativity. At the end of the session, they create an art piece inspired by either their chosen book or exploring different art materials and techniques. These sessions are mutually beneficial - as it helps to create common understanding of methods of communication between our students and the library staff.
Thanks to Fullwell Cross Library who are supporting us for our workshops within the library by offering us a free space, and schools collaborating with us, the programme has been a great success. There is nothing that brings us greater satisfaction than positive feedback from the children and the community! We run these workshops for free, with all art materials provided, art lesson plans and as well as guidance. Barkingside Art Club was created in belief that inclusive, communal art workshops have the power to connect us, so we actively strive to create workshops and events which do just that!
Since all our SEN sessions are free we rely on donations and support from our sponsors to keep creativity inclusive. Please have a look at our past events to see just how much joy inclusive art sessions can bring to our diverse communities, and consider donating to help us keep SEN Hour running. There is no amount too small! If your organisation or business would like to sponsor SEN hour please get in touch through our contact page.
ARTISTS IN SUPPORT OF SEN HOUR
local artists donate artwork for sale - all proceeds go towards running sen hour
CHRISTMAS CARD SALE
Eliyah Quresh has printed a second edition of her sold out christmas cards - they are available for purchase online or directly from Eliyah during the workshops leading up to christmas! all the proceeds go towards running sen hour
BAUBLES FOR INCLUSION
BARKINGSIDE RUNS SEN BAUBLE MAKING WORKSHOPS WITH THE REDBRIDGE COUNCIL IN TIME FOR BARKINGSIDE LIGHT UP
We would like to invite all children, adults and families to join us and celebrate without judgement or worry of intolerance at the Barkingside Light Up on the 29th of November, where the Christmas tree will set aglow with baubles made by local SEN children, at 5 pm, Ken Aston square outside Fullwell Cross Library.
The baubles have been created during our “Baubles for Inclusion’ workshops, where we have invited SEN children attending local mainstream schools to design and make decorations especially for the Barkingside Light Up, with materials and guidance provided for free by BAC, as part of festive events organised by the Redbridge Culture Team.
This season is all about spreading joy and acceptance, sharing and appreciating those around us - there is no better way to embody that than through an inclusive Christmas celebration, see you all there!