The Big Little Exhibition 2019


This June we will be celebrating Children’s Art Week with a fun filled programme delivered by the BAC founder Eliyah Qureshi and dedicated volunteers at the launch of Vision Redbridge’s summer of outdoor arts programme at Ken Ashton Square on the 8th of June

Children’s Art Week

Children’s Art Week

Organised by Engage, Children’s Art Week is a week-long, nationwide celebration of children’s creativity. From the 8th - 16th of June libraries, community halls, heritage venues, country parks, schools, museums and galleries across the country will deliver fun, engaging, creative activities bringing thousands of children, teachers and families together. Children’s Art Week is the perfect opportunity for children, young people and families to have fun and make art together at local venues which support creative engagement. 

Barkingside’s outdoor arts space

Barkingside’s outdoor arts space

Vision Redbridge’s Culture Team will be delivering a summer of outdoor arts in Ken Aston Square, Barkingside’s outdoor arts space (outside Fullwell Cross Leisure Centre & Library) once a month from Saturday 8 June to 21 September. Delivered in partnership with Arts Council England NPO funded Without Walls consortium. The programme of outdoor arts will be animating the square with the Vegetable Nannies, Theatre for One, Urban Astronaut & Band at the end of the World, this ambitious project is set to inspire and engage audiences in Barkingside.



Free outdoor drop-in art workshops 

We will inspire creative wonder with two FREE drop-in inclusive outdoor art workshops and activities open to all ages and abilities on the day. BAC founder Eliyah Qureshi and her team of local visual artists will help you to create your masterpieces with materials provided. 

A6 card workshop
Each individual participating in the workshop will be given an A6 piece of card and a variety of available mediums like crayons and markers to create a little masterpiece. Following the workshop every A6 artwork created will be showcased as part of  ‘The Big Little Exhibition’ on the windows of Fullwell Cross Library, promoting the importance of Visual Art education for children and inclusion in the community.

Painting on Buntings workshop
To celebrate the achievements of Ken Aston who introduced the yellow and red penalty card system in football, we will be painting with yellow and red on white bunting together as a team. The beautifully adorned bunting will then go on display on the day and throughout summer outdoor arts events at Ken Aston square. 

Chalk pavement art and games 

We can draw our favourite things with chalk! Barkingside Art Club volunteers will be ready to go whenever you are with enough chalk to cover Ken Aston square in beautiful pavement art. We will dedicate an area in a quieter space next to the Fullwell Cross library where children can play games like hopscotch, tic-tac-toe or maybe invent their own and draw it on with chalk so the whole community can give it a go! 


‘The Big Little Exhibition’ 

in honour of Children’s Art Week

With its first iteration in 2018, the Big Little Exhibition is our Annual art exhibition for children of the club and the community to exhibit their art in the windows of Fullwell Cross Library for all Redbridge residents to see. This year's theme revolves around cultural diversity and intellectual inclusion.

As well as cards created in the lead up to the exhibition and during the outdoor workshop we will also be showing the works created by Barkingside Art Club’s workshop participants throughout the year. On display will also be the 10 runner up artworks from each school participating in our ‘I am Redbridge’ flag competition. 

The theme of the exhibition 'I am Redbridge' aims to encapsulate our foundation principles while driving forward our vision for a more tolerant society. 

Visual art is considered to be one of the most successful tools in helping children and students grow. Be it in the school, or in one of our workshops. Students are given the opportunity to become more confident and relieve themselves of any social burdens they may be bearing. With this year’s theme 'I am Redbridge' we aim to display the wonderful works of our students on A6 cards with the hopes to reach a wider audience. To highlight the need for visual arts in education which is still lacking. Coupled with the goal to share each artist's individual view of the world around them, the Big Little Exhibition is sure to bring the entire community together. 


'I am Redbridge'

Flags Unveiling

The unveiling of ‘I am Redbridge’ silk painted flags painted by pupils of local mainstream, religious and SEND schools, as well as children attending workshops at Barkingside Art Club who come from diverse backgrounds showing us what ‘I am Redbridge’ means to them. 

Flags will be painted by children from respective schools and BAC onto four separate silk flags at special workshops during the first week of June with materials and guidance provided by Barkingside Art Club. 

The four painted silk flags will be hanged from the arches leading up to the leisure centre in time for the 8th of June, so they can be admired by everyone who comes to Ken Aston square not only on the day but for the duration of the Barkingside’s outdoor art events programme. 

Volunteer Opportunity

Volunteer Opportunity


If you enjoy community art projects and would like to gain some valuable experience in organising and running art workshops and exhibitions, why not volunteer with us? 

From setting up workshops to invigilating art exhibitions and reportage photography, we have a variety of roles suitable for all ages and interests.

We also offer future opportunities for gaining Art Awards to volunteers under 25 who want to take part in our Young Minds programme as regular volunteers. This is a brilliant way to gain valuable work experience and even receive UCAS tariff points outside of school. 

If you would like to help out please get in touch at: