Since 2016 we have encouraged over 3,000 children to explore their creativity through our weekly workshop Family Saturdays.
These sessions, led by local artists, are an opportunity for children to build vital skills and confidence whilst spending quality time with their parents/guardians.
However, with funding due to come an end this year we needed the public's support to continue this important work.
Supporting children and families through art
As well as being Portsmouth’s leading contemporary art gallery, we are a registered educational charity.
For over 38 years we have been encouraging people to take part in free and accessible arts activities from our home in Portsmouth. Most recently, this has been in the form of Family Saturdays.
We believe that everyone has the right to access art, and the benefit that it has upon our wellbeing and development. Because of this it was crucial to us that these workshops continued to operate and remained free for children and families -- so that they are fully accessible to our local community.
Opportunities for children and young people to take part in creative activities are under threat
In a 2018 survey, the BBC stated that 9 in 10 schools had cut back in providing lesson time, staff or facilities in at least one creative arts subject. It is now vital for children/young people to explore their creativity and develop artistic skills outside of school through free and inclusive sessions like Family Saturdays.
Why we needed public support
Over the past three years these sessions have been supported by charitable trusts and foundations. As this funding came to an end we needed the public’s generous support so families can continue create, explore and grow together.
The money raised will be used to pay for over 416 hours of our Workshop Leader’s time, as well as purchase vital materials.
A massive thank you...
We would like to say a massive thank you to those who have supported us through our crowdfunding campaign #SaveFamilySaturdays:
Southern Co-operative - Love My Neighbourhood (The Hard)
Erica Smith (Portsmouth Festivities)
The Parenting Network
Esmee Essie Clarke
Cllr Rob Wood
Cllr Steve Pitt
Thank you also to all of our supporters who donated anonymously - or who donated in person at the gallery or offsite.
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