(News) Secret Missions for Families-in-Residence!

Top secret missions involving invisible ink and spy surveillance have been taking place all over Swindon, as part of our Families-in-Residence programme!

We’ve recently established the Families-in-Residence programme, in collaboration with Scrapstore Swindon, to help families across Swindon get involved in creative activities at home.

In June we put a call out for families to join us and we were delighted with the huge response! We’ve now got families of various shapes, sizes and ages, across Swindon, taking part in weekly Art Missions, from finger-print painting to creating art outdoors! They’re also helping us test our huge range of free learning and activity resources inspired by Swindon’s Collection of Modern British Art.

The levels of enthusiasm and creativity amongst our families are infectious, and we’re enjoying watching the formation of one giant, supportive Art on Tour family! Thanks to all our wonderful families for throwing themselves in at the deep end! We hope that their creative adventures will inspire others across Swindon and will help us to further develop our families programme. Our eventual aim is world domination – we’d like to get every family in Swindon creating!

In the Maclaughlin family, three generations of family members are taking part! We asked them why this programme was so important: ‘Three generations of us have grown up visiting Swindon Museum and Art Gallery and we are loving being involved in this project. Lockdown has been difficult as we’ve been shielding, and this is a great way to do something positive and to spend quality time as a family making memories. We love Swindon and it’s great learning about local artists and history, giving back, and being involved in the community.’

We would like to extend huge thanks to our partners, Swindon Children’s Scrapstore, who have provided all our families with Art Discovery Boxes full of resources to kickstart creativity. Scrapstore is a community resource centre and social enterprise which has been providing low cost environmentally-friendly resources for use in educational and recreational play, for over 35 years. Over 50,000 people in Swindon now benefit from their projects and services each year. Projects include the Creative Scrap Resources project, an Arts & Crafts shop, a Community Re-Paint Scheme, a Re-use Office Furniture project, an I.T refurbishing project, a Foodbank, and Scrappers Community Gym. Funding from the Wiltshire and Swindon Community Foundation has allowed Scrapstore to develop the Resources Boxes.

Look out for some amazing creations from our families-in-residence on social media and on our blog this summer! For more information on the project, visit our Families-in-Residence page.

Mags Parker, Learning Officer

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