The Bright Emporium proudly sponsored and took part in the annual local street party on St John’s Hill on Sunday. We had glorious weather and a great turn out to the stall. We also officially opened our brand new exhibition, The Bright Collection, showcasing our talented artists and some beautiful artwork of the local area, such as Battersea Square and some of Londons big attractions like Tower Bridge and the London Eye.
Never a team to sit on our laurels, not only did we have our exhibition, but throughout the day, there were workshops, giving a free taster of the activities and events taking place for children each week at the Emporium.
We had Tutus for Tots: a new ballet class for little ones, run by local ballet mistress, Lucy Harley — with the focus being about building confidence and social interaction, and providing young children with a fun, exciting way to begin their dance experience. Family Yoga, with Amani, founder of Project Yogi, a social enterprise providing yoga and mindfulness for young people and families, and Mini Yoga, with Naomi Thrower, who runs Mini Yoga Wandsworth, incorporating storytelling with yoga, for which we have the perfect setting! For more details and bookings, just click on the links!
In between these wonderful active sessions, were creative workshops intertwined with stories and art. The first session was with writer and artist, Kim Hillyard, who read Alan’s Big Scary Teeth (by Jarvis) to a totally captivated audience, and then made little toothy green Alan’s with the kids (never under-estimate the power of pipe-cleaners and googly eyes…!) Kim will be running workshops on a regular basis and you can find out morehere.
Alan’s Big Scary Teeth, published by Walker Books, has been chosen by The BookTrust to be their Bookstart Treasure Pack for 2017, sent to pre-schoolers aged 3-4 across the country. Around 600,000 copies will be sent to children in nurseries and children’s centres from January 2017, along with a booklet about how children and parents can read together.
Read the article in The Bookseller here.
You can also find out about the man behind the book, Jarvis, here.
Our second new creative workshop is for pre-schoolers, with artist Rachael Bull, who made a brilliant 3D building-scape with kids at our taster session. Rachael encourages flair and creativity – no need to worry about making a mess, it’s all about having fun with something to take home at the end of the session. Find out more and book a place here.
So we had a thoroughly brilliant day with our local community and look forward to the next event!
Book fans! A huge advocate of superhero veggies (left), and a very little Hiding Heidi fan!
Supertato, is written and illustrated by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet who won the LOLLIESaward this year for I Need a Wee! With a brand new book about to be published, this brilliant duo will be joining us at the end of October with a Halloween story time for spooks! If you’d like to know more, you can sign up for our newsletter, which gives you all the latest news and events — just email us: firstname.lastname@example.org to subscribe. Supertato, I Need a Wee!, and other books by Sue and Paul are available to buy from The Bright Emporium.