In October 2020 we reopened our Maker World space in Huddersfield’s Piazza shopping centre and launched Our Biennale! This first event was a weekend of drop-in workshops as part of The Big Draw – the world’s largest drawing festival.
All the ideas were added to a map of Huddersfield, which had been a piece of artwork created for the Heart Your Town campaign by Kirklees Council. The map was place in the Maker World window and as more ideas were created and added by children at the Big Draw event, it grew into a truly collaborative masterpiece of town planning.
Whilst it is not currently possible to open Maker World for drop in sessions at the moment due to tier 3 guidelines, we know how much the Our Biennale Big Draw event was appreciated and as soon as we are able, we will be opening our doors again for Covid-safe creative fun for children, young people and their families.
Our Biennale Director, Chloe Williams said, “Children and parents were so delighted to be in Maker World. The children had so many great ideas and absolutely loved having the artists put their drawings into the big map in Maker Worlds’ windows. Despite the social distancing in place there was a wonderful atmosphere of cooperation and of joint creative endeavour.
We had no idea, given the pandemic, how many families would want to attend our event but we were full all day, both days! A clear indication that children and families are hungry for creative opportunities. We hope we can offer many more fun, friendly and creative opportunities at Maker World in 2021.”