Summer: Family Arts Festival

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Tuesday 26 July

Tuesday 23 August

Wednesday 24 August

Thursday 25 August

Friday 26 August

Tuesday 30 August

Thursday 1 September



Tuesday 26 July: 2 - 3.15pm

Tuesday 23 August: 10.30 - 11.30am; 11.30am - 12.30pm; 1 - 2pm; 2 - 3pm

Wednesday 24 August: 10.30 - 11.30am; 11.30am - 12.30pm; 1 - 2pm; 2 - 3pm

Thursday 25 August: 10.30 - 11.30am; 11.30am - 12.30pm; 1 - 2pm; 2 - 3pm

Friday 26 August: 10.30 - 11.30am; 11.30am - 12.30pm; 1 - 2pm; 2 - 3pm

Tuesday 30 August: 10.15 - 11.30am; 12pm - 1.15pm, 2 - 3.15pm

Thursday 1 September: 10.15 - 11.30am; 12pm - 1.15pm, 2 - 3.15pm


Participating child: £3 (plus booking fee)

Participating adult: £3 (plus booking fee)

Younger siblings can attend. Babes in arms or non participating siblings / adults are free (but need a ticket). Please note that you will be supplied with art materials only for the number of people in your party who have a participant ticket.


Pre-booking essential, book online here


Recommended for age 4+ with adult help. We request that adults wear a face mask unless medically exempt.

Please note: these are not taught classes, but an opportunity to get creative under your own steam. A member of our friendly staff will be on hand to show you example pieces, demonstrate how to make them, and answer questions. Everyone with a participant ticket (£3) will receive art materials to enable them to make the items listed below. People with non participant tickets (free) will be provided with a seat but not art materials. 


Back for the school holidays, we will be running our popular Family Art Festival during the summer holidays. Join us at the gallery for fun and creative activities inspired by the paintings, textiles, ceramic and glass artworks on display, as well as The Lindisfarne Gospels, which will be on display at the Laing Art Gallery from 17 September - 3 December 2022.

Families will have the opportunity to make something different each session, all themed around springtime and linked to the Shipley’s exhibitions.

Tuesday 26 July: Summer Sketchbooks

Book 2 - 3.15pm

Sketching is a great way to record your visit to a museum or gallery. It can help you remember what you've seen, and inspire you to create your own original artworks. Artists often work in this way, and this is your chance to have a go too. This session is designed to get you feeling confident about sketching in galleries and museums. On arrival, you'll receive an Artist's Kit, consisting of a sketchbook and a range of drawing materials - these are yours to keep. There'll be written prompts to help you explore the exhibitions independently. When you see something that catches your eye, we encourage you to draw it in your sketchbook, building up a unique record of your gallery visit. 

In this session you'll be exploring the whole gallery. Rather than sitting at tables, you'll take your Artist's Kit around the gallery with you, and sketch wherever you like. Sprawl out on the floor and create your own sketches inspired by the exhibitions and the gallery itself. Lightweight folding stools are also available, and there's some fixed seating in the gallery. 

After this session, the Artist's Kit is yours to keep. Take it with you when you go out this summer, and build up your own visual record of what you see. You could visit other galleries and museums, and sketch the exhibits; try sketching outdoors; or create portraits of people you spend the summer with. Every sketchbook will be unique!

Tuesday 23 - Friday 26 August: Giant Drawing!

Book a session between Tuesday 23 August - Friday 26 August

The Lindisfarne Gospels, the most spectacular manuscript to survive from Anglo-Saxon England, will be on display at the Laing Art Gallery from 17 September to 3 December 2022, on loan from the British Library.

Join us to celebrate it by creating an enormous drawing together. A long roll of paper will be spread across the gallery floor. Grab some drawing materials and get creative on a huge scale! Together, we'll create unique designs and patterns, inspired by Lindisfarne Gospels. Experiment with different drawing materials and help make a huge artwork for all to see. There'll also be the opportunity to make your own smaller drawings to take home. 

The giant drawing will adorn the gallery floor from Tuesday 23 - Friday 26 August. 

Tuesday 30 August & Thursday 1 September: Stained Glass Tealight Holders

Book a session between 30 August - 1 September

Join us in decorating glass tealight holders inspired by the designs on the Lindisfarne Gospels. All materials will be provided and there will be examples to inspire you in decorating your tealight holder.