The Garden Activity Pack

Growing Futures

Artist Sahra Hersi and F.A.T. Studio CIC have collaborated to create a free activity pack for young people to explore Studio Voltaire's artist-designed garden.

The free and downloadable pack contains activities, illustrations and fun facts about the plants, fruits and flowers in The Garden, with plenty of space for you to get creative with your own sketches and community garden designs. Physical copies can be collected at Studio Voltaire's reception desk.

This pack has been created to encourage young people to get outside and start exploring. Please share your drawings with us by tagging us on Instagram: @studiovoltairelondon or Twitter: @StudioVoltaire.

The resource is most suitable for young people aged 7–11 years old, but can be enjoyed by young people and adults of all ages.

Studio Voltaire's Learning Programme is supported by The Bridget Riley Art Foundation. The Garden Programme is supported by Nicoletta Fiorucci Foundation.

The Garden Activity Pack was tested as part of ArtFund's 'The Wild Escape'.

  1. Sahra Hersi is an artist and spatial designer, and she describes her work as “caring about people, places, art & architecture, in that order”. Her work is public and ranges in scale from zines, to workshops, to public realm interventions and buildings.

    Hersi seeks to establish a working philosophy that is driven by the desire to reinterpret architectural methodology and artistic narrative as common ground. Her practice explores shared spaces, the public realm, collaboration and community engagement. Her work is often born out of engaging with local communities and the places they occupy.

    Hersi works with local authority clients, cultural institutions and third sector organisations across the UK and beyond. She studied Architecture and has had artist residencies at William Morris Gallery (2020 - 2021), The Agency of Visible Womxn & The Old Waterworks (2020), and The White House Dagenham, The (Not so) White House (2018).

  2. F.A.T. Studio is a Community Interest Company (CIC) that was set up by six friends in 2019. After years of working within London’s creative industry they recognised the need for it to change and become far more inclusive. F.A.T. Studio began organising joyful creative activities in the local area that brought SE London communities together and boosted a sense of collective potential.

    Their pool of artists and designers create soulful graphics and illustrations for clients and projects of all kinds. They are particularly interested in campaign graphics, invitations, signage and visual storytelling. They are keen collaborators and often use co-creation methods in their design work, this activity pack was designed by Tommy Brentnall and illustrated by Kate Ducker.

    F.A.T. Studio runs Old Kent Road Arts Club, a community space for local people to share skills and collaborate on delivering free creative activities that welcome the public and respond to the context of Old Kent Road

  3. Published June 2023

    The lead image of this page, as well as the activities in the pack, are designed and illustrated by Sahra Hersi.

    Pack designed by Tommy Brentnall.

    with garden illustrations by Kate Ducker of F.A.T Studio.

    Printed by PRINT.WORK.

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