Partnerships with E16

Waymakers Kids worked in partnership with local artists, producers and curators to deliver our projects. Below are some of their thoughts on working with Waymakers Kids and some quotes from the wider team, parents and children.

Dorothy Mendoza, Designer and Artist living in Royal Docks

"Waymakers has given me the confidence to teach the fundamentals of colour theory and mark making techniques to people of all ages through these events. It's pushed me to think even more creatively when seeing what was produced, by adding other techniques such as printing and spraying into the mix. Because of the mess-play nature of Waymakers, it's taught me to embrace the accidental spills and rough cuts, and turn those into beautiful pieces of art. "

CJ Pidlaoan, Artist and fashion designer living Royal Docks

"Waymakers has given me a new perspective both in my career and life in general. It has targeted a piece in my career that I didn't know needed fulfilment which was to share my skills and knowledge as a designer to the younger generation and to just have fun with creative activities. Seeing the kids joy with it all made me appreciate what I do for work.

My biggest highlight was seeing the kids be so free with their creativity and curiosity."

Afia Yale, Creative Producer for V&A East

"Waymakers Kids has reminded me of the impact creativity can have on a local community and the importance of bringing people together to enjoy and experience the local environment in new ways. It has also reminded me of how important it is that such opportunities are accessible to all as they have the ability to break down barriers by reminding people of where they live and who is in their local area. These types of events really knit together communities enabling them to realise what they can acheive with their creative efforts. "

Working with artists

"My highlight of the project was enjoying families the activities.. it allowed new connections to be made with residents across E16 through the medium of art and creativity."

Afia Yale

"A well organised, family-fun atmosphere.."

Scott Moles - artist and teacher

"Great to see so many engage in this project and great to serve my local community.."

Nigel Weekes, Waymakers Kids Team

"I loved the range of activities and the freedom to make a mess. It was a stress free time with my little one.."

Local parent of a 2 year old

"I wish you were here every week, we need more events like this at Royal Albert Wharf.

I would happily pay for these sessions!"

Mum of 3 year old boy from Beckton

"Loved how CJ was so attentive to my student with SEN needs. She was able to join in with the workshop and create her own t-shirt."

Teaching Assistant, Britannia Village

"A magical event, my only improvement is that.. I wish this was on more regularly - we love what Cheryl does!"

Local mum with 3 boys from Canning Town

"It's not only a fun outdoor art experience for children, but also provides them an opportunity to get to know the local community and get closer to nature."

Parent from child at Royal Wharf School - Reception

"The free flow rules allows the kids to explore, create and express themselves without boundaries!"

Teaching assistant from Royal Wharf Primary School

"Excellent activities and fun visit out for the children. Thanks for the invite!"

Year 1 teacher from Royal Wharf Primary School

"100% -we'd come back and do this again!"

Year 5 teacher - Britannia Village School