Our workshop is based at Malorees Junior School in Kensal Rise and operates as a drop-in art centre for the school children during break hours. In the afternoons it becomes an After-School Club, with parents and carers invited to join in the art sessions. The workshop is fitted with 2 kilns, offering pottery and clay facilities, whilst our specialist art tutors and volunteers additionally give children the chance to experience a wide variety of art forms such as glass art, book art, batik, puppet-making, paper craft. Our volunteers undertake training here before joining the Outreach Programme. Although we are based at Malorees, the Trust remains an independent entity from the school.
Our Outreach Programme focuses on primary schools in areas of social deprivation in the City and adjoining boroughs, helping children access arts activities that would not normally be available to them. The programme is entitled “The History of the City through the Eyes of its Children” and aims to nurture the boroughs’ young residents’ sense of belonging to the community through subjects relating to trade and immigration. Projects in the Outreach Programme are offered as Team Building Days to City companies with policies of Corporate Social Responsibility, helping young employees gain a better understanding of the community around their place of work, and giving children the chance to meet role models during the workshops.
Students and young graduates can undertake training with Lyndons, developing their artistic and technical skills, learning how to prepare and present workshops, and gaining many transferrable skills whilst working with children of various ages and abilities. They can also get the chance to meet experienced artists who have been working with the Trust on a freelance basis for several years, and interact with professionals from the City during Outreach Projects. We are always happy to hear from new volunteers of various artistic backgrounds who would like to train with Lyndons. Many of our internees have progressed to paid teaching roles and jobs within the arts sector.