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Arty Parties

Tarik Elmoutawakil

three people in blown up balloon alien costumes, performing in front of school children
Arty Parties (2022). Photo by Matthew Kinani

An interdisciplinary arts project in Artsadmin’s neighbouring school about seeing the world in different ways and celebrating difference.

Our lead artist Tarik Elmoutawakil spent a week in February 2022 working alongside artists Ella Golt, Jacob V Joyce and Rudy Loewe to activate Arty Parties, a project with the children of Canon Barnett Primary School in Aldgate East.

The artists and Artsadmin team are working with the school over multiple terms, using interdisciplinary arts such as dance, performance, music, costume and prop making, to explore the idea of radically refashioning our environments. 

The theme of Arty Parties is one of world building; seeing the world in different ways and celebrating difference. For the first iteration of the project, children from Year 1 and Year 2 worked in collaboration with the artists to dream up alternate versions of themselves and our world. Children were encouraged to be agents of change taking influence from ancestry, personal and global histories and creating the possibility of alternative futures.

Arty Parties is our largest collaboration with our neighbours Canon Barnett Primary School to date. Previous projects include Monuments of Tower Hamlets, Playing Up and Look Out. The second iteration of Arty Parties, with year 4 and Year 5, takes place in June 2022.

Watch the artists in conversation

In 2020, Engagement Producer at Artsadmin, Siobhan McGrath, hosted a conversation between artists Tarik Elmoutawakil, Ella Golt, Jacob V Joyce and Rudy Loewe about Arty Parties. The conversation spans the value of arts education, the politics of partying, making art with children and much more.

Jump to sections of their chat:
4:09 – What is Arty Parties?
16:23 – Hanging with the Kids
27:11 – Kids as Collaborators
31:14 – The Politics of the Party
38:15 – Intergenerational Play

Arty Parties is commissioned and produced by Artsadmin with support from Create To Connect > Create to Impact through the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

Date Title Venue City
6–13 December 2019 Monuments of Tower Hamlets St Botolph's without Aldgate London
16–17 June 2017 Andy Field: Lookout Secret location to be announced after booking (within walking distance of both Aldgate and Liverpool Street stations). London
three people in blown up balloon alien costumes, performing in front of school children
Arty Parties (2022). Photo by Matthew Kinani
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