The newly-formed Fun House Arts CIC and St Mary in the Castle are delighted to announce that Fun House Festival, an immersive arts festival for families, will be returning this summer.

For a ticket price of £12 per child, families can take part in relaxed drop-in sessions making bespoke Fun House memorabilia to take home. Families can also book smaller-scale workshops run by local artists and educators at no extra cost. Children will leave with an armload of Fun House fodder to remind them of their day. 

PICTURE:  Fun House Arts

This year, the festival is working with a raft of new and dynamic artists offering a wide range of activities. Common Clay, a ceramics studio project in Hastings, is running a session where kids will create their own ceramic forest. The Amazing Art Cart is bringing its versatile mobile art station to the festival and Theatre Rotto will be delivering a series of performances and workshops for families in both time slots (see below). Little Mashers will also be back, working with kids to create “incredible prints” which they will design and make using specialist equipment. 

A key addition to the festival will be the Fun House Exhibition, scheduled for Sunday 15th September. The free-to-visit exhibition will take over St Marys and will include some of the collaborative work created during the festival alongside the work of individual families. Fun House Arts knows how important it can be for children to see their work exhibited. 

PICTURE:  Fun House Arts

“We know that for kids, having fun and developing new arts skills is an incredible confidence boost,” say the directors, “especially for those who suffer from anxiety or low self-esteem”. So they want to double up on that confidence boost and curate “a special exhibition so that young people can see how their new skills can be used and how seriously their work should be taken”. 

Fun House Arts plans to develop a longer-term programme of work all year round. Hastings and St Leonards continue to develop as exciting cultural hubs for artists and makers, but there remains a serious issue with the way in which young people can access that creative scene and learn more about techniques that are not taught in school. 

Fun House Festival takes place on Friday 23rd August.
Morning session 9.30am-1pm and afternoon session 1.30pm-5pm. 

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