Join it Up: applied arts supporting reading and writing in the quest for fun

The A Town Explores A Book festival team explores the relationship between art activities, reading, writing and fun.


One of the school engagement projects this March has been a brush stroke exploration.

Water colourist Susan Miller has been working with 200 children across Dudley Infant Academy and All Saints Junior School in Hastings exploring Mary Seacole’s adventures through the adventure of putting brush to paper.

Viewing and feeling the impact of this activity is a remarkable journey.

Find the paper flowers and butterflies made in this art project in Warrior Square Gardens as part of the #ATownExploresABook23 outdoor art trail from 1-15 April and at Four Courts on the final festival weekend of fun.

Our innovative festival school engagement programme offers multiple entry points into reading and writing activities through applied arts practice. Schools embed this approach in the literacy and PSHE curriculum over the month in a recognition of how cross-curricular learning benefits children’s school experience.

Practice utilised in our applied arts programme includes automata making, painting, collage, clay workshops and digital design.