Future Makers 

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Mon 7 Aug - Fri 11 Aug, 8.30am - 5.30pm | £205 including lunch, £180 excluding lunch | 6-11yrs | All levels

Mon 14 Aug - Fri 18 Aug, 8.30am - 5.30pm | £205 including lunch, £180 excluding lunch | 6-11yrs | All levels

Futuremakers is a summer-long programme that aims to inspire the designers and makers of the future through acts of playing, making and building.

Creativity is not just limited to the arts, creativity is a fundamental part of everyday life. Futuremakers is designed to open up the process of design, often packaged as something coming from a genius impulse. The Futuremakers team wants to demystify this notion and demonstrate that sharing skills, ideas and experience can lead to innovative and exciting possibilities for our built environment.

Participating groups will be joined by one of three resident Lead Makers, each one being a nationally recognised artist and designer, to work collaboratively on a set task to design and build a number of ‘pavilions’ - a free standing structure that can take many forms: a canopy, shelter or any other kind of functional space.

The pavilion’s design will be based on a given theme in a week-long activity overseen by Artist Tutors and Learning Support Workers located in mac. Participant’s activity is set by the Futuremakers team and the resident Lead Maker – based on a simple task to generate new design ideas for construction.

At the start of each week the participants will meet with the Futuremakers team which includes the Lead Maker, the Artist Tutor, a Learning Support Worker and members of staff from Co.LAB and mac. The team will introduce the programme for the week, which includes a visit to the Arena Gallery at mac to view the Futuremakers exhibition, following on from which the Lead Maker will work with the group to set an initial design task. From there the artist Tutor will lead the group to explore materials and continue to have fun, play and explore the design process. The programme of tasks will ask participants to appreciate physical properties of materials, colours and textures before testing techniques in design and construction to manipulate or assemble the materials together.

At the end of the week everyone will come together for a final show and tell and review of the design work, this ‘review' will be similar to a teaching tactic used in design schools where ideas and skills are shared openly in order to reflect on their design thinking, consider alternatives and implement changes for further development. This will offer the participants an exciting opportunity to experience a professional design review.

After the group’s week-long activity, all participants will be invited back to mac for the big review on 2nd September. The big review will be Futuremakers’ closing party – a TED style event where all the separate groups participating in the programme will get together and present their work to each other and members of the public, discussing their successes, mistakes and achievements. A participatory artist will facilitate the groups on the day to make it a lively and fun-packed day.

About the lead makers:

Zoe Robertson is an award-winning jewellery artist. She explores themes relating to adornment, performance, sound and movement, creating theatrically sized wearable jewellery to experiment the edges of the discipline. Much of her work for Futuremakers will include using lights, unusual textile materials and more solid objects that can be ‘worn’ around the body.

Simon & Tom Bloor are brothers working together as artists since 2003. They have created a number of large-scale commissions for galleries nationally and a number of permanent artworks in public parks and schools. Their work uses a range of media, from timber to spray-paint to scaffolding to fencing, to create playful and vibrant images or structures to interact with.

Alessandro Columbano is a senior lecturer at the Birmingham School of Architecture & Design and an artist working with space, structure and light to create temporary excitable experiences. As coordinator of Birmingham Co.LAB, Alessandro has overseen a number of designs with arts organisations, community groups and industry partners using collaborative practices as a key working method.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for children aged 6 - 11 years. It is open to all ability levels and children don’t need previous experience. Parents are not expected to accompany their children on these courses. All our staff are DBS checked.

The course may be accessible for children with disabilities who can participate in detail based activities. We provide a learning support worker and a parent or carer may assist their child if required. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The building is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs.

Age ranges are set carefully to take into account key age developments, materials being used and course stimulus. It is very important that age ranges are not too large or across key stages and therefore need to be adhered to.

What will you learn on this course?

Summer camps at mac are 3 – 5 day long summer courses that offer children the opportunity to take part in an intensive learning experience of a particular art form. Each day will follow the same routine of workshops from 10am – 12pm and 1pm – 3pm with mac’s specialist artist tutors. These courses offer an opportunity for in depth study and the production of more developed pieces of work.

Future Makers is a unique opportunity for children to work within a dynamic artistic environment, be guided by specialist tutors and work alongside award winning lead artists, designers, makers and architects. Children will learn new artistic creating skills, collaborative working, followed by an opportunity to have their work exhibited as part of the Future Makers exhibition at mac.

Futuremakers is coordinated by Birmingham Co.LAB, School of Architecture & Design, Birmingham City University and Trevor Pitt. Their expertise focus on engaging user participation and collaborative practices across art, design, architecture and performance.

Futuremakers is curated and organised by Co.LAB in collaboration with mac and Trevor Pitt.

Support from Birmingham School of Architecture and Design, Birmingham City University with additional support from Hawkins/Brown Architects.

Do you need to bring anything

Children aged 13 and under who do not have permission on their enrolment form to be independent during breaks must bring a packed lunch for a supervised lunch break.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs

Important Information

Our enhanced Safeguarding Policy recommends that we hold emergency contact details for all learning and participation activities (including courses), for children and young people under 18 years old and for supported or vulnerable adults. These are to be completed and signed by parents/carers except young people aged 16-18 and supported/vulnerable adults who are able to sign for themselves.

Completed forms must be handed in to our Sales and Information Team prior to the start of the course.

Participant Enrolment Form

Let us make things easier – full day care for your child

If you’re pushed for time due to work commitments or other engagements, we can ease the load.

mac Wraparound offers additional child care before and after the main course to give you more time to yourself.

Drop your children off from 8:30am and collect them by 5:30pm and they can enjoy healthy morning and afternoon snacks and a film, all under the supervision of a DBS-certified member of staff for only £20, or for just £24 lunch from our café will be provided as well.

Simply add the mac Wraparound at the check out for each day needed. Advance booking is advised.

Please note:

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