Visual Art

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‘Visual art’ can mean lots of things like drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, street art and more. It can be found all around us.

Lewisham is known for its colourful, fun and thought-provoking street art. This month, we have a brand new artwork being unveiled on 3 billboards in Deptford High Street, Lewisham Way and Evelyn Street by internationally renowned artist Yinka Shonibare CBE.

In honour of this, we invite you to help create a borough-wide street-art piece by expressing yourself through chalk pavement art. We want you to represent the colours, patterns and energy you see on your local streets.

Collect a free pack of colourful chalk from your local library or in the We Are Lewisham tent at People’s Day on 16 July and get creative on the pavement near where you live.

This is a celebratory community artwork, please only use chalk and do not include anything that might be considered offensive to others.

We’d love to see what you create! Share your pavement art on social media tagging @WeAreLewisham #CreativeChallenge #Lewisham2022

More ways to get creative this July:

Colourful Cookie Decorating Creative Challenge

With the help of the Refugee Café we have created a biscuit making and decorating challenge for you to try at home. Fun for all the family! In this video Marco guides us through instructions to make and decorate ‘Colourful Cookies’ based on a traditional Ecuadorian recipe for Alfajores with a colourful twist. Get creative, have fun and don’t forget to share with us what you make tagging @WeAreLewisham #CreativeChallenge #Lewisham2022

Make your own visual art

Libraries across the borough are hosting a range of free arts workshops in July.

Lewisham Library

199-201 Lewisham High St, London SE13 6LG

Every Saturday 2-3pm

Fun book-related arts and crafts for children aged 5+

The Library at Deptford Lounge

9 Giffin St, London SE8 4RJ

Every Saturday 11am-12noon

Fun book-related arts and crafts for children aged 5+

Space rocket craft
Saturday 16 July, 11am – 12 noon

Fan craft
Saturday 23 July, 11am – 12 noon

Kaleidoscope craft
Saturday 30 July, 11am – 12 noon

Forest Hill Library

Kidz Origami sessions

Ages 5-15. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Monday 25 July 11am-12pm
Wednesday 27 July 11am-12pm