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Claire and Savannah Day enjoy the Generate workshop at Margate
Claire and Savannah Day enjoy the Generate workshop at Margate

Turner Contemporary’s latest exhibition, Generate, opens at Droit House on Thursday, July 31.

It is the second in a series by local artists that have been working with and learning from their children. The starting point for the Generate project developed from the participating artists collectively wondering whether children and their parents learn from each others creativity, and can children’s creativity influence their parents’ artistic practice?

The inspiration behind the display for the show is to transfer the studio setting into the gallery space and to reflect the spontaneous thought processes of children. The work includes preparatory drawings, sculptures and installations and while some of the work is completed, some has been left unfinished to reveal the development of ideas.

Artist and parent Ian Bottle, who is taking part in the show, describes the exhibition as “an invitation to see how creative ideas have been developed and what happens when both child and parent work together simultaneously.”

In addition to the exhibition, parents and children from the area are invited to take part in a number of free workshops during the summer that are linked to the Generate project. They are on Saturday, August 2, at Dane Park, from midday to 5pm during the Cliftonville Games, and on Saturday, August 30, in Droit House from 2pm-4pm.

The Generate exhibition is open from 10am to 5pm, Tuesday to Sunday until August 31.

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