Fun Palaces Blog

Age UK’s five top tips for making Fun Palaces with and for older people

The 1 – 14 October 2018 is the first Age of Creativity Festival, celebrating creativity in later life across England.  The festival celebrates everyone aged over 50 taking part in a creative activity as an audience ...

Fun Palaces and Community-Led Digital Culture

Fun Palaces is a two-pronged approach to community engagement in culture – by which we mean tech, digital, crafts, arts and science. We are both a campaign for everyday creativity in all its forms at the ...

A New Look for Fun Palaces

When we started Fun Palaces in 2013, we didn’t know we were at the beginning of a movement for cultural democracy, we certainly didn’t know that in just three annual weekends there would have been 572 ...

Really, Really Serious Play

- Jack Morrison is one of two Fun Palaces Ambassadors based in Cornwall. He also works as Project Manager at FEAST Cornwall -  I have been tasked with thinking about something by the Fun Palaces team.​ Thinking is ok, it’s pretty much what I do best. ​ Conclusions, resolutions and actions I have a little more difficulty with but these are early days and perhaps something will come out of the mist if I sit here long enough.​ Here are the questions, I will try to answer from my perspective, today, this morning.​ Where are we now?​ I am sitting at the FEAST desk in a converted 1970’s classroom. From here I can see the flats across the road in the converted 1890’s Maternity Hospital I was born in. I can see Carn Brea, unusually green against the blue sky. ​ It is truly beautiful.​ This is one of the most deprived places in Cornwall. Cornwall is one of the most deprived places in Britain.​I work part time here and am a single parent when I am not at the desk, my colleague works part time here and is a Farmer when she is not at the desk.​ She is never at the desk if it is sunny.​ ...

Sensory Gardens in a Nutshell

(and, yes, nutshells make a fantastic sensory tool!) We noticed a great twitter conversation between Farnham Fun Palace and Annie Bannister, and thought other Fun Palaces Makers would find Annie's thinking on creating a Sensory Garden ...

It’s Time To Make Change

A New Year’s provocation from Fun Palaces’ Co-Director Stella Duffy I’m the youngest of seven children born in a council estate in south London. Both of my parents left school at 14, my siblings left school ...