Maker Blogs

Making a green Fun Palace in the Swale

Sioux Peto and Colin Barnard run Polka Dot Arts – a small arts space in Teynham where their main focus is the environment and recycling. They like their projects to connect people to the places where they live, looking at and making use of their surroundings. At their Fun Palace, Sioux learnt that children still love making dens and dancing barefoot on the grass and Colin learnt that poplar tree wood is easy to carve.

Organic community engagement in Scotland – mixing science with the unexpected

Lewis is a part-time neuroscience researcher, full-time science communicator and a fiddle player based in Edinburgh. He believes that science is culture that everyone can engage with, and loves mixing science with the unexpected. Last Fun Palace, he learnt how to make felt, why there aren’t so many red squirrels any more and that he was a ‘super-taster’.

Lambeth Libraries Fun Palaces in all 10 libraries (and an archive)

Zoey Dixon is a development librarian dealing with social media, information and all things digital. Outside of work she can be found playing netball, being a bit of a geek, occasionally playing dress up at comic conventions and playing with gadgets. At her Fun Palace she loved seeing a trainee doctor paint images of bones on hands!

Grassroots activism in Lancaster

Emma Rucastle is a freelance theatre maker based in Lancaster. She helped to make Lancaster Fun Palace in 2014 and 2015. At her Fun Palace, she has made a geometric mosaic panel, tapped her feet to a ukulele orchestra and started to lose her fear of drawing.

Colonising underused space in Pontypridd

Terry Chinn grew up in Neath and now lives in Pontypridd where his community group made Fun Palaces in 2014 and 2015. Terry has worked as designer, teacher and visual artist all over the UK. His Fun Palaces experience brought so many strands together in Pontypridd – highlights were seeing people trying to ride a tandem, standing on their heads doing hip hop or just quietly watching.

Putting culture at the heart of Hounslow’s community

Keiko Higashi is Programme Manager at Creative People and Places in Hounslow. She has worked in participation and programming roles for over 12 years. At her Fun Palace, Keiko learnt how to read tea leaves and had a philosophical conversation with a mystical dog.