Maker Stories

Makers tell us about making their local Fun Palaces

A Fun Palaces Journey

Celine Elliot is the Fun Palaces Ambassador for Cornwall, which she does for one day a week as part of her job at the Cornwall Museums Partnership. In 2018 she made a Fun Palace at…

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Online Fun Palaces

Last year Fun Palaces looked a little different, some were socially distanced, some went ahead online, some took place in the form of window displays and some were a mix of all three. Victoria Beesley…

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Fun Palaces in Care Homes

Ruth Purdy is a visual artist, who set up a community arts company in Cornwall. In 2018 she joined with Astor Court and Devonpart extra care schemes and Nazareth House; part of a retirement village…

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Fun Palacing with XR Farnham

“What is necessary to remember is that as a creative community we can help. We have the resources to communicate issues to participants and we have the skills, knowingly or not, to enact change.” Farnham…

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“Generous, radical creativity in action …”

The “Fun Palace Maker” hat is really helpful as it’s a conversation starter and there is enormous strength in being part of an ever-growing international movement. Emma Rucastle is a theatre director and creative practitioner…

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Handing Over Our Library Space to the Community

We have had some fabulous heart-wrenching, scary, wonderful moments being part of Fun Palaces. And a big part of that was letting go and handing over our library space to the community and saying it’s…

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From Workshops to Fun Palaces Converts

After a training session with Fun Palaces in 2017 we decided to start running Fun Palaces in Hertfordshire and the feedback has been really positive. Shirley Everall has worked for Hertfordshire Libraries for 40 years…

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Maker Stories from 2017

We asked a variety of Makers about their Fun Palaces experience Exeter Library in Devon, Northfield Arts Forum in Birmingham, Morden Hall Park National Trust property, Here East in London and Farnham Fun Palace in…

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Dipping our toes into Fun Palaces

Gillingham Library ran a trial Fun Palace in June 2017 that was themed around liquids. Pam, a member of the library team, writes about their experience starting from scratch, community members they got involved and…

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Finding the Fun Palace in Farnham

Carine Osmont and Alexandre Mendonca both work in medical repatriation in Farnham, Surrey. They have made two Fun Palaces having never made anything like this before. They’ve since learned astronomy, sewing, origami, 3D drawing, ceramic…

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There’s magic in the making at Muriwai Fun Palace

I gained a new appreciation for my community and the people in it, and saw first hand how the arts and sciences, along with the process of learning, exploring and trying out new things, can…

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