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“This is the best art lesson ever!”

Creativity Camps summer 2018

The next Creativity Camps

February Half-Term 

Monday 18th February, 9.30am-2.30pm

A creativity filled day for young people aged 6-18
at Ark-T Centre, Crowell Rd, Cowley

Our next Creativity Camps will feature nature-inspired workshops in visual art, dance and drama.

The day is open to all young people aged 6-18. There are 24 spaces and places will be allocated based on need should it be oversubscribed.

Breakfast, Snacks and Lunch will be provided.

The day is free to attend although we welcome donations of between £5-£15 per young person to cover the cost of materials and food and drink.

Please apply for your young person by filling in this registration form
(one per yp) here

Deadline to apply by the end of Wednesday 6th Feb.

You will hear if your young person has a space by Monday 11th Feb.

We hosted two fantastic weeks of Creativity Camps here at Ark-T in August, as part of our Children In Need funded Creativity Changes Lives Project, with 36 young people aged between 6-18 joining us, and 23 of these young people visiting Ark-T for the first time. 

The young people took part in a multi-arts week focused on individual creativity and skills building in week 1, including sessions in dance, cooking, visual arts, African drumming & singing.

Small groups of young people also worked with the Camerados cafe staff every morning to cook our lunch and bake cakes.On the Wednesday, half the group joined up with the Science Oxford Robot Camp to visit the Make Space in central Oxford.The Friday ended with friends, parents and carers invited to see the young people take part in a performance of African drumming and singing and to see an exhibition of professionally hung artwork that they’d created throughout the week.

In week 2, the young people worked with a visual artist, writer, musician, choreographer and theatre director to write, design, make, rehearse and perform their own play inspired by Maurice Sendak’s Where The Wild Things Are, which was performed to an invited audience on the final day.

We also held daily team building games, free play and mindfulness sessions, with a particular emphasis on our camp mottos of being brave, being kind, and being yourself.

Both Fridays ended with the young people and their friends and family making and sharing pizza together that were cooked on a wood fired oven in our garden.



This children in need funded program is free to children and young people aged 6-18 who are currently in care, or experiencing disadvantage. It is also open to others in return for a donation where there is space.

Creativity Camps is funded by Children In Need to provide a safe and positive holiday camps for children experiencing disadvantage, are struggling in education and/or have emotional or behavioural needs. These spaces are fully funded by Children In Need and include a weekly trip to an arts or cultural venue in Oxford.

The camps provide a holistic and nurturing environment for children and young people with the aim of making the following differences to their lives:

  • Increased emotional wellbeing

  • Increased confidence in learning

  • Increased leadership skills