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The Big Family Press

The Big Family Press is a community printing press developed with children aged 4 - 12 in after-school care at Oliver Goldsmith Primary School, Camberwell. The group meets weekly during term-time to collaborate with artists on a range of creative and critical activities using DIY publishing. On the first Saturday of every month at the South London Gallery, children and their families are invited to learn how to Riso print, share their stories and make a publication for the archive.

The Big Family Press is a community printing press developed with children aged 4 - 12 in after-school care at Oliver Goldsmith Primary School, Camberwell. The group meets weekly during term-time to collaborate with artists on a range of creative and critical activities using DIY publishing. On the first Saturday of every month at the South London Gallery, children and their families are invited to learn how to Riso print, share their stories and make a publication for the archive.
Collage Resource: A Big Family Alphabet
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Collage Resource: A Big Family Alphabet

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On Sunday, November 18 the Big Family Press hosted a drop-in lettering workshop in conjunction with the 2018 Children’s Book Fair at the South London Gallery. Over four hours, children and their families were invited to design their own font using a focused selection of black and white stickers, tapes and card to creatively develop a eclectic selection of numbers and letters to be used in the monthly Big Family Press publishing sessions. The invitation to visitors was to help the press build our own alphabet, with the challenge set to build a library of 26 upper-case and 26 lower-case letters, in addition to the numbers 0 through 9, if a letter or number had already been completed by another visitor, you had to choose a different letter. Some children spent a long time detailing a single letter, whilst others instinctively found the most straight-forward way of writing one without a marker pen, and quickly added multiple letters to the wall. Children and their families set to work with the limited materials on A3 paper and quickly began to develop our shared alphabet which lined the walls of the SLG’s Fox Reception over the course of the afternoon, and by the end of the workshop we had collectively made our own tangled, spotted, stripey, wavey and zig-zagged font over the course of the afternoon. Following the workshop, the 66 characters developed were digitised and combined into a single A3 resource, which now exists as a collage sheet, designed to support children to write and share their own stories and develop their own publications using the SLG’s risograph printing press, the Big Family Press. The ambition for the alphabet, as with the growing library of illustrated and designed resources, is to develop an archive of materials for children to use in collage-based workshops, without the need to draw from popular newspapers or magazines (which typically do not reflect the lived experiences of children in South London). The alphabet will complement existing and forthcoming Big Family Press resources, which are activated in drop-in afternoon workshops at the SLG on the first Saturday of every month. The alphabet, and all other published resources (current at time of writing: Emily Rand, Jacob V Joyce, Rhiannon Hunter, Sofia Niazi and Shy Bairns) can be freely downloaded from the TES website, in addition to a simple 8 panel zine template developed with artist collective OOMK (OOMK initiated the Big Family Press, whilst in residence at Oliver Goldsmith Primary School from 2017-18 - you can read more about OOMK’s commission here:(https://www.southlondongallery.org/exhibitions/big-family-press-oomk/)). You are encouraged to freely download and use these resources for use at home or at school, and are welcome to join us one Saturday afternoon to make a publication in person, to bring one you’ve made at home, or to learn how to use the risograph printing press first-hand.
Collage Resource: Sofia Niazi
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Collage Resource: Sofia Niazi

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This resource, by London-based illustrator Sofia Niazi, is part of a growing library of collage material commissioned by the South London Gallery (SLG) for use by children aged 5 - 12 in collage-based workshops and on the Big Family Press. You are encouraged to freely download and use this A3 resource (along with any other Big Family Press resources and an accompanying A3 zine (DIY magazine) template) for use in your collage workshops, at home or in school. This artist-designed resource, when used along with the other collage components developed with the Big Family Press, will support children to write, publish and share their own stories using DIY publishing strategies and is suitable for use as a creative writing or art-based activity in KS1 and KS2 classrooms. These resources, developed by leading contemporary artists, illustrators and designers will offer the opportunity for children to use independently or in collage-based workshops, without the need to draw from popular newspapers or magazines, which typically do not adequately reflect or represent the lived experiences of children. You will need: Scissors Glue Other collage material, such as the other resources included on our TES page Paper or the 8-panel A3 zine template The Big Family Press, is a community printing press hosted at the SLG and initiated by artist-collective OOMK. It was developed with children aged 4 - 12 in after-school care at Oliver Goldsmith Primary School, Camberwell. The Big Family Press meets weekly during term-time to collaborate with artists on a range of creative and critical activities using DIY publishing. On the first Saturday of every month at the South London Gallery, children and their families are invited to join the Big Family Press to learn how to Riso print, share their stories and make a publication for the archive. Find out more about the Big Family Press here: https://www.southlondongallery.org/projects/the-big-family-press/ For more information about the Big Family Press, please contact the South London Gallery at mail@southlondongallery.org. Find out more about Sofia Niazi here: https://sofianiazi.co.uk/
Collage Resource: Jacob V Joyce
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Collage Resource: Jacob V Joyce

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This resource, by London-based artist and illustrator Jacob V Joyce, is part of a growing library of collage material commissioned by the South London Gallery (SLG) for use by children aged 5 - 12 in collage-based workshops and on the Big Family Press. You are encouraged to freely download and use this A3 resource (along with any other Big Family Press resources and an accompanying A3 zine (DIY magazine) template) for use in your collage workshops, at home or in school. This artist-designed resource, when used along with the other collage components developed with the Big Family Press, will support children to write, publish and share their own stories using DIY publishing strategies and is suitable for use as a creative writing or art-based activity in KS1 and KS2 classrooms. These resources, developed by leading contemporary artists, illustrators and designers will offer the opportunity for children to use independently or in collage-based workshops, without the need to draw from popular newspapers or magazines, which typically do not adequately reflect or represent the lived experiences of children. You will need: Scissors Glue Other collage material, such as the other resources included on our TES page Paper or the 8-panel A3 zine template The Big Family Press is a community printing press hosted at the SLG and initiated by artist-collective OOMK. It was developed with children aged 4 - 12 in after-school care at Oliver Goldsmith Primary School, Camberwell. The Big Family Press meets weekly during term-time to collaborate with artists on a range of creative and critical activities using DIY publishing. On the first Saturday of every month at the South London Gallery, children and their families are invited to join the Big Family Press to learn how to Riso print, share their stories and make a publication for the archive. Find out more about the Big Family Press here: https://www.southlondongallery.org/projects/the-big-family-press/ For more information about the Big Family Press, please contact the South London Gallery at mail@southlondongallery.org. Find out more about Jacob V Joyce here: http://jacobvjoyce.com/
Collage Resource: Emily Rand
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Collage Resource: Emily Rand

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This resource, by London-based illustrator Emily Rand, is part of a growing library of collage material commissioned by the South London Gallery (SLG) for use by children aged 5 - 12 in collage-based workshops and on the Big Family Press. You are encouraged to freely download and use this A3 resource (along with any other Big Family Press resources and an accompanying A3 zine (DIY magazine) template) for use in your collage workshops, at home or in school. This artist-designed resource, when used along with the other collage components developed with the Big Family Press, will support children to write, publish and share their own stories using DIY publishing strategies and is suitable for use as a creative writing or art-based activity in KS1 and KS2 classrooms. These resources, developed by leading contemporary artists, illustrators and designers will offer the opportunity for children to use independently or in collage-based workshops, without the need to draw from popular newspapers or magazines, which typically do not adequately reflect or represent the lived experiences of children. You will need: Scissors Glue Other collage material, such as the other resources included on our TES page Paper or the 8-panel A3 zine template The Big Family Press, is a community printing press hosted at the SLG and initiated by artist-collective OOMK. It was developed with children aged 4 - 12 in after-school care at Oliver Goldsmith Primary School, Camberwell. The Big Family Press meets weekly during term-time to collaborate with artists on a range of creative and critical activities using DIY publishing. On the first Saturday of every month at the South London Gallery, children and their families are invited to join the Big Family Press to learn how to Riso print, share their stories and make a publication for the archive. Find out more about the Big Family Press here: https://www.southlondongallery.org/projects/the-big-family-press/ For more information about the Big Family Press, please contact the South London Gallery at mail@southlondongallery.org. Emily Rand is an illustrator and creator of picture books based in London, UK. Emily likes to make picture books inspired by my surroundings and she takes pleasure in noticing the tiny details in daily life. Emily is also interested in playing with the format of the book, creating unusual and experimental artist publications. Emily has a background working in arts education and has worked in schools and galleries leading art workshops with children and young people. Emily now really enjoys running workshops for children and adults about book making, illustration or self publishing. Find out more about Emily Rand here: https://emilyrand.com/
Collage Resource: Shy Bairns
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Collage Resource: Shy Bairns

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This resource, by art-collective SHY BAIRNS, is part of a growing library of collage material commissioned by the South London Gallery (SLG) for use by children aged 5 - 12 in collage-based workshops and on the Big Family Press. You are encouraged to freely download and use this A3 resource (along with any other Big Family Press resources and an accompanying A3 zine (DIY magazine) template) for use in your collage workshops, at home or in school. This artist-designed resource, when used along with the other collage components developed with the Big Family Press, will support children to write, publish and share their own stories using DIY publishing strategies and is suitable for use as a creative writing or art-based activity in KS1 and KS2 classrooms. These resources, developed by leading contemporary artists, illustrators and designers will offer the opportunity for children to use independently or in collage-based workshops, without the need to draw from popular newspapers or magazines, which typically do not adequately reflect or represent the lived experiences of children. You will need: Scissors Glue Other collage material, such as the other resources included on our TES page Paper or the 8-panel A3 zine template The Big Family Press is a community printing press hosted at the SLG and initiated by artist-collective OOMK. It was developed with children aged 4 - 12 in after-school care at Oliver Goldsmith Primary School, Camberwell. The Big Family Press meets weekly during term-time to collaborate with artists on a range of creative and critical activities using DIY publishing. On the first Saturday of every month at the South London Gallery, children and their families are invited to join the Big Family Press to learn how to Riso print, share their stories and make a publication for the archive. Find out more about the Big Family Press here: https://www.southlondongallery.org/projects/the-big-family-press/ For more information about the Big Family Press, please contact the South London Gallery at mail@southlondongallery.org. SHY BAIRNS are a multi - disciplinary art collective specialising in DIY arts publications and workshops. SB began life as a self-titled publication aiming to gather a group of Northern artists together on one platform. We now exist as something else; alongside our self-titled series we also curate, educate, and make a fuss about things on social media. We are interested in community, identity, Art World Politics and Real World Politics, and how print relates to all of these things. SB is made of four people - Izzy Kroese, George Gibson, Erin Blamire and Eleanor Haswell. We met on our foundation course in Sunderland. Find out more about Shy Bairns: https://www.shybairns.co.uk/info
Collage Resource: Rhiannon Hunter
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Collage Resource: Rhiannon Hunter

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This resource, by London-based artist and illustrator Rhiannon Hunter, is part of a growing library of collage material commissioned by the South London Gallery (SLG) for use by children aged 5 - 12 in collage-based workshops and on the Big Family Press. You are encouraged to freely download and use this A3 resource (along with any other Big Family Press resources and an accompanying A3 zine (DIY magazine) template) for use in your collage workshops, at home or in school. This artist-designed resource, when used along with the other collage components developed with the Big Family Press, will support children to write, publish and share their own stories using DIY publishing strategies and is suitable for use as a creative writing or art-based activity in KS1 and KS2 classrooms. These resources, developed by leading contemporary artists, illustrators and designers will offer the opportunity for children to use independently or in collage-based workshops, without the need to draw from popular newspapers or magazines, which typically do not adequately reflect or represent the lived experiences of children. You will need: Scissors Glue Other collage material, such as the other resources included on our TES page Paper or the 8-panel A3 zine template The Big Family Press, is a community printing press hosted at the SLG and initiated by artist-collective OOMK. It was developed with children aged 4 - 12 in after-school care at Oliver Goldsmith Primary School, Camberwell. The Big Family Press meets weekly during term-time to collaborate with artists on a range of creative and critical activities using DIY publishing. On the first Saturday of every month at the South London Gallery, children and their families are invited to join the Big Family Press to learn how to Riso print, share their stories and make a publication for the archive. Find out more about the Big Family Press here: https://www.southlondongallery.org/projects/the-big-family-press/ For more information about the Big Family Press, please contact the South London Gallery at mail@southlondongallery.org. Find out more about Emily Rand here: www.rhiannonhunter.com/