Family Takeover: Hand-made Folkore - Camden Art Centre

Join artist Iga Koncka for a series of free hands-on family workshops looking at craft, folklore and making together.

In these sessions we will make creatures, scenarios and photographic sets rooted in Polish folkloric fantasies. We will use the garden as an art-making materials resource and play with everyday objects and transform them into magical sculptures and installations.

This season our Family Takeover workshop series will be led by artists exhibiting in Bloomberg New Contemporaries at Camden Art Centre.

These sessions are designed for adults and children working together, activities may be messy!

Sessions run from 11.15am-12.15pm, and 12.45-1.45pm.

The programme is supported by a Cultural Education and Learning Support Fund from Camden Council.

Sessions The Artist Supported by


We will explore the gallery’s gardens and play a treasure hunt to find the materials for our folklore-inspired sculptures before creating mythological creatures from what we have foraged.

Playing with the idea of a photographic set we will produce some surreal backgrounds for our stories. We will use common arts and crafts materials to decorate the set and a camera to document our creations.

After exploring the Polish legend of Warsaw’s mermaid we will use the iconic image representations of popular legends and make up our own stories using collage.

Using Iga’s installation in the New Contemporaries exhibition as the inspiration participants will create their own magical dolls from recycled fabrics, jute twine and colourful yarn.

The Artist

Born in Poland, and currently based in London, Iga Koncka is a feminist artist and thinker. She has a BA in Documentary Photography from the University of South Wales, and a MA in Contemporary Photography: Practices and Philosophies at Central Saint Martins. Her research interests mainly concern Poland: its political issues, family relations and archival practices. Performance art is at the heart of her artistic practice, alongside installation, sculpture, video and textile pieces. She uses critical play (alone or with others) to explore the notions of DIY culture, creative joy and experimental art making.

Supported by

Camden Council