Family Takeover: Otherworldly Creatures - Camden Art Centre

Join artist and community gardener Maymana Arefin for free family art sessions exploring more-than-human worlds, folklore and fantasy.

Through November and December, adults and children are invited to weekly sessions using found objects and storytelling to develop characters that exist in the world of soil beneath our feet.

Inspired by the Green in the Grooves exhibition and Tamara Henderson’s The Canberran Characters, these sessions encourage families to transform scavenged materials such as clay, natural objects, fabric, cardboard and yarn into sculptures.

Designed for children and guardians working together, Otherworldly Creatures will guide us in using our imaginations to build new worlds. With a focus on sensory play and experimentation, these activities are accessible for all.

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

Sessions The Artist Supported by


Building hideaway forts and a soft fabric playground, we will open the season by storytelling and imagining the different characters who live in the soil.

Using clay and collected household objects, we will make worms, bugs, fungi and other microbial creatures together.

In this session, we will use natural materials such as foraged twigs, rocks, and pinecones to create hanging sculptures.

Using manmade objects and cyanotyping, we will explore the stories in our objects before transforming them into artworks.

For our final session, we will hold a surprise group activity for families to come together, play and celebrate this season of the Family Takeover.

The Artist

Maymana Arefin (she/they) is a British-Bengali multimedia artist, community gardener and facilitator based in London. Her practice spans mediums such as spoken word poetry, clay work, collage and painting in response to themes of ecology, grief, embodiment and the power of collective imagining. In 2020, Maymana founded @fungi.futures, a space to map radical alternative futures guided by her joy and passion for fungi. Through leading nature walks and immersions, Maymana’s work is based on an ethics of care, deep rest, healing and restoring communion with our more-than-human kin.

Supported by

Camden Council