Free Family Art Workshop

We need your help to make Croydon Town Centre town better for families and children; come and join in! 

We need your help to make Croydon Town Centre town better for families and children; come and join in!

Local arts charity Turf are running free creative workshops for families led by a local artist Asha Fontenelle.

Become explorers and use our magic magnifying glasses and viewfinders to discover the spaces around Croydon town centre that you and your family like (and don’t like!). Why do you love some spaces, and other spaces you don’t like so much? Then, use your imagination to make new spaces for Croydon. Add your drawings to our walls!

  • This free workshop is most suitable for ages 5-11 and their families to take part in together.
  • All materials are provided.
  • You can drop in at any point during the day.
  • Free and open to all; please click through to the Eventbrite page to book a free space so we know how many people to expect!

Croydon Council is creating a new strategy to underpin the regeneration being planned for the town centre. A series of creative activities provide opportunities for the community, businesses and partners to get involved. This workshops is facilitated by local arts charity Turf Projects who are part of a multi-disciplinary team led by We Made That, working with Croydon Council in partnership with the GLA. The engagement is taking place from November 2023 into Autumn 2024.

Find out more about the Strategy using the Easy Read available in print at the Urban Room, or online here.

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Founded in 2013 by Croydon locals, Turf is Croydon’s homegrown artist space and the first entirely artist-run contemporary art space in the borough. Based in Croydon’s Whitgift Shopping Centre, we put on free exhibitions & workshops, provide affordable artist studios, run a free creative project space for locals & host a number of other local creative organisations and collectives. A registered charity, Turf aims to provide paid opportunities for artists and creatives who might otherwise be undersupported.


  • To help us support you best, please let us know if you have any access needs when booking.
  • This workshop will involve some reading and writing. If you need support, just let us know.
  • For access info about getting to Turf and the Turf space, click here.


Turf aims to be a space where all are welcomed & respected. We ask all attendees to align with this spirit when booking and support us in creating a welcoming & collaborative atmosphere together. We ask that everyone is;

  • Kind and respectful in our language and behaviour towards others. Turf is a space which is anti racism, sexism, homophobia and ableism.
  • Considerate of others’ time; allowing others room to speak & engage.
  • Respectful of the space itself as belonging to many people, treating the space & objects with care.
  • Attend wherever possible: In 2023, around 30% of people booking free tickets didn’t turn up! Our free tickets are limited and in high demand. Every person who doesn’t turn up means someone else can’t attend, so please let us know if you can’t make it to free up a space. If you don’t attend twice or more without letting us know, you may be restricted from booking again.

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