Small Wonders

For now, our creative adventures and activities in libraries and schools are restricted. However, we are still busy finding other ways to connect and create with you.

Click here to find out more about Spark at Home - a collection of creative resources and imaginative activities for families at home and schools. We hope you enjoy jamming, making, listening to new stories or taking a creative challenge.


Reclaiming the Space

Find out how Artists in Residence Dave 'Stickman' Higgins and Sian Watson Taylor provided creative adventures for children & families in libraries during times of social distancing and how they embrace the restrictions and take back a bit of control.

The artists are looking forward to the library doors opening again.

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Small Wonders

Promoting reading for pleasure and language development for 0-7 year olds through storytelling, music and creative play.

The Spark Arts for Children are delighted to announce 'Small Wonders' a new project working with Leicester City Neighbourhood Services.

This unique project for children aged 0-7 years will use music, art, creativity, stories and play to build confidence and improve communication and language development in this time of uncertainty. Small Wonders is funded using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

The Small Wonders project has invited artists Dave 'Stickman' Higgins and Sian Watson Taylor to take up residence at Pork Pie Library and Community Centre and St Barnabas Library. Dave and Sian will work with library staff, schools, families and community groups to re-imagine the library as cultural hubs at the heart of the community. This will enable local children and families to take part in creative activities, building a love of stories and reading for pleasure.

Cllr Kirk Master (Leicester’s Assistant City Mayor for Neighbourhood Services) said:

This project will extend our established partnership work with The Spark Arts for Children, giving us the chance to develop an exciting creative programme in two key libraries.

We're focussing on children aged 0-7 to help develop their language and literacy skills. Together with The Spark, the project will help families for years to come to recognise our libraries as stimulating, imaginative and creative places for learning - and for fun.