We Are Here November 2020 - February 2021

We have been very lucky to receive some funding via The National Lotteries Community Fund to deliver work to support children and families in our neighbourhood of N15 during the second wave of the pandemic. This includes some work with children and parents at Triangle and Woodlands Park Children’s Centre’s exploring Puppetry and Movement and wellbeing for Mums and Babies. As part of this please see our wonderful resources for puppet making including a video of how to make your own sock puppets at home why not have a go at making a puppet at home this winter.

How to make a Sock Puppet Instructions
Download pdf - How to make a Sock Puppet written instructions
Making Puppets with Natural Materials and Clay
Download pdf - How to make Natural Materials Puppets with Clay
How to make Log Puppets
Download pdf How to make Log Puppets

We Are Still Here: Social Distancing Family Festival

We Are Here and the We Are Still Here: Social Distancing Family Festivals are 2 festivals that Groundswell Arts ran from May to July 2020 during the first wave of lockdown. Rather then take all of our work online we looked at ways to engage with families in our local community via socially distanced activities. 


Festival Activities Included

We Are Still Here: Out the front (front yard art trail)

We Are Still Here: Walking with words (Postcards from lockdown)

We Are Here: Phototrail

We Are Here: Family Jam

We Are Here: Big Chalk Day

Map of main festival streets

We Are still Here: Out The Front

During June and July local families were encouraged to develop their own creative ideas and bring their artistic talents out into their front yards. How might you represent your lockdown experience in your front window, yard or garden, or just bring colour and optimism to your neighbourhood 

Local artist Giles Leaman provided some simple ideas that you can download from here or if your feeling creative you you could simply sculpt , paint , upcycle or create something wonderful yourself. 

Have a look at our slideshow for some of our beautiful local front-yard transformations this summer, why not transform your yard as a gift to your neighbourhood this summer too.

We Are still Here: Walking With Words

During June and July over 212 young people and community members took part in our Walking With Words poetry trail depositing their postcards in our temporary special walking with words postbox. 

You could get a special postcard on download from here and cards were displayed around the neighbourhood we were delighted to even receive a card from local author Karen McCombie illustrated by Spike Gerell.

We Are still Here: Bubbles

Bubbles was a short movement and music site specific piece designed and performed by Dancer Male Toledo and Musician and Dancer Jan Lee as a pop up site specific performance during July 2020. 

Exploring the concept of Bubbles with children and families from Woodlands Park Children’s Centre and Nursery School, Haringey this piece was funded as part of our Family Jams series by Youth Music. 

We Are Here: The Big Chalk Day

Over 300 families took place in The Big Chalk Event on May 7th 

Our first socially distanced festival event was a resounding success brightening up our pavements for weeks to come. 

We Are Here: Family Jam


On 14th of May alongside the NHS clap for carers we held our first ever neighbourhood youth music funded socially distanced family Jam local musicians, children, adults and neighbours all played and made music from their doorstep while local artist Giles Leaman’s wonderful rainbow shakers and clapping hands allowed schools and young children to join in too. We had at least 10 streets participating across the neighbourhood and it was brilliant to see young people and adults playing together. 

We Are Here: Photo trail

Children in Nursery Schools and Schools across London have been participating in The Language of photography project working with Artist Catherine Rive

All through May children sent photos of life in lockdown to us and we added them to our growing virtual and outdoor photo trail. instagram weareherephotos. We ended up with some 200 photographs displayed around the neighbourhood from children aged 3-17 years of age. 

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