supported through the SocialArtNetwork//Kickstarter mentoring programme 2019. Selected for inclusion in
The Institute for
Art and Innovation “
Award 2020” book,
(small but) FIERCE
for & by bold children who want to change the world
(& the adults who support them)
inspired by the global
an ongoing, international project disrupting, questioning & having fun with what a children's magazine can / should be.
Book a workshop
"(small but) FIERCE" is a proejct for children, by children. All the content of the magazine and website (including interview questions, art and activities) are generated through workshops with children and young people. These workshops are created and run by artists and activists from all over the world. The project is facilitated by a group of socially engaged / feminist artists, curators and designers from around the world.
Who has been involved in creating (small but) FIERCE so far?: 250 young people aged 3 -25 from the North East of England, London and Yorkshire, students and staff at Durham University, artists / curators / art education specialists including Inês Mourão (Portugal), Jackie Sewell (UK) and Selene D'Alessandro (Italy).
The NewBridge Project, Shieldfield, Newcastle, UK
April 4th, 2018 (Thought Foundation, Birtley, UK)
April 9th,2018 (Thought Foundation, Birtley, UK)
May 16th, 2018 (Shift + Signal School, Gateshead, UK)
June 12th, 2018 (Women, Art, Visibility conference, Durham University, UK)
July 12th, 2018 (Northwood Heights Home Education Group, London, UK)
July 21st and 22nd (Hartlepool Waterfront Festival 2018, UK)
July 22nd, 2018 (Deer Shed Festival, Thirsk, UK)
Aug 3rd, 2018 (Great North Museum, Newcastle, UK)
Oct 6th, 2018 (The Anti Art Fai, London UK)
March 24th, 2019 (Thought Foundation, Birtley, UK)
April16th, 2019 (Women of Tynside, UK)
June 23rd, 2019 (Durham Art Fair, UK)
If you are interested in booking a workshop please get in touch with us
via our contact page with the subject heading "workshop enquiry" to discuss ideas
We charge a-n / Artist Union England recommend hourly rates for contact time and project management
The adult artists & activists who help make the magazine have, combined, 50 years experience of devising and delivering arts events and projects in the UK, USA and Europe, working alongside people of all ages and making lots of really interesting, challenging, fun art!
The team includes:
Michaela Wetherell is a feminist curator, whose work focuses on female representation in the arts. She has curated exhibitions nationally and international, showing work by some of most exciting feminist artists working today including Margaret Harrison, Sarah Maple and Airco Caravan. In 2018 she was a member of the judging panel for the Nasty Women International Art Prize.
Lady Kitt a disabled artist, researcher & drag king . They describe their work as " Mess Making as Social Glue driven by a sense of insatiably curiosity about how art can be useful”.
Kitt invites people to join them in creating objects, interactions & events. Things that have happened as part of their work are:
a traveling shrine to sustainability (made from plastic waste, called “sustain”, exhibited at various venues including Centre for Contemporary Arts, Brighton University, started in 2022)
policy changes (as part of an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project called “enSHRINE”, stared in 2020)
We enjoy to focusing on specific themes. A previous theme has been: "Wear your (H) art on your sleeve - wearable art that makes us think". The following workshops, inspired by this theme, Happened in 2019-18:
Dada word searches and collage mascots, inspired by the work of Hannah Höch
Wear and Care, create your very own craftivist art
Interviewing workshops Learning about inspiring children (and adults) around the world and then have the opportunity to create interview questions for them- that they REALLY answered and then appeared on this website
Cardboard costumes inspired by the amazing work of Swiss artist Sophie Taeuber-Arp
"Crowning Glory; untold stories" - Cut out and make (fabulous) crown to celebrate little or unknown achievement of yourself or someone fantastic in history. A celebration of human achievements large and small. Global and personal.
who we like to work with:
children and young people aged 0-25 anywhere in the world!
artists and activists (of any age!)
schools / youth groups / arts centres / museums /galleries / community cafes / nurseries / arts festivals/ libraries to name but a few...
Things some of the children and young people we have worked with have said to us:
"Why are there no girls in football magazines?"
"I want to make art about Climate Change, because adults don't seem to care about it enough, and it's making animals die and people are animals too, that means everyone should be recycling and not using more things than they need and having paper straws".
"I think friendship is the most important thing in the world. Thank you for helping me tell my most important friend I love them"
"There should NOT be adverts in children's magazines. It's bad for children to be forced to think about buying all the time, when they should be focused on their learning. Not all those children have a lot of money, it could make them feel bad and lots of toys (in the advertisements) are badly made and made of plastic too, it's not good for our environment"
"My biggest achievement in life is standing up for people who can't stand up for themselves"
"I want to write because I think writing is art too. When I'm an adult I want to be an author and write a book then everyone can see what's inside me. What makes me, me"
"This workshop is good. It's good to be asked what we want and how we feel about the world. These bags are good for all the world and good for the Deer Shed Festival too because they are doing lots of recycling to keep their beautiful area clean", participant at Deer Shed 9
"Being strong is more important to me than being beautiful".