Beehives, bird nests, rabbit warrens, spider webs and ant hills, animals are great at building. Inspired by the famous Stirling Prize for architecture, we will present: The Starling Prize for bird and animal architecture.
In a series of games and challenges, participants in this workshop will investigate the architecture of different animals and birds. We will think about why making structures is necessary in nature, looking at the different kinds of buildings that birds and animals create, the locations they choose and the materials that they use.
We will consider the common needs of animals and humans: do they need warmth, protection, somewhere to store food, somewhere to snuggle or hibernate?
Participants will also find out about human structures that are inspired by the construction skills of our feathered and furry friends before taking on a design-and-build challenge of our own.
This creative architecture workshop is led by artist educator Zoe Allen for children aged 7 to 10 years.
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Zoe Allen is an artist and educator who makes collages, assemblages, sculptures, and paintings. She uses materials foraged from sites that have particular meanings or memories, re-purposing these to create new conversations.
Zoe also has a collaborative practice in which she works with other artists to create large scale installation informed by architectural forms and mechanisms.