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art-K opens new branch in Shepherd’s Bush

art-K, the leading provider of educational art classes for children in high street studios across the UK, has opened a branch in Shepherd’s Bush, London, to cater to growing demand for access to art classes in the local area.

Catering to children aged 6-16, the new branch offers classes throughout weekdays and weekends, giving an opportunity to learn new skills and develop confidence across a spectrum of styles and mediums.

art-K Shepherd’s Bush Art Leader Thea Christy-Parker, who previously ran the Carshalton branch, said: “We are thrilled to be setting up this branch in Shepherd’s Bush, which offers a fantastic new addition to the community. We look forward to helping as many children as possible to spark a passion for art, and maintain that passion, and we will be open throughout the summer holiday period to ensure that opportunity is available.”

As the daughter of an artist, and graduate of Design Academy Eindhoven, Christy-Parker has had the chance to learn how to make art all her life. The new studio creates an opportunity to share this knowledge with others, to connect with the community and artistically inspire children who can grow in talent and confidence.

She added: “Art has always been a part of my life, and I can’t wait to pass that on to students and show them how vibrant and inclusive it can be!”

After-school classes are available currently through to the end of Summer Term on 24 July.

Starting from 13 July, the branch will offer daytime summer workshops – a significant benefit to children and their parents in this year of the staycation.

The workshops encourage children to explore paper sculpture, clay, design, mixed media, watercolour and acrylics. Each workshop is designed to enable children to complete a piece of artwork and take it home at the end of the session.

Additionally, both the after-school classes and summer workshops are available to those on qualifying voucher schemes, including: Eden Red, Care-4, Sodexo, Kiddi Vouchers and Computer Share.

The branch address is: 114 Askew Road, London, W12 9BL.

Full details are also available online. Visit for further information, or telephone 073 7903 4636.

Notes to editors

About art-K

The journey began in 2000, when Kathryn Harper combined her creative inclination and her experience in paediatric speech and language therapy to develop an art programme for children.

In 2016 daughter – Managing Director Emily Harper – saw the opportunity to build an art tuition company that would represent the future of art education nationally, and art-K was born. Together Emily and Kathryn (Creative Director) have grown art-K to more than 30 clubs, teaching 3000+ students per week and employing over 100 artists.

In 2018 David Harper, who had long corporate experience, supported the business to help mentor and develop art-K into a company with strong corporate governance.

art-K’s goal is to ensure that every child passionate about art has the chance to be a part of an art-K club in their local area. It is looking to build a community of individuals who share a common passion and enthusiasm for creating art.

art-K classes focus on fundamental principles of art, which can be used as building blocks by its students to develop their skills and confidence in experimenting with different artistic styles and mediums. That is why its classes are tailored to individuals and open to everyone.


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