art-K, the leading provider of educational art classes in high street studios across the UK, is celebrating after the Surrey Wildlife Trust awarded the People’s Choice Award category to its Ewell branch in recognition of its students’ contribution to the recent Cutting Hedge Creativity competition.
Organised by the Trust, the competition highlighted the theme of hedges and their role in nature, to “help us tell a story about how important hedgerows are for wildlife and reversing the ecological and climate crises.”
In response, children at the Ewell branch used their art skills to construct a window display, visible to the community, to highlight the importance of hedgerows in supporting nature in the local area. The display highlighted creatures that can be spotted in and around British hedgerows.
art-K Ewell franchisee Stacey Colledge, said: “We are thrilled to be recognised by the Surrey Wildlife Trust for our entry into the Cutting Hedge Creativity competition. And I am even more thrilled to see the recognition given to our children aged 6-16, who used art to help tell a story about the importance of nature and preserving biodiversity.”
The winning window display will remain in place for another few weeks. As a winning entry, the display is set to feature in Surrey Nature, the magazine of the Surrey Wildlife Trust.
art-K Managing Director Emily Harper, said: “As an organisation we are strongly committed to sustainability. Our studios use 100% green energy from Octopus Energy, we offset our footprint with Ecologi, our art-K branded materials are delivered in compostable packaging, and we educate students about recycling, hiding plastic in their artwork.”
The winning display can be viewed at: 31 The Broadway, Stoneleigh, Stoneleigh, Epsom, KT17 2JE
Full details are also available online. Please visit https://art-k-ewell.class4kids.co.uk/ for further information, or telephone 079 4936 6592.
Notes to editors
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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