We had the pleasure of working with photographer David Lindsay to capture some of our favourite moments as we designed, packed and delivered our Gift Boxes around Wakefield.
We hope you enjoy watching as much as we enjoyed making it.
xoxoWatch the film
Inside the boxes you’ll find art and craft materials packed especially for you by The Art House family. Some of the amazing artists we work with have helped us to create activities that you can do using the contents of the boxes.
If you already have a box, make sure you have a read through the instructions before you get started and take a look below to see examples of the finished activities.
Missing something from your box?
Send us a message using our contact form or call us on 01924 312 000 and we’ll do our best to help.
Share your work!
You don’t have to stick to our activity card suggestions. This is a chance to let your imagination run free! That’s what we do every day here at The Art House and we hope you love getting creative as much as we do.
We would love to see photos of your creations.
John is an artist, educator and YouTuber who has a studio at The Art House. He loves being able to wake up everyday and think to himself “What do I want to make today?” and he loves being able to help others do the same. For this project he created the Snowy Landscape activity.
Rhubarb Design House
Rhubarb Design House is a graphic design studio based at The Art House. They create all sorts of things using computers, from logos and posters to websites and animations. For this project they designed the Tinsel the Terrior paper toy.Artist's website
Helen is an artist who has a studio in the part of the The Art House building that used to be a library. She created The Art House tiles colouring sheet activity. She makes drawings and paintings of the plants we see everyday, especially the ones that are called ‘weeds’.Artist's website
Tony is a visual artist based at The Art House. He uses painting, sculpture,
sounds, and lighting to make art that encourages everyone to look at the world around them in new and different ways. For this project he created the Lantern Making activity.
Ranya has a studio at The Art House. She is a designer and printmaker who
creates really detailed textile and print designs inspired by nature, and islamic geometric art. For this project she created the Colour Your Own Postcard activity.
Jake is an artist based at The Art House. He uses oil paints to celebrate the small, beautiful details of everyday life. For this project he created a Christmas Cards activity.
Half of our boxes feature Jake’s cards – did you get some?Artist's website
Ali is a Yorkshire based printmaker, designing and hand screen printing pieces looking at colour, line and shape. She creates lots of things, including greeting cards, prints, cushions and lampshades. For this activity she created a Christmas Card activity.
Half of our boxes feature Ali’s cards – did you get some?Artist's website
Amelia works at The Art House and is also an artist. Her artwork uses lots of repetition and social engagement to create big installations. This means she likes to get people involved with the art and talk about mental health to raise aware-ness that it is okay to not feel great all of the time. For this project she created the eco bird feeder activity.Artist's website
Ellie is a designer and printmaker based in Wakefield. She is also the fabulous Art House Print Studio Technician.
For this project Ellie created the illustrations for the box which also feature on the activity cards. The cards were designed brilliantly by Chloe Wybrant, our Design Intern here at The Art House.Artist's website
Yorkshire Sculpture International
We also want to thank our friends at Yorkshire Sculpture International (YSI to those in the know) for contributing their Sculpture Postcard packs to our gift boxes.
They’re a brilliant way of learning more about sculpture – we hope you love them as much as we do.YSI's website
We want to say a HUGE thank you to every single one of the volunteers who have helped to make this dream a reality:
Dave Royston / John Mayson / Niamh Donnelly / Ann Carstairs / Jim Souper / Ranya Abdulateef / Tony Wade / Helen Thomas / Jen Murdoch
It takes a whole host of incredible people to make something like these gift boxes happen. Here are some of our community partners and friends who have helped with filling and distributing boxes:
The Real Junk Food Project / Mears Housing / Wakefield District City of Sanctuary / Lawfield Lane Primary School / St Georges Community Centre / WHD Cash Wise team / My Eco Baby / Children First Hub team / Eastmoor Community Project / Kinsley and Fitzwilliam Community Centre / Theatre Royal Wakefield / Groundwork / Hemsworth Food Pantry / Crafting4Good