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Pop Up Community projects bring young people and families together to make stories with artists, learning new creative skills along the way. We celebrate their imaginative achievements by sharing Pop Up Community stories with audiences online, at special events, and at the Pop Up Festival.

We also deliver family engagement activities for other organisations who want to work with authors and illustrators to inspire creativity.

Working with Pop Up Projects has been fantastic. The access they gave us to authors was great and together we developed an exciting, vibrant and popular summer family programme.Jewish Museum


Explore some of our past & present
Pop Up Community projects below



Fusion made use of the incredible bilingual skills that many children and parents have through a unique storytelling project featuring bilingual writers, puppetry artists, illustrators and film-makers. Fusion produced four bilingual animation shorts – featuring Somali, Turkish, Spanish and Bengali languages – and an accompanying documentary.

The Somali film Dheeg Dheer has won the award for “Best Youth Film 2013″ at the Lab Film Festival – the Bengali Granny’s Monster Machines was runner-up!

Have a look at our photo album with workshop pictures here, photos from the first screening can be found here.

Supported by: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Little Angel Theatre, House of Illustration, and Chocolate Films


Science & Story

The Francis Crick Institute, currently under construction in Somers Town, King’s Cross, will be a world-class biomecial research centre. Working collaboratively with independent publisher Nobrow and their new children’s imprint Flying Eye Books, the Science & Story project involved writers, artist-illustrators, scientists and local children and young people.

Everyone worked together to produce three imaginatively illustrated print publications exploring past, present and future scientific stories. All three publications are available to download on our Showcase page. See more pictures from the workshops here.

In co-operation with: The Francis Crick Institute, Nobrow & Flying Eye, and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation


Hervé Tullet’s Play Sculptures

In the run-up to Pop Up Festival 2012 the extraordinary French artist and author Hervé Tullet collaborated with 100 local children and parents, and students from Central Saint Martin’s to create a series of vivid, playful artworks which were installed in The Crossing, Granary Square – part of the Pop Up Festival site.

Supported by Love Camden and Eurostar


Islington Word 2012

A puppetry and story-telling collaboration between Little Angel Theatre and children and parents from Islington’s International Families and Somali Speakers Women’s Group, this work-in-progress event led to a public performance at Little Angel Theatre as part of the 2012 Islington Word festival.

In collaboration with: Islington Word and Little Angel Theatre


Community Space at 2014 Festival

At the third annual Pop Up Festival (summer 2014) in King’s Cross, the Pop Up Community space will showcase some of the incredible creativity produced by our schools and family groups in London this year. It will also host free and fun events and activities for all the family, programmed with local community groups and featuring local arts and cultural organisations. To find out more or get involved email community@pop-up.org.uk.

Supported by: Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, The Francis Crick Institute, and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation


Supported by

  • bloobberg
  • Esmee-Fairbairn
  • calouste-gulbenkian
  • francis-crick-institute
  • nobrow