April 3, 2019

The Philharmonia Orchestra are in residency at the Marlowe Theatre and this spring they will be bringing a six week (18 March – 28 April) digital and interactive installation of Holst’s The Planets to the Sidney Cooper Gallery in Canterbury, as well as hosting a performance of The Planets on 5 May 2019.

As part of the programme, local arts organisations have been invited to participate in a fringe programme of planet-themed activity, to help engage different audiences with the installation and consider all the ways in which The Planets could be interpreted.

We have been invited to run an arts workshop on Saturday 13th April at The Virtual Orchestra – an interactive installation hosted by the Philharmonia – where we will be making planets from foam clay to contribute to a Kind Universe and thinking about what could make our world a better place

Our free, space-themed arts workshop for families will be taking place at the Sidney Cooper Gallery. Families will work with an artist to make planets from foam clay that will then be included in a Kind Solar System that will be displayed within the installation. As well as designing their own planet, participant’s will be tasked with making a kind pledge for their planet and thinking about what will happen on their world that will make it a better place. Participants will also be able to make a planet badges to take home too.

The workshop will be led by People United and artist Natasha Steer from Creatabot. The workshop will run between 11am-4pm and will be free of charge. Anyone visiting The Virtual Orchestra will be eligible to take part in the workshop.

We hope that the workshop will show how being creative can encourage acts of kindness and inspire participants to make a commitment to kindness towards a real life Kind Planet.


Kind Planets Challenge A kindness challenge sheet inspired by Holst’s The Planets. Originally made for a creative workshop alongside The Philharmonia Orchestra's immersive installation. Download

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