Adventurous art business in line for honour

Getting arty: Artist Fiona Simpson has established art cklasses at St John's Church in Ashbrooke and is pictured with young students Florence Hodgetts (left0 and Oliver Ward, both aged 1.

Getting arty: Artist Fiona Simpson has established art cklasses at St John's Church in Ashbrooke and is pictured with young students Florence Hodgetts (left0 and Oliver Ward, both aged 1.

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A BUSINESS set up by a Sunderland mum to get kids into craft has been nominated for a national award.

ARTventurers, which runs art and craft classes for children aged from 18 months upwards, has been nominated in The What’s On 4 Little Ones Awards.

Supported by Prima Baby & Pregnancy magazine, it is now in its sixth year and celebrates the best activities, classes, volunteers and venues from throughout the UK, as nominated and voted for by the experts – parents and parents-to-be.

The ARTventurers classes take place in Sunderland and South Tyneside and were started last year by Seaburn mum of two, Fiona Simpson. Fiona runs weekly art classes for toddlers and pre-school age children as well as weekend and holiday art and craft classes for older children and creative birthday parties.

She said: “I’m delighted that the ARTventurers classes have been nominated for this award, especially as I’ve been running the classes for less than a year.

“I’ve spent a lot of time developing a colourful, fun and creative programme of sessions to encourage children of all ages to get creative and use their imaginations.

“It means a lot that this award is one which is nominated and voted for by the parents and children who come along to and enjoy the ARTventurers sessions.”

ARTventurers has been nominated in the category Best Local Activity for the Under 5s, which is open to classes and activities across the UK.

Anyone can vote by visiting www.whatson4littleones.co.uk and voting is open until May 6.

l More information about all of the ARTventurers classes and workshops that run in Sunderland and South Tyneside is available on the website www.artventurers.co.uk or by contacting Fiona on 07775911990 or mail@artventurers.co.uk

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