The Institute of Imagination exists to create space to re-imagine our world together. Our aim is simple – to develop vital skills for the future and help support the wellbeing of everyone we work with. Visit our events to see the power of imagination for yourself.
We deliver activities for children and young people, families, schools, adults and educators across London and beyond. See what events we have coming up and book on our what’s on page. As we run events in a variety of locations, it will always say the location of the event in the event listing and give details of how to find the venue.
All the activities that we deliver are a step towards the Institute of Imagination Campus: a permanent space that will enable us to reach more people each year.
schools and communities
We work across London and beyond in partnership with schools, learning centres, cultural organisations, cultural spaces and festivals. We can also join in at festivals and fairs. For the latest schools sessions open for booking visit the what’s on page and look for Lab Learn sessions. See our Imagination Hubs section on this page for more on setting up a residency at your venue.
We regularly exhibit and speak at conferences and events, in the UK and internationally, demonstrating and sharing how our work supports and engages audiences of all abilities. For more information about speaking engagements email us.
An Imagination Hub is a pop-up Institute of Imagination experience in a community space like a library, school or cultural venue. The Hub provides the tools and expertise to run our learning programme for pupils, teachers or families. Example activities include coding and digital skills, animation and storytelling, robotics and engineering and virtual and augmented reality.
With the support of the John Lyon’s Charity, we have worked with schools and families to set up Imagination Hubs in communities across the nine boroughs the charity works in, with a focus on Harrow, Brent and Barnet in 2019. We are building community hubs to provide opportunities across London for you to engage in imaginative and creative workshops across the arts, sciences and digital technologies.
If you are interested in running an Imagination Hub, whatever your location, please email us.
“It was fantastic. It’s the best event we’ve been to, certainly in Southwark, since we’ve had kids. It was a wonderful day…What stood out to me? The variety and focus on science, future, imagination, and the many different ways for different children to exercise that imagination. It was really well put together and the individual activities were fantastic.”
“It’s been fantastic, very well organised and resourced. Staff and activities were great at encouraging creative flow. The activities today have taught the children how to work collaboratively and independently, listen to one another, share excitement and ideas and be resilient and problem solve.”
“The activities today have given me lots of ideas of how I can mix subjects in the classroom. It’s been a great day and I can see that the students have not only had fun, but have used their imagination and learnt new things too.”
“I just wanted to let you know what a fabulous day my boys had on Saturday at the brain lab. My youngest wanted to come back again next weekend!! All of you there running the events were great with the kids and my two throughly enjoyed themselves and learnt loads. I had a great time to.”
“My son enjoyed [the workshop] immensely and has been asking when the next session is going to be on a pretty regular basis. He already had quite an interest in tinkering with electronics, but your group really fired his creative imagination and enthusiasm!”
“I thought that was one of the very best kids workshops I’ve ever seen and the iOi space was just fantastic”
“I didn’t realise that I could use my making and computer skills and turn them into fun games. I really used my imagination today!”
Amy, Age 11
“My day has been fun, exciting and happy. I want to stay here forever.”
Juliette, Age 6
past projects: imagination pods
Our Imagination Pods project ran until 2018 and provided exciting activities for children, regardless of age or ability, to engage in constructive, exploratory play in a child-led way. The Pods are mobile and were sent to schools, or other centres like libraries, allowing children and adults to test new tools and new approaches to learning. To find out more about our Imagination Pods email us.
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