The Weekly Challenge

The Weekly Challenge, 14th June 2021 – A Story To Tell

This week’s challenge is brought to us by the brilliant young creatives at Element!

Element runs creative arts projects with children in care, care leavers, and school students, encouraging participants to build up a positive sense of their own identity, strengths and future ambitions. Although apart during lockdown, creativity kept them connected. To showcase some of the amazing projects the Element Young Creatives have been working on during this time, they are creating a zine! Find out more about the zine and discover the creative challenges within – pledge your support.

The Element Young Creatives took a recent trip to the Tate Modern where they visited and were inspired by Yinka Shonibare’s display ‘The British Library’ – a celebration of diversity of the British population.

An image of books on a bookshelf that fills the entire photograph. The books are bound in African wax print fabric, printed in gold on the spines of 2,700 of the books are the names of first or second-generation immigrants to Britain.

The British Library, 2014, Yinka Shonibare CBE, [Image c/o]

“Imagine if libraries looked like this” 

“I like how the books are unique and look beautiful together”

How would you like your libraries to look?



Design your own book cover! Think about what story you want to tell. What colours, style of text and images might you use? Your design could be based on a story of your own, or you could redesign the cover of your favourite book. 

Experiment with techniques, you could freedraw – put on a song that you love and see where the rhythm takes you and what marks it leads you to create. Or you could design your book cover using different materials around you to create a collage. 


If you have more time 

Design more than one book cover to create your own library!



What stories are there that you would like to share that you might not find in a library? 

Yinka Shonibare’s display at the Tate is a re-imagining of a British Library. Shining a light on the untold stories and impact of immigration on British culture.

Printed in gold on the spines of 2,700 of the books are the names of first or second-generation immigrants to Britain. Whether celebrated or lesser known, they have all made significant contributions to British culture and history.” Tate Website



Share your work with friends and family or keep it for yourself!

Share your responses on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using the tags

 #64MillionArtists #TheWeeklyChallenge #ElementCreatives 

Element has more creative challenges in their debut zine! To find out more about the zine and pledge your support you check the link here.

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