Ruthin Craft Centre
The Centre for the Applied Arts

Talks, Events & Workshops

We provide a host of talks, events & workshops to accompany our gallery exhibitions. Click through the arrows to view What’s on.

Workshop

Dance, Movement & Art Culture Club

Monday 25 September 10.00am – 12.00pm

An opportunity to try some movement and maybe some art.

Come and have fun, try things out and make friends! For curious people of ’All Ages’ who are interested in culture.

Ruthin Craft Centre – in association with NEW Dance and Denbighshire Arts Service, as part of ‘Aging Well in Denbighshire’ week.

To reserve your FREE place please ring Jo on 07799582766

Workshop

‘Wearable Felt’ with Ticky Lowe

Adult 1 day workshop Sunday 1 October 10.30am – 4.30pm £70.00. Includes light lunch

Design and make your own wearable felt throw. In the lead up to our ‘Wearable Glass’ exhibition. Ticky Lowe will lead a workshop in ‘Wearable Felt’. Working on a large scale you will experiment with colour and pattern, as Ticky shows you how to incorporate different fibres to create texture. You will take home a unique wearable throw just in time for the cool autumn weather.

The workshop is suitable for complete beginners and those with some felt making experience.

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‘Bag for Life’ Stitching with paper

3D paper sculptures with Jennifer Collier Saturday 7 October 10.30am – 4.30pm £70.00 Includes light lunch

Adult workshop.

Start by making a basic paper bag that will then be transformed as Jennifer teaches you different techniques, such as decorative edging hand stitches, covered buttons, covered bindings and button loops to embellish the bags.

Jennifer Collier has lead the way in the upcycling revolution in art and craft; a veteran maker of vintage material, investigating the re-used and recycled since 1999. “Giving new life to things that would otherwise go unloved or be thrown away”, is central to her practice. Workshops will involve using hand stitch and machine stitch techniques. Join us for the full weekend or opt for a one day workshop.

Suitable for all levels.

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‘A Stitch in Time’ Paper Vessel

3D paper sculptures with Jennifer Collier Sunday 8 October 10.30am – 4.30pm £70.00 Includes light lunch

Adult workshop.

Taking inspiration from Jane Perryman’s Containing Time exhibition you will start by learning experimental techniques, such as waxing, trapping, layering and embedding into papers and plastic, and then go onto embellish these using a wide range of traditional hand and machine embroidery techniques, to create beautiful sculptural vessels.

Jennifer Collier has lead the way in the upcycling revolution in art and craft; a veteran maker of vintage material, investigating the re-used and recycled since 1999. “Giving new life to things that would otherwise go unloved or be thrown away”, is central to her practice. Workshops will involve using hand stitch and machine stitch techniques. Join us for the full weekend or opt for a one day workshop.

Suitable for all levels.

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Karen Williams: Adult jewellery workshop

Textured Bangle Saturday 14 October 10.30am – 4.30pm £80.00 Includes light lunch

Choose from a range of silver wire section to create your bangle. You’ll be exploring texture through hammering, punches and embossing with wire.

Karen’s work is influenced by the natural forms found along the shore. You’ll be taking similar sources to inspire your jewellery and to explore mark making in metal. Feel free to bring your own treasure along – seed cases, leaves or beach finds or use something from the collection.

Suitable for beginners.

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Karen Williams: Adult jewellery workshop

Stacking Rings Sunday 15 October 10.30am – 4.30pm £80.00 Includes light lunch

Are you a follower of the ‘stacking ring’ craze? Then why not create your own jangle of stacking rings using silver wire of different shapes and sizes.

Karen’s work is influenced by the natural forms found along the shore. You’ll be taking similar sources to inspire your jewellery and to explore mark making in metal. Feel free to bring your own treasure along – seed cases, leaves or beach finds or use something from the collection.

Suitable for beginners.

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Dr. Nigel Hurlstone:

‘Deviant’ Embroidery' Saturday 21 October and Sunday 22 October 10.30am – 4.30pm £70.00 (per day) Includes light lunch

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Nigel Hurlstone from the Cusp exhibition who will be offering 2x one day workshops. Enjoy just one day or a full weekend of textiles.

Emphasis will be placed on participants investigating the notion of ‘deviance’ in their work. Nigel will demonstrate that stitch, and specifically embroidery, has a long tradition of being a subversive ‘craft’ that can be at odds with commonplace perceptions of embroidery as being domestic, cosy and unchallenging.

The workshop will not be concerned with participants realizing a finished piece of work, but will encourage a testing out of a range of ideas and new approaches that will help to inform future work and ambitions.

The workshops are aimed at either beginners or more experienced textile practitioners.

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‘Extend the light’

Saturday 28 October 10.30am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 3.30pm FREE Drop in – no need to book

As the clocks go back this weekend Emma Jayne will help you ‘extend the light’ by ‘bringing the light in’, making your very own candle holder using found objects. Materials will be provided but feel free to bring your own found objects to create a personal piece to take home.

Suitable for all the family – big or small. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Event

Trade, Art, Design and Craft Fairs:

How do I grow my creative business? Craft Fairs Explained Wednesday 1 November 1.15pm – 5.00pm Book now: Just £40 (£5 discount available)

Are you looking for more outlets for your work? Do you know the differences between retail and trade fairs? Do you need support to expand your creative business?

Why should you attend?
– Find out about the differences between retail and trade fairs and advice to support you in making the right choice for your creative business.
– To find out if your creative practice is ready for a craft fair and top tips on how to prepare you for a craft fair.
– Find out about craft fairs aboard and how this could be a good option to expand your markets.

Who is speaking?
– Crafts Council Talent Development Manager will be offering a wealth of experience and expertise in supporting creative people in their business development.
– Experienced makers will be sharing their wealth of knowledge and experience of trade and retail fairs and what you need to consider if showcasing abroad.

What is on offer?
– Advice on the logistics that need to be considered on the types of audiences at craft fairs, how to price your work and how to market yourself when exhibiting at a craft fair.
– The potential timescales involved and a recommended month by month plan on how to prepare for a fair.
– How you can get prepared for the cost implications and the time implications.

Agenda:
1.15pm: Arrival, registration and tea / coffee
1.30pm: Welcome and Introductions
1.55pm: Crafts Council Talent Development Manager
2.45pm: Break
3.05pm: Workshop continued
3.35pm: Maker presentation
4.15pm: Reflections and Q+A
4.30pm: Networking
5.00pm: Finish

Tea and coffee will be provided at the start of the session and during the afternoon break. **£5 Discount available to Crafts Council Directory makers, please email for more info** Craft Fairs workshop is part of a series of workshops and events designed by the Crafts Council to provide makers with skills to export and promote their work successfully.

Tickets for the event can be purchased online: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/craft-fairs-explainedtickets-37032206326

 

 

Workshop

Craft Club for children

aged 5–11 with Lisa Carter Thursday 2 November 10.30am – 12.30pm or 1.30pm – 3.30pm £5.00 per session

‘Ruthin Craft Centre Shapes’

Join us as we take inspiration from the current exhibitions as we try out playful mark-making and building techniques to create your own structures in both two and three dimensions exploring patterns, textures and shapes.

All children must be accompanied by an adult, please call to book a place.

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‘Bridge the courtyard’ with Lisa Carter

Friday 3 November 10.30am –12.30pm and 1.30pm – 3.30pm FREE Drop in – no need to book

Taking inspiration from Richard La Trobe-Bateman ‘Bridges’ exhibition, design and build a large scale bridging structure using the courtyard and its architecture as your starting point then reassemble your observations and rebuild a Ruthin Craft Centre inspired bridge.

Suitable for all the family – big or small. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

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‘In Reflection’ with Tara Dean

Saturday 4 November 10.30am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 3.30pm FREE Drop in – no need to book

Inspired by Jane Perryman’s Containing Time Exhibition, Tara Dean will show you how to create a piece of your own in reflection to Perryman’s work. Collecting pieces from around the craft centre or feel free to bring your own found objects. Experiment with layering shapes, monoprint, drawing and rubbings (frottage). Working with paper, develop a piece that can be kept as a container of your response to materials and surfaces.

Suitable for all the family – big or small. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Messy Play

Messy Play

Sara-Jane Harper and Emma Jayne Holmes Wednesday 8 November 10.00am – 11.30am FREE please call to book a place as spaces are limited

Looking in the gallery at the work of Annie Turner and Jane Perryman. We will then return to the education room to work with ceramic artist Sara-Jane Harper decorating clay shapes to keep.

Come along with your toddler to an assisted viewing of our exhibitions followed by a messy play session in the education room.

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‘Releasing Creativity’ with Jane Perryman

Adult 1 day workshop Saturday 11 November 10.30am – 4.30pm £95.00. Includes light lunch

We are pleased to welcome Jane Perryman for this one day masterclass. Jane Perryman’s multimedia installation Containing Time will provide the inspiration for the workshop. It will revolve around the concept of exploring randomly found materials to release creativity using a range of media. This will include paper, frottage (like brass rubbing), text, photography and plaster. It entails collecting some everyday organic and man-made materials and bringing them to the workshop to be used as a starting point to make your very own personal Containing Time inspired pieces.

Suitable for beginners.

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Willow with Mandy Coates

Adult 1 day workshop Sunday 12 November 10.30am – 4.30pm £70.00. Includes light lunch

Back by popular demand Mandy Coates will be offering a willow workshop inspired by the work of Richard La Trobe-Batemen and something different to her previous workshops here at Ruthin Craft Centre.

Mandy will show you how to make a simple and effective willow tension tray. These Catalonian tension trays are held together entirely by tension with additional woven details if desired. They can be used for serving cheese or fruit, cooling bread or cakes and look beautiful hung on the wall.

We will be using different varieties of locally grown willow to create designs of contrasting colour.

Suitable for beginners. All materials will be provided, secateurs would be good to bring.

Workshops

Adult Willow Workshops

with Juliette Hamilton Friday 17 November and Saturday 18 November 10.30am – 4.30pm £70.00 (per day) Includes light lunch

Workshop 1: Willow Hare
Friday 17 November

Workshop 2: Willow Stags Head
Saturday 18 November

Juliette will talk you through the preparation of the willow and then take you step by step through the construction of the sculpture. Be prepared for a physical day of working and to go home with a very impressive sculpture! A pair of secateurs and an apron would be good to bring.

All materials will be provided. Suitable for all levels, some experience of working with willow would be of an advantage.

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‘Flight of Fancy’ Glass with Verity Pulford

Adult 1 day workshop Sunday 26 November 10.30am – 4.30pm £70.00. Includes light lunch

Following on from our ‘light into dark’ and ‘the changing seasons’ half term programme Verity Pulford will give participants a cutting glass tutorial and explain the techniques of water colours, drawing and wire work on glass before you make your very own ‘flock’ of birds that will catch the light during the cold winter months.

Please note birds will be taken away to be fired and will be ready for collection 2 weeks after the workshop. Suitable for beginners.

Messy Play

Messy Play

Emma Jayne Holmes Wednesday 13 December 10.00am – 11.30am FREE please call to book a place as spaces are limited

Its Christmas, so a Christmas themed session, making decorations, an item to keep or gift.

Come along with your toddler to an assisted viewing of our exhibitions followed by a messy play session in the education room.

Booking Information

To book your place please call 01824 704774

Come and learn at Ruthin Craft Centre with wonderful, knowledgeable tutors in a relaxed learning atmosphere.
With lunches available from Café R with courtyard terrace and plenty of free on-site parking – it really is a wonderful environment to meet like-minded people and study. Courses are non-residential however excellent accommodation abounds in Ruthin and nearby. View the Visit Wales website for details. www.visitwales.co.uk

Unless otherwise stated, all talks, events and workshops must be
booked in advance. Fees are required to be paid in full at the time
 of booking. Cancellation of a place by a course member does not
 automatically qualify for a refund. Some courses may be altered
or cancelled if there are insufficient enrolments.