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.

Messy Play

Craft Counts: Messy Play with

Emma-Jayne Holmes for parents and toddlers Wednesday 25 April 10.00am – 11.30am All sessions are FREE, please call to book a place as spaces are limited

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

Using Justine Allison’s stripy ceramics in the gallery exhibition as inspiration we will look at ways of creating stripes, on paper, on the window and a range of other materials.

Talk

Afternoon talk with Dr Melanie Miller

Essential Femininity? Craft, Art and the Women’s Movement Sunday 29 April 2018 2.00pm – 3.00pm FREE please call to book a place

Textile banners, along with other visual artefacts, played a key role in the campaign for women’s suffrage.

Under the guidance of Mary Lowndes and Sylvia Pankhurst, the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) used design and colour to create a clear identity for the suffragettes’ campaign.

‘A banner is a thing to float in the wind, to flicker in the breeze, to flirt its colours for your pleasure…’ Mary Lowndes ‘Banners and Banner-Making’ 1909.

Suffragettes were seen by some as unfeminine. By making banners that incorporated traditional skills such as embroidery, the suffragettes demonstrated that women who demanded the vote were not bereft of ‘feminine accomplishments’. The medium was the message.

Textiles have continued to be used within social and political activism. This presentation will discuss the use of textiles by the suffragettes as well as more contemporary examples.

There will also be a consideration of the term ‘essential femininity’ in relation to craft and art, and an investigation of the use of craft processes within Fine Art practice. This is a topic which has been hotly debated for years, but is particularly pertinent given the location of this talk.

May Bank Holiday Weekend

A jar full of buttons… Practical drop-in

workshops with Ceramicist Ceri Wright Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 May 10.30am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 3.30pm FREE no need to book, suitable for all ages

Come and join us for a weekend of making handmade buttons in clay!

You’ll discover various ceramic techniques, such as modelling, impressing, and stamping using moulds and found objects to create unique buttons, inspired by the wonderful exhibition ‘The Button Project’.

Gweithdai

‘Taste of Craft’ Programme for people aged 60+

11 May – 15 June

Come and join us for a couple of hours on a Friday afternoon (1.00pm – 3.00pm) throughout May and June. 

£12.50 per session (all materials provided) or book the whole course (5 sessions in total) with a discount at £50.00

Offering a wide range of hands on craft making activities with different makers, helped along with a nice cup of tea or coffee (and some biscuits!). This year the sessions will be inspired by our Craft Counts programme celebrating 10 years since the re-launch of Ruthin Craft Centre. Exploring the first ten traditional materials/themes associated with anniversaries – from paper, through cotton and copper to tin. These are age friendly sessions and no previous experience in the arts is necessary – just a willingness to take part! Meet new people and learn new skills. Join us for one, or as many sessions as you like.

NEW MENU FOR 2018:

11 May – Maker: Mandy Coates Willow: ‘Bulrushes and Seed Heads with Leaves’. Learn the figure of eight and ‘corn-dolly’ weaving techniques to create your own garden ornaments.

18 May – Maker: Hannah Coates Copper: Make a piece of jewellery of your choice and/or an ornamental decorative panel from recycled materials.

25 May – Maker: Andy Hazell Tin: Turn your old biscuit tin into something less useful but far prettier using pliers, snips and a little bit of imagination – get creative with re-cycling!

8 June – Maker: Kate Barlow Cotton: An introduction to crewel work embroidery. This traditional technique is at least a thousand years old, you will cover a handful of commonly used stitches, including chain stitch, French knots, stem stitch and trellis work. This workshop is perfect if you are new to hand embroidery or just a little rusty.

15 June – Maker: Kate Jordan Fruit and Flowers: A nature inspired floral arrangement using master florist techniques.

 

 

Workshop

Creative drop-in workshop with Lisa Carter

Workshop 1: Making our future shared Sunday 13 May 2018 1.30pm – 4.00pm FREE no need to book, suitable for all ages

An invitation to make co-created poster/s, inspired by the Suffrage banners.

The workshop will combine screen printing with an exploration of graphics (words and images) to create large posters that reflects on the concerns women/girls face today. Create a vocabulary of words, slogans and symbols to construct posters together and individually through cutting, collaging and assembling.

Messy Play

Craft Counts: Messy Play with

Emma-Jayne Holmes for parents and toddlers Wednesday 23 May 10.00am – 11.30am All sessions are FREE, please call to book a place as spaces are limited

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

Recreate your own creative sculpture inspired by the work of Angus Suttie, on display in the gallery exhibition.

 

May Half-Term Activities

‘Flamboyant Recycling’

Drop-in workshop with Andy Hazell Saturday 26 May 10.30am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 3.30pm FREE no need to book, suitable for all ages

Inspired by the elaborate work of Andrew Logan, join TIN artist Andy Hazell at this FREE drop in workshop. With flair, fantasy, snips and a little imagination transform your unused tin cans and biscuit tins into a piece of art work to treasure.

Talk

Morning talk with Dr Elizabeth Goring

Wearing the Colours: jewellery and the women’s suffrage movement Sunday 27 May 2018 11.00am – 12.00pm FREE please call to book a place

Jewellery was a powerful weapon in the campaigning armoury of British women fighting for the vote in the early part of the 20th century, and suffrage campaigners were
sophisticated in the ways they used it for political expression. Most of this jewellery was created as part of a sustained marketing exercise devised and implemented by the Women’s Social and Political Union – the WSPU – in the years from 1908 to 1914. Elizabeth will explore the story of suffrage jewellery through some of the personal narratives behind the jewels and the formidable women who made and wore them. She will also discuss some of the popular myths and misunderstandings that have grown up around suffragette jewellery.

Workshop

Creative drop-in workshop with Lisa Carter

Workshop 2: Banner Making Sunday 27 May 2018 1.30pm – 4.00pm FREE no need to book, suitable for all ages

This workshop will focus on text and textiles. As part of this workshop we would like you to bring along a piece of scrap fabric or an old pillowcase to make your own banner and take away on the day or help make our large banner for the Processions March on Sunday 10 June to mark the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, which gave the first British women the right to vote.

There will be basic materials available such as fabric, templates for font and image, glue and sewing kits. Please feel free to bring along your own to make them personal, this could be recycled fabric, old clothes, felt or bedlinen.

Sewing and textile skills would be helpful but not necessary.

Craft Club

Craft Club with artist Francesca Neal

Thursday 31 May, 10.30am – 12.30pm or 1.30pm – 3.30pm Bookable Craft Club for children aged 5–11 £5.00 per session

‘Everyday Transformation’ in relation to the work of Justine Allison and Angus Suttie.

Taking inspiration from both ceramicists who take a simple vessel and through the use of decoration and pattern or surreal forms and colour, transform them into something wonderful.

We will be transforming our own everyday object into something exciting. Everyone will be given an ordinary PAPER cup to transform; exploring the use of pattern, colour, found objects, collage, typography and their imagination!

Feel free to bring in your own found materials to use e.g. comics, photos, stickers, buttons, old toys.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Talk

Talk and Demonstration with Justine Allison

Sunday 8 July 1.30pm – 4.30pm £5 please call to book a place
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.