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.


Making Connections: May half-term activity

Thursday 1 June 10.30am – 12.30pm or 1.30pm – 3.30pm FREE no need to book

Inspired by the Petals and Claws exhibition
(The Owl Service by Alan Garner)

The exhibition Petals and Claws celebrates two stories in which owls play an important role – The Owl Service by Alan Garner and the story of Blodeuwedd in the Mabinogion.

Join artist Liz Ellis in a clay modelling workshop and make your own owl / bird. Your owl will then be taken away to be fired and returned to Ruthin Craft Centre for you to pick up at a later date. Your owl / bird may then be painted to your own design at home.

Family drop-in workshop, suitable for all ages


Petals and Claws: 1 day clay modelling

workshop with ceramicist Liz Ellis Sunday 18 June 10.30am – 4.30pm £50 light lunch included. Please call to book a place

During this one day workshop you’ll create your own figurative sculpture of an owl / bird in porcelain paper clay. Liz will guide you through the process of the hand building method and discuss the different options for decorating the finished piece. At the end of the day the pieces will be taken to be fired and returned to the gallery for collection at a later date.

Suitable for all levels.


Talk and Demonstrations

with Terry Bell-Hughes Sunday 25 June 11.30am – 3.30pm (1 hour break for lunch) £5.00 lunch not included. Please call to book a place


Wednesday 28 June 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 exhibitions followed by a messy play session in the education room.

MEET THE POTTER: The Terry Bell-Hughes exhibition continues in the main gallery and we will be treated to a surprise guest potter who will join us, for more ‘play with clay’ on this special occasion.


We engAGE, how to use digital

creativity with older people 29 & 30 June 10.00am – 4.00pm Helfa Gelf member: £22.00 + booking fee. Non member: £44.00 + booking fee

Helfa Gelf at Ruthin Craft Centre.

This training course specifically focuses on technology inclusion for individuals with Dementia through looking at relevant Apps that touch on Sensory Stimulation and Creativity on iPads. Both one to one and participatory ways of working will be demonstrated and how staff and families can engage alongside this creative process too.

This is a 2 day workshop, for artists interested in working in a health care setting. You do not need to have computer skills to attend. Maximum number of participants 12.

Day 1: To understand and reflect on the best use of Apps and technology for Older People, to discuss which Apps work, depending on the stage of Dementia and overall abilities, to understand the We engAGE model and approach, to overcome the difficulties faced with technology.

Day 2: Designing workshops and delivery of workshops using iPad technology.

Please bring with you on the day a notebook & pen. Lunch (refreshments will be provided). There is also a cafe at Ruthin Craft Centre. For more information on We engAGE go to

Tickets for events can be purchased
If you have any questions please contact
organiser Katie:

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Work placements

Raising the Bar Work Experience Opportunity

for ages 16–18 with designer / maker Helaina Sharpley 3 – 7 July 2017

As a new addition to the Raising the Bar programme we are offering 15 work placements at Ruthin Craft Centre for AS/A level pupils to develop and deliver a hands-on project with a dynamic and inspirational artist that could involve curation, engagement, interpretation and / or installation work.

For further information on how to apply please contact Julie Wem Email:


Writing an Artist’s Statement

15 July 10.00am – 4.00pm Helfa Gelf member: £5.50 + booking fee. Non member: £11.00 + booking fee

Your artist’s statement is a basic introduction to your art and how ideas are presented in the work; it is not instructions on what to experience or what to think. This practical session, delivered by Sara Roberts, will provide you with the tools to write a good statement, through the use of models, exercises and peer review in a friendly and supportive environment.

Sara is happy to discuss individual pieces of writing (statements) with the authors on an individual basis after the sessions.

Please note that there are 2 identical sessions and you only need to book either the morning 10.00am – 12.30pm or 1.30pm – 4.00pm.

Please bring with you on the day a notebook, pen, examples of your work (portfolio, laptop or a modest sample of actual works).

Tickets for events can be purchased
If you have any questions please contact
organiser Katie:

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Portfolio: young people’s

summer art school 2017 31 July – 22 August

The summer art school is back for its third year and again we’ve a ‘pick and mix’ of workshops for young people aged 14–18 who have a particular interest in the visual and applied arts and would like to develop their artistic practice further.

31 July & 1 August: Rhi Moxon – Printmaker
7 & 8 August: Andy Hazel – Tinsmith
14 & 15 August: Rob Spaull – Digital art
21 & 22 August: Susan O’Byrne – Ceramics

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.

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.