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.


Ruth Pybus & David Brown: Meet the makers

Drop-in at any time between 11.00am – 3.30pm FREE no need to book

Friday 2, Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 September.
Friday 9, Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September.

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Simeon Jones: Why not have a go

at making your own miniature book? Saturday 3, 10, 17 and 24 September 1.30pm–3.30pm FREE Craft workshop

Simeon will show you how to make a miniature book which you’ll be able to make again at home.

Limited places (8 per class). Booking is essential – please book in advance to avoid disappointment

Suitable for adults and children aged 12+ (all materials included)

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Ruth Pybus & David Brown: Come and have a go

Saturday 3 and 10 September 1.00pm – 3.30pm FREE workshop, no need to book

On Saturday afternoons there will be a chance to have a go at weaving hazel.

Suitable for all ages, materials provided

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Simeon Jones: Meet the maker – Sundays

Sunday 4, 11, 18 and 25 September Drop-in at any time between 1.00pm and 4.00pm FREE no need to book

Let’s Think About Curating…

with textile curator June Hill Saturday 10 September 2.00pm – 3.45pm FREE please call to book a place

Curating used to be considered a rather ‘stuffy’ occupation but in recent years it’s become incredibly fashionable and the focus of debate. In this afternoon session, June Hill shares insights on the subject of curation drawing on her experience as a textile curator over thirty years. Illustrated talk followed by a gallery tour of the ‘wit’ of the stitch.

Helfa Gelf Professional Development

Day for artists and makers Wednesday 7 September 1.00pm – 4.00pm £5.50 spaces are limited

Where can your practice go?

Are you at that stage in your artistic career where you would like to explore how to develop and expand your practice, but are not quite sure what the next step is and how to get there? Or perhaps you want to try something new and explore new avenues within your work, but again you’re not sure where to find those opportunities and how to approach them? Or maybe you just want to earn more money out of your practice to find a reliable source of income, but are not sure how to achieve this?

If this all sounds a bit familiar and you’re in need of inspiration and some direction, then do not to worry as we’ve partnered up with Helfa Gelf, once again, to offer another professional development day at Ruthin Craft Centre this September.

We’ve invited three craft practitioners along to discuss and share their artistic journey with you; they have all shaped, developed and expanded their artistic careers successfully, and they’ve all approached it very differently.

Claire Norcross – Lighting Designer 

Claire Norcross graduated with a first class degree in Embroidery and is now an award-winning designer specialising in lighting, and offers a design and consultancy service for both the commercial and bespoke markets.

Claire is best known for the range of designs produced whilst head of lighting at Habitat. These include Spindle, Newton and Ribbon; which received the ‘Best in Lighting’ award from Elle Decoration magazine in 2006.

Andy Hazell – Public Artist – Automatist – Photographer – Film-maker

Andy has maintained his many careers as an ‘Automatist’, a public artist as well as a maker of short films. Throughout his career he’s experimented with mechanical sculpture and became an Automatist creating animated tinplate figures, museum collection boxes and props for Film and TV companies.

Andy’s practical skills have led naturally on to creating durable, site-specific works for the public realm. He has become a skilled fabricator who is able to create almost anything.

Laura Thomas – Textile Designer 

Laura Thomas is an established woven textile artist and designer specialising in producing striking textile artworks for public spaces, corporate environments, exhibitions and private homes. These can either be commissioned directly from the studio or purchased through a number of galleries.

Laura is also a highly experienced commercial home furnishings textile designer, with past clients including Larson, Melin Tregwynt, Lasa International (UK), Inch Blue, John Lewis Partnership and Osborne and Little.

Makers’ creative journeys are unique and who knows where one will end up!

For more information or to book a place please contact Katie Trent, Helfa Gelf Project Coordinator

* The cafe at the craft centre is now open, you are welcome to arrive early and take your lunch there

To book please click on this link:

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Open Doors

Pencil in Sundays with

artist Jane McCormack Sunday 4, 11, 18 & 25 September 2016 2.00pm – 4.00pm FREE Limited spaces, please book in advance

Open your eyes to the architecture of Ruthin

During Open Doors month, every Sunday afternoon from 2.00pm to 4.00pm, join artist Jane McCormack to look at architecture in Ruthin. Informal and fun, you will learn to look at the details of the rich heritage of Ruthin’s buildings and put marks on paper. Over the four weeks the oldest buildings in Ruthin will feature including St Peter’s Church, St Meugan’s Llanrhydd, and St Mwrog and St Mary’s Llanfwrog. Sketchbook and some materials will be provided, you are also welcome to bring your own, meet at the Craft Centre and walk into town. If raining meet at St Peter’s Church.

Book your place now 01824 704774

Sponsored by Graham Holland Associates, Architects and Historic Buildings Consultants.

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.