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.


Hotfoot Jazzmen: Afternoon performances

at Ruthin Craft Centre for Christmas Saturday 3 & Saturday 10 December 12.00pm – 4.00pm

Foot-tapping Jazz Duo, featuring Saxophone, Clarinet and Guitar – playing Traditional, Swing, Latin and smooth Jazz Favourites with a Festive Flavour.

Activity for toddlers / babies

Christmas themed activity

Wednesday 7 December 10.00am – 11.30am FREE booking is essential, limited spaces available

Further embellish your tree with a decoration made by you and your child. A memory / moment to keep for every Christmas.

Messy Play with artist Emma Jayne Holmes: A unique creative play session for toddlers / babies and their parents / carers. This relaxed session welcomes young families to our education room for 1 or 2 creative activities linked to the gallery exhibition. It can get messy, but that’s all part of the fun (and Emma-J clears up).


Christmas wreath workshop

with local florist Kate Jordan Saturday 10 December 10.30am – 12.30pm £5.00 booking is essential. Suitable for ages 16+ including adults

Get festive in our step by step Christmas wreath workshop with floral architect Kate Jordan. Learn about different traditional floristry techniques used to make your wreath such as massing, banding, binding, wiring and taping to name a few.

Using seasonal materials, dried fruits and ribbons you will be able to let your creativity run wild and make something special to take home with you.

All materials will be provided but feel free to bring any of your own which you would like to incorporate into your design.



Alternative wreath making workshop

(family friendly) Saturday 10 December 1.00pm – 3.30pm FREE no need to book. Suitable for all ages.

Come and join us at Ruthin Craft Centre this festive season.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Adult Workshops

Two 1-day willow workshops

with Juliette Hamilton Saturday 4 February and Sunday 5 February 10.30am – 4.30pm £60 for each workshop, includes light lunch. Please call to book a place

Workshop 1: Sculptural Willow Cats Saturday 4 February

Workshop 2: Sculptural Willow Hares Sunday 5 February

On each day make a large sitting cat or hare out of willow. All materials will be provided.

A good pair of secateurs and an apron would be good to bring. 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!

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

Adult Workshop

2-day Papier-mâché

workshop with Abigail Brown Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 February 10.30am – 4.30pm £110 includes light lunch. Please call to book a place

Day 1: Sculpting and Papier-mâché-ing Day 1 will start with a demonstration of some of the techniques you can use to sculpt your animal heads, which require various levels of skill, so there’s something achievable for every ability level.

The animal heads that Abigail creates are mostly stylized pieces and done in her own style, rather than close studies of the animals themselves. So you may wish to play around with your own style, making sketches of stylized animals or you might wish to go for a realistic study. Either way it’s best to come prepared with your ideas, sketches and images so you’re ready to get making once Abigail has demonstrated the techniques.

You’ll spend the whole day creating your animal pieces in order to allow the papier-mâché to dry overnight.

Day 2: Painting and Finishing With your pieces now dry, day 2 will start with a demonstration of different painting techniques which you will have time to test out first if you’re not a confident painter.

Once you’re happy with the techniques you’ll spend the rest of the day painting your animal heads and finish with a quick last demonstration of how to attach a ring to the back so it can be hung as soon as you get it home.

Suitable for all levels.

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.