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.

Workshops

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young people’s art school 2016 1 – 23 August Each 2-day block is £15 or attend all 4 blocks (8 workshops) for £50 – for young people aged 14–18

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.

Throughout the summer holidays Ruthin Craft Centre will be hosting 8 workshops with 4 different Artists / Makers:

Block 1: Jennifer Collier (3D paper sculptures) Monday 1 & Tuesday 2 August

Block 2: Seán Vicary (animation) Monday 8 & Tuesday 9 August

Block 3: Helaina Sharpley (wire-work) Monday 15 & Tuesday 16 August

Block 4: Susie Vickery (textiles) Monday 22 & Tuesday 23 August

You can pick and choose between the 4 blocks; each 2-day block is £15 or attend all 4 blocks (8 workshops) for £50.

Workshops

Artist Story 1: Seán Vicary

4 – 7 August ALL workshops run from 1.00pm – 4.00pm No need to book, all children must be accompanied by an adult

Seán Vicary is an artist based in West Wales who works with animation, his films have been broadcast in the UK and exhibited worldwide. His practice explores our relationship with the ‘natural’ world, investigating links between the subjective, scientific and social aspects of place and landscape; especially those that are obscure or concealed.

During the 4-days why not come and create your own animated loops to use inside your Zoetrope as we explore a different ‘wheel of life’ theme each day.

Workshops:
Wheel of life: Sea Thursday 4 August
Wheel of life: Land Friday 5 August
Wheel of life: Sky Saturday 6 August
Wheel of life: Dreams Sunday 7 August

ALL workshops run from 1.00pm – 4.00pm
No need to book, all children must be accompanied by an adult

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Artist Story 2: Debbie Smyth

Master-class for 11–14 year olds Thursday 11 August 10.30am – 3.30pm £8.00 please call to book a place

Debbie Smyth is textile artist most identifiable by her statement thread drawings; these playful yet sophisticated contemporary artworks are created by stretching a network of threads between accurately plotted pins. Her work beautifully blurs the boundaries between fine art drawings and textile art, flat and 3D work, illustration and embroidery, literally lifting the drawn line off the wall and transforming entire rooms into welcoming worlds of thread.

The day will start with a short illustrated presentation about Debbie’s practice.

During the course of the workshop, participants will learn textile drawing skills similar to those used by artist, Debbie Smyth to transform their house drawing in to a mixed media pin and thread art piece that they can take home at the end of the day.

Please note: On the day participants should bring an A3 drawing of their home and a packed lunch as lunch will not be provided.

 

Talks

Artist Story 2: Debbie Smyth

Artist Talks Friday 12, Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 August 11.00am no need to book

Debbie Smyth is textile artist most identifiable by her statement thread drawings; these playful yet sophisticated contemporary artworks are created by stretching a network of threads between accurately plotted pins. Her work beautifully blurs the boundaries between fine art drawings and textile art, flat and 3D work, illustration and embroidery, literally lifting the drawn line off the wall and transforming entire rooms into welcoming worlds of thread.

Debbie will present a 45min illustrated talk about her work and projects to date, exploring the scope of her practice in depth. This will give a greater insight into this unusual technique to inspire the drop in activities to follow.

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Artist Story 2: Debbie Smyth

Guerrilla table-top threadiffiti Friday 12, Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 August 12.00pm – 4.00pm FREE no need to book, suitable for children aged 5 + and adults can join in too!

Debbie Smyth is textile artist most identifiable by her statement thread drawings; these playful yet sophisticated contemporary artworks are created by stretching a network of threads between accurately plotted pins. Her work beautifully blurs the boundaries between fine art drawings and textile art, flat and 3D work, illustration and embroidery, literally lifting the drawn line off the wall and transforming entire rooms into welcoming worlds of thread.

Debbie will be running a drop in studio, from 12.00–4.00pm each day. Participants are welcome to drop in at any time to join Debbie, in making a collaborative tabletop thread drawing that grows, expands and develops over the course of the weekend. Debbie will guide participants through various textile drawing skills, from the pin and thread drawing techniques that she uses in her own work, to embroidery and mixed media work. Participants are welcome to bring inspirational sketches to inspire their approach or just come and play with learning new skills.

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Artist Story 3: Rachael Howard

Craft Clubs for children aged 5 – 11 Thursday 18 August 10.30am – 12.30pm & 1.30pm – 3.30pm £5 please call to book a place All children must be accompanied by an adult

Rachael has a fascination with drawing, particularly people, observing their postures, expressions and actions in spontaneous sketches – often humorous studies of human behaviour. These drawings are translated into graphic, textile images – beautifully crafted and exactingly worked motifs. She expresses events through drawing, fabrics and stitch, using image, text and object to tell – often autobiographical – stories of the everyday.

Have fun making your own pair of fabric covered buttons using a variety of techniques including carbon prints, fabric crayons and hand stitching.

Workshop

Artist Story 3: Rachael Howard

Meet the artist at work and have a go! Friday 19, Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 August 11.00am – 3.30pm FREE no need to book, Suitable for all ages

Rachael has a fascination with drawing, particularly people, observing their postures, expressions and actions in spontaneous sketches – often humorous studies of human behaviour. These drawings are translated into graphic, textile images – beautifully crafted and exactingly worked motifs. She expresses events through drawing, fabrics and stitch, using image, text and object to tell – often autobiographical – stories of the everyday.

Throughout the residency Rachael will demonstrate the different processes she uses within her work, including how she draws with the sewing machine and screen prints onto fabric. During the three days there will be an opportunity for visitors to have a go at stencil screen printing on to a communal fabric length. Why not come and have a go at simple paper cut stencil screen printing. Rachael will show you how to create paper stencils, mix pigment dyes and print with a squeegee to create your own fabric print.

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2-day master-class workshop

with Julia Griffiths Jones Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 August 10.30am – 4.30pm Summer offer: £65 includes light lunch Please call to book a place as spaces are limited

Drawing with wire

Inspired by Julia Griffiths Jones current exhibition, you will start the workshop by producing a series of drawings looking at original Slovak embroideries and clothing for inspiration. You’ll then interpret these drawings into wire forms using decorative wire techniques used by the tinkers of Northern Slovakia, which will be demonstrated by the artist.

On day two of the workshop you will develop your ideas further and make a line drawing of an empty garment in steel wire which will then house the decorative pieces you have made in day one as a final piece of work.

All materials will be provided. Suitable for all levels –some drawing skills and experience of working with wire would be of an advantage.

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Artist Story 4: Helaina Sharpley

Craft Clubs for children aged 5 – 11 Thursday 25 August 10.30am – 12.30pm & 1.30pm – 3.30pm £5 please call to book a place. All children must be accompanied by an adult

Helaina Sharpley is a designer / maker based in Mirfield, West Yorkshire, specialising in wall art wirework inspired by her interest in Victorian and Edwardian architecture through to her love of tea and tea drinking.

Using old sepia photographs, she creates pen and ink drawings to capture the aspects of their vintage elegancy. She then translates these drawings into small and large-scale wire drawings, crossing the boundaries between drawing and sculptural form.

Come and Join Helaina and make your own mini beasts using wire, with beads and buttons for details.

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Artist Story 4: Helaina Sharpley

Family Workshop: Garden flowers Saturday 27 August 1.00pm – 4.00pm No need to book, suitable for children aged 5 + and adults can join in too!

Helaina Sharpley is a designer / maker based in Mirfield, West Yorkshire, specialising in wall art wirework inspired by her interest in Victorian and Edwardian architecture through to her love of tea and tea drinking. Using old sepia photographs, she creates pen and ink drawings to capture the aspects of their vintage elegancy. She then translates these drawings into small and large-scale wire drawings, crossing the boundaries between drawing and sculptural form.

Come and help Helaina populate the Ruthin Craft Centre flower beds, as you’ll be making gigantic flowers using wire, beads and tissue paper. Pop in at any time or come and spend the whole afternoon with us.

Event

Artist Story 4: Helaina Sharpley

Meet the artist and make yourself a cup of tea (in wire) Friday 26 & Sunday 28 August 11.00am – 3.30pm FREE no need to book

Helaina Sharpley is a designer / maker based in Mirfield, West Yorkshire, specialising in wall art wirework inspired by her interest in Victorian and Edwardian architecture through to her love of tea and tea drinking. Using old sepia photographs, she creates pen and ink drawings to capture the aspects of their vintage elegancy. She then translates these drawings into small and large-scale wire drawings, crossing the boundaries between drawing and sculptural form.

Whilst Helaina is working away in studio 4, pop in and say hello and make your own wire tea cup to ‘take away’, or leave behind to be displayed on the dresser or our afternoon tea table set.

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Helfa Gelf Professional Development

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

Where can you 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
E-mail: katie@helfagelf.co.uk

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

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Talk

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.

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.