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March

Sat 9
7:30pm

Kathak dance live music fusion astonishing choreography
Sonia Sabri Company in Roshni

Sonia Sabri Company in Roshni

£12/£9(c) • Friends £10/£7(c) • Family £24/£20(c)

Roshni (from the Persian word meaning light or brilliance) is an intimate crafting of dance and live music, made up of three distinctive and engaging dance pieces: The Call, The Light and The Wave which explore the highs and lows of life today. The audience are taken on an emotional journey, through wordless storytelling, eclectic music, percussive dance and upbeat audience interaction, Roshni is both deeply moving and gloriously entertaining.

Kathak is a striking movement language of virtuosic foot percussion, rapid spins, geometrical patterns, with poignant mime and gesture, all intricately woven with the live music.

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Sat 16
10am - 4pm

Jewellery Making Silver Jewellery Bangle Design
Silver Bangles

Silver Bangles

£90/£87(c) • Friends £88/£85(c)

Join us for today’s silversmithing workshop during which you’ll create a bangle design, before using a hammer to move and/or texture your silver and make a beautiful and unique bangle. You’re able to create tapers and splays or focus on texture and form using hammers and stamps. The bangle can be soldered shut or left open for an adjustable cuff. A wonderful treat for yourself or a truly fabulous and individual gift for a special someone.

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Sat 16
10am - 1pm

Lampshade Making African Inspired Print
Lampshade Making

Lampshade Making

£60/£57(c) • Friends £58/£55(c)

You’re warmly invited to join creative Taiwo Adeoti of Ile Darasimi for a fun and dynamic hands-on lampshade making workshop! Immerse yourself in the world of contemporary design as you explore the beauty of bold and vibrant African Print Inspired Fabrics. Taiwo will have an impressive array of African print fabrics to choose from on the day – mix, match, or contrast to your own home décor to bring a pop of colour and interest to even the darkest corner of your room! Unleash your creativity and craft your very own professional grade 25cm drum lampshade – suitable for table, floor, or pendant lights. All materials are provided – just bring yourself and your enthusiasm. No prior experience needed!

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Sat 16
7:30pm

world music kora harp-lute Mandinka
Suntou Susso

Suntou Susso

£14/£11(c) • Friends £12/£9(c)

Suntou Susso is a multi-instrumentalist: kora player, percussionist, singer and composer from The Gambia. Born a Griot in the 700-year old tradition of the kora - a harp-lute with 22 strings unique to the Mandinka people.

An in-demand and charismatic performer, he has garnererd much attention throughout from the moment he arrived on the UK's music scene.  Suntou joins us this evening for a solo show - a real and rare musical treat for all world music lovers.

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Wed 20
10:30am - 12pm

sketching mark-making plein-air walking & drawing small friendly group
Sketch Out at Sharpness Docks

Sketch Out at Sharpness Docks

£8 • Friends £6

Join artist Rose-Marie Marsall-Jane, a seasoned and passionate artist and dedicated sketcher for a drawing session, while exploring the bustling beauty of the manificent marina and docks at Sharpness. Rose will lead the walk and the drawing session, imparting tips and techniques to help you brush-up on your drawing and observational skills.

We’ll meet in the car park at the Dockers’ Club before moseying around the marina and along the towpath towards the distinctive iron bridge to sketch the fascinating backdrop of the working port and the huge skies down by the riverside!

Places are limited as we’re keen to keep the group small so everyone gets plenty of support in their drawing. Bring along your sketchbook, drawing materials of your choice and dress for the occasion.

You’ll love it - book now to avoid disappointment.

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Fri 22
11am - 3pm

Foraging Herbal Tea Natural Immunity Booster
Make & Forage - Herbs for the Spring Equinox

Make & Forage - Herbs for the Spring Equinox

£50/£47(c) • Friends £48/£45(c)

Come and celebrate the equinox, learning about and connecting with the abundance of herbs in our fields to hail the transition to spring. Explore the abundance of the fields and hedgerows to make a herbal potion to keep healthy through the seasons. Using the expertise and extensive knowledge of Amy Cox, you’ll spend the day learning about the trees and plants in the locality including history, medicinal uses, and folklore. Forage and fill your baskets in the morning to make a herbal remedy, a herbal wreath and a variety of wild teas in the afternoon. You will gain the confidence to forage spring herbs and make more health boosting potions at home beyond the course. We will spend as much of the day outside as possible so please dress appropriately for the weather! Bring a jar, chopping board and knife to make your potions.

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April

Sat 13
10am - 4pm

Fused Glass Clothes Line Glass Work
Fused Glass Washing Line

Fused Glass Washing Line

£75/£72(c) • Friends £73/£70(c)

We’re delighted to welcome a new fused-glass artist to our roster of workshop leaders. Caroline Lambert provides the inspiration and technical know-how for our fun-foray into glass fusing to create a washing-line of clothes using kiln-formed glass. This remarkable process involves cutting and layering coloured glass, along with a myriad of inclusions and accessories, which are then heated in the kiln to fuse them together.

With plenty of easy-to-follow guidance, practical demonstrations, samples and patterns, Caroline guides you through the entire process. During today’s workshop, you’ll make at least 4 items for your washing line, and the finished work will be fired and ready for collection a few days later. Suitable for all levels of experience.

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Sat 13
10am - 2pm

Block Printing Table Runners Spring Chicken
Spring Block Printing

Spring Block Printing

£50/£47(c) • Friends £48/£45(c)

In today’s workshop printer Mollie Coggins introduces you to the technique of block printing, helping you to pick up tips and tricks to build confidence with your designs and colours, defining your theme for a beautiful Spring inspired table runner. Choose your design from Mollie's array of beautiful blocks, whether it be a hare, chickens or something more floral. Once you’ve finalised your design, you’ll move onto the printing process, creating the perfect decorative table runner to wow all of your dinner guests.  Suitable for absolute beginners, the focus of the day is spring lovin’ fun and discovering a new printing technique you can use time and time again for birthdays, family celebrations or any “just because” supper! 

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Sat 13
7:30pm

Canadian singer-songwriter stellar band traditional music Celtic bluegrass roots
Allison Lupton Band

Allison Lupton Band

£16/£13(c) • Friends £14/£11(c)

Allison Lupton has truly found her voice as a singer, flautist and songwriter after more than a quarter century performing throughout her native Canada and Europe. She is highly regarded across the globe and has enjoyed many traditional music nominations, including Folk Music Award Traditional Singer of the Year.

Allison is joined this evening by a stellar band, accompanying her exquisite voice and Irish flute with Celtic guitar, mandolin and bass.

Each musician brings their own influences to the ensemble, creating a beautiful fusion of Celtic, bluegrass, roots and more. Together this all-star band transports us to another time and place. Then it dances us home again!

An evening of sheer class and musical beauty. Don’t miss them!

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Wed
17 Apr -
1 May
6:30pm - 8:30pm

Life Drawing Watercolour Paintings Human Figure
Life Drawing through Watercolour

Life Drawing through Watercolour

£85/£82(c) • Friends £83/£80(c)

Join watercolour artist, Peter Garrard for a series of three life drawing classes but with the gentle added dimension of watercolour to really bring the work to life. Peter will show you the basics of measuring and proportion and then over the course gradually demonstrate increasingly complex wet-on-wet watercolour techniques, starting by using one colour and simple poses until finally using three colours and looking at foreshortening and other more demanding poses. All equipment and tools are provided. A perfect course for those of all abilities and levels of experience and a perfect way to boost and extend a portfolio of skills and work (maybe ahead of examinations or an application for undergraduate study).

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Sat 20
10am - 4pm

Intermediate Crochet Flower decorations Crocheting flowers
Crochet Flowers

Crochet Flowers

£65/£62(c) • Friends £63/£60(c)

It’s all about colour and florals on today’s yarnfest with the queen of crochet Emma Leith. You’ll be designing and making your own flowers to embellish garments or maybe to form a wreath or use in whichever way you choose – the options are seemingly limitless! Today’s workshop requires participants to be proficient in the basics of crochet (ideally having previously made a blanket or two); making this the perfect workshop for all those who want to take their crochet to the next level. You don’t need to bring anything as all materials to make the flowers are provided. Please note that the wreath seen in the photo will not be included and should you wish to turn your flowers into a wreath you will need to purchase this elsewhere.

This workshop is not suitable for complete beginners.

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20 Apr -
18 May
10am - 4pm

Green Man Clay Sculpture Folklore
Green Man Masks

Green Man Masks

£96/£93(c) • Friends £94/£91(c)

Join us for this two day workshop with ceramic sculptor and artist, Peter Garrard to make a ceramic mask of a Green Man. The green man (aka foliate head) is symbol of rebirth, representing the cycle of new growth that occurs every spring. With plenty of demonstrations throughout the day and one-to-one support Pete will guide you through each stage of the task of designing, constructing and then adding colour to your mask.

1st workshop day 10am-4pm Saturday 20th April

2nd workshop half-day 10am-1pm Saturday 18th May

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Wed 24
10:30am - 12pm

drawing inspiration suitable for all levels walk and sketch small group fastincating location
Sketch Out at Breakheart Quarry

Sketch Out at Breakheart Quarry

£8 • Friends £6

For the month of April, we’re heading up to the very top of the hill, to the beautiful yet bleak, unforgiving landscape of Breakheart Quarry (atop Stinchcombe Hill).

Following its rich and explosive past, the quarry is now a brilliant community project which focuses on learning, leisure and countryside education. And today, it serves as an uncharacteristic Gloucestershire landscape for us to explore and sketch. Huge skies with dramatic undulations to draw, plenty of perspective to play with and an abundance of natural light. And by just crossing the lane, we can venture into the spectacular woodland, following the paths through the sculpture trails. Oodles of drawing interest and inspo for your sketches!

Our Sketch Out sessions are led by artist Rose-Marie Marsall-Jane, a talented,  enthusiastic artist and dedicated sketcher who is keen to impart tips and techniques to help you brush-up your drawing and observational skills. Suitable for all levels of drawing experience.

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Sat 27
10am - 4pm

Needle Felting British Birds Felted Birds
Needle Felted Garden Birds

Needle Felted Garden Birds

£65/£62(c) • Friends £63/£60(c)

Bring the cheeky chirrup of springtime into your home, with this fun and easy needle felted garden birds workshop. All materials are provided to make not one, not two but THREE mini birds from soft sheep’s wool - choose from a robin, chaffinch, blue tit, bullfinch, long tailed tit or goldfinch.  Sarah Richards from I Felt Fantastic leads you through the process of building your bird body, adding colour, making the wings and tail, and adding eyes and legs.  The completed birds are a fabulous addition to your home decor; as part of a spring wreath, in floral arrangements and potted plants, or even as a bird garland.  This class is suitable for felting beginners, with plenty of advice and support from a very experienced and wonderfully inspiring tutor.

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Sat 27
10am - 4pm

Willow Sculpture Build a Swan Garden Ornament
Willow Swan

Willow Swan

£75/£72(c) • Friends £73/£70(c)

Join willow sculptor Sarah Jayne Edwards to create the most glorious woven willow swan for your garden. In today’s session, you’ll start off with an introduction to your materials; discovering the potential of willow, how to source it, how to prepare it, the different types and what works best for different projects. And then it's time for hands-on design and weaving your splendid cob or pen. You will be given the choice of whether you want your swan to be standing or sitting in a nest. All willow used in today’s session will be locally sourced. We’re providing all the materials but please bring a good pair of secateurs and an apron.

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