Experiment with Textile Art in the Guildhall Gallery

Press Release: 14/03/2007

A series of new workshops at the Guildhall Gallery in Winchester offers local people the chance to have a go at a new craft or even develop a whole new hobby.

Taking their inspiration from artist in residence Alice Kettle, whose work on a major new commission for Winchester Discovery Centre has inspired hundreds of visitors since she transferred her studio there in January, the workshops will be aimed at those who would like to explore textile art.

A creative partnership between Winchester City Council's museums service and the local branch of the Winchester Embroiderers' Guild is offering the opportunity for adults and families to experiment with fabrics in a half day family workshop or adult full day workshop. 

These subsidised workshops offer the chance to work with skilled practitioners in the colourful and inspirational surroundings of the gallery.

Exhibitions Coordinator Mark Barden, said: "This is the first time we have run so many workshops over such a long period of time. We feel that there is a lot of interest in experimenting and working with materials.

"Winchester Embroiderers' Guild has been extremely enthusiastic about supporting Alice's 'Follow the Thread' exhibition, so this seemed an opportunity not to be missed."

Although Alice may not be working in the Guildhall Gallery whilst the workshops are taking place, her vibrant work will be on display and the machines, sewing threads and fabrics will provide a stimulating backdrop.

Cllr Patricia Stallard, Portfolio Holder for Culture, Heritage and Sport, added, "We are very keen to use all our future exhibitions to encourage participation as well as appreciation of the arts.

"Alice's work is so inspiring that I hope we see many people in these workshops, using their own imaginations and new-found skills to produce and take home some original artwork."

Workshops run from March to July, but places are limited and early booking is advised.  Full details of dates, times and costs can be found at www.winchester.gov.uk/creativeworkshops

Admission to the Guildhall Gallery is free. Opening hours are 10am - 5pm, Mon-Sat; Sun noon - 5pm.
Embroiderers Guild website: http://www.embroiderersguild.com/info/links.php

Winchester Discovery Centre is part of the county's Discovery Centre programme and is being delivered by Hampshire County Council, Winchester City Council and other partners.
The project will see the existing library building in Jewry street undergo extensive refurbishment and an extension both to the rear and the Theatre Royal-facing side of the building. It will provide a greatly improved space for the lending library, as well as housing the city's reference library, replacing the service based in the North Walls building.
A multi-purpose hall, a new art gallery and the latest ICT equipment for access to information and learning will provide Hampshire residents with a wealth of opportunities for learning and skills development. The centre will also provide new space for temporary exhibitions.

Workshop dates:
Family Workshops - Saturdays (10.30am - 12.30am and 1.30pm - 3.30pm). Two sessions per day. £5 per person per session. 7+ aged children. Eight to a session.
March 3, 17, 31
April 14, 28
May 12, 26
June 9, 23
July 7, 21

Adult Workshops Thursdays All day workshops 10.30am - 4pm, 1 hr break for lunch, 12.30am - 1.30 pm. £10.  Eight adults per workshop. All materials provided.
March 8
April 5
May 3
June 7
July 5