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Papercutting for Lightboxes Tues 13 November 2018 The cost of the day includes an artisan lunch, tea and coffees, and all tools and materials. Please note that the House is closed for conservation and there will be no tour...

The cost of the day includes an artisan lunch, tea and coffees, and all tools and materials. Please note that the House is closed for conservation and there will be no tour included. Suitable for all levels.

Renowned artist Su Blackwell will lead you through this magical, wintery workshop, transforming images into a three-dimensional papercut light box. Use light to illuminate delicate and precise scenes made with photographic cut-outs or paintings. The perfect addition to liven up your home during long, dark winter evenings. Suitable for all levels.

 

About the tutor:

Su has exhibited her exquisite sculptures around the world. Su says of her work…"I often work within the realm of fairy-tales and folk-lore. I began making a series of book-sculpture, cutting-out images from old books to create three-dimensional diorama's, and displaying them inside wooden boxes".

"For the cut-out illustrations, I tend to lean towards young-girl characters, placing them in haunting, fragile settings, expressing the vulnerability of childhood, while also conveying a sense of childhood anxiety and wonder. There is a quiet melancholy in the work, depicted in the material used, and choice of subtle colour."

Su has designed art fabric for Liberty London, and the set for The Rose Theatre's production of 'The Snow Queen'. In December 2017 she exhibited a Dicken’s inspired installation at Chatsworth House and is preparing for her first solo show in London in Autumn 2018. Her illustrated book of fairy tales 'The Fairytale Princess', written by Wendy Jones, and published by Thames & Hudson was released in 2012.

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Winter Wreaths Friday 7th December 2018 Join Roberta, The Good Florist for a delightful day of winter floristry. Learn to make wreaths with a difference, drawing inspiration from the wild and natural, bringing new...

Join Roberta, The Good Florist for a delightful day of winter floristry. Learn to make wreaths with a difference, drawing inspiration from the wild and natural, bringing new textures, colours and ingredients to traditional Christmas themes.

 

In the afternoon, you’ll have time to make a garland for your doorway or fireplace - again expect the unexpected, using lots of foraged and locally gathered materials.

 

It’s a creative and relaxing day and you’ll leave with beautiful festive arrangements to adorn your home.

 

About…

 

Roberta is a studio based florist based in Sussex, working on events across the country. With a love for the wild, she champions ‘slow flowers’, paying particular attention to detail and colour, and appreciating the beautiful and varied forms nature has to offer.

 

Sourcing as much as possible locally, Roberta supports British growers and has a strong focus on seasonality.

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Stained Glass Saturday 17 November 2018 The cost of the day includes an artisan lunch, tea and coffees, and all tools and materials. Please note that as the House is closed for conservation, there will be no tour...

The cost of the day includes an artisan lunch, tea and coffees, and all tools and materials. Please note that as the House is closed for conservation, there will be no tour included. Please wear old clothes and sturdy shoes. Suitable for all levels.

 

Handcraft a beautiful, leaded stained glass window panel with tutor David Lilly. Learn the traditional techniques of cutting, leading up, soldering, cementing and polishing to create a decorative panel that will capture and colour the light as it streams into your home.

About the tutor

David has his own Stained Glass studio, making (to commission) and restoring windows and Tiffany type lamps. His work can be found all around the world. David is currently working with Dalle de Verre made in the UK in the 1960s, showcasing these beautiful slabs of glass in new and exciting ways, he is also the only artist who knows traditional Dalle de Verre techniques, and currently the only one working with that glass in the UK. He has also just finished the fourth commemorative window at RAF Bentley Priory Museum on Stanmore, North London for Sir Hugh Dowding. 

David loves colour and its interplay with light, and takes inspiration from large open vistas & densely wooded landscapes – two very different scenarios but both firmly fixed in nature and his connection with touch, vision and feelings.

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Stained Glass Sunday 18 November 2018 The cost of the day includes an artisan lunch, tea and coffees, and all tools and materials. Please note that as the House is closed for conservation, there will be no tour...

The cost of the day includes an artisan lunch, tea and coffees, and all tools and materials. Please note that as the House is closed for conservation, there will be no tour included. Please wear old clothes and sturdy shoes. Suitable for all levels.

 

Handcraft a beautiful, leaded stained glass window panel with tutor David Lilly. Learn the traditional techniques of cutting, leading up, soldering, cementing and polishing to create a decorative panel that will capture and colour the light as it streams into your home.

About the tutor

David has his own Stained Glass studio, making (to commission) and restoring windows and Tiffany type lamps. His work can be found all around the world. David is currently working with Dalle de Verre made in the UK in the 1960s, showcasing these beautiful slabs of glass in new and exciting ways, he is also the only artist who knows traditional Dalle de Verre techniques, and currently the only one working with that glass in the UK. He has also just finished the fourth commemorative window at RAF Bentley Priory Museum on Stanmore, North London for Sir Hugh Dowding. 

David loves colour and its interplay with light, and takes inspiration from large open vistas & densely wooded landscapes – two very different scenarios but both firmly fixed in nature and his connection with touch, vision and feelings.

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Woodcut Printed Christmas Cards Tues 27 Nov 2018 The cost of the day includes an artisan lunch, tea and coffees, and all tools and materials. Please note that the House is closed for conservation and there will be no tour...

The cost of the day includes an artisan lunch, tea and coffees, and all tools and materials. Please note that the House is closed for conservation and there will be no tour included. Suitable for all levels.

Artist Helen Brown will guide you through the process of woodcut printmaking, from design to carving, inking to printing. Using this most beautiful and immediate art form, participants will come away with their own set of festive hand-printed cards and paper. Suitable for all levels.

About the tutor

"I draw directly from the landscape onto wooden blocks, I then carve into the blocks and print from them. All of my work is handmade and each one of my pieces is given individual life though chine colle (paper overlay) and hand tinting, just as the mood of a scene shifts with light, time and experience.

I spend time in the places my work depicts, returning to them. My prints are imbued with the emotion of place. Working outdoors enables me to connect with the spirit of the place, capturing the line and fluidity of scenes and localities."

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Christmas Cake Decoration with Cressida Bell Create an original and stunning Christmas cake with artist and designer Cressida Bell. With Cressida’s expert guidance, plan a festive design -- then decorate, creating...

Create an original and stunning Christmas cake with artist and designer Cressida Bell. With Cressida’s expert guidance, plan a festive design -- then decorate, creating patterns using a huge variety of edible embellishments and exploring new decoration techniques. 

 

You will be provided with:

Specialist edible decorations including dragees, candied fruit, icing, coloured balls.

All tools and equipment

 

Please bring:

Your own apron.

Your Christmas Cake with marzipan and icing layer.

If you would like us to provide you with a pre-iced fruit cake, please add that option when purchasing your ticket. 

Cressida Bell’s Cake Design book will be on sale but it will help if you come with some idea of what you would like your cake to look like. Feel free to bring your own sources of inspiration.

 

About the Artist:

Cressida Bell set up her east London design studio on leaving the Royal College of Art in 1984. She had previously studied in the fashion department of St Martin’s School of Art in its 1980s heyday. 

Cressida is known for her beautiful hand-made scarves, lamps and lampshades and her illustrative work including highly collectable greetings cards.

Her work is uncompromisingly decorative in style and, although there is an undoubted influence from her well known Bloomsbury Group forebears (Quentin Bell was her father and Vanessa Bell her grandmother), she has forged her own very individual style over the last 30 years. 

Following the publication of Cressida Bell’s Cake Design in 2013, she has also become well known for her cake design and decoration, as featured in Brides magazine, The Telegraph, House & Garden and many other publications.

Cressida also offers a cake design service for a variety of events including weddings, birthdays & launches. Her clients include Hamish Bowles (International Editor of Vogue), Thames & Hudson, Condé Nast, Glamour magazine and Couverture boutique.

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Painting Techniques with Annie Sloan Spend three hours learning the secrets from one of the masters of paint colours. In a small group and under the guidance of Annie Sloan try out her specialist techniques on a...

Spend three hours learning the secrets from one of the masters of paint colours. In a small group and under the guidance of Annie Sloan try out her specialist techniques on a wooden box which you can take home and keep. Be inspired by Annie’s practical approach to painting and gain the confidence to achieve a range of professional quality finishes without the fuss.

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Experimental Drawing with Sarah Colbourne Experimentation has always been at the heart of creativity at Charleston.  Explore the parameters of drawing by experimenting with medium and method.  In the...

Experimentation has always been at the heart of creativity at Charleston.  Explore the parameters of drawing by experimenting with medium and method.  In the morning, artist and Tutor Sarah Colbourne will guide you through a series of exercises designed to discover new ways of seeing.  Focusing on expressive mark making, she will encourage you to working in new and exciting ways.  In the afternoon, use these new learnt skills to produce a unique and innovative drawing.

For beginners and those experienced artists who wish to explore the medium of drawing through fun activity.

Includes refreshments and all materials and does not include a House Tour. Suitable for adults only.

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Annie Sloan at Charleston Annie Sloan is considered one of the world’s most respected paint and colour experts. Spend a morning with Annie as she explains her unique relationship with...

Annie Sloan is considered one of the world’s most respected paint and colour experts. Spend a morning with Annie as she explains her unique relationship with Charleston, the modern approach of using brush strokes and her use of unusual colour combinations.

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Young Bohemians - 22nd & 23rd   Two day stop-frame animation workshop with Lee Shearman- PART OF BIG DRAW   Learn how to be an animator! Lee Shearman will introduce you to the basics of...

 

Two day stop-frame animation workshop with Lee Shearman- PART OF BIG DRAW

 

Learn how to be an animator!

Lee Shearman will introduce you to the basics of stop-frame animation using professional equipment and smart phones so you can keep creating animated films at home. The Young Bohemians will explore the current exhibition and create animated sequences using their own artwork. Suitable for beginners.

Lee Shearman is a creative practitioner, freelance graphic designer, illustrator and workshop leader specialising in design, bookmaking and stop frame animation. He has worked with a number of art organisations including Permanent Gallery and Bookshop, e-Permanent, The Craftimation Factory, and as co-manager of the art company Borbonesa. 

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Create Together Create together, exploring a variety of paper decorating techniques such as marbling, printing and tie-dyeing. A fun and relaxed workshop inspired by the Charleston collection. ...

Create together, exploring a variety of paper decorating techniques such as marbling, printing and tie-dyeing. A fun and relaxed workshop inspired by the Charleston collection.

£5 per person.  Suitable for ages 6+.   Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

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Difficult Love Difficult Love, co-directed by photographer and activist Zanele Muholi, is a compelling plea for understanding and tolerance of the black, LGBTQIA+ community in South Africa. The...

Difficult Love, co-directed by photographer and activist Zanele Muholi, is a compelling plea for understanding and tolerance of the black, LGBTQIA+ community in South Africa. The film will be followed by a panel discussion about her work with Tessa Lewin (Researcher, University of Sussex), Kylie Thomas (Author; Associate researcher, University of the Free State, South Africa and University of Brighton) and Darren Newbury (Author and Professor of Photographic History, University of Brighton.)

Zanele Muholi: Faces and Phases photographic exhibition will be in the South Gallery at Charleston from 8 September - 6 January.

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Frost Fair Come and soak up the festive atmosphere in Charleston’s newly restored 18th century barns. We have brought together some of the finest designers and makers for our Frost...

Come and soak up the festive atmosphere in Charleston’s newly restored 18th century barns. We have brought together some of the finest designers and makers for our Frost Fair. 30 carefully curated exhibitors will be selling highly covetable, beautifully crafted goods that would make perfect gifts for friends and family.

Homeware – textiles – ceramics – jewellery – basketry – leather - woodwork - children’s toys & clothes – knitwear - clothing – handmade beauty & bath – candles & scent - books - stationery – prints & paper - original artwork – artisan produce & preserves – microbreweries – confectionery

You will also find everything else you might need for the festive season from Christmas puddings to crackers, from handmade decorations to wrapping paper.

The Threshing Barn will be serving warming winter lunches, plus boozy hot chocolate, hot toddies and mince pies.

Find natural wreathes, swags, garlands and Christmas trees in the Barnyard.

Our Exhibitor List will be available from 1 November.

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Transgressive Identities Join curator of the Museum of Transology, E-J Scott, dress historian Dr Jane Hattrick and hairy, brown, trans Muslim dandy Sabah Choudrey for an evening of discussion and...

Join curator of the Museum of Transology, E-J Scott, dress historian Dr Jane Hattrick and hairy, brown, trans Muslim dandy Sabah Choudrey for an evening of discussion and performance exploring historical and contemporary gender-crossing bodies and transgressive identities through text and objects of dress, using themes from Woolf's Orlando as a starting point.

Including short films from Paul Kindersley.

E-J Scott is a fashion lecturer, historian and curator of the Museum of Transology at Brighton Museum and Tate Britain’s Queer and Now museum takeover.

Dr. Jane Hattrick is a dress historian from University of Brighton.

Sabah Choudrey is a muslim trans activist, speaker and writer. They co-founded Trans Pride Brighton in 2013 and was listed in the top 100 most influential LGBTQ people in the Rainbow List in 2015. 

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SW 18 | WORKSHOP | WRITING FOR AUDIO | Friday 9 Nov Writing for Audio workshop

Explore the key differences and challenges of writing stories for sound with BBC radio producer Liz Allard. Liz has been producing short stories for Radio 4 and Radio 3 for fifteen years, and has devised a series of exercises inspired by Charleston and its surroundings to focus on the creative opportunities and pitfalls of writing for listeners. There will be feedback, practical tips to help you craft your ideas and suggestions on routes to getting your work heard. Alison Macleod, writer and Professor of Contemporary Fiction at the University of Chichester, has written extensively for radio; she’ll give a writer’s perspective on the form, as well as tips for writing great stories which work in different contexts. This workshop is aimed at those with some prior creative writing experience, in any format. Participants are encouraged to familiarise themselves with Radio 4’s short story output before the workshop.   

 

Price includes lunch and admission to Orlando…at the present time exhibition at Charleston.

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Gin and Jazz Party- Saturday 8th December 2018 Join us for an enchanted evening of swing jazz, dancing and cocktails. An evening of 1930’s decadence awaits within our beautifully restored and seasonally decorated...

Join us for an enchanted evening of swing jazz, dancing and cocktails.

An evening of 1930’s decadence awaits within our beautifully restored and seasonally decorated barns. Visit our pop up cocktail bar for a complimentary first drink, then dance the night away with the critically acclaimed local swing band- The Swing Ninjas www.swingninjas.co.uk

Dressing up is strongly encouraged, think furs and pearls, trilby’s and brogues. For inspiration click here- www.pinterest.co.uk/charleston0278/gin-and-jazz-party/

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