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The Tempest- Thursday 14 June 2018 The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, the UK’s premier all male theatre company, invite you to join them this summer for The Tempest, Shakespeare’s spellbinding masterpiece.

The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, the UK’s premier all male theatre company, invite you to join them this summer for The Tempest, Shakespeare’s spellbinding masterpiece.

“My spirits, as in a dream, are all bound up.”

12 years ago, Prospero, Duke of Milan, usurped and exiled by his brother washes up on a distant and mystical island with his baby daughter, Miranda. A place where his magical powers reign supreme and the only inhabitants of the island, the sprite Ariel and brutish Caliban, answer his every command. In this strange new kingdom he is left to brood.

“Be not afeared; the isle is full of noises, Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.”

Now his enemies, his brother Antonio, who supplanted him as Duke, and Alonso, King of Naples, whilst sailing home are blown, by fortune, off course towards him. Prospero raises a tempestuous storm to shipwreck them. Scattered across the island the boat’s passengers are tested and tormented as they are magically drawn towards their fate. Left to plot his revenge for years Prospero finally has the chance to exact it. But will he?   This play of soaring poetry, high comedy and tender love, Shakespeare’s late, great gem, examines the power of true love, our capacity for vengeance and what it takes to forgive.

“We are such stuff as dreams are made on’

One of the traditions of the summer season at Charleston, spend a glorious summer’s evening watching this magical and fast-paced production of one of Shakespeare’s finest works. Bring a picnic and be entertained by the talented ‘Lord Chamberlain’s Men’. Performed in the open air by an all-male cast with Elizabethan costume, music and dance, this is one of the hottest tickets of the summer. Book early to avoid missing out!

Tea, Cake and Fizz available

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Painted Boxes- Tuesday 24 April 2018 Taking inspiration from the beautiful painted interiors at Charleston, learn various paint effects and antiquing techniques to adorn your personal wooden box, inside and out.

The cost of the day includes a tour of the House and Garden, an artisan lunch, tea and coffees, and all tools and materials. Suitable for all levels.

Taking inspiration from the beautiful painted interiors at Charleston, learn various paint effects and antiquing techniques to adorn your personal wooden box, inside and out. Transform your final piece with protective wax to create heirlooms of the future.

About the tutor

Melissa White is a designer and painter of decorative interiors.  She runs her practice from her Workshop in Hastings on the Sussex coast of England. Working largely to commission, she creates bespoke pieces for private homes working directly with the client or via interior designers, architects and art consultants. She also works with the heritage, retail and hospitality sectors. Melissa draws on diverse and ever changing influences for her designs and is best known for reproducing Elizabethan wall paintings and painted cloths. Her signature style is to age and distress her paintwork by cracking, washing out and rubbing back her work to distance it from the new and the mass produced, adding as she calls it "The patination of time".

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Introduction to Basketry- Tuesday 10 July 2018 Learn the beautiful craft of basketry by creating a Sciathog, a small, shallow ribbed frame basket that was traditionally used for straining potatoes.

The cost of the day includes a tour of the House and Garden, an artisan lunch, tea and coffees, and all tools and materials. Suitable for all levels.

 

Learn the beautiful craft of basketry by creating a Sciathog, a small, shallow ribbed frame basket that was traditionally used for straining potatoes. It is beautiful as a wall piece, or on the table holding fruit or bread. 

About the tutor

Anne Marie Sullivan is a basket maker who works on small-scale domestic objects to large-scale architectural installations.

‘Using willow, which I grow and harvest, I use weaving and binding techniques, which have been used for hundreds of years to make a range of functional and non-functional work.  I'm really interested in seeing the process of making through, from the source to the finished piece.

I am very grateful to all the makers who came before me, who discovered amazing ways to make and construct. Without them I would have nothing. I love the simplicity of basket making. All I need is a knife and some rods of willow and I can make a basket.' 

 

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Vanessa Bell Floristry Workshop Tues 17th July 2018 The cost of the day includes a tour of the House and Garden, an artisan lunch, tea and coffees, and all tools and materials. Suitable for all levels. A day immersed in flowers,...

The cost of the day includes a tour of the House and Garden, an artisan lunch, tea and coffees, and all tools and materials. Suitable for all levels.

A day immersed in flowers, inspired by the still life paintings of Vanessa Bell.  Participants will begin the day with a tour of the House and Garden, looking in detail at Vanessa Bell’s still life work. The rest of the day will be spent learning to create a large scale vase arrangement using a mix of home grown (by Carlsson & Co.) and seasonal flowers. Participants will explore how to combine flower shapes and colours to create flow and form.  After a delicious lunch, participants will be led for a short walk along the Old Coach Road, to forage a final few stems for the arrangement.  Everybody will leave with a beautiful arrangement, including the vase.

About the tutor

Founded by Moa Carlsson in 2015, Carlsson and Co. is an East London based floral design studio specialising in 100% English grown cut flowers. Their bouquets and arrangements combine classic blooms with bold and seasonal field flowers and greenery. They cultivate their flowers on growing sites across London. ‘Growing our own flowers provides access to a wider range of flowers besides those available wholesale. In addition to home grown ingredients, we also source flowers from flower farmers around the South of England. As a member of the national network of flower farmers, Flowers From The Farm, we support a sustainable British flower industry.’

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Young Bohemians Summer School | Make your mark | Drawing workshop This week of workshops for young artists aged between 8-14 focus on technique, using inspiration from the House and Garden. It is a great way to learn new skills in a fun...

This week of workshops for young artists aged between 8-14 focus on technique, using inspiration from the House and Garden. It is a great way to learn new skills in a fun environment and make new friends.

All materials are provided and the children can take home everything that they make. Join us for the week at a reduced rate.

 

MAKE YOUR MARK DRAWING WORKSHOP

This drawing workshop will introduce young artists to drawing as the foundation of art and design process.

Paul Klee said, drawing is ‘taking a line for a walk’, in this workshop we will be doing just that in several different ways using a range of approaches, from the traditional (representational, graphic) to a more experimental approach (abstract, expressionistic).

Using unusual media, techniques and materials when drawing will always create a more confident approach to mark making.

 

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Painting in the Garden Masterclass Tues 21 August 2018 The cost of the day includes a tour of the House and Garden, an artisan lunch, tea and coffees, and some tools and materials. Suitable for improvers. The Garden at Charleston,...

The cost of the day includes a tour of the House and Garden, an artisan lunch, tea and coffees, and some tools and materials. Suitable for improvers.

The Garden at Charleston, designed by artist and critic Roger Fry, was planted to be painted. Join artist Julian Le Bas for a day's intensive painting tuition, and lose yourself in the atmosphere of the Walled Garden.

Suitable for improvers, this workshop will look at approaches to composition, with a particular emphasis on colour.

Students may work in oil or acrylic. Easels, boards, brushes provided. Students will need to provide their own paints.

About the artist:

Born in 1958 - Sussex based painter Julian Le Bas studied at Hertfordshire College of Art and Design. Graduating at Brighton Polytechnic in 1981, with an affinity with the landscape developed; This was further explored in Cyprus at the College of Art on a Post Graduate Course in 1984.

Le Bas was selected for a Solo show at The Towner in 1990 and has exhibited widely including, The Bede Gallery, Jarrow, The Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, and The Jerwood Drawing Prize. He has just finished exhibiting his show 'Carpe Diem' at St. Anne's Galleries in Lewes.

Norbert Lynton wrote in the catalogue, ' Artists in Sussex in the Twentieth Century',' For Julian Le Bas landscape is a live encounter and art, re-enacting of specific experiences, in paint or with charcoal on paper.'

 

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Introduction to Oil Painting 11 September 2018 The cost of the day includes a tour of the House and Garden, an artisan lunch, tea and coffees, and all tools and materials. Suitable for complete beginners.   In this...

The cost of the day includes a tour of the House and Garden, an artisan lunch, tea and coffees, and all tools and materials. Suitable for complete beginners.

 

In this day-long workshop, learn about the particular nature and use of this most sensuous of mediums. Tutor Tom Benjamin will introduce participants to fundamental oil painting techniques looking at tone, composition and colour to give a solid grounding in the art form. Suitable for complete beginners.

About the tutor

Tom Benjamin is a renowned, local oil painter who exhibits locally and nationally. He trained in Brighton and Norwich and usually transports his artist materials by bike. He regularly runs workshops for all abilities and residencies overseas.

‘The artist’s job is to make poetry out of the ordinary. Sometimes I am struck by something I get an emotional response from…it’s a continuous process of reproducing, improvising and altering my response. I am always surprised by what comes out.’

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Life Drawing Workshop Tues 16 October 2018 The cost of the day includes a tour of the House and Garden, an artisan lunch, tea and coffees, and all tools and materials. Suitable for all levels. Join tutor Silvia MacRae...

The cost of the day includes a tour of the House and Garden, an artisan lunch, tea and coffees, and all tools and materials. Suitable for all levels.

Join tutor Silvia MacRae Brown for a whole day of life drawing in the studio. Focus on shape, space, light and rhythm and master the basics of this classic drawing skill.

About the tutor

Silvia MacRae Brown trained in Florence and The City & Guilds of London Art School. In her teaching, she welcomes all levels of ability and experience; encouraging individual development and focusing on structure and intuitive expression.

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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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Woodcut Printmaking- Monday 3rd September 2018 Woodcut Printmaking

The cost of the day includes a tour of the House and Garden, an artisan lunch, tea and coffees, and all tools and materials. Suitable for all levels.

Learn the processes of woodcut printmaking, with tutor Helen Brown, from design to carving, inking to printing. Using this most beautiful and immediate of art forms, participants will come away with a series of their own exciting and ambitious original prints inspired by the House and Garden.

The day includes a tour of the House, with time allowed for sketching. The rest of the day will be spent realising your designs in print.

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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Young Bohemians Summer School | Inside and out | Painting workshop This painting workshop will introduce young artists to the skills and techniques of painting with acrylics. Using a range of approaches, we will plan a painting from sketches and...

This painting workshop will introduce young artists to the skills and techniques of painting with acrylics. Using a range of approaches, we will plan a painting from sketches and studies from around the house and garden. Back in the studio we will experiment with various ways to apply acrylic paint to our composition using a range of techniques and tools.  

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Young Bohemians Summer School | Creative Charleston | Collage workshop The techniques we will learn and use during the workshop come from a long history of cutting and pasting images to create new and often surreal and humorous images. Young artists...

The techniques we will learn and use during the workshop come from a long history of cutting and pasting images to create new and often surreal and humorous images. Young artists will be using their own printed photographs from home or taken during the day, using found images from magazines, textures, patterns, paint and other medium to produce an artwork. The process, although well established, still feels very contemporary as the images change to suit modern times.

 

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Young Bohemians Summer School | Making a good impression | Printing workshop Using a range of methods including block printing and mono-printing, young artists will experiment using found natural and manmade objects to create prints inspired by the...

Using a range of methods including block printing and mono-printing, young artists will experiment using found natural and manmade objects to create prints inspired by the artworks, sculptures, ornaments, textiles and garden at Charleston. We will produce single images ready for framing, or a block for multiple prints and pattern work on paper, card or material.

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Young Bohemians Summer School | 3D creatures | Sculpture workshop We will draw on a range of inspiration to make our 3D creatures from the animals, birds and creatures found in the English countryside around Charleston to dinosaurs, jungle...

We will draw on a range of inspiration to make our 3D creatures from the animals, birds and creatures found in the English countryside around Charleston to dinosaurs, jungle animals and imaginary critters. We will experiment with ideas for construction from sketches to developing our creatures using armature wire, Modroc and a range of traditional, unconventional and found materials to complete our strange and wonderful animals.

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Young Bohemians Summer School | All week pass to 5 workshops This week of workshops for young artists aged between 8-14 focuses on technique, using inspiration from the House and Garden at Charleston. It is a great way to learn new skills in...

This week of workshops for young artists aged between 8-14 focuses on technique, using inspiration from the House and Garden at Charleston. It is a great way to learn new skills in a fun environment and make friends with like-minded burgeoning artists.

All materials are provided and the children can take home everything that they make. Join us for the whole week to get the reduced rate.

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