Modern Twist: Steam bent furniture by Joshua Till


Manchester Craft & Design Centres 2016MMU Graduate Awardwinner Joshua Till puts a contemporary twist on a traditional craft with his nature-inspired steam bent furniture.

Steam bending was once a vital practice, paramount to the production of weapons, tools and water vessels, but with the advance of technology it has become less common. Joshua is hoping to change all that by bringing this traditional process into the 21st Century.

As a low energy, environmentally responsible and economical method of manipulating wood, the technique has a lot of potential for experimentation and Joshua is taking full advantage of that fact to produce a new, exciting collection for his first ever solo exhibition.

Batik workshops

On our free three week set of workshops run by experienced artist and workshop leaderyou will learn all about the batik technique which uses dye and wax on textile to create intriguing patterns. This traditional technique can be modified to be truely contemporary and we look forward to seeing your creative efforts. For more informationto book your free place below.

Workshops take place on Fridays 2 - 5pm

between 20th January - 3rd February

Kentish Town Health Centre

2 Bartholomew Road

London NW5 2BX

Christmas Crafting Carousel - aka Speed Crafting!

Join us for a fun evening of DIY festive crafting!

Try out a new craft, make some stylish gifts and decorations, come along with friends or make new friends!

Rotate around 3 different tables of activities, each with it's own tutor and pre prepared kit of materials, so you can focus on the learning, socialising and creating! Each activity will last approx 50 mins and then you move on to the next craft! There will also be some mulled wine, fruit juice & festive snacks available.


* Pom Pom Making (add to accessories or use as decorations after the class)
* Needle felted robin decorations
* Finger knitting & MACRO french knitting (rustle up a knitted scarf, necklace or garland)

The shop will also be open for late night shopping!

Wednesday 8th & 22nd December, 6.30 - 9.30pm (please arrive promptly)

WHERE: Fabrications, 7 Broadway Market, Hackney, London E8 4PH.

PRICE:20 or 30 (if you attend both evenings of the 'Christmas Crafting Carousel', next one Thursday 22nd December with 3 different craft activities)

TO BOOK e mail or call Barley on 020 7275 8043 or BOOK ONLINE via our website CALENDAR

Birth Rites Collection Christmas Tour

The Birth Rites Collection is the only collection of contemporary artwork dedicated to the subject of childbirth with. Established by artist and curator Helen Knowles, the collection aims to encourage a wider debate about the politics and practice of childbirth through art, an issue which affects every individual. It currently comprises of 65 subjects of photography, sculpture, painting, wallpaper, drawing, new media, documentary and experimental film, including artworks from Judy Chicago.For this year we are excited to announce that there will be a Christmas tour on 15th December 2016, and Helen Knowleswill be there to take everyone around the works. There will be some artists, curators, and art-lovers, and we welcome everyone who is interested!


School of Nursing Midwifery and Social Care,

2nd Floor,

Mary Seacole Building,

University of Salford


6.00-7.30 pm

15th December 2016

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There will be some wines and snacks!

25% Discount- Child Protection & Safeguarding Training, Norwich


*25% Early Bird Discount - book before 31st December 2016*

Child Protection & Safeguarding: in the arts and cultural sectors

20th April 2017, 10 am- 4.15 pm,The Garage, Norwich

Of benefit to individuals and organisations looking to update their understanding of child protection legislation and best practice, this course provides a full update on current child protection legislation, including the Disclosure and Barring service, the Duty to Refer and Working Together.

The day will provide practical advice to help you develop sensible structures and build confidence around child protection issues, within the context of developing and delivering creative and cultural projects for children and young people. The course also includes a safe touch section, exploring how child protection guidelines can be maintained within more physical art forms.

You will gain:

  • An update on current child protection legislation and best practice
  • Information on the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), and how to handle disclosure
  • Ideas for developing child protection policies
  • Safe Touch information on how child protection guidelines can be maintained within more physical art forms

Course cost:

25% discount off the course fee of 130 if you book before the 31st December 2016. The day includes lunch, refreshments and a certificate of attendance for each delegate.

Book your place online at or contact / 02380 332491

Understanding FE - Subsidised Training in Kent

Understanding FE: A one-day workshop for the arts and cultural sector

22nd February 2017,10am- 4:15pm, East Kent College (Broadstairs Campus)

A practical guide to better connecting your arts and cultural learning programmes with Further Education settings. Explore ways to enable greater access to young people in further education, reach new education partners and open up potential funding opportunities in the process.

Ideal if:

You work for a creative or cultural organisation and want to increase your engagement with Further Education settings.

Course Highlights:

  • Demystifying the world of Further Education: an insight into ways of reaching new education partners and funding opportunities
  • Understanding the National Skills Academy and the role of Creative & Cultural Skills
  • An introduction to available programmes and funding levels
  • Case studies of traineeships, apprenticeships and study programmes
  • Myth and jargon busting: how to talk FE
  • Information about Arts Award and Artsmark in Further Education settings
  • A look at the future: new apprenticeship standards & funding

Special Features:

  • An inside look at East Kent Colleges facilities and the chance for you to talk directly with faculty staff
  • Downloadable support resources exclusive to you as a delegate

The Cost:

Places on this course are charged at the subsidised rate of 70 per person. This subsidy is available to individuals and organisations working in the south east region*, as part of.The usual cost of places on this course is 130 per person.

Book your place via If you work outside of the south east region and wish to attend this course, or would like further advice and information, please contact Rachel Hall via / 02380 332491


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