7 July—2 September 2018

The Make Space programme

The Make Space is an area for activities and for showcasing local makers, alongside the Woman’s Hour Craft Prize.

Every weekend during the exhibition it will host one or more specially programmed events such as workshops, demonstrations and discussions, including several with the artists featured in the exhibition.

During the week local makers will take over the space for a few hours, presenting mini displays and drop in activities. It’s all part of a bumper summer of craft at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery.

When there are no events on, please use the Make Space by helping to create Museum Birdgarden – a community cross stitch/embroidery piece designed by Vicky Harrison of Crafting the City (see below).

Keep an eye out for changes and additions – or just drop in whenever you’re passing and see what’s happening. Do check back before you travel, as the events may change. Entry is included with exhibition entry unless otherwise stated. Buy an exhibition ticket once and it lets you in as many times as you like.

Saturday 7 – Sunday 8 July
Drop in during the weekend
Watch Rita Floyd, one of Stoke on Trent Potteries’ last fully trained ceramic flower makers, at work in Neil Brownsword’s installation.

The Design Trust: professional development workshop for makers
Wednesday 18 July
Book in advance
From uncovering your niche to setting business goals, improving your marketing or answering your finance questions – this is a must for makers and small creative businesses.

Mending with Celia Pym
Sunday 22 July, 10.30am – 1pm and 2pm – 4.30pm
£12 adult / £10 concession
Book in advance
Learn and develop skills in woven and ‘knitted’ darning. Bring along any damaged items that you would like to repair (optional). Materials provided.

Crafting the City curates…
Saturday 28 – Sunday 29 July
Drop in during the weekend
Saturday: Avon Guild of Spinners, Weaver and Dyers, display and demonstration
Sunday: Bristol Lacemakers, display and demonstration

FORMcard with Peter Marigold
Saturday 4 August
Drop in during the day
Watch sculptor and designer Peter at work moulding his patented invention, FORMCard. 

Talk by Neil Brownsword
Saturday 11 August, 3pm – 4pm
Book in advance
Neil makes installations using ceramics, performance and film. His recent work has highlighted the risk of losing traditional skills in the British ceramics industry.

Bespoke bicycles
Saturday 18 August
Drop in during the day
Demonstration with bespoke bicycle maker Caren Hartley.

Crafting the City curates…
Saturday 25 – Sunday 26 August
Drop in during the weekend
Saturday: Bristol Quilters demonostration
Sunday: Vicky Harrison of Crafting the City will run a session of her project THREAD and teach people a modern version of Bayeux Tapestry stitch. All abilities welcome.

Vellum with Laura Youngson Coll
Saturday 1 September
Drop in during the day
Find out how Laura manipulates this super-fine material into detailed, delicate sculptures. 

Museum Birdgarden
Available when nothing else is on
Drop in during the day
Inspired by a week spent drawing at the Eden Project, Vicky Harrison has created Museum Birdgarden – a large piece of even weave fabric that uses images of her sketches. There will be a basket of specially chosen yarn for visitors to add to the work. A table and some instructions will be provided so that you can sit with your friends to stitch. This is an adult only activity, suitable for beginners or experienced stitchers.

Image: Factory with Rita Floyd, 1, 2017, photo: Korea Ceramic Foundation. © Victoria and
Albert Museum, London

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