Workshops & Talks

The Sunbury Gallery runs a year-round programme of workshops which cater for all abilities from beginners to seasoned professionals.

A full programme of workshops & talks for 2021 is shown below


Our programme of workshops includes Embroidery, Screen Printing, and Willow Weaving.

  • All workshops are individually priced. Price includes all materials & kits as appropriate and a welcome tea / coffee on arrival.

  • In anticipation that COVID 19 and social distancing guidelines will continue into 2021, spaces on workshops are limited so it is recommended to book early to ensure a place.

  • All workshops run from 10:00 to 15:00 (unless stated otherwise). All participants are asked to arrive by 09:45 so workshops can start on time.

  • For all workshops, a lunch break is taken at a suitable time. To comply with social distancing guidelines, lunch will be taken in the Gallery. To save time, lunch orders are taken on arrival from the menu for which a charge is made.

  • Payment for all workshops will be taken at the time of booking. We will refund all workshops where a cancellation is required due to COVID 19 reasons and for unforeseen personal reasons only. 

  • Public car parking is available in either the Walled Garden carpark or the Meadow carpark for which there is a charge of £2 per day. Disabled parking bays are available in the Walled Garden car park close to the entrance to the Gallery.

  • For more information or if you are interested in booking a place please contact us on 01932 788101 or email us at



Sophie Long 4 December

Silk Ribbon Embroidery

Silk Ribbon Embroidery

Sophie Long 9 October

Dr Chris Thorogood Talk

Dr Chris Thorogood Talk

The Weird & Wonderful World of Plants 17 February 2022

Shaded Canvas

Shaded Canvas

Sophie Long 7 August 2020

Christmas Star

Christmas Star

Judith Needham 6 December

Chicken Willow

Chicken Willow

Judith Needham 20 September

Screen Printing

Screen Printing

Daniel Haskett 13 September


Sophie graduated from the Royal School of Needlework in 2008, having mastered more than 30 hand embroidery techniques. Her passion and dedication to teaching embroidery is displayed through her embroidery classes. 

SATURDAY 17 JULY - Gold Monograms. Price £70

Personalise that extra special personal gift. This Goldwork session will give you an opportunity to have a go at creating a Goldwork letter (monogram). The letter you pick is up to you. This will need to be decided 3 weeks prior to the class so that an individual kit can be prepared for you.

SATURDAYS - 31 JULY, 25 SEPTEMBER & 20 NOVEMBER - Free-form Embroidery Workshops. Price £45 each session

This is very much a free form class which does not require a kit as each student will have the chance to work on a piece of embroidery of their choice. It is the perfect opportunity to get some help finishing half worked kits or to get Sophie to help you plan a new piece of embroidery. Alternatively, if you just need some help mastering stitches then Sophie is on hand to provide guidance. No experience required.

SATURDAY 7 AUGUST - Canvas Shading - Strawberry. Price £70

Canvas shading is a technique whereby tent stitches are worked to create a subtle and realistic shading. Once finished this gorgeous sample would make a needle case (to be created outside of class if you wish).

SATURDAY 21 AUGUST -  Contemporary Crewel Work. Price £70

This class will introduce or refresh you to Crewel work stitches such as French knots, feather, fly and satin stitch. Traditional Appleton Crewel wools will be worked onto a denim background to create unique pieces of embroidery. The technique is one of the earliest forms of surface stitching and ideal for beginners.

SATURDAY 9 OCTOBER -  Ribbon Workshop. Price £70

Ribbon work embroidery is a technique where silk ribbons are stitched in the needle to create stunning results. In this class you will learn a range of silk ribbon stitches. Suitable for all abilities.


SATURDAY 4 DECEMBER: Christmas Gold Workshop. Price £70

Goldwork embroidery is the perfect technique for the festive season. Sophie will teach you a range of metal thread techniques such as cutwork, couching and chipping, to create a Christmas themed embroidery.


MONDAY 13 SEPTEMBER - Screen Printing Workshop. Price £85

This workshop will give you an introduction to the basics of screen printing techniques using paper stencils. Daniel will teach you the basic skills of screen printing from preparation through to the finished work. An opportunity to try a new skill and contribute to printing a large scale fabric piece with a small group.


JUDITH NEEDHAM WILLOW WORKSHOPS (Light lunch included in price of workshop)

MONDAY 20 SEPTEMBER - Chicken-Willow Sculpture Workshop. Price £75

Spend a fun day on this popular workshop with expert tuition from Judith Needham. Beginners can achieve a life-size chicken on this one day workshop. If the weather is cold or wet we will work inside. 10.00am - 3.30pm

MONDAY 15 NOVEMBER -  Christmas Reindeer Workshop. Price £75

Learn the skill and joy of working with willow and impress your family and friends creating your own decorative reindeer. 10.00am - 3.30pm


MONDAY 6 DECEMBER - Christmas Star Workshop. Price £70

Make your own individual star to light up your Christmas. 10.00am - 2.30pm


Dr. CHRIS THOROGOOD - The Astonishing World of Killer Plants

THURSDAY 17 FEBRUARY 2022 - 7.00 - 8.30pm in the Sunbury Gallery. Tickets £15 including wine and nibbles

Explore the astonishing world of killer plants with Dr Chris Thorogood, Deputy Director and Head of Science, The University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum.

Enter the world of Dr Chris Thorogood and listen to some of his incredible stories discovering weird and wonderful plants in the wild. His enthusiasm is infectious. He will talk about how he came to write his book “ Weird Plants” and create a the stunning range of paintings that will surround you during this talk. An event not to be missed

Tickets available from the Gallery office.  Numbers limited / Discount for Members of The Sunbury Gallery