Workshops January - June 2020
The Sunbury Gallery runs a year-round programme of workshops which cater for all abilities from beginners to seasoned professionals. For the first half of 2020 the programme ranges from embroidery, willow weaving & felt making to screen printing & poetry.
All workshops are individually priced. Price includes all materials & kits as appropriate and a welcome tea / coffee on arrival.
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 for which a group table is reserved for all participants in the Café. 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 are happy to consider a refund where a cancellation is required for unforeseen personal reasons only. No refunds can be made within 1 week of the date of the workshop.
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
Our Café offers a delicious lunch menu between 11:30 and 2:30pm and a selection of homemade cakes and refreshments (not included in cost). Last orders 3:45pm.
SATURDAY 8 FEBRUARY : Leather Workshop Price £75 (Workshop runs until 15:30).
Learn how to work with leather and make your own flower brooch in this one day workshop. Marina will guide you through the various stages and intricacy of crafting your very own leather brooch. All materials provided for the workshop including scissors, leather, paint, clay, brush etc will be yours to take home after.
SATURDAY 22 FEBRUARY : Ribbon Work Pinwheel. Price £65
Learn a range of ribbon embroidery stitches to create a beautiful floral design which will then be finished into a pin wheel (a very useful way of storing pins). No experience required.
SATURDAY 7 MARCH : Embroidery Class. Price £45
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 feel you just need some help mastering stitches then Sophie is on hand to provide guidance. Whatever you need help with, Sophie is on hand to sort it. No experience required.
TUESDAY 25 FEBRUARY, 21 APRIL & 19 MAY : Technical Skills Price £45 per workshop
New for 2020, Sophie Long will be running regular monthly Technical Skills workshops in the Gallery. During these workshops, Sophie will be on hand to provide guidance, encouragement and direction for all your embroidery needs. Once you have booked onto these classes it is advised that you contact Sophie and discuss the work you would like to do as this will enable Sophie to prepare in advance and bring any materials that may be required.
SATURDAY 25 APRIL : Contemporary Crewel Work Price £65
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 a fun and vibrant design.
SATURDAY 16 MAY : Canvas Shaded Strawberry. Price £65
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)
MONDAY 23 MARCH : Screen Printing Workshop.
Price £85 which includes a light lunch
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 of people as well as printing a piece of your own that you can take away at the end of the day. If you are practical and hands on or just want to get creative this is the workshop for you. Feel free to bring old T-shirts, tote bags and other material with you for printing on to.
MONDAY 9 MARCH : Cheat’s Basket Workshop. (Workshop runs until 15:30)
Price £78 which includes a light lunch
An introduction to basket making in a day. To make this possible we are cheating a bit and
using pre-made wooden bases so that we can get straight onto the fun part of weaving
up the sides and also take our time with the all important border. Handles are an optional
extra – with or without a handle you will leave with a basket about 25 x 25cm-ideal as a
fruit basket at home or to harvest veg from the allotment. If the weather is good we will
work outside overlooking the tranquil setting of the walled garden.
MONDAY 20 APRIL : Chicken Willow Workshop. (Workshop runs until 15:30)
Price £78 which includes a light lunch
Due to popular demand, Judith returns to guide you in creating your own individual life-size chicken. Spend a fun day learning the craft of willow weaving in the setting of the walled garden. Alternatively inside depending on the weather.
SATURDAY 28 MARCH : Felt Workshop. Price £70.
This workshop has a maximum attendance of 10 so it is advisable to book early to avoid disappointment.
A workshop designed for everyone who has a love of all things textural. During the day, you will learn the basic wet felting method and at the same time produce a picture made from Merino wool fibres. There will also be an opportunity for anyone who has felted before to develop their skills further. By the end of the session you will have made a picture from fibres and have the skills to continue should you get hooked! As with all our workshops, we must stress that no experience is necessary and you do not need to have any artistic skills, just enthusiasm and the willingness to have fun!
JAN NOBLE (RESIDENT POET) - Poetry Workshops
TUESDAY 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 MARCH & 7 April 19.00 - 20.30
Price £90 for 6 sessions or £15.00 per session payable on the night
We are delighted to welcome Jan back from his recent travels abroad. Jan will once again inspire and share his thoughts through a wide range of poetry both past and present with a series of six weekly workshops. You don’t have to have any experience to participate, and can dip in and out as each session suits you. Starting with the theme of ‘THE RIVER THAMES’, at the heart of London and built into our psyche, the river has over the decades provided inspiration for poets, writers, and artists alike. One such instance is ‘St Mary’s Church and Ferry House, Sunbury which is now a private residence. Both are mentioned in Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, while Jerome K. Jerome‘s ‘Three Men in a Boat’ refers to the difficulty of rowing up Sunbury backwater. An open and enquiring mind, coupled with bags of enthusiasm and curiosity are all that is required. And take it from seasoned veterans these evening sessions are not to be missed!