Courses and workshops

At Monnow Valley Arts we organise a multitude of courses, workshops and study days, often relating to the exhibitions we are holding in the galleries and gardens.


John Shaw Letter Carving workshop


In previous years we have held letter carving and calligraphy workshops as well as painting, poetry and writing workshops.


Most exhibitions are accompanied by a study day or a weekend with lectures, films and discussion.


Days typically are from 10 am - 4 pm and include refreshments and a light lunch. Friends and patrons receive a discount on courses. Prices vary between £35 and £75 a day.

John Shaw demonstrating letter cutting.




Matias Serra Delmar Workshop

Painting and light observation

Saturday 1 October 2016

11 am to 1 pm

cost £10

Booking essential

e mail or

telephone 07752 288819

The workshop is an opportunity to learn new techniques in painting and observation of the landscape


Aardman Animation Clay Workshops

Make a clay model of Gromit or Shaun the Sheep at workshops to be held on the 1st and 2nd August. Times 9.30, 11.30 and 3 pm.


The workshops are suitable for children 8+ and adults too.

Cost per person £15. Booking is essential in advance as each session is limited to 16 persons


Contact us by email

or telephone 01873 860529 to book


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Our hugely popular printmaking workshops for people living with cognitive disabilities and their carers are back!

We will run a series of six sessions this time at the Bridges Community Centre at Drybrook House in Monmouth.

Sessions will take place on Wednesday afternoons, from 2 - 4.30 pm at the Kymin Room on 23 & 30 September and 7, 14, 21 & 28 of October.

The sessions are run by artist Susan Milne and art historian Hanneke van der Werf. They are 'stand alone' sessions, so it doesn't matter if you cannot make all dates.

Attendance is free, as we are generously being supported by Awards for All Wales.

For further information and to book your place, please contact Hanneke van der Werf: or by telephone: 01873 860401.

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The workshops  focus on printmaking, illustrated and introduced through the work of Eric Gill, David Jones and many other 20th century print makers. The workshops will consist of a historical and theoretical introduction, followed by practical, creative workshops where you will explore the different print making techniques through designing, drawing and creating your own prints.


The workshops are run by art historian Hanneke van der Werf and artist Susan Milne. Participation is free, thanks to a generous grant from Awards for All, but please contact us on 01873 860 401 to register for the workshop, as numbers are limited.


The workshops are open to anyone living with dementia, their carers and family and are suitable for beginners and more experienced artists alike.

Carers/partners/family can either join in or enjoy the peaceful surroundings of the arts centre with a cup of coffee or tea.



Contact: 01873 860 529 or 01873 860 401 or

email: to register







Beginners: Saturday 19 September

Intermediate & advanced: Sunday 20 September

John will lead a course for beginners on Saturday 19 September and for intermediate and advanced students on Sunday 20 September.

Each course lasts from 10 am - 5 pm. Cost is £60 plus cost of any materials used. Resfreshments provided but please bring your own packed lunch.


Booking is essential as places are limited to 5 for each day: 01873 860 529.


Improving the Quality of Memorials

Friday 18 September from 10 am - 12.30 pm

A seminar aimed mainly at those responsible for graveyards and cemeteries on how the quality of memorials can be improved.

Led by Ieuan Rees and Revd Diana Hoare.

Booking essential as places are limited. This seminar is FREE.





Monnow Valley Arts welcomes visits from schools and colleges and groups such as the WI, Garden Clubs, U3A, Art Fund and NADFAS.
There are programmes of events suitable for all types of groups. Primary school and secondary school students have a specially tailored programme of interpreting the landscape and to introduce letter forms and materials.
For groups of 10 or more refreshments and light lunches are available at modest cost. Where possible produce grown on site is used. Please enquire for available dates and cost.

Evening events are also possible during the summer.


previous events

Charlotte Howarth, one of the participants in the exhibition, will hold two lettering workshops at
Monnow Valley Arts on Saturday 28 September. Two sessions, from 10 am – 1 pm and from 2 – 5 pm, will be held and you can do one or both. The workshops are
designed for all ages although older children are more likely to gain from the experience. For those interested in letter forms, Charlotte will explore freedrawn lettering for use as image making, and for others will
supervise the making of paintings on your chosen subject in oil pastels provided. Once the drawings and paintings have been perfected, elements from these
texts will be made into badges to create a complete work. The workshop will improve understanding of letter forms and your drawing skills and you will be able to take home the badges you have made.
The aim is to make a fun day exploring how a whole drawing can be separated out into individual elements and reconstructed in a surprising way.
Charlotte says, “I admit to my obsession with my badge maker; it was love at first sight and each time I use it, I experience a childish delight in seeing the finished badge, so shiny, smooth and beautifully finished – each
one like a little jewel!”

Cost for the half-day workshop is £30 per person. Friends and patrons of Monnow Valley Arts £25. Materials will be provided.
Refreshments will be provided but please bring your own lunch.
Please use the attached booking form to reserve a place.
If you are intending to stay over for the course, please call or email if you would like details of local




Saturday 13 July at 7.30 pm

Bothe Richard Creatrex's version Resistance Re-imagined and Amit Gupta's film Resistance will be shown.

Entrance donation £5

Booking essential as numbers are limited.


On 3 & 4 of August Richard Bavin will be working in the artist's studio, where his work is also exhibited. You will be able to meet the artist and talk to him about his work. 2 - 5 pm on both days.




Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11, 12 & 13 October 2012

10 am - 4 pm

Come and join local artist Kate Raggett help to create the Monnow Valley Big Draw, a community effort for all ages to join in with and add ideas to.

It is free, lots of people, lots of ideas, one big drawing. We will use diverse materials such as wool, willow, conkers, apples, pine cones, lavender and anything you bring that you think would be useful to add in.

We want as many community groups as possible to come and help. Everyone from toddlesr to OAP's. There is access for cars and mini buses direct to the field for the hard of walking and wheelchair users.

After the drawing has been finished, Kate will go up in a helicopter and photograph the finished art work, which will be over 20 metres wide. We will send an image f the drawing to all those who joined in.


2012 EVENTS:

John Bulmer
John Bulmer is a documentary maker and
photographer who came to prominence in the 1960s
with the development of colour photography. He
then went on to make world renowned
documentaries and travel films. John will talk about
his work and show one of his travel films. This event
coincides with our exhibition, Britain's Hard 60s:
John Bulmer's Colour Photographs of a Changing
Britain, which runs until 24 June.

Ben Nicholson
A talk about Ben Nicholson by Rupert Otten and a
showing of a 25-minute film about Ben and
Winifred Nicholson from the Huntley Film Archive.
This event coincides with our exhibition, Ben
Nicholson (1894–1982): Defining Structure and Space
by Line, that runs until 26 August 2012.


David Jones Between the War: The Years of

Derek Shiel will introduce the second film he and Adam
Alive have directed charting the development of the local artist, poet and soldier David Jones. It concentrates on the period between the wars, some time of which Jones spent at Capel-y-ffin.


Nicholas McDowell: Making Private Press Books
Nicholas McDowell, with his wife Frances, is the founder of the Old Stile Press, one of Britain finest private press
publishers. He has collaborated with many artists over the years making beautifully illustrated books. He is uniquely qualified to talk about the relationship between author, illustrator and publisher. This event coincides with our exhibition Image and Word: The Julian Francis Collection of Prints and Private Press Books, which runs until 28 October.



28 April – 24 June 2012
Susan Milne is engaged upon a year-long project to explore the Black Mountains and record how the land reveals its own history and culture and why we see the landscape as beautiful. Susan will hold an exhibition of works made during this project using drawings, found objects, photography and other graphic means. You will be able to meet Susan in the Studio and each Wednesday from 2nd May, Susan will take School
groups on "Reading the Landscape" days where the
deeper significance of what she has experienced will be unravelled.

Susan will guide two walks on 9 May and 6 June as well as a day workshop on 16 June. Please not there is a mistake in the booking form, where it says 16 July.

A printable booking form for Sue's walks and workshops can be found HERE.



Friday 13 May : Glenn Storhaug: The History of The Five Seasons Press

Since 1977 Glenn has been the mainstay of fine printing in Herefordshire. He will give us a talk on how he started the Press and how it evolved to what it does now, after more than 30 years of operations.

Friday 10 June: Amanda Huntley: The Huntley Film Archives and John Piper

Amanda Huntley runs the Film Archives from Ewyas Harold and will talk about how the archive came into existence and will then show a 40 minute film about John Piper made in 1955. This event coincides with our exhibition: The Romantic Landscape II: Piper, Sutherland and Maynard Smith in the main galleries.

Friday 8 July: Kathleen Raine: Living with Mystery.

Andrea Andriotti will introduce a film he made (with Werner Weick) about Kathleen Raine, the famous poet and friend of David Jones and Cecil Collins, based on the title of her collected poems published in 1992. Followed by a discussion afterwards.

Friday 5 August: Julian Barnard: Edward Bach Flower Remedies.

Julian, one of Monnow Valley Arts trustees, founded Healing Herbs many years ago to make Bach Flower remedies to Bach's original formulation and theories. Julian is a world renowned expert on the topic and will give an illustrated talk on the subject.

Friday 9 September: Ben Llewelyn of Caviste will host a wine tasting of new discoveries from his extensive list. Ben was brought up locally and is one of the founders and directors of Carte Blanche Wines, now based in Hampshire. If any of the wines take your fancy you will be able to order cases on advantageous terms.

Friday 7 October: Helena Gerrish: The Story of H Avray Tipping

Helena has been researching the life and garden designs of Avray Tipping whose country house outside Monmouth is now owned by her and her husband Hilary. Helena’s book on Tipping: Edwardian Country Life - the story of H. Avray Tipping will be published in October. Helena will give an illustrated talk.

Dates are subject to alteration so please provide contact details.

To book places at these events, complete the booking form or book by telephone or email.

Events will take place in the artist's studio and are limited to 20 places.



IN SLATE AND STONE - by Ieuan Rees, organised by the Memorial Arts Charity

Saturday 27 August 2011

The day will be an introduction into the wonderful world of letters. In the morning there will be an illustrated talk about his work interspersed with tips about choice of letterforms, design, materials, tools, delaing with clients and fitness for purpose. This will be followed by discussion and Ieuan will give a demonstration of letter carving in slate.

After lunch (included in the course fee) the main emphasis will be on letterform design and layout. Ieuan will demonstrate with the use of an AverMedia visualiser that will allow participants to have a birds eye view of every detail of what he is drawing on paper enlraged on the wall. He will cover how to approach alphabets, spacing, unity, optical illusions, serifs and many more useful things.

For bookings and more information please contact Clare Austyn at the: Memorial Arts Charity


More information about courses and workshops in 2011 will be posted here soon, so please check back!