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.
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.
During some of the exhibitions study days are held that explore in more detail aspects of the artist's work and life. We also hold occasional letter cutting courses
at the centre.
Richard Kindersley Hon FRIBA, FRSA
CONCRETE LETTER MAKING WORKSHOP
Monnow Valley Arts Centre, Middle Hunt House, Walterstone, Herefordshire HR2 0DY
Saturday 1 June 2013
An introduction to creating letterforms in quick setting concrete.
Participants will draw and make their own monogram during the day.
Suitable for ages 16 and above from beginners to experts
10.00 am Arrival and coffee
10.15 Introductory talk by Richard Kindersley.
10.30 - 12.30 Make drawing to fit a template of 200 x 200 mm and transfer to polystyrene
12.30 - 1.30 Lunch break
1.30 – 4.00 Cut out design using heated tools and make concrete mould
Materials will be provided
The cost of attending the day is £90 per person (Friends rate £80).
The event is limited to 10 persons per day. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided
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.
The MONNOW VALLEY Big Draw
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.
FRIDAY 11 MAY
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.
FRIDAY 6 JULY
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.
FRIDAY 14 SEPTEMBER
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.
FRIDAY 12 OCTOBER
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.
SUSAN MILNE: READING THE LANDSCAPE
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. www.fiveseasonspress.com
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. www.huntleyarchives.com
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. www.healingherbs.co.uk
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!