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ROCKAWAY PARK'S WORKSHOPS

Here at Rockaway Park, we’re committed to engaging with the local community and beyond.

With a wealth of talented craftspeople, artists, makers, musicians and performers - all keen to share their skills and experience in a supportive and inspirational environment - our series of workshops are open to everyone and kept as low in price as we can make them.

For a taster of our workshops, see the short video below.

If you'd like to get in touch to express an interest in past workshops being run again, or you'd like to collaborate with us on a workshop, or you'd like more details about our workshop experiences, please visit our Workshop Archive page by clicking below

CURRENT WORKSHOPS

Creative RevolutionHERies

Montage of images featuring women welding, doing metalwork and woodwork, plus examples of a metal planter and a wooden bench to promote the activities of Creative RevolutionHERies

We're delighted that Rockaway Park has been awarded a Willson Grant, which aims to provide residents in the Somer Valley with more opportunities to boost their physical and mental wellbeing. The grant supports individuals, community groups and organisations to provide free active travel, or creative, sustainable and cultural projects in the area. 

 

Our project, Creative RevolutionHERies, provides two sets of 6-week workshops in woodwork, metalwork and welding for young women, with the aim of supporting their wellbeing and growing their confidence through the development of new skills. The workshops will also provide a safe environment where new friendships can be built. 

 

At the end of each workshop programme, there will be planters and benches created from reclaimed materials for the Somer Valley Greenways to encourage people to get active in the area and explore the many beautiful green spaces.

The workshop places have now been filled by a fantastic group of women keen to learn these skills and come together to create something remarkable! We'll be providing updates each week with a blog below so anyone can follow our progress with this exciting project.

Creative RevolutionHERies Blog

Stained-Glass Workshop

Saturday 27th April, 9am

Ben's stained-glass workshop flyer surrounded by colourful photographs in a mix of blue, green, orange and red that illustrate cutting glass, shaping it and creating a 3-D image.
FULLY BOOKED!

Ben Ford’s Stained-Glass Studio has been established for several years in the heart of the Cotswolds and we’re delighted that he has a studio at Rockaway Park!

All Ben’s panels are constructed with reclaimed glass wherever possible and using traditional methods, combined with modern design software. 

 

On this exciting one-day workshop for absolute beginners, participants learn: 

 

- How to design and make a template (cartoon) 

 

- How to cut glass 

 

- How to stretch, cut and solder lead with a vegan flux 

 

- How to construct a simple stained-glass panel using lead came. 

 

All participants go home with a small leaded stained-glass panel of a pre-designed rising sun/sunburst, using their own choice of glass. 

Montage of colourful pictures from Ben's workshop in March  featuring different participants cutting and shaping glass, as well as showcasing their finished pieces of sunbursts in a variety of colours.

Cost for this workshop is £30 for unwaged/benefits or £50 for employed, and all materials and kit are provided.

NB: This workshop is now fully booked! The next workshop will be open for bookings in June.

Porcelain Minikins Making Workshop
Saturday 1st June 1.30pm - 4pm
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Try your hand at working with porcelain and invent your own fantasy matchbox creature in this personal and light hearted minikin making workshop with Rockaway's amazing resident ceramic artist, Bev Milward.

During this relaxing afternoon session in Bev's studio you'll:

- Discover how porcelain differs from other clays

- Learn simple traditional making techniques

- Through doodling, drift into producing a mini matchbox character (possibly with an amusing backstory) using Bev's new secret method!

This focused and friendly workshop is designed for adults to relax and tune into their natural creativity. It's an ideal activity for introverts or anyone who wants to come out and play, but isn't sure how.

Suitable for age 14+, you don't need any experience of working with clay, you just need to be willing to try something new. 

Cost is £55 and includes firing, clear glazing and postage. You'll also be given a 10% discount on purchasing any of Bev's stunning work!

After the workshop your piece(s) will be fired and glazed, then sent to you in the post, or you can collect them if you live nearby. Your piece(s) are small and will need to dry and go into the kiln twice with other work, which means allowing 3 - 4 weeks for delivery.  

 

The workshop group is small and places are limited. So, if you'd like to take part, please click below

Songwriting Workshop

Sunday 14th July

Songwriting workshop flyer featuring a palette of pink and purples with drawings of Carol Hodge and Julia Othmer, plus details about the workshop.

We’re thrilled that piano-playing, singing song crafters Carol Hodge and Julia Othmer are joining us for a special Sunday Session in July, as well as to provide this amazing songwriting workshop!

 

Across the Atlantic Ocean - from the unlikely locations of Huddersfield in Yorkshire and Kansas City, USA - Carol and Julia have struck up a pen pal relationship of songs, bringing light to what divides and unites us, geographically, politically and personally. Having met on tour in 2018 supporting Welsh legends The Alarm, the pair quickly bonded over their shared love of all things heart-centred and magical.

 

With over 40 combined years of songwriting and performance between them, they've got ample experience of songwriting, performance, collaboration and creativity to share.  

Montage of striking photographs featuring Carol Hodge and Julia Othmer performing at carious gigs.

For this special workshop, Carol and Julia will open their tool kit of artistic approaches to unlock creative potential, including strategies to handle the proverbial 'blank page;' working through writer’s block and expanding possibilities. They will guide the group through a series of games and experiments with exercises that can be translated to a variety of artistic mediums. The workshop also provides time for a Q&A and live co-creation with workshop participants.

 

All are welcome, at any level of experience.

Places are limited, so if you'd like to take part, please click on the image below to book.

Our Workshop Programme in 2024

Montage of workshops that have taken place at Rockaway - ethical screen-printing, poetry writing, guitar for beginners, junkyard jungle, welding for women, silversmithing and Rockaway kids

We've been lucky enough to work with some fantastic practitioners delivering workshops and delighted by the response to everything we've offered with some amazing feedback from participants. Thanks to each and every one of you for taking part.

Montage of skills - painting, metalwork, woodwork and sewing

 In 2024, we'd like to continue offering creative practitioners space for hire to deliver their workshops at Rockaway in the classroom, terrace, chapel, main shed, or yard, with electricity and heating provided, if needed. PLUS, we'll promote your workshop through our newsletter, website and social media platforms, which means it will reach a following of over 25,000 people.

 

It will be like any other venue hire to deliver a workshop, except our Michelle will happily work with you on promotional materials, such as images, info and videos (if you have them) to help with workshop recruitment. 

If you're interested in running a creative workshop at Rockaway with this approach, then please get in touch below for a chat. We look forward to hearing from you!

Workshop Sponsorship 

Just a reminder that if you can afford to sponsor a child, enabling them to attend the Rockaway Kids workshop series, or sponsor an adult so they can attend workshops like the Silver Bangle Making, Bruce's Guitar for Beginners, or A Woman's Weld, all donations are gratefully received.

 

You will also be helping spread the crucial message that actively supporting each other in these testing times is a way to initiate positive change.

Thank you!

 

For all the details, visit our Support Us/Donate page.

Accommodation Options

Picture of the Rockaway atrium with an apartment window and bougainvillea
A bedroom in one of the Rockaway Air BnB apartments

If you're travelling from afar for a workshop or visit, don't forget there are on-site accommodation options at Rockaway. To find out more and check availability, head to our Accommodation page!

ROCKAWAY PARK

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