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Textile Group @ Sprout Arts - Fortnightly on Wednesday's at 7pm

Colours, hands, and threads – oh, and CHAT!


CHAT meets fortnightly at Sprout Arts on alternate Wednesday evenings from 7 pm to 9 pm.  That's COLOUR, HANDS AND THREADS but really it's the opportunity to chat while we work on our own piece of textile work.   We're an open, informal group who are variously interested in working with fibres and colours in our hands - patchwork, applique, knitting and crochet, embroidery, weaving, spinning and plying, sewing and much else.  CHAT offers no tuition but you're welcome to pick the brains of those present.  Contact Geraldine Kelly on 07737 200110 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the next date of meeting.

About me:

My name is Geraldine Kelly. I’ve lived locally in Furzedown for about 20 years. Over many years, I have dabbled in lots of different textile techniques including some of those mentioned above. I enjoy learning new techniques and trying to work things out, or at least having a go.

Upcoming dates for 2019:

5 and 19 June
3, 17 ad 31 July
14 and 28 August
11 and 25 September
9 and 23 October

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Pass on a Poem - Furzedown
Friday bi-monthly, 
7-9pm at Sprout Arts

Upcoming dates for 2019

Friday 5th July

Friday 6th September

Do you have a favourite poem? 


Pass on a Poem will be at Sprout Arts in Moyser Road bi-monthly on Friday 7-9pm.
As always, please choose a poem (not self-written) to read. If there is time, after an interval we'll read any further poems that people have brought, so bring a spare. Please let us know the title and author of your first poem a couple of days ahead so we can draw up an initial running order.

If you haven't come to a meeting but are thinking about it, there are usually about a dozen attendees and poems can be drawn from anywhere in the 500-odd years of English language poetry. We often discuss the readings, and the evening is always interesting and stimulating.

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Click here to receive a weekly poem or for further information about POAP nationally.

“We don’t read poems because, like bran flakes, they’re good for us; we read them because we love them – and if you haven’t found a poem you really love, keep looking and I am sure you will.” Erica Wagner


Sprout Out Art-Loans

Sprout Arts aim is to support artists and encourage local people of all ages and backgrounds to engage in creative activities and appreciate original art.


The next Art Loan event will be held at Interior design specialists EA Wates on Saturday 29th June 2019 10-5pm and Sunday 30th June 11-4pm with a preview night for members on Friday 28th June 4 to 7pm, with drinks and nibbles. The art will be on display there throughout June as part of the Furzedown Festival so loans will need to be returned by the end of May.

Returning your art-loan
Everyone who borrowed a work of art from us in October must return it in plenty of time for the next event.
You should return your current loans to Sprout Arts on Moyser Road: Wed 29th / Thu 30th / Fri 31st May or Saturday 1st June. (11 - 5pm)

If you have fallen in love with your work of art and don't want to return it you can buy it now - please email us for the prices. Thank you!
We'd love you to share your experience on social media and please do send any photos, thoughts and suggestions!

The idea of starting an Art Loan initiative is simple, people who are members of Sprout will be able to borrow an original work of art for three months and pay nothing, the artwork would then be available to someone else.

The hope is that people who have never had original artwork in their homes will realise how wonderful it is and go on to become art enthusiasts and encourage their friends and neighbours too. Lending sessions take place quarterly at various local venues and will allow members to borrow one artwork for three months, free of charge. 

Find out more HERE

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