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Cordage Workshops with Geraldine Kelly

Thursday 23rd May, 13th June & 11th July, 6:30 - 8:30pm

Geraldine Kelly follows up her 2023’s Artist in Residency with a series of evening workshops on Cordage (making string) and using it for simple basket construction, flat weaving, and other off-loom weaving techniques - everyone is welcome.

This year I look forward to making more cordage using a variety of different plant fibres. We should all become (more) proficient in the technique and start building up a stash of our own cordage. We will use the cordage we will make to create basketry projects, and explore techniques of construction, drawing on traditions from all round the world. I look forward to the summer evenings when we may even find the time to forage for more materials. Even more, I look forward to your company at Sprout and warmly welcome any plant fibres, ideas, or basketry techniques you may wish to share. 

Once a month on Thursday evenings, 6.30 to 8.30pm. £5 per session on the door, spaces limited. To book your place, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 07737 200110

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Creative Mending Workshops - inspired by Japanese hand-stitching

Thursdays 16 May, 20 June, 4 July, 6:30 - 8:30pm


Join Lucille Acevedo-Jones for a unique and hands-on experience at her five Creative Mending Workshops, where we will explore the art of Japanese hand-stitching and how we can be inspired to creatively mend our clothes.

The monthly workshops will provide a cosy and inspiring environment for participants to learn and practice this ancient craft. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced sewer, this workshop is open to all skill levels.

During the workshop, you will discover the secrets of traditional Japanese mending techniques, such as sashiko and boro. Lucille Acevedo-Jones will guide you through the process, providing tips and tricks to enhance your skills. Drawing upon her experience as a costume designer in Theatre, TV and film, she will guide you through the process, teaching you how to mend your own clothes using these beautiful and sustainable methods.

Bring along a favourite garment that needs a little TLC, and we'll provide all the necessary materials and tools. Get ready to unleash your creativity and give your clothes a new lease of life whilst saving clothing from landfill!

Book your spot now and embark on a journey of creativity and self-expression at this Creative Mending Workshop HERE!

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Mondays 10am to 12 noon

HUB is an opportunity for Artist members to get together informally to exchange ideas, taking place monthly in Sprout on Monday mornings. We have been running for about one year.

The programme is fluid, we have been deciding what we want to do from month to month. A favourite meeting was when a number of painters brought along a painting they felt did not work, and the group discussed why and how it could be improved. Subsequently we have drawn and painted together, but always having time to discuss the current exhibition (often the artist(s) are present) and any exhibitions visited by those present. Another topic for discussion was what constituted art. We have a rolling "chair" to ensure it isn't dominated by any one member.
If you are interested in taking part just let us know so you go on the mailing list.





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Friday every month 7-9pm at Sprout Arts

Poetry dates: Friday | May 3 | July 5 | Sept 6 | Nov 1 2024

Playreading dates: Friday | April 2 | Sunday June 2 | August 2 | Oct 2 2024 


Two evening workshops share the First Friday slot from 7 pm to 9pm, each on alternate months.  
The poetry group meets in January March May July September and November, both in person and via zoom, to share poems. The only rule is that it should be a published poem by someone other than yourself. You can choose a poem from any time or place, let us know the title and author and translator in advance. Please note, if you want to share your own poetry work or read out your own poems, this is NOT the group for you.
The play-reading group meets in February April June August October and December in person at Sprout. We all take part and get to read a part. Texts are provided courtesy of the Inter-Library Loans Service so we all follow the same edition. 
Contributions on the night welcome, usually at least £2. Contact Sprout Arts for more details if you'd like to come along.

For poetry contact Valerie Taylor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For Playreading contact John Valentine at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


“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