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Arts, Events, and Exhibitions – August 2017

Here is my pick of arts, events, and exhibitions happening this month. I would love to hear your own suggestions in the comments.

Clay Together

5th August, BCB, Stoke-on-Trent

Get in and book your place for this fabulous looking workshop with ceramic artist Tasmin Williams. With the British Ceramics Biennial fast approaching, this event is designed to help shape the aspects of the festival. You are invited to take part and use clay to build whatever you like – your only limit is your imagination. So get down there, get involved, and discover just how much fun working with clay can be.

Festival of Quilts

10th -13th August, Birmingham NEC

So this one has a date in my diary most years, and even more so this year as I actually have a quilt entered!

Ok, you may have visions of cardiganed ladies of a certain age all flocking to see the latest Kaffe Fassett masterpiece (see my post about the exhibition of his antique quilt collection here). And yes, in some respects this stereotype is not completely unwarranted. But, this is a huge event, with much more than just your casual quilter catered for.

As well as the extensive competition categories, which include a fine art category, there are two halls of the NEC filled with various stalls, smaller exhibitions, and workshops. For any textile enthusiast this is a must-see this month.

Raku Pottery Experience

20th August, Middleport Pottery, Stoke-on-Trent

Have you ever been to a raku firing before? If not you really are missing out! Unlike other firing techniques, raku is a fast and furious process that creates beautiful, and often unexpected, results. For £6 per person, you will be able to make a unique tile or pot fired in front of you. It is a great experience for any young creatives, whether they have an interest in ceramics or not (this was always a popular activity with the kids at the pottery gallery I worked at!).

The Big Feast 17

25th – 26th August, Hanley City Centre, Stoke-on-Trent

The awesome guys at Appetite Stoke have been busy preparing for another event jam-packed with arts, culture, and live performances. Taking place throughout central Hanley over the bank holiday weekend, The Big Feast 17 aims to bring the arts to the people, with a wide range of spectacular and astonishing family-friendly street performances.

Portrait Workshops at The RBSA Gallery

RBSA Gallery, Birmingham, various dates throughout August

To coincide with their 2017 Portrait Prize, the RBSA are also running a series of workshops on portraiture with a number of artists. These include Experimental Portrait Painting, 14th, The i-Pad Portrait, 16th, and Capturing a Likeness from Life, 17th-18th. For anyone that has ever wanted to improve their life drawing and portraiture skills there is definitely a class worth checking out here.


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