Metal MasterClasses

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A series of workshops led by experts aimed at inspiring creative practice. Previous workshops have included, Zine Making with Lu Williams of GRRRL Zine and Oral History for Creatives.

Upcoming Masterclasses:


Metal Masterclass #3: Activist embroidery with Jess De Wahls

Saturday 22nd September

10am – 4pm

If you thought embroidery was a thing of the past then think again. Jess de Wahl has quickly established her name as the ‘enfant terrible of British textile arts’. Using embroidery, she tackles subjects as wide ranging as Feminism, Misogyny & Fetishism combined with creative textile recycling in her prolific output.

Jess creates highly intricate embroideries as well as hand-sewn relief portraits from up- cycled clothing, a technique for which she has coined the term ‘Retex Sculpture’. Encouraging social change and gender equality, exploring Feminism and embracing recycling and reuse are paramount to her practice.

In this workshop Jess will talk about her practice and start you off on your own piece of Empowering Embroidery. If you are looking for fresh inspiration or want to explore and develop your embroidery skills then this is the masterclass for you. A donation of up to £7 will be required on the day to cover material costs.

Jess’s extensive body of work has been exhibited and sold internationally, featured online as well as in print and is rapidly gaining appreciation within and outside the Textile Art scene. In addition to her own practice, Jess also acts as mentor to the finalists of the prestigious Hand & Lock London Embroidery Prize and teaches her very own style of contemporary embroidery in national and international workshops.

Please note that this workshop is heavily subsidised from Jess’ normal workshop fees.

Places are limited, so to guarantee a place, please book by clicking here.



Metal Masterclass #4: Digital Storytelling using Twine with One to One Development Trust

Saturday 20th October
10am – 4pm


Aimed at artists and writers, this workshop offers a hands-on chance to unlock the exciting potential of interactive fiction and digital storytelling – with no previous experience or technical knowledge required.

After looking at engaging examples, you will then create a new work or adapt an existing story of your own using Twine – an online tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories.
In this workshop you will explore ways in which technology can complement and enhance the storytelling experience – from carefully crafted branching narratives through multiple-character viewpoints and puzzle-solving to media-rich games featuring interactive elements, sound effects, photos and videos. Learn new skills, increase your confidence and potentially widen the audience for your work.

You will need to bring your own laptop or tablet device.

Places are limited, booking is essential. To book your place click here.


Masterclass #5: Writing And Podcasting with Ross Sutherland

Saturday 17th November 2018
10am – 4pm

Interested in making a podcast? This introductory workshop will help you develop your podcast idea and give you the writing skills to get your project off the ground. Learn how to write scripts that sound like your voice, how to workshop an episode idea, and how to best use the medium to tell your stories. This workshop focuses on writing and development of Podcasts rather than recording or editing.
Ross Sutherland is the producer and writer of the Imaginary Advice podcast (winner: Best Fiction podcast; 2018 British Podcast Awards). He is also a regular contributor to Radio 4’s Short Cuts.
Tickets are £10. Places are limited. Booking is essential. To book your place click here.