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Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet is encouraging visitors to Get Creative by staging a free makers event for those interested in trying out a range of new skills or signing up to artistic workshop or craft course.

This hands-on event takes place on Sunday 22 October, 11am - 4pm and offers visitors the chance to join the Hamlet’s workshop residents, Studio Budgie Galore Jewellery, Martin McAssey Glass, Iain Jones Blacksmith and the Hamlet Haberdashers as they headline a group of local craftspeople, makers and artists presenting their skills through have-a-go demonstrations of their work.

Our focus is on creating opportunities for learning by showcasing the range of craft courses and workshops on offer at the hamlet and across the city by local craftspeople. Demonstrations include jewellery-making techniques, stained glass panel-making, ceramics, metal and textile work.

Artist makers will be at hand to talk about the courses, workshops and classes they offer with the chance to sign up or find out more information and include: Studio Budgie Galore Jewellery, Martin McAssey Glass, Iain Jones Blacksmith, Hamlet Haberdashers Rag-Rugging, Sheffield Lacemakers, Portland Works, Meghan Downs Ceramics, Christine Merrick-Thomason Cane Seat Making, Phoebe Taylor-Thorpe Hand Spinner, Portland Works.

Visitors can also discover more about the creative activity programme at Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet, which includes the Hamlet Haberdashers and the Tilt Hammers Community Choir, and pick up a leaflet from local venues and groups such as Ecclesall Woods Craft Courses.

 Hamlet workshop resident Julie Ann Weissenborn of Studio Budgie Galore says:

“This will be the second Get Creative we have taken part in, the first being launched as part of the Year of Making 2016 with the premise of ‘make yourself part of it’ used to introduce people to the craft classes and workshops we offer here at the hamlet.  We hope to inspire visitors to take part as a natural next step to enrolling on a course or workshop.”

 Martin McAssey, Glassworker whose workshop is also based at the Hamlet added:

“It’s important to us that this event focuses on learning because by being hands-on with an activity you can truly engage with it, we hope to build people’s confidence by trying something new and all ages and abilities are welcome.”

Get Creative takes place Sunday 22 October 2017, 11am - 4pm. FREE admission to event and the Waterwheels Café. Normal admission applies to the heritage site - Adults £4, Concessions £3, Kids go free. The Hamlet closes at 4.45pm. On-site parking is available. *A small charge may apply to some craft activities.

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