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Open Studios Weekend (20-21 May 2017)

A big thank you to everyone that attended our 2017 Open Studios weekend on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 May.

Special Workshops and Events during the weekend included:

Sculpting the Line - Free Wax Workshops

London Sculpture Workshop (Unit 0)
Saturday, 10am-1pm or 2-5pm
In this hands-on workshop, participants use modelling wax and explore the sculptural properties of working in wax. Wax is an extremely versatile and traditional sculptural material often used for modelling preparation, for example in bronze casting. There will be a number of demonstrations throughout the day and participants will be encouraged to experiment with construction and wax modelling. There will be a quick pop-up exhibition and informal discussion at the end of the two sessions.

Create Your Own Tote Bag – Free Drop-In Print Workshops

Thames-Side Print Studio (Unit 4)
Saturday-Sunday, 12-6pm
Hands-on drop-in workshops in print. Learn to pull a screenprint to create and takeaway your very own unique Tote bag or have a go at printing a collagraph/monoprint in the etching area. A perfect opportunity to find out about our facilities and print courses to see our print studio in action. Browse a broad selection of framed and unframed editions produced by our members and invited artists, available to purchase and take away with you. Experience the art of print and snap up a bargain at the same time.

Ready Steady Colour! with Anna Bruder

Education Space (Unit 2)
Saturday, 2-2.30pm or 3-3.30pm
Book a table at the world’s most colourful café, hosted by artist Anna Bruder. Simply turn up, order a drawn black and white ‘plate of food’ and then get colouring! While you’re decorating your plate with red paint ketchup or salt ‘n’ pepper glitter our restaurant’s colourful waiting staff will entertain you with comedy, music and storytelling. Interactive fun for ages 2+. Places are free but there is limited availability so please book a slot by email [email protected] or check-in when you arrive. Watch the Ready Steady Colour! with Anna Bruder video here or go to for more information.

Flying Trapeze Act

Aircraft Circus (Unit 7a)
Saturday, 1-3pm
One fly for £3 or two for £5 (the second one is always the best!) Have a go at the Flying Trapeze in Aircraft Circus, whether it’s just for fun or to decide to join a class. For more information on Aircraft Circus go to

Animal Bowls Hand Building and Decorating for Beginners - Free Clay Workshop with Lauren Ilsley and Alex Simpson

Education Space (Unit 2)
Sunday, 2-3pm or 3.30-4.30pm
Make and decorate a clay bowl shaped into an animal using pinching, coiling and tooling techniques in a one hour class. For those who wish to keep what they have made, the work will be fired and ready to collect in two weeks’ time.

Interactive fun for ages 7+ (those under 7 can attend but an adult must accompany them). Places are free (limited to 12 per class) but there is limited availability so please book a slot by email [email protected] or check-in when you arrive. Bring suitable clothing you don’t mind getting messy.

Learn to Dome with Naki Kaddu of Nakibirango

(Unit 2-47)
Sunday, 2-5pm
Learn to dome metal for jewellery making, using Naki's doming kit and tools. Have fun and make your own piece to take home. Drop-in sessions.

Free Styling Workshop with Kathryn Pledger and Kathy Schicker of KathKath

(Trinity Wharf TW-24)
Sunday, 2-4pm
An informal drop-in session on styling tips and advice from Maud Siley and the KathKath team. Get advice on the colours that suit you best. Find out about a capsule wardrobe and how you can dress it up for each occasion. Play with different ways to tie and style scarves.

Be a Clockmaker for an Hour– Free Clockmaking Workshop with Miles Campbell

Thames-Side Studios Lounge (Unit 0)
Saturday and Sunday, 12-6pm

Children’s Trail

Table at entrance.
Saturday and Sunday, 12-6pm


Saturday and Sunday, 12-6pm
The Arts Café (Trinity Wharf), Lounge (Unit 0, 2nd floor) and Riverside Café
Homestyle cooked food, coffee, a selection of teas, cold drinks and a variety of delicious snacks, cakes and slices handmade in The Arts Cafe. Authentic Ethiopian cuisine, alongside coffee and tea is available in the Riverside Café.

For further enquiries email [email protected] or call 020 8301 8844 during office hours (Monday-Friday, 9.30-17.30). Download the flyer here

Best wishes,

Thames-Side Studios