October 2016 sees the fourth year of the market town Farnham, Surrey, celebrating its well-suited status as England’s Craft Town. The town’s diverse and exciting cultural heritage provides the backdrop to an exciting month-long celebration of events and sees new collaborations taking place between some of the many independent makers and more established organizations with specially curated events to co-inside with their already established programme.
Farnham is home to the University for the Creative Arts, two important museums; the Crafts Study Centre, which is dedicated to research and archiving important crafts artifacts and this October will include an exhibition and talk from eminent photographer Garry Fabian Miller amongst its highlights. The Museum of Farnham preserves and educates about the history of this notable town whilst the Farnham Maltings provides and important community space dedicated to arts and crafts. This year it is celebrating the 20th year of the Festival of Crafts, a curated two day festival showcasing works by a selection of the UK’s leading craftspeople and featuring talks and workshops for all to join. New Ashgate Gallery is celebrating its 50th Year at Farnham’s Waggon Yard and showcases the finest in contemporary art and crafts alongside creating opportunities for emerging makers and is welcoming the Association of Contemporary Jewellers through their Choice! Exhibition.
Find the full schedule of talks, lectures, workshops for all abilities and exhibitions on the Farnham Craft Town website.
Craft Month at the Maltings
Following fast on the heels of our brilliant festival of textiles, thread 2016, we are delighted to be offering a packed series of talks, workshops and film screenings to promote all things craft for all abilities.
Throughout the month our regular social group, Meet Me at the Maltings, will be working on a special quilt to be displayed at the end of October. There will be lots of fabrics to choose from but if you’ve got some medium weight cottons or maybe old cotton clothing, please do bring them along to make a guilt full of memories. Come Quilt with Me runs every Thursday in October between 10.30am – 12.30pm and is free for anyone to join.
In a first for Farnham Craft Month, the UCA and Farnham Maltings are running a collaborative programme over the first two weekends of October. Launching the Craft Month activities on 1 October at UCA, the event offers an opportunity to experience a workshop in glass, textiles or jewellery run by leading creative practitioners.
On Saturday 08 October, Farnham Maltings’ presents the follow up with lectures and presentations by the same workshop tutors, sharing their expertise and experience in craft and design. Additionally, speaking will be Caroline Jackman representing Crafts Council. The programme is suitable for those who are keen to glean insider knowledge from craft professionals, pursuing craft as a professional practice or wanting to know more about the craft industry.
Ed Byrne – Glass
Joanna Hayward – Textiles
Maya Antoun – Jewellery
Caroline Jackman from Crafts Council
This is a free event but we recommend you register your interest here.
Our woolly weekend continues on Sunday 09 October with a day of workshops, talks and double bill of two fabulous films about knitted arts and feuding sheep rearing brothers.
The day starts with regular unravel exhibitor, Louise Zass-Bangham running the workshop Knit Play Colour where you will go beyond the colour wheel and discover the factors that influence how colours work together. With wool in so many of our yarns, and available in so many hues, we will celebrate Wool Week with a look at how fibre-type influences colour and how you can put a unique twist on your knitting project.
Following the workshop there will be a talk by Emma Boyles from Little Grey Sheep a wool production firm based on a small family firm nestled in the Hampshire countryside. They are committed to producing the finest of British fibre from local breeds of sheep and Emma will talk about how she went from being a textile designer to making the move to a textile producer.
Following this we have the film double bill which will help to inspire knitters to take the step from making socks and jumpers up to making new guerrilla art forms!
The traditional crafts of crochet and knitting have become one of the hottest movements in modern art. We follow a few international artists and knitters as they bring yarn to the streets and into our lives in new ways. Starting in Iceland, this quirky and thought-provoking film takes us on a colourful and global journey as we discover how yarn connects us all.
Winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes Film Festival 2015, this charming, stunningly shot drama focuses on two Icelandic sheep farmers, and estranged brothers, whose 40 year feud comes to a head when disaster strikes their flocks. Will they come together to save the special breed passed down for generations-and themselves-from extinction?
Tickets for each screening are £5, the workshop is £30 and the talk is free however you can come to both films for £8 and an all day ticket is £36. Call the Box Office on 01252 745444 to get involved!
Festival of Crafts at 20!
Sat 15 & Sun 16 October, 10am-5pm
£3, under 15s free – book online
Celebrating its twentieth year, the festival of crafts showcases works by a selection of the UK’s leading craftspeople. Buy from over 70 designer/makers in a marketplace featuring homewares, jewellery, textiles, ceramics, glass and more. With workshops, demonstrations and special happenings.