Courses in Lancashire

Whitworth & Inspire

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Whitworth & Inspire

WEA Learners make Cup Cakes at Whitworth Art Gallery

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

WEA Learners

Tim Jones – Jerwood winner 2009

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Whilst at the ‘goodbye my darling Urbis’ bash I met a local artist called Mit Senoj (AKA Tim Jones). We got chatting and I asked him if he had a business card as we are always on the lookout for new tutors and workshop facilitators. He handed me two postcards of his work and mentioned that he had recently won the £6,000, 2009 Jerwood prize for drawing. Click here to see Drum, his winning entry. Congratulations Tim!

You can see more of Tim’s work at Bureau Gallery in Manchester.

The Butterfly Effect: Julie Freeman

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Screen shot 2013-02-01 at 18.14.20

Saw this very interesting article on the Ted website about the artist Julie Freeman, who uses data as a source for biologically inspired artworks and installations.


Tasleem Akhtar writes about her visit to Whitworth Art Gallery

Friday, June 17th, 2011

I went on 9th March 2011, to the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester, with my Teacher and English class.

I made cupcakes. They were very nice. I used cotton, wool, felt, scissors, pens, coloured pinheads, coloured pompoms, needles and thread.

I was very happy and enjoyed my day. I saw wallpapers. They were very expensive and beautiful.

I saw lots of pictures. All of the pictures were different and very nice and beautiful. They made very beautiful paintings. I saw a very nice rug made in Afghanistan, about fighting. The mat had pictures of tanks, cars, helicopters and handguns. The rug was made with different colours. The rug looked very nice and beautiful.

Tasleem is learning English in Rochdale with tutor, Khalda Ahmed. Tasleem is currently studying for the Edexcel ESOL exams at Entry 3.

Well done Tasleem. I am impressed by your excellent spelling of difficult words such as expensive, different and helicopter.

The writing in red shows where Tasleem’s written English has been corrected. She can then compare her original work to the edited version here and discuss the differences with her tutor.

Sylvia Hikins at the Grosvener Museum

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Wirral artist Sylvia Hikins is not only a poet and painter, but also a music-maker too! How talented is she? Why not see for yourself:

A new exhibition at Chester’s Grosvenor Museum celebrates the paintings and poetry of Wirral artist Sylvia Hikins. ‘Distant Voices: from Iceland to Viking Wirral’ has just opened and runs until November 3rd.

You can read more about Sylvia and the exhibition here.

Peripheral Vision magazine

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Dog by Jason Turner

So, the Peripheral Vision project may have ended, but you can view the gorgeous PV magazine here. It contains creative writing, photography, textiles and drawings by some of the learners enrolled on the courses.

Above, is a drawing by Jason Turner.

On Track T Shirt Designs

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Have a look at the wonderful T shirts that the On Track participants designed in Hip-Hop style…

Hip-Hop inspired T shirt

Master Mix Textiles course at The Anchor Coffee House, Manchester

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014


Whitworth Pub Crawl

The Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) is delighted to deliver three creative courses as part of Whitworth Art Gallery’s fabulous Pub Crawl events:

Master Mix: textile printing course

This four weeks course is about hand printmaking and additional textile crafts like graffiti spraying, mostly on fabrics.

Starting with the old tradition of Indian and Mancunian wooden blocks printing on calico you can give new life to your old T-shirts with a taste of painterly screen printing.

Moving on to explore lino cut a traditional form of relief block printing, we will design motifs and create surface pattern repeats which ultimately we will print on to paper and fabrics such as a bandana or neckerchief.

 Venue: The Anchor Coffee House, 508 Moss Lane East, Manchester, M14 4PA

 Dates: Feb 6 – Feb 27 (4 weeks)

 Times: 14:00 – 17:00

 Cost: £20.15 or free if on work-related benefits


Everyone welcome! Please forward to anyone you think would like to join the course. Just come along on Thursday or to reserve a place contact:

Elaine Hutchings at WEA: or 07795 976 392

Ed Watts at the Whitworth: or 07824 538 019

Gorgeous printed fabric – look!

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Today, the women on the A Stitch in Time course visited the Whitworth Art Gallery and attended a workshop on textile printing. I popped in with Fiona, to have a look at their work and chat to Wendy and Alan, the printmaker. There was a real buzz in the workshop with participants busy adding inks to their designs and choosing colours etc. The finished designs are beautiful and I have taken some photos which can be viewed here. I also conducted a very quick interview with Zubede Karim, who told me about her grandmother, who taught her how to weave in Pakistan. I will upload this to the site very soon.

As this course is proving so popular, we will shortly be running another A Stitch in Time course for adults from the Cheetham Hill area of Manchester. Check out the A Stitch in Time ticket for more details.