Artist-led workshops

Free hands-on and creative workshops, led by brilliant local artists and organisations. Suitable for families and all ages – including, under 8’s and under 5’s activities.

Zone 1 – Fromus Centre

Lily Hammond – Block Printing

Lily, aka Uwu studio, is an award winning illustrator and designer, who works with bold and vibrant patterns and colours. Lily has worked on a diverse range of projects – from a Black History Month commission for the BBC, to running an independent shop in Ipswich. Join Lily in a block printing session, where you will create a unique stamp and use it to print your own bespoke tote bag or one of a kind wall art.

Holly Scholfield – Dry point etching 

Holly is an experienced artist and printmaker, who makes ethereal, intricate work inspired by botanicals and nature. Join Holly who will teach you how to make a dry point print of your own! You will use recycled Tetrapaks to explore line and tone, with this traditional printmaking technique of dry point etching

Sarah Nkugwa – Cyanotype printing

Sarah aka Pop Print Studio, is a contemporary Printmaker, Graphic Designer and educator. Her main focus is on traditional printmaking with a specialism in screen printing. Sarah’s work is inspired by human connection, positivity and imperfection.

Join Sarah to create a unique cyanotype print (better known as sun prints!). Please bring a small object with you, this could be a necklace, a small toy or a plant leaf. Or you can create your own stencils to expose, using card or by drawing on acetates. Be part of a pop-up exhibition which will be created throughout the day!

Image credit: Dry point etching, Holly Scholfield. 


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Liz Waugh McManus – Interactive sound painting

Liz is an artist who combines traditional glass forming techniques with 21st century technologies, to make work which explores the environment, biographical experiences, and microhistories. For Sax Arts Fest, Liz is leading a playful art and tech workshop exploring the space between sight, touch and sound. Participants will use conductive paint to draw images that become ‘touch sensors’ that trigger sounds.

Emily Knock – Environmental mapping for The Art Station

Earlier this year, Liz and Emily were commissioned by The Art Station to undertake research and development focussed on the biodiversity and natural environment in Saxmundham, including the river Fromus. The aim was draw attention to our local species of flora and fauna, and learn more about how we can help to improve the quality of our river, which needs urgent rehabilitation and conservation. Emily will be sharing artworks made during our community nature walks, and some of the beautiful and exciting discoveries that were made during this project.

Zone 2 – High Street

Nancy Main – Throwing workshop

Nancy is a ceramicist who combines wheel throwing and hand building techniques, to make large sculptural forms that invite touch and exploration. She makes and teaches from her studio near the Suffolk coast. In this workshop, Nancy will demonstrate how to throw a pot using a Kick Wheel, a traditional, hands-on method of making ceramics.

The Gander sisters present…

‘Badger, a stall selling homemade badges and taking commissions for bespoke badges made in front of your eyes, whilst you wait!

Jo Chapman – Paper construction

Jo is an established site-specific artist working in the public realm on large scale commissions, from Blackwall Reach in London, to Seachange Arts in Great Yarmouth. Jo has worked in a range of formats from stitch to drawing, printmaking, text, sculpture and temporary installations. Create fantastical flowers and plants at Sax Arts Fest with Jo, using simple techniques with paper and card, rolled, folded, cut, and joined into geometric shapes.

Jevan Watkins Jones – Foot, felt, face!

Jevan is an artist and gardener who lives and works in Suffolk. Jevan focusses on drawing as a medium, to explore plants, people and the sensitive relationship between them. Jevan has worked with The Art Station on a number of projects, most recently, leading our adult nature walks earlier this year.  For Sax Arts Fest, Jevan has devised a fun workshop called FELT FOOT FACE.

“Tease out colourful Merino wool into the palm of your hand. Make a funny face with your colours. Pop your face into your shoe and go for a walk around the Sax Festival for a bit. Now take off your nice sweaty shoe and hey presto, you have felted your funny face!”

Take a photo of your FELT FOOT FACE during the festival and tag #feltfootface @the_artstation Saxmundham.

Image: Maquettes for sculptures, Jo Chapman. Courtesy of the artist. 


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Zone 3 – Sax-cess House Garden

Dance East – Come and boogieSuitable for all ages.

Join expert dance artists from Dance East, Ipswich, in a fun and accessible, come and boogie dance workshop! All ages and abilities are welcome, drop in and dance in Sax’cess House Garden!

Christian Aldridge – Life Drawing 

Christian is an artist, musician, and a member of the Blackshore Collective band! In addition to this, Christian is a skilled tutor, and he will be leading an open access life drawing workshop throughout the day. Explore fun poses with props, and have a go with different materials and ways of drawing from life. All ages and abilities are welcome.

Sax’cess House

Guided yoga and meditiation sessions with Norie and Marcus.

Britten Pears Arts – Mini music session for 0 – 5 years – Join Joe and Natalie in a fun participatory mini music session, parents with children aged 0 – 5.

Britten Pears Arts is a pioneering cultural charity, based in Suffolk. BPA use music to transform people’s lives, to bring communities together and enhance daily life. Britten Pears Arts Aldeburgh Festival is happening from 9 – 25 June, for more information: 

Zone 4

Nonny Denny – Junk Modeling for 0 – 8 years

Nonny is an artist, musician, and a member of Blackshore Collective! Join Nonny in a hands on, fun, and creative session using junk materials to make models and sculptures. You will find Nonny on Fromus Green, all materials provided.

Zone 5

Ian Brownlie – Fun family music session. 

Ian is an experienced musician, artist and educator. He is an associate artist at the Sainsbury Centre of Visual Arts, Norwich, and works with people of all ages. Join Ian at St John’s Church, and take part in a fun and accessible music session. Take a journey into sound. Come along, make some joyous noise!


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