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Our Programmes / Theatre of Making
The Theatre of Making is central to what we do. The UK’s first touring participatory crafts education and events programme, it allows you to meet and watch artists at work, learn about materials and processes and experience for yourself the pleasure of “hands-on” making.

We bring leading artists into communities and classrooms to teach young people and families new craft skills and to create communal works of art. The programme ends with a unique and vibrant public event with an exhibition of the work, live music and a wide range of workshops run by the best craftspeople in the country, where anyone who wants to, can come and take part.

About The Theatre of Making

Theatre of Making
Celebrate in Style at De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill

Photo by Joe Low

We focus on craft techniques that are rarely demonstrated or engaged in by the public

Each event has a ‘theme’ and unique identity created specially for each venue. For example, at Milestones social history museum, we focused on glass blowing, metal working and firing ceramics – the techniques that created the exhibits on show.

The Theatre of Making employs highly acclaimed artists, skilled not only in their particular craft but also as teachers and demonstrators

We feature a wide spectrum of crafts from textiles to silversmithing, automata making and ceramics. Participants can create and take away with them items such as willow lanterns, silver spoons, wire sculptures and glass paperweights.

We run up to four large scale events and education programmes each year

The workshops are open to all and are free but with a small charge for materials at some events.

See a Theatre of Making in action

Craft Fiesta - Gun Wharf Quays, Portsmouth, 27 & 28 March 2010

Theatre of Making in Gosport (2007)


Theatre of Making in Baskingstoke - Fired Up (2007)

Theatre of Making in Bexhill-on-Sea - Celebrate in Style (2007)

Visit our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/TheatreofMaking

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The Aims of The Theatre of Making

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