Out of Nature is all about getting people involved with sculpture in natural settings, so we’re delighted to offer a programme of hands-on workshops and activities for all ages.
Many of the workshops and other events are free to experience/participate in; some are free but need to be reserved; and some are ticketed. You can reserve and book tickets through Eventbrite via the 'Buy' buttons below.
Six-day Bronze Workshop with Tim Rawlins
A complete six-day course in sculpting. Artist Tim Rawlins guides you through playing with materials, creative ideas, sculpting, casting and finishing, ending with a beautiful finished bronze to take home.
This course takes place from 10am–4pm on each of the six days, spread over three consecutive weekends. It costs £495, which includes all materials and your finished bronze piece.
Course dates: Saturday 30 September & Sunday 1 October, Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 October, Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 October
For more information and to book please email email@example.com.
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Performance: 'Alarch' by Clare Parry-Jones
An immersive, site-responsive theatre experience by Clare Parry-Jones, exploring stories of the land and of the heart. A ritual journey of loss and transformation.
Alarch is Welsh for ‘swan’, a creature that spans the worlds of water, land and air, seen as a messenger of the gods in Celtic and Northern cultures. Parry-Jones uses this imagery and symbolism in the piece, which takes place around the lake in Newport House’s grounds.
The theatre experience itself is free, but please reserve a ticket.
Performance dates & times: Saturday 30 September, 2pm–2.30pm Sunday 1 October, 2pm–2.30pm and 4pm–4.30pm Saturday 21 October, 2pm–2.30pm and 4pm–4.30pm Sunday 22 October, 2pm–2.30pm and 4pm–4.30pm
Make a Clay Butter Dish with Impressions of Plants Picked Locally
Ceramicist Julia Hilton will show participants how to use plants from the garden to impress into clay slabs, and to make these into a simple butter dish. Come and learn how Julia made the pieces in her ‘Three Meadows’ series, on show as part of the Out of Nature exhibition.
Tickets £25. An additional £15 per dish created will be charged on the day (you can create as many or as few as you like).
Workshop dates & times: Sunday 1 October, 2.30pm–4pm Saturday 7 October, 11am–12.30pm Sunday 15 October, 2.30pm–4pm Saturday 21 October, 11am–12.30pm
Make a Clay Butter Dish and a Bowl with Impressions of Plants Picked Locally
Julia is also doing one longer workshop, in which you can make both a Clay Butter Dish and a Bowl.
Tickets to the longer workshop are £45, plus an additional £15 (payable on the day) per item fired, glazed and sent.
Date & time: Thursday 12 October, 10.30am–1.30pm
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Halima Cassell in conversation with Richard Heatly
Artist Halima Cassell was born in Kashmir, Pakistan, and grew up in north-west England, a fusion of cultural environments that shaped her identity and underpins her practice.
Her sculptures are characterised by the interaction of bold forms overlaid with intricate and fluid carved surfaces inspired by architecture and the repeat patterns found in nature. Halima will talk about her life and work to Richard Heatly, former Principal of Hereford College of Art.
Date & time: Wednesday 11 October, 11am–12pm
Newport House: Its Past and Its People
To coincide with the publication of her book on Newport House and its garden, author and garden historian Kate Feluś will give a richly illustrated talk on how the place has developed and changed over the centuries, as well as the people who have lived here and shaped it. Kate is an experienced and entertaining speaker and the audience will gain an insight into the setting of this beautiful place, which makes such a perfect backdrop for the Out of Nature exhibition.
Talk dates & times: Saturday 7 October, 2pm–3pm Sunday 8 October, 2pm–3pm
Down and Dirty in the Garden
The essential guide to composting and its place in the garden’s ecosystem, with Lynette Choppin, Gardener at Newport House.
Tickets £5 (includes hand-outs). If you would also like to visit the Sculpture Exhibition while at Newport House, you will need to buy a general admission ticket either online or on the day.
Dates & times: Thursday 5 October, 2pm–3pm Thursday 12 October, 2pm–3pm Thursday 19 October, 2pm–3pm
Newport House Garden Tours
A tour of Newport House’s beautiful grounds and restored Walled Garden with Head Gardener Dave Gray.
Tickets £2. If you would also like to visit the Sculpture Exhibition while at Newport House, you will need to buy a general admission ticket either online or on the day.
Tour dates & times: Tuesday 3 October, 2pm–3pm Thursday 5 October, 3.30pm–4.30pm Tuesday 10 October, 2pm–3pm Thursday 12 October, 3.30pm–4.30pm Tuesday 17 October, 2pm–3pm Thursday 19 October, 3.30pm–4.30pm
Foraging Walks with Adèle Nozedar
Join Adèle Nozedar, author of The Hedgerow Handbook, for a foraging walk around the grounds of Newport House. We recommend warm and waterproof clothing in case of wet weather.
Participation in the Foraging Walks is free. If you would also like to visit the Sculpture Exhibition while at Newport House, you will need to buy a general admission ticket either online or on the day.
Dates & times: Sunday 1 October, 2pm–3pm Wednesday 11 October, 2pm–3pm Saturday 21 October, 2pm–3pm
The Winds of Change: 30 Years Since The Great Storm – A Greenwood Revival
Mike Abbott, Gudrun Leitz and many other artists and experts will demonstrate and talk about their skills and methods. More information about these events will be available here soon.
Dates & times: Saturday 14 October, 10.30am–5.30pm (all day) Sunday 15 October, 10.30am–5.30pm (all day)
Kundalini Yoga Workshop on ‘Connection’ with Hari Har Ji of Sahej Academy
“Individual consciousness will refine you, group consciousness will expand you, and universal consciousness will bring you to infinity.” Yogi Bhajan.
Kundalini yoga practice and talk about our need to be connected with each other and all that is both manifest and unmanifest. Conducted by Hari Har Ji, opera singer turned yoga teacher, with many years’ experience training yoga teachers.
Suitable for all ages and levels of fitness and experience.
Tuesday 3 October, 6pm–8.30pm.
Kundalini Yoga Classes with Jenny Watt
Start the day with an uplifting and energising hour of yoga for all levels.
Class dates & times: Friday 6 October, 8.20am–9.20am Friday 13 October, 8.20am–9.20am Friday 20 October, 8.20am–9.20am
Lunches & Cream Teas
Light lunches, soups, cakes and cream teas (made from produce from the walled garden at Newport House) will be served every day during the exhibition, 10.30am–5.30pm.
We welcome schools visits to Out of Nature, and they are free of charge. You can bring a picnic to have in the gardens (or under a shelter in case of inclement weather).
If you’d like a guided visit, there is a small charge of £30. We can also arrange a workshop for up to 30 children with an artist (for example, soap carving or land art) at a cost of £130. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Workshops and events at a glance
Tim Rawlins: Six-day bronze workshop 30 Sept, 1, 7, 8, 14 & 15 Oct
Clare Parry-Jones: Performances of Alarch 30 Sept, 1, 21 & 22 Oct
Julia Hilton: Make a clay butter dish with plant impressions 1, 7, 12, 15 & 21 Oct
Halima Cassell in conversation 11 Oct
Kate Feluś: Newport House talk 7 & 8 Oct
Lynette Choppin: Down and dirty in the garden 5, 12 & 19 Oct
Dave Gray: Newport House garden tours 3, 5, 10, 12, 17 & 19 Oct
Adèle Nozedar: Foraging walks 1, 11 & 21 Oct
Mike Abbott and Gudrun Leitz: A greenwood revival 14 & 15 Oct
Hari Har Ji: Kundalini yoga workshop 3 Oct
Jenny Watt: Kundalini yoga classes 6, 13 & 20 Oct
Lunches and cream teas Daily throughout the show