Art & Crafts Events

Brighton Tattoo Convention

Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton

Saturday and Sunday February 24 and 25, 11am

Tickets £25-£40/u16s free with an adult

A major event on the world tattoo calendar, the annual Brighton Tattoo Convention features more than 300 world class tattooists, scores of traders and exhibitions, attracting thousands of visitors. This year, there will be parties, collaborations and presentations.

Phone 0844 847 1515 or visit

Collage Wall Hanging Workshop Inspired by Sussex Landscape

A S Apothecary, 31 Western Road, Lewes

Sunday February 25, 10.30am-1.30pm

This three-hour workshop is led by artist Sarah Holloway, and in it participants will design and make a handmade paper wall hanging inspired by nature and the local landscape. The tiered collage wall hanging will be inspired by the lines, patterns, textures and colours of the natural landscape. You can bring drawings and photographs for ideas.

Phone 01273 253186 or visit

Wood Machining – Two Day Course

Bankside Farm, Ditching Common, Burgess Hill

Saturdays March 3, June 30 and November 10, 9am-4pm


This two-day course led by John Lloyd of John Lloyd Fine Furniture is an introduction machinery that might be found in a small to medium-sized woodworking workshop and is suitable for those who have their own machinery or those considering purchasing. The main elements for each machine will be adjusting/setting up, choice of blade and blade changing, jigs and dust extraction as well as safe working practices.

Phone 01444 480388 or visit

Soft Leather Journal Binding

Unit 12, Star Brewery, Castle Ditch Lane, Lewes

Saturday March 3, 10.30am-4.30pm


In this practical one-day workshop led by Rachel Ward-Sale of Bookbinders of Lewes, participants will learn how to select and prepare materials, fold and sew pages, and attach a fastening. The journals are sewn with linen thread into a hide cover. All materials are included in the price and tools are provided.

Phone 01273 486718 or visit

Papercraft Workshops

The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley

Saturday March 17, 1pm-5pm

Tickets £15 per session

Natalie O’Shea, a papercrafter who was previously the editor of five UK papercrafting magazines, teaches how to make handmade greeting cards in this class. All materials are provided.

Phone 01293 553636 or visit

Vintage Brighton

Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton

Sunday March 18, 10.30am-4pm

Tickets £2/u12s free/early bird entry at 10am £3

Around 30 vintage and vintage-inspired traders showcasing vintage fashion, jewellery and accessories will join traders selling Art Deco items, military, books and collectables. There will be live music, a tea party and a vintage hair salon.

Phone 01273 709709 or visit

Green Wood Chair Making in Sussex Woodland

Green Shutters, Kingston Ridge, Kingston, Lewes

Monday March 19 (five days)


Carpenter and furniture-maker Danny Harling runs this five day course in Sussex woodland learning pole lathe turning and other green woodwork techniques, and making a chair to take home. The course is suitable for beginners or more experienced woodworkers. All tools and materials are provided, facilities are basic and students can camp overnight.

Phone 07970 556006 or visit

Moorish Patterns from Morocco and Al-Andalus

SAOG Studios, Emerson College, Forest Row

Monday-Friday March 19-23, 10am-5pm

£295 (including materials)

Under the guidance of Daniel Doherty and Kira Orsak, participants will be guided step-by-step through the process of compass and straight-edge construction of Moroccan geometry designs, which will be developed into glazed ceramic tiles.

Phone 0208 144 1089 or visit

Papercutting Workshop

Charleston, Firle, Lewes

Tuesday March 20, 10am

Tickets £90-£100

Tutor Su Blackwell, who has designed art fabric for Liberty London and the set for The Rose Theatre’s production of The Snow Queen, guides students through each stage of making an exquisite concertina card, which can be used as a greeting card, given as a gift or framed. She demonstrates paper-cutting skills with scalpel blade and she will guide students through the cut-out of their design, building up colour and texture. A tour of the house and garden, an artisan lunch, tea and coffees and all tools and materials are included in the cost. Suitable for all levels. Picture: Su Blackwell.

Phone 01323 811626 or visit

Woodblock Printing with a Wooden Spoon

Isfield Village Hall, Isfield, Uckfield

Saturday March 24 (six hours)


Suitable for beginners and those more familiar with woodblock printing techniques, this course, run by Adele Scantlebury of Blackbird Arts, introduces participants to a selection of materials, including paper, inks, tools and blocks. They will be shown how to design and carve a block with the aim of going home with your own original prints. Suitable for adults and competent teenagers. Tools and materials are provided but you can bring your own tools if you wish. Bring lunch and an apron.

Phone 07969 119479 or visit

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