|The Art Shop in Abergavenny runs small, inspiring workshops for adults. These intense one-day classes in painting (oil, acrylic & watercolour), printmaking & book art are run by our exhibiting artists & you will gain confidence, knowledge & the ability to continue on your own. On some Saturdays, half terms & holidays we hold fun, creative & instructive children's workshops for all ages. Events include illustrated talks, book launches, story-telling, musical performances & more.
For further information please contact us on 01873 852 690 or email us at
Two day workshop with Jessie Chorley
27th - 28th April 2013
This workshop concentrates on story-telling and creating a simple narrative through stitch, collage and appliqué. You will be using the needle both as your drawing tool and to secure found objects in place. Jessie will show each participant individually and as a group how to construct a simple 3-dimensional object from rags and found fabrics.
During the workshop you will explore your own narrative/starting points, finding ways to allow your story to unravel into the materials and object you create, this may be a wearable piece such as a brooch or equally a piece for the Wall at home.
"I was so fascinated by how we all started with a simple little fabric scrap that Jessie provided us with, and then we all went home at the end of this workshop with something so unique to each of us" Libby Soil London 2012
Jessie studied textiles at Goldsmith College University, London
Run away with the circus!
Children's workshops with Tamsin Thorne
Saturday 24th November 2012
Morning Age 4 plus/ Afternoon 7 plus
Create a circus inspired headpiece or a Buffalo Bill Wild West Show inspired headdress with costume designer and maker Tamsin Thorne, using the gallery's current exhibition 'Where the Wonderful Happens' as inspiration. Working with fabric, stitch and embellishment you will leave the workshop with your own handmade headpiece ready to wear!
Tamsin trained in textile design at Loughborough College of Art and Design, and has worked as a costume designer and maker in film and TV. She runs her own collection of costume accessories for children called IWISHIWASA. Tamsin also teaches short courses in embellishment and customizing for clothing at Central St. Martins, London.
Selected Past Events
Abergavenny Food Festival 2012
15th - 16th September 2012
Abergavenny closes its streets to traffic and fills them to the brim with wonderful, eclectic food stalls, entertainers, music, cafes and shops spilling out onto the street. Come and enjoy the weekend.
Our festival starts on Saturday 15th outside in our pop-up painting studio with Kumar Saraff, who will be painting and drawing from a still-life table of delicious foods. Come and observe a Royal Academy Schools trained artist at work.
At 1pm there will be live music by Carmina, "a superb mix of jazz, folk and celtic crossover music - taking the audience on a bewitching journey full of melodic grace and inventiveness - a brilliant band superbly fronted by vocalist Pippa Marland and guitarist Rob King" (Jack McGouran, Guinness Jazz Festival).
Inside our Food Festival Exhibitions this year are...
A Theatre of Plates - an exhibition of artist decorated vintage ceramics
A Dinner Set for an Imaginary Banquet - A small exhibition of works on paper by Cornelia O'Donovan RCA
Beautiful and Damned - photographs by Camilla Broadbent.
Alchemy of the Imagination
Celebrate the Abergavenny Christmas Food & Drink Fair with us at The Art Shop & visit our Pop-Up display in the market hall
Sunday 11th December 2011
Friends and customers come and join us at The Art Shop between 11-12am for a glass of mulled wine and hot, minced tarts. Visit our Mixed Winter Show and be entertained by Byrde, a lively, eclectic and utterly original group of musicians...
...Take 3 women, 12 recorders, 1 shawm, some Irish whistles and a bagpipe, a few bells and a string drum...add some new music, wild medieval dances and renaissance love songs and you have encountered BYRDE.
Abergavenny is celebrating a small winter festival with tutored tastings, master classes, celebrities and musicians. Come and fill your cupboards for Christmas - fresh and cured meats, poultry and game, cheese and chocolates, cakes and desserts, wines and liqueurs, ales, wines and more...
Two day embroidered pages & book workshop
With Jessie Chorley
22nd - 23rd October 2011
The simple techniques of hand embroidery and applique will be used with fragments of fabric, paper and found materials to create embroidered ’pages’. Each page will be worked on as a whole, with the possibility of binding them into a book, or for producing a series of small wall pieces that depict your own story. These may be later framed.
All basic materials are provided and Jessie will also provide a materials list of essential items for you to bring ie personal items of interest, fabric scraps, poems and sources of inspiration to help you create something unique to you.
Jessie studied textile at Goldsmith College University, London.
Abergavenny Food Festival 2011
Come and join in The Art Shop’s Festival Fete in celebration of the Abergavenny Food Festival...
17th-18th September 2011
Buy hand printed Kitchen Utencil wrapping papers, thick linen aprons, big recipe scrap-books and textiles for your table by Jessie Chorley and Cornelia O’Donovan RCA., alongside tableware by new makers.
Listen to a blend of folk, jazz and Irish music - a live performance by acclaimed musicians Pippa Marland and Rob King 'Carmina'. All spilling out onto the street outside our shop...
Our Festival Fete continues inside with an exhibition by Graphic designer, David Meldrum, one of the guest speakers at the Abergavenny Food Festival, who will be showing work from 'The Food Illustrator Project', a culinary journey he undertook last year.
See our Exhibitions page for more information.
Children's Costume Making Workshops
With Tamsin Thorne
Saturday 16th July 2011
Morning. Age 8 plus. Calling all ’Eco Warriors, prepare for battle! Make your own set of decorative body armour using cardboard, paper and recycled packaging. Design your own personal crest or emblem and create a set of body armour embellished with 3D decoupage using collage, scraffito and paint techniques. Are you inspired by the ruthless romans, the groovy greeks, or the viscious vikings? This workshop is not just for boys, also calling out to all budding Boudiccas...
Afternoon. Age 5 plus. Junior ’Eco Warriors’ can join Tamsin in the afternoon to decorate and embellish a sword and shield set using paper, card, recycled packaging, collage and paint.
Tamsin trained in textile design at Loughborough College of Art and Design, and has worked as a costume designer and maker in film and TV. She recently launched her own collection of costume accessories for children. Tamsin also teaches short courses in embellishment and customizing for clothing at Central St. Martins, London.
Look out for ‘Wings and Petals’- another summer workshop to follow with Tamsin Thorne
One-day Watercolour workshops
A series of 3, with Kumar Saraff
6th May & 17th June, 8th July 2011
Having recently exhibited here with his show ‘Personal Encounters’ (26th March - 14th May), Royal Academy Schools trained painter, Kumar Saraff, will run a series of intensive one-day workshops.
The first workshop is primarily for beginners and those with a little experience. You will learn how to select a basic palette of colours and brushes, gain an understanding of watercolour surfaces, and acquire enough techniques to build up confidence, enabling you to continue on your own.
The second workshop is for the more proficient painter. This will extend your current working practice, to push outside your comfort zone and embrace more complex techniques.
The final workshop in the series will be a Masterclass in watercolour, for those with a more thorough knowledge of the medium. A one-to-one tutorial, with an analysis and critique of your folio will be offered, which will enable you to improve your professional practice.
'A Celebration of Summer'
Illustrated talk by award winning garden designer, Arne Maynard
The ballroom, The Angel Hotel, Abergavenny. Tickets £7 from The Art Shop
Friday 1st July 2011
‘The heady excitement of a garden in full bloom deserves to be celebrated, so award winning garden designer Arne Maynard will give a slide show and talk that revels in all the glories of this time of year. Ranging from the sumptuous planting of herbaceous borders, roses that tumble out of trees, wild flowers and grasses to the clipped contrasts of lawns and topiary in amongst all the full–blown abundance.’
Arne writes a regular column in Gardens Illustrated magazine.
Stone Carving 3 day course
With Matt Caines
24th - 26th June 2011
A chance to learn the ancient and beautiful craft of stone carving with sculptor Matt Caines. You will create your own limestone relief sculpture and Matt will guide you through each stage of designing, making a clay model and the carving process itself. He will show you examples of his own pieces and discuss the work of the Eric Gill commune at Capel-y-ffin, with an introduction to the principles and techniques of lettering and stonecarving.
An intensely creative experience, Matt believes that because there are no 'short cuts' with carving, it brings out a very deep expression of one's innermost self and has seen the revelatory effect it has had on students in his 11 years of teaching.
On the Friday you will spend the first half of the day modelling up ideas in clay, then transfer them to the stone in the afternoon. Saturday will cover roughing out and fine carving, and Sunday will see the completion of the carvings including sanding and polishing.
Matt Caines studied Architectural Ornament at City & Guilds School of Art, London, following a first degree in Fine Art. Recent work includes designing & carving a plaque in beech, unveiled by H.R.H The Prince of Wales; workshops at the Museum of London based on Roman artifacts and at the Sir John Soane Museum; and the restoration of Sam Wanamaker’s stone at the Globe Theatre.
Join Jeremy Hughes at The Art Shop on
Tuesday 17th May 2011
to celebrate the launch of his exciting first novel Dovetail, published by Alcemi.
Come and have a glass of wine and enjoy a reading with Jeremy...
Dovetail by Jeremy Hughes
“A subtly daring format and an easy hypnotic style, at once tense and uncommon.”
John Ballam, Oxford University
A psychological thriller, set in Spain and south-east Wales, on obsession and the far-reaching evils of perfectionism.
Tim is emasculated by a gang of bullies at the age of fifteen and devotes his life to revenge. He plans to build a machine which will kill each member of the gang one by one. Each death must be aesthetically beautiful, and so Tim apprentices himself to a brilliant craftsmen to acquire all the skills he needs. Then he begins to practice the perfect murder.
Jeremy Hughes was one of the first students to study for the Master’s in writing at Oxford University, from which he graduated with distinction. He was awarded first prize in the Poetry Wales competition and his poetry was shortlisted for an Eric Gregory Award.
He has published two pamphlets- Breathing For All My Birds (2000) and The Women Opposite (2004)- and has widely published poetry, short fiction and reviews in British and American periodicals.