Summer School 2024

Summer School 2024

Hillscourt Hotel, Rose Hill, Rednal, Birmingham, B45 8RS
Monday 15 – Thursday 18 July 2024

Each July we run a Summer School led by a rotating trio of tutors from our membership.

This year our Summer School theme is ‘Travelling Lines’ with tutors Jane McKeating , Polly Pollock and Dorothy Tucker.

There are still a few places available on Polly’s exciting course: Shape, Form, Basket. Polly has been making and teaching basketry for many years. Her long basketry journey began with an interest in textiles, her work having gone through many transitions. For the past 15 years Polly has worked increasingly with paper, exploring more personal themes, most recently in her work ‘Kitchen Drawer: Emergency Home Repairs” for the TSG Making:50 exhibition. 

Polly Pollock. Making:50 stitched and woven structures.

Shape, form, basket:

Lines joined up form shapes. Shape and lines intersecting in space create form. Form becomes basket.

After considering the qualities of lines through drawing and mark-making, you will explore how materials can represent these. Baskets are created by linear materials interweaving. You will experiment with materials, colour, scale, density, surface, stitch… Your work might be materials/technique led, or informed by a more personal theme, like tracing the steps of a familiar walk.

Basketry is a slow and meditative craft, allowing time for contemplation and experimentation; it is rooted in ancient traditions, with enormous potential for experimentation and innovation. You may focus on a single piece, or a small collection of exploratory samples to develop further in your own time.

Further details and booking via our website:

Workshop opportunity & Meet the Artists

Workshop opportunity & Meet the Artists

Due to the recent flooding, we have had to postpone the workshop on Saturday 21st to celebrate the Making:50 exhibition and Ltd Edition publication at The Ropewalk, Barton. The new date of TSG member Sarah Burgess workshop is :

Sunday 12th November, 10.30- 3.45pm Duration 5 hours 15 mins.

You will explore simple print techniques on semi-transparent materials to create layered experiments with print and stitch. Participants will create a series of experimental pieces to develop further in their own time. 

Suitable for enthusiastic beginners or more experienced participants.

The great news is there are a couple of spaces now available, cost £70.00 Limited places are available, please contact the Gallery for booking and details tel 01652 660390

On Saturday 11th November, you will have the very special opportunity to Meet the Artists, at The Ropewalk, Barton,
Sarah Burgess, Ruth Issett and Mary Sleigh. From 10am to 4pm.

Meet the artist, and workshop

Meet the artist, and workshop

Running throughout April to July at the Peebles Library and Museum, we are celebrating Making:50 with opportunities for you to meet some of the artists and join in artist led workshops.

On Friday 2nd June, 13.00- 15.00 you can MEET THE ARTIST JULIA TRISTON.

Julia will bring some samples, talk about her Making:50 work, give a demonstration, or be working on a piece, and be available to engage with the public and answer questions about our individual practice.

Workshop Title: Text & Textiles

3rd June: Tweeddale Gallery, Peebles Library and Museum 13.00-15.00

Workshop Description:

In this workshop you will transfer a special or intriguing piece of writing into a small textile artwork. You will start by sampling and experimenting with lettering and text styles in free machine embroidery. You will then creatively interpret your piece of writing – which could be a list, a letter, a poem, or a personal manifesto – to emphasise and highlight important elements.

Price £45.00

To book call the Museum & Gallery on: 01721 726333 or email 

Please bring:

  • Notebook and pencil, ruler and rubber
  • Some lined paper, or graph paper
  • Some pieces of writing as a starting point – lists, letters, poems etc (NB if you have texts that are written in small hand writing, and wish to copy the handwriting exactly, you might need to enlarge your texts on a photocopier before the workshop)
  • Tracing paper
  • Machine with a drop feed and free motion/darning foot, spare needles and bobbins
  • Extension lead
  • Machine embroidery threads
  • Paper scissors
  • Sewing kit: needles, pins, small scissors
  • Background fabric – can range from a fine cotton organdie or netting to a thicker cotton or linen – approximately A4 size or smaller

Cost of kit: N/a. Materials are to be brought by the students.