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City Arts Presents: Day of the Dead 2018

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Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th October, 10am – 4pm

Join us for a sensational Dia de los Muertos weekend, celebrating the traditions of this fascinating and beautiful Mexican festival. Feel free to dress up in traditional Dia de los Muertos costume!

There will be traditional food and music, kid’s activities and storytelling. We will have a cafe area, where people can relax and enjoy our gorgeous, homemade Chilli (meat & veggie) and traditional Bolilla rolls – all in aid of our Fundraising Renovation Project.

On Saturday and Sunday, City Arts will unveil their incredible Day of the Dead set, hand built by children, attending the ‘Set Design Workshop’ with Donna Lewis (see event page or programme pg23). 

Free Entry to event

**Storytelling in the Day of the Dead Underworld**

Please Book for this part of the event.
Book your Storytelling Session in our incredible ‘Afterlife’ set. Travel to the other side and become immersed in the stories of old Mexico. 
Age: 6+ (recommended) Teens & Adults
Cost: £5 per person

To Book: info@cityartsnewbury.co.uk

Poetry in Print: Three Day Workshop with Donna Lewis & Isabel Carmona

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And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.

William Shakespeare (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

~ Friday 7th July, 6.30pm – 8.30pm


~ Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th July, 10am – 4.30pm


A three day unique, challenging and dynamic workshop, with Donna Lewis & Isabel Carmona…


Day One: POETRY: The poetry session is in the evening 6.30pm – 8.30pm.
We will write poems based on our own ideas, shared thoughts and discussions – using a variety of topics for inspiration. You can also use the words of other poets.

Day Two: LINO: plan and create linocuts to illustrate your book and cover. You will recieve step-by-step guidance from the tutors on how to cut the lino, which tools create which mark and how to get the most out of your designs.

Day Three: BOOK BINDING: design and make two books:

~ Concertina Style & Japanese Binding

You will be using a variety of papers for your book block. There will also be specialist papers available for your covers, or you can design you rown cover using a lino-stamp you make during the session.

It’s then time to add your poetry to your handmade books!

At the end of the third day you will take home your ‘Poetry in Print’

~ Age: Adults
~ Cost: £180 (all materials included – concessions £150)
~ We also provide a payment plan – get in contact for more details

**To Book Your Place, Just Email Us: info@cityartsnewbury.co.uk

Kizzy Lou & Friends – Vintage Fair at City Arts Newbury

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Time each day: 10am to 4pm

Kizzy Lou Vintage specialises in 1930s-1950s clothes jewellery and accessories, some original and some new items made from vintage and retro materials.

We have other stalls that will be selling vintage and retro items from the 60s, 70s and 80s as well as some craft items with a retro feel.

Entry to the event is free for buyers and there will be a small pop-up retro tea room selling tea, coffee and cakes.

We hope, in bringing this event to a totally new venue, lots of people will experience the Vintage scene for the first time and have a fun shopping experience, with a vintage vibe.

It will also give people, who haven’t yet visited City Arts, a chance to drop in and look at the plans for transforming the building, and pick up a programme of workshops & events.

For more info, please email: KizzyLou.Madden@gmail.com

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City Arts Poetry Gathering

Sunday 23rd April  2017

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Time: 3pm – 4.30pm
Cost: Free
Age: Adults

This is a very informal and friendly gathering for people who enjoy poetry, in all its forms.

There isn’t a strict format to the event – participants may share their own poetry, the work of another poet, or simply listen to the readings.

**No need to book, however, please email us for location info: info@cityartsnewbury.co.uk

Lino-printing Made Easy with Karen Carter

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7 April 2017

Time: 10am to 4pm

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Learn all the basics of this simple printing process and produce a set of single and multi-colour prints in this structured but
relaxed workshop.

We will look at creating a design from your source material, safe linocutting techniques, and printing by hand using a variety of

No experience necessary…..lots of step-by-step demos & individual help.

Cost: £38 all materials included
Age: Adults
Booking Your Place, email us: info@cityartsnewbury.co.uk

Create in Clay: Faces & Masks for Kids with Ursula Waechter

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8 April 2017

10am to 12pm

New CollageThis workshop is a great opportunity for your child to be taught by professional ceramicist Ursula Waechter.

Looking at images of masks and faces for inspiration, your child will plan the design of their mask, with step-by-step instructions and handy tips.
Using red clay and pottery tools, they will find out how to make the features of the face, using just their hands.

The masks will then be fired for you and ready for collection, from City Arts, three weeks after the workshop.

Cost: £15 (all tools & materials included)
Age: Teens & Kids 8+ (unsupervised)

*Booking Your Child’s Place, email us: info@cityartsnewbury.co.uk

Silk Painting for Adults with Sarah Moorcroft

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9 April 2017

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This is a wonderful opportunity to spend the day learning how to work with silk, under the tuition of artist Sarah Moorcroft.

You can use a floral theme, or choose one of your own.

During the workshop you will learn the design process and practical application of silk painting.

This technique involves planning your design on paper and then transferring it to your silk, guttering up the design and then allowing it to dry.

You will then paint your silk, having learnt which colours work well together and how to apply them.

Age: Adults
Cost: £45

*Booking Your Place, email us: info@cityartsnewbury.co.uk

*Bring a packed-lunch*