Summer season of workshops and lectures at Letchworth Settlement

Just as the ink starts to dry on The Settlement’s new 2017/18 course brochure, details of an exciting and diverse range of summer workshops and lectures are revealed.

Devised to encourage creativity and provoke debate, the sessions run during August and can be booked either via the office on 01462 682828 or online at . Details can also be found listed in the events section of our Face Book pages
From workshops on Lino Printing, Applied Arts and Rag Rugs to lectures on Canaletto, British Treasure Hoards, Architecture and English Customs there is plenty on offer for those looking to try something different this summer.

Settlement Manager Sonia Weston said: “We know how busy people get and these lectures and workshops have been designed for those whose time is limited but who want to have a go at a new skill or learn about something of interest. Equally for those curious about The Settlement, attending one of these sessions will give you a better insight into what we do.”

She added: “Of course our new autumn term begins in September and we have a record number of courses on offer this year. You can pick up a course brochure at Letchworth Library, David’s or from the Local and Tourist Information Centre in Station Road.”

Open Gardens Event in June

As part of our continued drive to raise funds, a number of big hearted Settlement supporters have kindly agreed to open their garden gates to the public on two key days in June 2017.

On Sunday June 18 and Wednesday June 21 from 1.30pm until 5pm the following houses will be receiving visitors. There will be refreshments on offer.

20 and 22 Hitchin Road, Letchworth Garden City
23 and 67 Baldock Road, Letchworth Garden City
17 Sollershott West, Letchworth Garden City

Tickets are priced at £4 and can be purchased at any of the addresses on these dates and used to access the remaining properties.

Our sincere thanks to those householders who are supporting this important initiative.

‘Absolutely Art’ – A celebration of colourful creativity at Letchworth Settlement

As part of a continued drive to showcase the work of its students to as wide a public audience as possible, Letchworth Settlement is once again hosting a town centre exhibition.
Developed in partnership with the Heritage Foundation, ‘Absolutely Art’ will feature pieces from every stage of the creative journey, from beginner to the more complex designs of experienced students.
Based at the Community Museum situated in The Arcade shopping precinct in Letchworth town centre, the exhibition will feature a diverse range of artistic mediums including water colour, abstract and oil and promises to give visitors a real insight into what can be achieved when studying at The Settlement.
It will run from 11am to 4pm on Thursday 30th March to Saturday 1st April and again from Thursday 6th April to Saturday 8th April.
Settlement Manager Sonia Weston explained: “The standard of work produced by our art students at is often quite inspiring and it is important that people have an opportunity to see what they have achieved since the start of term. The work has been selected to illustrate the diversity of art done here and I want to thank all those contributors and tutors who have dedicated their time and talent to getting ready for the show.
“Many of our students will start with very little experience and will develop their skills and confidence within our supportive learning environment.”

New series of cake and craft workshops at The Settlement

Do you like the idea creating something both lovely and practical under the expert eye of an experienced tutor whilst enjoying a slice of cake? Then why don’t you come along to one of The Settlement’s new cake and craft workshops.
Starting on February 23 with Card Craft, the new series of workshops have been designed with fun in mind and at only two hours per session, should be ‘ do-able’ even for the busiest of people.
The Card Craft session runs from 7.15pm until 9.15pm and participants will learn how to use a variety of everyday materials to make a card for a special event.*
Improved and refined following feedback from last year’s successful cake and craft workshops, this new series has something for everyone and in some instances has been themed around key calendar events such as Easter.
Sonia Weston, Settlement Manager, said: “A great deal of thought and imagination has gone into the planning of our cake and craft workshops. We wanted to give students, who perhaps cannot commit to longer courses, an opportunity to try something different in a supportive learning environment.
“The feedback from students has helped us hugely and we are looking to attract both new faces and old friends. The workshops are taking place both during the day and in the evening which we hope give wider opportunities for busy people looking for something different.”
Student, Sarah Half-Penny attended a course last year. She said “As a busy mum with little time for me, I was pleased to see that Letchworth Settlement has started to do two hour Craft and Cake workshops. I attended the Fabric and Felt Flower workshop and thoroughly enjoyed it. I was so pleased to have produced three felt flowers during the workshop and felt a real sense of achievement.”
Tutor Tracey Merryweather added: “Participants need not have huge amounts of craft making experience, the sessions have been created to ensure that everyone who attends can utilise the opportunity and make something lovely for their friends, families and even for themselves. Full support is always provided and the cake keeps everyone bouncing along.”

The past, present and future of the Fitzwilliam Museum

The Settlement’s popular series of Twilight Talks returns on February 16th with an illustrated lecture about the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.

Presented by Fitzwilliam Director Tim Knox, the lecture is entitled “That ‘Noble Repository’: The Fitzwilliam Museum in its third century.”

Brought up in Nigeria and Fiji, Tim studied History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art. He was Assistant Curator at the RIBA Drawings Collection, 1989-95, and moved to the National Trust, first as its Architectural Historian, becoming its Head Curator in 2002. Between 2005 and 2013, he was Director of Sir John Soane’s Museum in London.

He is a member of the National Heritage Memorial Fund Advisory Committee, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and a Member of the Society of Dilettanti.

It promises to be a wonderful evening and doors open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start. Tickets cost £9 which includes a glass of wine.

For booking check out our website or contact the office on 01462 682828. Tickets are also available at David’s bookshop.