Lubaina Himid - Batik textile workshop

£160 2.5hr Max 16 Pupils

Lubaina Himid – Lost Threads        Batik Textile Workshop

Available 19 Jan – 21 Apr 2024           2.5 hours                £160 (for up to 16 pupils)

This workshop will combine a guided tour of Lubaina Himid’s Lost Threads installation with a hands-on batik workshop. ‘Weaving and flowing across the front façade and around the permanent collections, Lost Threads sees 400m of vibrant Dutch wax fabric pieces transform the spaces of the Holburne Museum’. Although now recognised as ‘African’ cloth, these textiles have a complex identity that reflects a historic and continuing flow of female labour, colonial trade, migration and globalisation.

Pupils will:-

  • Learn about the connections between Dutch traders, Indonesia and West African markets before designing and creating their own batik squares designs.
  • Each student will create a unique coloured batik piece to take away.

The workshop will be lead by Shelagh Hetreed, ‘Shelagh has taught and shared batik techniques in Zimbabwe and Senegal. She has a weekly Batik and screen printing group at her own studio and exhibits with the Cam Valley Arts Trail’

Please see Visit Guidelines for further information to help plan your visit. Contact us 01225 388568 or email

Gwen John Inspires - Life Drawing

£160 2.5hr Max 18 Pupils

Gwen John Inspires – Life Drawing        GCSE + A level workshop

Available 21 Oct to 14 April 2024              2.5 hours                £160 (for up to 18 pupils)

‘Gwen John .. is known for the quiet strength of the solitary women in her portraits and the reflective stillness of her interiors. But for decades she was overshadowed by her famous brother Augustus and often portrayed as a recluse. This exhibition expels this myth and re-examines the significance of John’s work alongside her fellow international modernists.’    Pallant House Gallery 2022

Pupils will:-

  • Explore the exhibition through a guided gallery tour and sketching
  • Enjoy a 2 hour fully taught life-drawing workshop responding to Gwen John’s work by exploring wash, ink and chalk techniques

Includes gallery visit, fully taught life-drawing class and all materials


Please see Visit Guidelines for further information to help plan your visit. Contact us 01225 388568 or email

Life Drawing Workshops

£160 Max 16 Pupils
Life Drawing workshops for GCSE & A Level students

Life Drawing workshops for GCSE & A Level students

Taking Inspiration from our permanent collection students will:

  • Extend their observational drawing skills through a fully tutored life drawing session.
  • Develop a deeper understanding of art history and the influence of classical antiquity on later art forms

Standard 2 hour Life Drawing workshops can be booked at any time (subject to availability).

£160 for a 2 hour workshop Maximum 18 pupils

Grayson Perry Downloadable Activity Resources

Grayson Perry Self identity Secondary Workshop

Grayson Perry: Who do you think you are? Create an identity vase.

Grayson Perry: The Pre-Therapy Years
FREE Downloadable Activity Resources

Suitable for GCSE and A level students

These resources have been designed for you to use in the classroom or for on-line teaching.
Explore the early work and techniques of Grayson Perry, focusing on themes of identity and portraiture in The Pre-Therapy Years exhibition.
This self-contained activity focuses on Perry’s use of drawn line, ‘ready-made’ pattern and personal iconography. Students can experience the exhibition through a guided tour film, see demonstrations of simple techniques to apply surface decoration and follow instructions on the activity sheet to create their own Identity Vases.

Suggested activity time (with film): 2 hours

Downloadable Activity Resources and links:

Please note Grayson Perry has always courted controversy, ‘going with the line of most resistance’ to explore gender, identity, sexual fetishism and religious and political iconography.
The film and worksheets do not contain or reference any explicit imagery.

Image credit: Grayson Perry, 2016 Richard Ansett.
Ramsay Rosamund

Permanent Collection and Temporary Exhibitions

Our stunning collection is a great way to expose students to a broad range of media: paintings, portrait miniatures, sculpture, ceramics, silver and textiles. We’re renowned for our eighteenth century paintings by such famous artists as Gainsborough, Ramsay, Stubbs, Raeburn and Zoffany. Students can broaden their knowledge and find endless inspiration for their own portfolios.

We also have a programme of high profile temporary exhibitions, often drawing on national and international collections, plus interventions by contemporary artists and can offer workshops linked to these. Please call to discuss how we might tailor a workshop to meet your requirements. We can also arrange life drawing sessions at the Museum for your students, please see above for details..

Our workshops can also be adapted for small groups of pupils with special educational needs, giving added emphasis to sensory experience.

Self-led visits are also available: pupils and teachers have free entry but booking is still essential. 

Please see Visit Guidelines for further information to help plan your visit. Contact us 01225 388568 or email

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