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Events and activities

To download our latest events and activities leaflet (May - November 2019) click on the image on the right:

 

Errata:
Children's Art Club 6 September should read Saturday 7 September
Wednesday Club 25 July should read Wednesday 24 July

Exhibitions

Wicked Walsall

9 October 2018 - 11 May 2019

Our current exhibition delves into the darker side of Walsall's history - superstition, crime and punishment, bloodsports, and macabre medicine.  The mysterious Bayard's Colts and scold's bridle are on display, and dare you take a peek at the Hand of Glory, the human arm found inside a chimney in Caldmore? 

FREE

Made in Walsall

21 May – 29 June 2019
The Leather Museum has been working with students on the Supported Learning Creative Arts course at Walsall College for over 20 years.  We are proud to, once again, exhibit some of the fantastic work that they have created during the year.  This year's show will include ceramics, papier mache, lino cuts and handmade books.

FREE

Summer Holiday!

16 July – 5 October 2019
Get ready to enjoy some vintage vibes with our new exhibition!  Bold mid-century fashion and swimwear, picnic sets and postcards will be on display as we celebrate the traditional British summer holiday.
FREE

 

Workshops and Events for Adults

Stitchers and Skivers Craft Club

10.00am – 1.00pm & 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Our Stitchers and Skivers craft club has gone from strength to strength since we first began in 2016 – we’ve even had to add extra sessions.  It offers participants the opportunity to meet new people and experiment with a whole range of different crafts and techniques.  Starter ideas, materials and support are supplied plus plenty of tea and biscuits and chat.  Why not give it a go?


8 May – Embossed metal foil mirror frames

12 June – Papercraft

10 July – Weaving

11 September – Card-making

9 October – Macrame

13 November - Marbling

£6.00 per session – booking and pre-payment essential.

Craft and Chat Mornings

Wednesdays: 30 January, 27 February, 27 March, 24 April

10am - 1pm

Do you enjoy crafting and meeting up with people with similar interests? Every month we will be opening the door to our craft space for crafters to come and meet, and bring along any projects they are are working on.  We'll supply hot drinks and biscuits.

£2.50 per session - book ahead to ensure your space

Free Hand-Stitching Tutorial Session with Keith Parker

Saturday 15 June & Saturday 7 September
1pm – 4pm
An excellent opportunity to learn how to double hand-stitch with our expert demonstrator, Keith Parker.  Participants will gain enough knowledge during these sessions to enable them to take part in our Leather Purse-Making Weekend in October.
FREE but places are strictly limited so booking is essential. 

Screen Printing Workshop for Adults with Karoline Rerrie

Saturday 29 June
10.30am – 4.00pm
In this one-day workshop we will be exploring the colourful technique of screen printing using hand cut paper stencils. You will draw and cut out stencils of your own images, designs or patterns. Then learn how to screen print using your stencils, silk screens, squeegees and water based inks. You will use registration techniques and create a series of unique multi-coloured prints on paper.  The workshop is suitable for beginners as well as people looking to refresh their skills.
Please bring along your own images or rough ideas to work from. Hand cut stencils are best suited to printing bold shapes and solid colour, and are not really suitable for printing fine lines and very detailed images.  Please remember to bring a bag or something to take your prints home in.
£40 (all materials provided).  Booking and pre-payment essential

Paint Like a Master! - Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ with Rob Conway

Saturday 20 July
1.30pm – 4.30pm
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn to paint your own masterpiece.  Rob will lead you through the process step by step until you have created your very own Sunflowers masterpiece.  The last session was a sell out so book now!
£25 includes all materials and refreshments and cake.  Suitable for all abilities.  Booking and pre-payment essential

Folk Embroidery Sampler Workshop for Adults with Ann Howden

Saturday 10 August
10am – 4.00pm
Inspired by Scandinavian folk embroidery patterns this sampler includes a variety of surface embroidery stitches such as satin stitch, couched in Bayeux stitch, padded satin, fly stitch, palestrina knot, ribbon bead covering and needle weaving with stranded cotton and silk ribbon. A variety of other stitches will also be demonstrated to embellish your work .
£40 (all materials included).  Booking and pre-payment essential

Crafternoon

Saturday 21 September
1.30pm – 4.30pm
Ever just want to take some time out to do something creative but feel like life just gets in the way? This session is the perfect excuse to just step off the hamster wheel of life and try out some new things.  There’ll be a number of different craft projects to try out, including silk painting and rag-rugging.  The afternoon will include tea and cake too!
£10 (includes materials and refreshments).  Booking and pre-payment essential

Willow Bird Sculpture Workshop with Sue Kirk

Thursday 26 September
Weave a bird sculpture for your house or garden!  You can choose a pheasant, goose, chicken or duck, and will start by learning how to construct a framework, then how to weave around the frame using an interlace technique. You will be shown how to add character and personality to your bird and make it look animated. This workshop is suitable for beginners, a fun day for all.
£40 all materials included. Booking and pre-payment essential

Leather Purse-Making Weekend Workshop with Keith Parker

Saturday 19 October 10am – 4.00pm and Sunday 20 October 10am – 4.00pm*
This event proved so popular when we ran it back in March that we thought it only fair to run it again. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn how to make a quality leather purse from start to finish with craftsman, Keith Parker.  Participants will learn to cut, assemble and glue, handstitch and insert a zip and fasteners.  At the end of the weekend you will leave with a beautiful handcrafted purse.
This workshop is suitable for those with some experience of handstitching leather.  If you have no previous experience, please come along to one of the free hand-stitching sessions advertised in this leaflet.
£95 (all materials included).  Booking and pre-payment essential
*estimated finishing time.

Murder Mystery Evening

Friday 1 November

7.30pm

When a theatre company begin their rehearsals for their 25th Anniversary play, 'Fangs for the Memories' there's some bad feeling amongst the cast.  What could possibly go wrong...?  Join us for one of our fabulous fun evenings and play detective.  Can you work out whodunnit?  Guests are welcome to wear Hallowe'en fancy dress (but it's not compulsory!)

£12.50, includes refreshments and nibbles.  Booking and pre-payment essential.

Activities for Children

Mythical Beasts Drop-in

Wednesday 29 May
10.30am – 12.30pm & 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Drop-in and make your own mythical beast.
£1.20 – no need to book

Wristband Leathercraft Drop-in

Thursday 30 May
10.30am – 12.30pm & 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Join us to create your own decorated leather wristband.
£1.50 – no need to book

Children's Art Club

Saturdays, 1.30 - 3.30pm

1 June - Collaged portraits

6 July - Leathercraft

7 September - Money boxes

5 October - Lanterns

2 November - Day of the Dead crafts

£4.50 per session, booking and pre-payment essential.  Suitable for 6-12s.

 

Summer Holidays at the Leather Museum

There’s always something to see and do at the museum during the summer holidays and this year it’s packed full of fun! Pick up an activity tour pack which will lead you around the museum and will take in a variety of different activities – some will involve looking and listening but there’ll be plenty of hands-on things to keep you busy too! When you’ve completed your booklet – hand it in at the shop to claim your prize. 
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Have- a-Go Leathercraft Drop-Ins

Tuesdays, 10.30am – 12.30pm & 1.30pm – 3.30pm

31st July – Key-rings

6th August – Decorated notebook

13th August – Coin purse

20th August – Bag charms

£1.50 – no need to book

Wednesday Club

Wednesdays, 10.30am – 12.30pm & 1.30pm – 3.30pm

24th July – Sea World

Make your own mermaid or sea-god
£1.20 – drop in sessions .  No need to book

31st July - Under the Sea!

3D underwater scenes with Rob Conway 
£4 -  booking essential.  Suitable for 5-12s

7th August  - ‘Ahoy There!’

Pirates and parrots themed crafts with Ruth Turnbull.
£4 – booking essential.  Suitable for 5 – 12s

14th August – Little Fishy 

Make and decorate a fish with Jim Morris.
£1.20 – drop-in sessions.  No need to book

21st August – Bunting Bonanza!

Drop-in and make your own summer themed bunting.
£1.20 – drop-in sessions.  No need to book

Let’s Animate!

Friday 16 August
10.30am – 12.30pm
A fantastic introduction to making your own ‘claymation’ animations with professional animator, Gemma Foy. You’ll work in small groups to create and film your own short piece of animation which will be available to you after the session.
Suitable for ages 11-16
£18.50 – all equipment and materials provided.  Places are strictly limited and must be booked and paid for in advance.