Adult creative workshops

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printing cut-out letters on paper © A Wilson Photography The International Slavery Museum is collaborating with experienced artists from a variety of specialities in order to offer a rolling series of free adult art workshops for ages 16+. There are boundless creative and therapeutic benefits to participating in adult art workshops (as well as all of the fun we have doing them). So what better way is there to explore our world class collections? Our new adult art programme offers visitors the opportunity to work with artists to explore our collections and museum themes using creative methods. Each workshop is a different journey of discovery as you will have the opportunity to develop a wide range of techniques using a range of creative materials.  We kick off our programme in January by welcoming artists from Paper Moon Print Studio, who will be sharing their expertise in lino printing. This is your chance to learn lino carving and printing techniques to develop your printmaking skills and create beautiful prints that draw inspiration from our Life in West Africa gallery. You will even have the chance to print a design on a free sketchbook to take home! This workshop takes place  on 7 January 7, see our Lino printing workshop event page for further information and booking details. We are also hosting partnership events with the Walker Art Gallery, drawing inspiration from their Arts Council Collection exhibitions including the Turner Prize winning Lubaina Himid’s Meticulous Observations and Naming the Money. On the first of these workshops on 20 January, 11am-1pm, join artist Hannah Fray to try out printmaking processes inspired by African colours and symbolism, where you will have the opportunity to sketch on gallery and print your own designs. Hannah will also be hosting a bookbinding workshop on 27 January, 11am-1pm, where you can explore bookbinding processes and create your own beautiful concertina book to take away. February is Carnival Month so don’t miss your chance to explore carnival design with Maeve Morris, Director of Liverpool Carnival Company, who are responsible for the unmissable Brazilica Festival. Maeve will share her expertise to help you create your own garment, a striking carnival headdress, using eye-catching materials. As part of our International Women’s Day Programme in March, Join textiles artist Seleena Daye to learn more about inspirational female abolitionists and work with others to create a sewn banner to commemorate fierce female freedom fighters of our past. Keep an eye on our events page for details of our upcoming workshops and how to book onto them. These workshops are a perfect opportunity to build your confidence and skills in a uniquely inspirational environment. There really is something for everyone as the events are tailored to support all ability levels from beginners to more experienced artists. You will only need to bring your imagination, as we will provide all of the necessary tools and workshop materials free of charge. Places are limited so please book your free place via Eventbrite to avoid disappointment. Our January workshops are available to book now and details of February and March workshops will be added to our website soon.