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A Place to Meet.

Rheged is a gallery, café, cinema, shopping venue, workplace and creative space on the edge of the Northern Lakes. A place where kids can be kids in our Indoor Play and Making Space and where friends, family and colleagues can share a meal, watch a film, hold a meeting, see an exhibition, buy a gift or catch up over coffee. A flexible space for getting together or enjoying time alone with a book or notepad; a place where stories are told, ideas are sparked and the Cumbrian landscape is a constant source of inspiration.

Cinema

Our giant-screen cinema offers an immersive experience unique within our region. The 18.3-metre-wide screen invites you to leap into the action of the latest Hollywood releases and family favourites or be transported to one of the world’s great theatres, where live-streamed opera, ballet and musical performances come vividly to life through our state-of-the-art surround sound system. Enjoy the show with sweet treats from our Deli including Kimi’s Gelato, popcorn and hand-packed confectionery range from Bon Bon’s.

Indoor Play 

Our state of-the-art indoor play area, designed by Tigerplay features a new café serving coffees and cakes, along with a seating area for parents and guardians. The revamped space features three slides alongside each other to race down and a specific area for young children. It also includes an elevated level including a ‘nest-like’ den which can be reached through climbing walls and ladders.

Making Space

Where children can get creative decorating a range of models including bunnies, dinosaurs, masks, letters and more with decorative patterned papers in our Decopatch workshop.

Gallery
In our spacious Gallery we host a changing programme of four exhibitions every year which have a connection with our Cumbria home. We are proud to exhibit work by Cumbria’s artists and craftspeople, as well as emerging and established artists from all over the UK. This strong relationship with artists means we can show creativity at its most diverse, as well as reflecting life in the landscape. Alongside each exhibition is a range of creative classes led by exhibiting artists.

 Café

Our 100-seat ground-floor cafe is a relaxed dining space where you can brunch with friends, enjoy a working lunch or catch up before a movie. Our menu is inclusive and flexible, changing with the seasons and featuring handmade food and drink from our community of local producers.

Deli 

Our Deli counter offers sandwiches, pies, salads, cakes and bakes made by us as you would make them at home. On the move? We offer speciality coffee by Carvetii in Threlkeld available to take away with you. In our Deli shop you will find edible gifts with a strong sense of place. Local and handmade foods, including Cumbrian preserves, artisan pastas, organic wines and small-batch craft spirits. Functional cookware and eco-conscious utensils and accessories for table and pantry.

New to our Deli, enjoy a selection of hotdogs on your next evening visit to our Cinema. Made with Cumberland sausages from our butchery, and topped with pickled red onions, crispy onions, grated parmesan cheese and a sauce from Wild & Fruitful of your choice, as well as a halloumi option!

Add homemade sea salt & herb potato wedges on the side too, with Cotswold Gold Garlic Mayonnaise or Wild & Fruitful Bowness BBQ Sauce. Available Friday and Saturday evenings (5pm -7pm) or until the beginning of a live streaming event in our Cinema.

Toyshop

Our toy shop is packed almost to the rafters with children’s books, clothes, toys, puzzles, gifts, Jellycat teddies and pocket-money treats. Children can find new titles by their favourite authors, or discover retellings of classic fairytales. Our vibrant range of children’s clothing is from brands such as Blade Rose as well as Marcus Walters screen-printed just for us sweatshirts and t-shirts. We stock a huge selection of LEGO® which features Harry Potter, Avatar, Lego City, Technic, Spider-Man, Lightyear and Minecraft.

Clothing and Wellbeing

Our lifestyle shop includes stylish womenswear and accessories, exceptional beauty products, and contemporary interior accessories. Clothing ranges includes sustainable labels (People Tree; Thought Clothing), iconic names (Birkenstock) and British knitwear from Eribé and Harley of Scotland.
Our Wellbeing space showcases natural skincare and vegan-friendly makeup from emerging and established brands. Our brands include REN, This Works, Trilogy, L’Occitane, Dr Hauschka, with makeup from Stila.

Find textiles, ceramics, lighting and craft to bring warmth and personality to indoor and outdoor spaces in our Home section. As well as bespoke blankets, scarves and natural scented candles created for us by craft producers and beguiling gallery of cards and gift wrap designed and printed in Britain.

Design Shop

An evolving space celebrating art, design and thought. Ceramics, jewellery and items for the home from iconic names and local makers. We stock a range of stationery, art materials and craft kits for both adults and children to get creative with. As well as products made by artist exhibiting in our Gallery. 

Outdoor Shop

Kit to inspire adventure in the Cumbrian landscape. Clothing, footwear, rucksacks, accessories, books and camping gear from KUHL, Rab, Fjallraven, Cotopaxi and mindful brands including Fjällraven, Patagonia, Howies and many more.

Cafe: 9.30am till 5pm

Shops: 10am – 5pm

Gallery: 10am – 5pm

Deli:

Sunday – Thursday 8:30am until the start of the last film.

Friday to Saturday 8.30am – 7pm (serving brand new hotdogs and potato wedges 5pm – 7pm)

Cinema: Please see programme. Drinks and snacks available.

Filling station: 6am – 10pm

Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day

Open New Years Eve and Day

Location

Rheged Centre, Redhills
Penrith, Cumbria
CA11 0DQ

Rheged is a couple of minutes’ drive from the M6 (J40) at Penrith along the A66 towards Keswick.

Regular bus services between Penrith and Keswick stop at Rheged. Visit traveline.info for timetables. 

Our 250-space car park is free for Rheged visitors. Please note that the car park closes when Rheged closes. It is locked and unattended overnight.

Filling station and EV charging points available on site.

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Great Print 9

Rheged Centre

Now in its 9th year, this celebration of Printmaking is one of the leading exhibitions of its kind in the UK. A blend of 60 Printmakers with over 1000 original artworks to choose from. 

The exhibition reflects the broad spectrum of printing techniques, including woodblock, linocut, etching, screenprint and collagraph, focusing on unusual and different ways printing can be used. A curated area explores the use of printing techniques in collage, printing onto fabrics, paper, ceramics, and even mirror shards. 

We are excited to have a selection of Hester Cox’s haymaking project, a haymaking calendar in 12 linocuts and London artist, Cally Conway’s Lino print inspired clothing collaboration with retail store, Anthropologie.


Introduction to Life Drawing with Catherine MacDiarmid

Rheged Centre

Working direct from a life model, you will be guided through different drawing techniques using graphite and charcoal. This introductory class is intended to nurture both an experimental approach to life drawing and good observational skills while promoting good discipline within the traditions of a life room setting.

Catherine MacDiarmid has exhibited widely including in the BP Portrait Award and was a semi-finalist in the Sky Portrait Artists of the Year 2019. Catherine has 26 years’ experience teaching art courses.
Please bring with you:
*A3/A2 sketchbook of cartridge paper
*Willow charcoal
*Putty rubber
*Graphite stick
*Clips or masking tape
*Drawing board if your sketchbook is floppy
*Easels – feel free bring one if you want although this course has been designed to work without using one
*Overalls
We have a Design shop at Rheged in case you are missing any materials.

Times: 10am-4pm 
Minimum age 16 years
Maximum of 10 in the class


Fused glass Easter decorations with Roxanne Denny

Rheged Centre

Learn the skill of glass fusing and express your creativity by making your own Easter decorations. Produce two fused glass Easter egg decorations and time permitting, 1-2 different decorations with your own designs. With hands-on guidance from Roxanne, you’ll get a beginner-friendly introduction to different forms of glass, how colour changes in the kiln and the basics of glass compatibility as you learn how to cut and fuse glass.

All materials and use of equipment are included in the price; just bring images for inspiration if desired. Your finished pieces can be collected from Rheged 2-3 weeks after the class.

Roxanne is an award-winning glass artist, who produces colourful and abstract fused glass pieces including bowls, wall art, coasters, jewellery and much more. Roxanne has been teaching glass courses for the past nine years and loves to bring out the creativity of her students and see the pieces that they produce.

Times: 10-1pm
Minimum age 16 years
Maximum of 8 in the class
£65 pp


A Short History of Flowers: The Stories that make our Gardens | RGS

Rheged Centre

Have you ever wondered about the stories behind your favourite garden flowers? How and why, they came to be there or why some cultivars go in and out of favour? Each flower has a story, and in this lecture Advolly Richmond takes you on a global tour of some intriguing, surprising and enriching tales and scenarios.

Advolly Richmond is a garden historian, TV and radio presenter and independent researcher in gardens, landscapes, plants and social history. A regular contributor on BBC Gardeners' World as well as on BBC Gardeners' Question Time, she is also the presenter of The Garden History Podcast, an A-Z. She lectures on a variety of subjects from the 16th through to 20th centuries. She is passionate about promoting garden history in all its branches and encourages people to value their garden and botanical heritage.

1h 50m (inc 20m interval)


New Light Prize Exhibition

Rheged Centre

Now in its 12th year, the biennial New Light Prize Exhibition is an open art competition which celebrates and promotes the best of Northern Art. 

It is open to artists born, living, or studying an art-based degree in Cheshire, Cumbria, Durham, Lancashire, Northumberland, or Yorkshire.

From the call out, a prestigious panel of judges have selected over 120 exciting artworks in an array of mediums for this the biennial New Light Prize Exhibition.

The Gallery at Rheged is delighted to be Cumbria’s hosting venue for this exhibition, where visitors can explore the wealth of northern talent, discuss the 6 award winners, and purchase new work.

Free entry


Cyanotype Coloured Animal Portraits with Artist David Lush

Rheged Centre

Ideal for beginners, this class starts with a brief introduction to the cyanotype process, its origins and the ways artists have used it to generate artwork. The image of the animal which you have selected either from your own collection or one provided by the tutor, will be transformed into a negative for use in this session. You will then use a process to create a light sensitive solution and then coat it on the paper. You will then expose the animal negatives to UV light to create a beautiful blue and white image of the animal. In the afternoon, the tutor will demonstrate how pigments can be used to colour the images. Coloured pencils, pastels, water colours or coffee and tea stains can be used to begin the colouring process. There is opportunity to print multiple images and select the best as a unique masterpiece.

David Lush gained an MA in Creative Practice at the University of Cumbria in 2021. He is a qualified teacher and practicing artist who delivers workshops dealing with alternative photographic processes such as cyanotype printing. This class has been programmed to coincide with Great Print 9 in the main Gallery

There will be a choice of animal negatives to use, or you can email the animal image you would like to use, at least a week before the workshop, to [email protected]

Please wear old clothes. Art materials such as pastels, coffee and tea stains and watercolours will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own materials to experiment with. Please bring a good set of colouring pencils.

Faber Castell oil-based pencils are particularly good for this type of hand colouring and we have secured a competitive price for pack of 12. You have the choice of buying these through Rheged and the pack will be ready for you to use on the day

10am-3pm
Maximum number 10 people
Minimum age 16 years
£65 pp
£17 pp for a set of Faber Castell oil-based pencils (optional). If you would like to make a purchase please order at [email protected]


Create a Piped Cushion with Ashlea Ginesi

Rheged Centre

New for our programme of creative classes, a chance to learn some sewing techniques with a takeaway creation to enhance your home. Join Ashlea for this hands on class, designed to teach you the basic methods of pattern placement, piping, putting in a zip and finishing techniques to make your own high quality cushion.

All you need to bring is your sewing machine. Ashlea will provide zips, the fabric, piping cord and threads, which are all included in the price. If you also need 18 inch inners, these will be available to buy on the day for £8 – please bring cash.

Ashea has studied and worked within the design industry since 2005. Ashlea has a strong knowledge of interiors and design, priding herself on producing high quality hand sewn soft furnishing.

10am – 3pm
Maximum number 10
Minimum Age 14
£50 inc all materials


Draw a Portrait in Charcoal with Catherine MacDiarmid

Rheged Centre

Learn the essential techniques of observing and measuring for a portrait through a series of enjoyable exercises, before embarking on your own portrait. Emphasis will be given to the technicalities of drawing with charcoal to build layers and tones that will represent the structure of a portrait. This new class focused on using charcoal to create figurative work, has been organised to coincide with the New Light Prize Exhibition in the main Gallery. Catherine’s charcoal portrait “Bruised” inspired by her mother’s fragility and sensitivity after a fall during Covid, is one of the works of art featured in this Exhibition.

For this creative class, please bring with you
Willow charcoal
Putty Rubber
White cartridge paper (A3 minimum size, a few sheets or sketch book)
Cheap hairspray or charcoal fixative
Clips or masking tape
Mirror or a good quality photo of a head (this can be digital or printed but should have good light source)

Catherine is a local artist who has exhibited widely, including exhibiting in the BP Portrait in 2001/2, New Light Art Tour 2021/22 and 2023/24 (of outstanding Northern based Artists) and regularly at the Mall Galleries, London. Catherine has won many awards for her art, most recently being the Watercolour Materials Award in the Jacksons Painting Prize 2023. She is an elected member of The Lakes Artists Society and appeared in Sky Portrait Artists of the Year 2014, 2018 reaching the semi-finals in 2019. As well as completing private portrait commissions her work is in collected internationally and she works from her studio in Kendal. Her artwork focuses on the human form and portraiture in both drawing & painting.

10am-4pm
Maximum number 14
Minimum age 16
£55


Hans Rey – Mishaps and Mayhem

Rheged Centre

Presented by Speakers from the Edge
 
Untold stories, chaos and legendary tales from mountain bike icon, Hans Rey!
 
Mountain Bike pioneer, adventurer, former Trials World Champion, Hans ’No Way’ Rey. Hans will reveal, the crazy and whacky that accompanied him on some of his adventures. With many career highlights and some never-seen-before footage and photos. 
 
Behind the scenes stories of his greatest stunts and adventures and how it felt to be lost, haunted, stalked and rescued. From broken bikes and broken bones to the evolution of the sport to where it is today. You know what they say, an adventure isn’t an adventure until things go wrong!

1h 50m (inc 20 min interval)


Natural Willow Plant Supports with Willowpool

Rheged Centre

Suitable for complete beginners and experienced willow weavers, this seasonal class invites you to create natural willow supports (2 wigwams) to take home to your garden which will be suitable for sweet peas and climbing annuals. In this class you can learn the basic principles of willow weaving. 

Materials are all included, just bring your own secateurs. Willowpool will provide all the materials, you just need to bring £15 cash on the day.

Willowpool designs are traditional and contemporary willow weavers, who have been weaving with willow for over 40 years.

10am-4pm
Maximum 15 people
Minimum age 15 years
£85pp Excluding the materials


Willow Piglets for the Garden with Willowpool

Rheged Centre

Suitable for complete beginners and experienced willow weavers, this seasonal class invites you to create a piglet for the Garden from soaked willow rods. You will learn how to prepare dried “withies” or willowsticks and how to create frameworks for which to create your willow creature. 

Willow sculptures can be used as either indoors or as a garden sculpture. You will be using a few simple tools such as secateurs and bodkins provided on the day. The techniques that you will learn can be applied to other materials and can be scaled up for large site-specific installations. 

Materials are all included, just bring your own secateurs and a ribbon and a bell if you wish to decorate your sculpture. Willowpool will provide all the materials, you just need to bring £15 cash on the day.

Willowpool designs are traditional and contemporary willow weavers, who have been weaving with willow for over 40 years.

10am-4pm
Maximum 15 people
Minimum age 15 years
£85pp Excluding the materials


Honeycomb Weaving with Jan Beadle

Rheged Centre

Honeycomb weaving creates a cell like structure which resembles the bee’s honeycomb. This class is perfect for beginners but weavers with a little more experience will enjoy learning this pattern. Come and enjoy a day weaving on a 4 shaft table loom. The looms will be set up and ready to go on the day.This fabric is suitable for a cushion, bag, purse, or any of your own sewing projects

 

Jan has over 30 years’ experience in the textile field both as a teacher and as a designer and maker of contemporary woven textiles for fashion and interiors.

10am -4pm
Maximum 8 people
Minimum age 16
£70 inc all materials

 


Excelling with Acrylic Paint with Catherine MacDiarmid

Rheged Centre

Unleash your expression with acrylic paint in this workshop designed to expand painted mark-making skills.

Working directly from still life, discover different painting techniques, mark making with brushes and other tools, colour-mixing, painting mediums and layering processes to boost your confidence in painting with acrylics.

Catherine MacDiarmid has exhibited widely including in the BP Portrait Award and was a semi -finalist in the Sky Portrait Artists of the Year in 2019. Catherine has 26 years’ experience teaching art courses.

Please bring with you:

*Basic range of acrylic paints
*Range of brushes, including large flat brushes at least 1 inch (household brushes are fine)
*Small sponge
*Rags for wiping brushes
*A couple of large plates or trays to use as palettes and for mixing paint on.
Some grease proof paper.
*Plastic/glass pots for water
*Water spray bottle
*Pastels (optional)
* Acrylic painting medium (optional as tutor will bring some)
*At least 3 large A2 or bigger) sheets of paper. These should be primed with acrylic primer prior to painting on as it saves precious acrylic paint
*Overalls

We have a Design shop at Rheged in case you are missing any materials.

10-4pm
Minimum age 16 years
Maximum number 14
We have a Design shop at Rheged in case you are missing any materials.


Creative Writing with Emma Thompson | How to create Conflict and Tension

Rheged Centre

A story or novel without conflict is dull and won’t engage the reader, and dramatic tension keeps readers wanting to read more. In this friendly, informal class, Emma will teach you different types of conflict and how you can introduce them in your writing. She will help you understand what dramatic tension is and will give you ideas about how to include it in your writing, to develop your plot and characters and keep your reader hooked. There will be plenty of time for putting these ideas into practice, with writing exercises throughout the morning. You can then use these ideas in your own work.

Emma is a teacher with 26 years’ experience and is passionate about helping people develop their creativity, through creative discussion and writing.

The morning will be informal and supportive and an opportunity for you to meet like-minded people.

Previous students in Emma’s creative writing classes at Rheged have commented:
‘Emma encourages creativity which I didn’t know I had.’
‘Very relaxed, lots of tips to take forward.’
‘My first course in 17 years. I enjoyed all of it.’

Who would enjoy this course? The class is suitable for those new to creative writing as well as people with some experience who are looking to develop their skills. It will take place in the Pink Room at Rheged, a calm, contemporary space that allows for creative thinking.

There is unlimited complementary teas, coffee, water and biscuits available, and you will be able to help yourself throughout the morning.
You are welcome to write on a device such as a laptop or a notepad/paper and your favourite pen or pencil.

Maximum 16 people
£30 per person
10am – 1pm


Creative Writing with Emma Thompson | Short Story Writing

Rheged Centre

‘Find the key emotion; this may be all you need know to find your short story.’
F. Scott Fitzgerald
It’s often said that we all have a novel in us, but many people find it difficult to create a long piece of writing. A short story is much more achievable for many and in this friendly, informal class, Emma will teach you how to create your own short story.

You will look at different ways that short story writers begin, so that they engage their reader from the very start, and practise some of these techniques yourself. Emma will help you to consider your characters, setting, plot, turning points and twists, and will teach you techniques you can use to reveal characters.

There will be plenty of time for putting these ideas and techniques into practice, with writing exercises throughout the afternoon. This could lead to you writing a complete short story, or making a start and finishing it in your own time - it is totally up to you.

Emma is a teacher with 26 years’ experience and is passionate about helping people develop their creativity, through creative discussion and writing.The afternoon will be informal and supportive and an opportunity for you to meet like-minded people.

Previous students in Emma’s creative writing classes at Rheged have commented:
‘Innovative prompts and exercises. Passionate, curious and supportive atmosphere.’
‘Emma is knowledgeable and engaging.’
‘Felt safe; very nicely paced.’

Who would enjoy this course? The class is suitable for those new to creative writing as well as people with some experience who are looking to develop their skills. It will take place in the Pink Room at Rheged, a calm, contemporary space that allows for creative thinking.

There is unlimited complementary teas, coffee, water and biscuits available, and you will be able to help yourself throughout the afternoon.nYou are welcome to write on a device such as a laptop or a notepad/paper and your favourite pen or pencil.

Maximum 16 people
£30 per person
2 – 5pm


Textured Embroidery & Abstract Mark Making class with Victoria Merness

Rheged Centre

Taking inspiration from landscapes and natural themes, we will first explore abstract mark making with beautiful metallic and matte watercolour paints and ink. Previous experience is not needed for this creative class. If you can dip a brush into paint, then that is all that is required, as the marks made will suggest areas for embroidering onto.

 

Simple stitches will then be employed to highlight areas within the marks, and Victoria will be on hand to help at every step to guide you through this simple process.

 

This workshop is a mindful and relaxing experience, and slow stitching and instinctive colour selection is very much encouraged.

 

All materials are included, and you will receive an enhanced kit to take away with you that will encourage the making of work beyond this workshop. The kit includes:

 

· Set of watercolour paints, and a half pan of metallic paint.
· Paint brush.
· Selection of embroidery threads and pure wool threads.
· John James Embroidery Needle.
· Embroidery Hoop.
· Two pieces of fabric (one to use in the workshop, and one for an extra project at home).
· A calico bag to store your work in, with the possibility of decorating with the techniques learnt.
· A printed stitch guide.

 

Victoria is a qualified artist and teacher holding two Masters degrees in Fine Art and Creative Practice, and you may have seen her recently on the sewing TV channel, Sewing Street.
10.30am -3pm
Max 15
Minimum age 10 years (must be accompanied by an adult)
£80 including all the materials you will need


Women’s Adventure Film Tour 2024 | Presented by Wild Basin

Rheged Centre

The Women’s Adventure Film Tour is back for its 8th season to celebrate extraordinary women in the name of adventure.

The Women’s Adventure Film Tour is coming soon with its highly anticipated 8th season. It features an exhilarating selection of short films that showcase the inspiring journeys of remarkable women who fearlessly pursue adventure in various fields. This year's tour promises to captivate audiences with incredible stories of determination, courage, and triumph.

The Women’s Adventure Film Tour has been celebrated for its unique approach to showcasing women achieving their adventurous goals. Unlike traditional adventure films focusing solely on extreme feats, this tour aims to inspire everyone to step outside their comfort zone and challenge their boundaries – their personal Everest. It's a celebration of bravery, perseverance, and the indomitable spirit within us.
The Women’s Adventure Film Tour is presented by Wild Basin.

 


Cyanotype Coloured Animal Portraits with Artist David Lush

Rheged Centre

Ideal for beginners, this class starts with a brief introduction to the cyanotype process, its origins and the ways artists have used it to generate artwork. The image of the animal which you have selected either from your own collection or one provided by the tutor, will be transformed into a negative for use in this session. You will then use a process to create a light sensitive solution and then coat it on the paper. You will then expose the animal negatives to UV light to create a beautiful blue and white image of the animal. In the afternoon, the tutor will demonstrate how pigments can be used to colour the images. Coloured pencils, pastels, water colours or coffee and tea stains can be used to begin the colouring process. There is opportunity to print multiple images and select the best as a unique masterpiece.

David Lush gained an MA in Creative Practice at the University of Cumbria in 2021. He is a qualified teacher and practicing artist who delivers workshops dealing with alternative photographic processes such as cyanotype printing. This class has been programmed to coincide with Great Print 9 in the main Gallery

There will be a choice of animal negatives to use, or you can email the animal image you would like to use, at least a week before the workshop, to [email protected]

Please wear old clothes. Art materials such as pastels, coffee and tea stains and watercolours will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own materials to experiment with. Please bring a good set of colouring pencils.

Faber Castell oil-based pencils are particularly good for this type of hand colouring and we have secured a competitive price for pack of 12. You have the choice of buying these through Rheged and the pack will be ready for you to use on the day

10am-3pm
Maximum number 10 people
Minimum age 16 years
£65 pp
£17 pp for a set of Faber Castell oil-based pencils (optional). If you would like to make a purchase please order at [email protected]


Create a Hand Sewn Roman Blind with Ashlea Ginesi | 2 Day Course

Rheged Centre

New for our programme of creative classes, a chance to learn some sewing techniques with a takeaway creation to enhance your home. In this hands-on two day course with Ashlea, you will design and create your own Roman Blind. You will learn the basic methods of pattern placement, measuring, sewing techniques and calculations for blind slots as well as the best materials to use for the job. In the class you will make a blind at a maximum size of 105 cms wide and 1 metre long, so if you have a window which will fit these measurements, please measure up and bring along a fabric of your choice to do so - a medium weight linen fabric is ideal. If anyone needs advice on measuring, please contact us on [email protected] and Ashlea will be delighted to help.

Ashlea will provide blind tracks, rods, weight bars, rings, velcro and lining, all of which is included in the price. All you need to bring is your own material (minimum 1.5 metres) and your sewing kit.

Ashea has studied and worked within the design industry since 2005. Ashle has a strong knowledge of interiors and design, priding herself on producing high quality hand sewn soft furnishing.
 
​Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 May
10am-4pm each day
Maximum number 8
Minimum age 14
£140 inc all materials except for the fabric


Kendal Mountain Tour 2024

Rheged Centre

Kendal Mountain Tour 2024: A Night Of Adventure Films + Guest Speaker

Prepare for an unforgettable night of adventure as the Kendal Mountain Tour 2024 comes to life!

Join us on a journey through the world’s most breath-taking landscapes with a selection of award winning films showcasing the year’s most daring feats of courage and tales of human resilience. Whether you’re a seasoned explorer or simply someone who appreciates the majesty of nature, this tour promises to ignite your sense of adventure and leave you with a renewed appreciation for the planet we call home.

This will be a new collection of films and they will be introduced by a member of the Kendal Mountain Presenting team. The films will be announced in the New Year.

Alongside the films, there will be a talk from an incredible guest speaker – an explorer, activist or adventurer with a unique and inspiring story to share.

Get ready to be thrilled, inspired and moved at the Kendal Mountain Tour 2024 – where adventure begins at your doorstep…

2h 30m Duration


Become a Weaver with Jan Beadle | 2 Day Course

Rheged Centre

2 Day Course, 10-4pm each day

You may know the basics, maybe you have set up your own loom and woven some patterns and need a refresher or maybe you have never woven before and would love to have a go. New for Rheged, this two-day course will take you through the whole process of winding a warp and dressing a loom to weaving cloth. Jan will provide you with all the tips, tricks and techniques to ease your journey into weaving.
All the materials are provided and included in the price.

 

Jan has over 30 years’ experience in the textile field both as a teacher, and as a designer and maker of contemporary woven textiles for fashion and interiors

 

Maximum 8 People
Minimum age 16
£140 inc all the materials


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A Place to Meet.

Rheged is a gallery, café, cinema, shopping venue, workplace and creative space on the edge of the Northern Lakes. A place where kids can be kids in our Indoor Play and Making Space and where friends, family and colleagues can share a meal, watch a film, hold a meeting, see an exhibition, buy a gift or catch up over coffee. A flexible space for getting together or enjoying time alone with a book or notepad; a place where stories are told, ideas are sparked and the Cumbrian landscape is a constant source of inspiration.

Cinema

Our giant-screen cinema offers an immersive experience unique within our region. The 18.3-metre-wide screen invites you to leap into the action of the latest Hollywood releases and family favourites or be transported to one of the world’s great theatres, where live-streamed opera, ballet and musical performances come vividly to life through our state-of-the-art surround sound system. Enjoy the show with sweet treats from our Deli including Kimi’s Gelato, popcorn and hand-packed confectionery range from Bon Bon’s.

Indoor Play 

Our state of-the-art indoor play area, designed by Tigerplay features a new café serving coffees and cakes, along with a seating area for parents and guardians. The revamped space features three slides alongside each other to race down and a specific area for young children. It also includes an elevated level including a ‘nest-like’ den which can be reached through climbing walls and ladders.

Making Space

Where children can get creative decorating a range of models including bunnies, dinosaurs, masks, letters and more with decorative patterned papers in our Decopatch workshop.

Gallery
In our spacious Gallery we host a changing programme of four exhibitions every year which have a connection with our Cumbria home. We are proud to exhibit work by Cumbria’s artists and craftspeople, as well as emerging and established artists from all over the UK. This strong relationship with artists means we can show creativity at its most diverse, as well as reflecting life in the landscape. Alongside each exhibition is a range of creative classes led by exhibiting artists.

 Café

Our 100-seat ground-floor cafe is a relaxed dining space where you can brunch with friends, enjoy a working lunch or catch up before a movie. Our menu is inclusive and flexible, changing with the seasons and featuring handmade food and drink from our community of local producers.

Deli 

Our Deli counter offers sandwiches, pies, salads, cakes and bakes made by us as you would make them at home. On the move? We offer speciality coffee by Carvetii in Threlkeld available to take away with you. In our Deli shop you will find edible gifts with a strong sense of place. Local and handmade foods, including Cumbrian preserves, artisan pastas, organic wines and small-batch craft spirits. Functional cookware and eco-conscious utensils and accessories for table and pantry.

New to our Deli, enjoy a selection of hotdogs on your next evening visit to our Cinema. Made with Cumberland sausages from our butchery, and topped with pickled red onions, crispy onions, grated parmesan cheese and a sauce from Wild & Fruitful of your choice, as well as a halloumi option!

Add homemade sea salt & herb potato wedges on the side too, with Cotswold Gold Garlic Mayonnaise or Wild & Fruitful Bowness BBQ Sauce. Available Friday and Saturday evenings (5pm -7pm) or until the beginning of a live streaming event in our Cinema.

Toyshop

Our toy shop is packed almost to the rafters with children’s books, clothes, toys, puzzles, gifts, Jellycat teddies and pocket-money treats. Children can find new titles by their favourite authors, or discover retellings of classic fairytales. Our vibrant range of children’s clothing is from brands such as Blade Rose as well as Marcus Walters screen-printed just for us sweatshirts and t-shirts. We stock a huge selection of LEGO® which features Harry Potter, Avatar, Lego City, Technic, Spider-Man, Lightyear and Minecraft.

Clothing and Wellbeing

Our lifestyle shop includes stylish womenswear and accessories, exceptional beauty products, and contemporary interior accessories. Clothing ranges includes sustainable labels (People Tree; Thought Clothing), iconic names (Birkenstock) and British knitwear from Eribé and Harley of Scotland.
Our Wellbeing space showcases natural skincare and vegan-friendly makeup from emerging and established brands. Our brands include REN, This Works, Trilogy, L’Occitane, Dr Hauschka, with makeup from Stila.

Find textiles, ceramics, lighting and craft to bring warmth and personality to indoor and outdoor spaces in our Home section. As well as bespoke blankets, scarves and natural scented candles created for us by craft producers and beguiling gallery of cards and gift wrap designed and printed in Britain.

Design Shop

An evolving space celebrating art, design and thought. Ceramics, jewellery and items for the home from iconic names and local makers. We stock a range of stationery, art materials and craft kits for both adults and children to get creative with. As well as products made by artist exhibiting in our Gallery. 

Outdoor Shop

Kit to inspire adventure in the Cumbrian landscape. Clothing, footwear, rucksacks, accessories, books and camping gear from KUHL, Rab, Fjallraven, Cotopaxi and mindful brands including Fjällraven, Patagonia, Howies and many more.

Cafe: 9.30am till 5pm

Shops: 10am – 5pm

Gallery: 10am – 5pm

Deli:

Sunday – Thursday 8:30am until the start of the last film.

Friday to Saturday 8.30am – 7pm (serving brand new hotdogs and potato wedges 5pm – 7pm)

Cinema: Please see programme. Drinks and snacks available.

Filling station: 6am – 10pm

Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day

Open New Years Eve and Day

Location

Rheged Centre, Redhills
Penrith, Cumbria
CA11 0DQ

Rheged is a couple of minutes’ drive from the M6 (J40) at Penrith along the A66 towards Keswick.

Regular bus services between Penrith and Keswick stop at Rheged. Visit traveline.info for timetables. 

Our 250-space car park is free for Rheged visitors. Please note that the car park closes when Rheged closes. It is locked and unattended overnight.

Filling station and EV charging points available on site.

Great Print 9


Rheged Centre
08 December 2023 - 03 March 2024

Now in its 9th year, this celebration of Printmaking is one of the leading exhibitions of its kind in the UK. A blend of 60 Printmakers with over 1000 original artworks to choose from. 

The exhibition reflects the broad spectrum of printing techniques, including woodblock, linocut, etching, screenprint and collagraph, focusing on unusual and different ways printing can be used. A curated area explores the use of printing techniques in collage, printing onto fabrics, paper, ceramics, and even mirror shards. 

We are excited to have a selection of Hester Cox’s haymaking project, a haymaking calendar in 12 linocuts and London artist, Cally Conway’s Lino print inspired clothing collaboration with retail store, Anthropologie.

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Introduction to Life Drawing with Catherine MacDiarmid


Rheged Centre
03 March 2024

Working direct from a life model, you will be guided through different drawing techniques using graphite and charcoal. This introductory class is intended to nurture both an experimental approach to life drawing and good observational skills while promoting good discipline within the traditions of a life room setting.

Catherine MacDiarmid has exhibited widely including in the BP Portrait Award and was a semi-finalist in the Sky Portrait Artists of the Year 2019. Catherine has 26 years’ experience teaching art courses.
Please bring with you:
*A3/A2 sketchbook of cartridge paper
*Willow charcoal
*Putty rubber
*Graphite stick
*Clips or masking tape
*Drawing board if your sketchbook is floppy
*Easels – feel free bring one if you want although this course has been designed to work without using one
*Overalls
We have a Design shop at Rheged in case you are missing any materials.

Times: 10am-4pm 
Minimum age 16 years
Maximum of 10 in the class

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Fused glass Easter decorations with Roxanne Denny


Rheged Centre
10 March 2024

Learn the skill of glass fusing and express your creativity by making your own Easter decorations. Produce two fused glass Easter egg decorations and time permitting, 1-2 different decorations with your own designs. With hands-on guidance from Roxanne, you’ll get a beginner-friendly introduction to different forms of glass, how colour changes in the kiln and the basics of glass compatibility as you learn how to cut and fuse glass.

All materials and use of equipment are included in the price; just bring images for inspiration if desired. Your finished pieces can be collected from Rheged 2-3 weeks after the class.

Roxanne is an award-winning glass artist, who produces colourful and abstract fused glass pieces including bowls, wall art, coasters, jewellery and much more. Roxanne has been teaching glass courses for the past nine years and loves to bring out the creativity of her students and see the pieces that they produce.

Times: 10-1pm
Minimum age 16 years
Maximum of 8 in the class
£65 pp

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A Short History of Flowers: The Stories that make our Gardens | RGS


Rheged Centre
15 March 2024

Have you ever wondered about the stories behind your favourite garden flowers? How and why, they came to be there or why some cultivars go in and out of favour? Each flower has a story, and in this lecture Advolly Richmond takes you on a global tour of some intriguing, surprising and enriching tales and scenarios.

Advolly Richmond is a garden historian, TV and radio presenter and independent researcher in gardens, landscapes, plants and social history. A regular contributor on BBC Gardeners' World as well as on BBC Gardeners' Question Time, she is also the presenter of The Garden History Podcast, an A-Z. She lectures on a variety of subjects from the 16th through to 20th centuries. She is passionate about promoting garden history in all its branches and encourages people to value their garden and botanical heritage.

1h 50m (inc 20m interval)

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New Light Prize Exhibition


Rheged Centre
15 March - 02 June 2024

Now in its 12th year, the biennial New Light Prize Exhibition is an open art competition which celebrates and promotes the best of Northern Art. 

It is open to artists born, living, or studying an art-based degree in Cheshire, Cumbria, Durham, Lancashire, Northumberland, or Yorkshire.

From the call out, a prestigious panel of judges have selected over 120 exciting artworks in an array of mediums for this the biennial New Light Prize Exhibition.

The Gallery at Rheged is delighted to be Cumbria’s hosting venue for this exhibition, where visitors can explore the wealth of northern talent, discuss the 6 award winners, and purchase new work.

Free entry

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Cyanotype Coloured Animal Portraits with Artist David Lush


Rheged Centre
16 March 2024

Ideal for beginners, this class starts with a brief introduction to the cyanotype process, its origins and the ways artists have used it to generate artwork. The image of the animal which you have selected either from your own collection or one provided by the tutor, will be transformed into a negative for use in this session. You will then use a process to create a light sensitive solution and then coat it on the paper. You will then expose the animal negatives to UV light to create a beautiful blue and white image of the animal. In the afternoon, the tutor will demonstrate how pigments can be used to colour the images. Coloured pencils, pastels, water colours or coffee and tea stains can be used to begin the colouring process. There is opportunity to print multiple images and select the best as a unique masterpiece.

David Lush gained an MA in Creative Practice at the University of Cumbria in 2021. He is a qualified teacher and practicing artist who delivers workshops dealing with alternative photographic processes such as cyanotype printing. This class has been programmed to coincide with Great Print 9 in the main Gallery

There will be a choice of animal negatives to use, or you can email the animal image you would like to use, at least a week before the workshop, to [email protected]

Please wear old clothes. Art materials such as pastels, coffee and tea stains and watercolours will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own materials to experiment with. Please bring a good set of colouring pencils.

Faber Castell oil-based pencils are particularly good for this type of hand colouring and we have secured a competitive price for pack of 12. You have the choice of buying these through Rheged and the pack will be ready for you to use on the day

10am-3pm
Maximum number 10 people
Minimum age 16 years
£65 pp
£17 pp for a set of Faber Castell oil-based pencils (optional). If you would like to make a purchase please order at [email protected]

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Create a Piped Cushion with Ashlea Ginesi


Rheged Centre
17 March 2024

New for our programme of creative classes, a chance to learn some sewing techniques with a takeaway creation to enhance your home. Join Ashlea for this hands on class, designed to teach you the basic methods of pattern placement, piping, putting in a zip and finishing techniques to make your own high quality cushion.

All you need to bring is your sewing machine. Ashlea will provide zips, the fabric, piping cord and threads, which are all included in the price. If you also need 18 inch inners, these will be available to buy on the day for £8 – please bring cash.

Ashea has studied and worked within the design industry since 2005. Ashlea has a strong knowledge of interiors and design, priding herself on producing high quality hand sewn soft furnishing.

10am – 3pm
Maximum number 10
Minimum Age 14
£50 inc all materials

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Draw a Portrait in Charcoal with Catherine MacDiarmid


Rheged Centre
24 March 2024

Learn the essential techniques of observing and measuring for a portrait through a series of enjoyable exercises, before embarking on your own portrait. Emphasis will be given to the technicalities of drawing with charcoal to build layers and tones that will represent the structure of a portrait. This new class focused on using charcoal to create figurative work, has been organised to coincide with the New Light Prize Exhibition in the main Gallery. Catherine’s charcoal portrait “Bruised” inspired by her mother’s fragility and sensitivity after a fall during Covid, is one of the works of art featured in this Exhibition.

For this creative class, please bring with you
Willow charcoal
Putty Rubber
White cartridge paper (A3 minimum size, a few sheets or sketch book)
Cheap hairspray or charcoal fixative
Clips or masking tape
Mirror or a good quality photo of a head (this can be digital or printed but should have good light source)

Catherine is a local artist who has exhibited widely, including exhibiting in the BP Portrait in 2001/2, New Light Art Tour 2021/22 and 2023/24 (of outstanding Northern based Artists) and regularly at the Mall Galleries, London. Catherine has won many awards for her art, most recently being the Watercolour Materials Award in the Jacksons Painting Prize 2023. She is an elected member of The Lakes Artists Society and appeared in Sky Portrait Artists of the Year 2014, 2018 reaching the semi-finals in 2019. As well as completing private portrait commissions her work is in collected internationally and she works from her studio in Kendal. Her artwork focuses on the human form and portraiture in both drawing & painting.

10am-4pm
Maximum number 14
Minimum age 16
£55

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Hans Rey – Mishaps and Mayhem


Rheged Centre
24 March 2024

Presented by Speakers from the Edge
 
Untold stories, chaos and legendary tales from mountain bike icon, Hans Rey!
 
Mountain Bike pioneer, adventurer, former Trials World Champion, Hans ’No Way’ Rey. Hans will reveal, the crazy and whacky that accompanied him on some of his adventures. With many career highlights and some never-seen-before footage and photos. 
 
Behind the scenes stories of his greatest stunts and adventures and how it felt to be lost, haunted, stalked and rescued. From broken bikes and broken bones to the evolution of the sport to where it is today. You know what they say, an adventure isn’t an adventure until things go wrong!

1h 50m (inc 20 min interval)

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Natural Willow Plant Supports with Willowpool


Rheged Centre
06 April 2024

Suitable for complete beginners and experienced willow weavers, this seasonal class invites you to create natural willow supports (2 wigwams) to take home to your garden which will be suitable for sweet peas and climbing annuals. In this class you can learn the basic principles of willow weaving. 

Materials are all included, just bring your own secateurs. Willowpool will provide all the materials, you just need to bring £15 cash on the day.

Willowpool designs are traditional and contemporary willow weavers, who have been weaving with willow for over 40 years.

10am-4pm
Maximum 15 people
Minimum age 15 years
£85pp Excluding the materials

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Willow Piglets for the Garden with Willowpool


Rheged Centre
07 April 2024

Suitable for complete beginners and experienced willow weavers, this seasonal class invites you to create a piglet for the Garden from soaked willow rods. You will learn how to prepare dried “withies” or willowsticks and how to create frameworks for which to create your willow creature. 

Willow sculptures can be used as either indoors or as a garden sculpture. You will be using a few simple tools such as secateurs and bodkins provided on the day. The techniques that you will learn can be applied to other materials and can be scaled up for large site-specific installations. 

Materials are all included, just bring your own secateurs and a ribbon and a bell if you wish to decorate your sculpture. Willowpool will provide all the materials, you just need to bring £15 cash on the day.

Willowpool designs are traditional and contemporary willow weavers, who have been weaving with willow for over 40 years.

10am-4pm
Maximum 15 people
Minimum age 15 years
£85pp Excluding the materials

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Honeycomb Weaving with Jan Beadle


Rheged Centre
13 April 2024

Honeycomb weaving creates a cell like structure which resembles the bee’s honeycomb. This class is perfect for beginners but weavers with a little more experience will enjoy learning this pattern. Come and enjoy a day weaving on a 4 shaft table loom. The looms will be set up and ready to go on the day.This fabric is suitable for a cushion, bag, purse, or any of your own sewing projects

 

Jan has over 30 years’ experience in the textile field both as a teacher and as a designer and maker of contemporary woven textiles for fashion and interiors.

10am -4pm
Maximum 8 people
Minimum age 16
£70 inc all materials

 

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Excelling with Acrylic Paint with Catherine MacDiarmid


Rheged Centre
14 April 2024

Unleash your expression with acrylic paint in this workshop designed to expand painted mark-making skills.

Working directly from still life, discover different painting techniques, mark making with brushes and other tools, colour-mixing, painting mediums and layering processes to boost your confidence in painting with acrylics.

Catherine MacDiarmid has exhibited widely including in the BP Portrait Award and was a semi -finalist in the Sky Portrait Artists of the Year in 2019. Catherine has 26 years’ experience teaching art courses.

Please bring with you:

*Basic range of acrylic paints
*Range of brushes, including large flat brushes at least 1 inch (household brushes are fine)
*Small sponge
*Rags for wiping brushes
*A couple of large plates or trays to use as palettes and for mixing paint on.
Some grease proof paper.
*Plastic/glass pots for water
*Water spray bottle
*Pastels (optional)
* Acrylic painting medium (optional as tutor will bring some)
*At least 3 large A2 or bigger) sheets of paper. These should be primed with acrylic primer prior to painting on as it saves precious acrylic paint
*Overalls

We have a Design shop at Rheged in case you are missing any materials.

10-4pm
Minimum age 16 years
Maximum number 14
We have a Design shop at Rheged in case you are missing any materials.

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Creative Writing with Emma Thompson | How to create Conflict and Tension


Rheged Centre
20 April 2024

A story or novel without conflict is dull and won’t engage the reader, and dramatic tension keeps readers wanting to read more. In this friendly, informal class, Emma will teach you different types of conflict and how you can introduce them in your writing. She will help you understand what dramatic tension is and will give you ideas about how to include it in your writing, to develop your plot and characters and keep your reader hooked. There will be plenty of time for putting these ideas into practice, with writing exercises throughout the morning. You can then use these ideas in your own work.

Emma is a teacher with 26 years’ experience and is passionate about helping people develop their creativity, through creative discussion and writing.

The morning will be informal and supportive and an opportunity for you to meet like-minded people.

Previous students in Emma’s creative writing classes at Rheged have commented:
‘Emma encourages creativity which I didn’t know I had.’
‘Very relaxed, lots of tips to take forward.’
‘My first course in 17 years. I enjoyed all of it.’

Who would enjoy this course? The class is suitable for those new to creative writing as well as people with some experience who are looking to develop their skills. It will take place in the Pink Room at Rheged, a calm, contemporary space that allows for creative thinking.

There is unlimited complementary teas, coffee, water and biscuits available, and you will be able to help yourself throughout the morning.
You are welcome to write on a device such as a laptop or a notepad/paper and your favourite pen or pencil.

Maximum 16 people
£30 per person
10am – 1pm

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Creative Writing with Emma Thompson | Short Story Writing


Rheged Centre
20 April 2024

‘Find the key emotion; this may be all you need know to find your short story.’
F. Scott Fitzgerald
It’s often said that we all have a novel in us, but many people find it difficult to create a long piece of writing. A short story is much more achievable for many and in this friendly, informal class, Emma will teach you how to create your own short story.

You will look at different ways that short story writers begin, so that they engage their reader from the very start, and practise some of these techniques yourself. Emma will help you to consider your characters, setting, plot, turning points and twists, and will teach you techniques you can use to reveal characters.

There will be plenty of time for putting these ideas and techniques into practice, with writing exercises throughout the afternoon. This could lead to you writing a complete short story, or making a start and finishing it in your own time - it is totally up to you.

Emma is a teacher with 26 years’ experience and is passionate about helping people develop their creativity, through creative discussion and writing.The afternoon will be informal and supportive and an opportunity for you to meet like-minded people.

Previous students in Emma’s creative writing classes at Rheged have commented:
‘Innovative prompts and exercises. Passionate, curious and supportive atmosphere.’
‘Emma is knowledgeable and engaging.’
‘Felt safe; very nicely paced.’

Who would enjoy this course? The class is suitable for those new to creative writing as well as people with some experience who are looking to develop their skills. It will take place in the Pink Room at Rheged, a calm, contemporary space that allows for creative thinking.

There is unlimited complementary teas, coffee, water and biscuits available, and you will be able to help yourself throughout the afternoon.nYou are welcome to write on a device such as a laptop or a notepad/paper and your favourite pen or pencil.

Maximum 16 people
£30 per person
2 – 5pm

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Textured Embroidery & Abstract Mark Making class with Victoria Merness


Rheged Centre
21 April 2024

Taking inspiration from landscapes and natural themes, we will first explore abstract mark making with beautiful metallic and matte watercolour paints and ink. Previous experience is not needed for this creative class. If you can dip a brush into paint, then that is all that is required, as the marks made will suggest areas for embroidering onto.

 

Simple stitches will then be employed to highlight areas within the marks, and Victoria will be on hand to help at every step to guide you through this simple process.

 

This workshop is a mindful and relaxing experience, and slow stitching and instinctive colour selection is very much encouraged.

 

All materials are included, and you will receive an enhanced kit to take away with you that will encourage the making of work beyond this workshop. The kit includes:

 

· Set of watercolour paints, and a half pan of metallic paint.
· Paint brush.
· Selection of embroidery threads and pure wool threads.
· John James Embroidery Needle.
· Embroidery Hoop.
· Two pieces of fabric (one to use in the workshop, and one for an extra project at home).
· A calico bag to store your work in, with the possibility of decorating with the techniques learnt.
· A printed stitch guide.

 

Victoria is a qualified artist and teacher holding two Masters degrees in Fine Art and Creative Practice, and you may have seen her recently on the sewing TV channel, Sewing Street.
10.30am -3pm
Max 15
Minimum age 10 years (must be accompanied by an adult)
£80 including all the materials you will need

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Women’s Adventure Film Tour 2024 | Presented by Wild Basin


Rheged Centre
27 April 2024

The Women’s Adventure Film Tour is back for its 8th season to celebrate extraordinary women in the name of adventure.

The Women’s Adventure Film Tour is coming soon with its highly anticipated 8th season. It features an exhilarating selection of short films that showcase the inspiring journeys of remarkable women who fearlessly pursue adventure in various fields. This year's tour promises to captivate audiences with incredible stories of determination, courage, and triumph.

The Women’s Adventure Film Tour has been celebrated for its unique approach to showcasing women achieving their adventurous goals. Unlike traditional adventure films focusing solely on extreme feats, this tour aims to inspire everyone to step outside their comfort zone and challenge their boundaries – their personal Everest. It's a celebration of bravery, perseverance, and the indomitable spirit within us.
The Women’s Adventure Film Tour is presented by Wild Basin.

 

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Cyanotype Coloured Animal Portraits with Artist David Lush


Rheged Centre
28 April 2024

Ideal for beginners, this class starts with a brief introduction to the cyanotype process, its origins and the ways artists have used it to generate artwork. The image of the animal which you have selected either from your own collection or one provided by the tutor, will be transformed into a negative for use in this session. You will then use a process to create a light sensitive solution and then coat it on the paper. You will then expose the animal negatives to UV light to create a beautiful blue and white image of the animal. In the afternoon, the tutor will demonstrate how pigments can be used to colour the images. Coloured pencils, pastels, water colours or coffee and tea stains can be used to begin the colouring process. There is opportunity to print multiple images and select the best as a unique masterpiece.

David Lush gained an MA in Creative Practice at the University of Cumbria in 2021. He is a qualified teacher and practicing artist who delivers workshops dealing with alternative photographic processes such as cyanotype printing. This class has been programmed to coincide with Great Print 9 in the main Gallery

There will be a choice of animal negatives to use, or you can email the animal image you would like to use, at least a week before the workshop, to [email protected]

Please wear old clothes. Art materials such as pastels, coffee and tea stains and watercolours will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own materials to experiment with. Please bring a good set of colouring pencils.

Faber Castell oil-based pencils are particularly good for this type of hand colouring and we have secured a competitive price for pack of 12. You have the choice of buying these through Rheged and the pack will be ready for you to use on the day

10am-3pm
Maximum number 10 people
Minimum age 16 years
£65 pp
£17 pp for a set of Faber Castell oil-based pencils (optional). If you would like to make a purchase please order at [email protected]

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Create a Hand Sewn Roman Blind with Ashlea Ginesi | 2 Day Course


Rheged Centre
04 - 05 May 2024

New for our programme of creative classes, a chance to learn some sewing techniques with a takeaway creation to enhance your home. In this hands-on two day course with Ashlea, you will design and create your own Roman Blind. You will learn the basic methods of pattern placement, measuring, sewing techniques and calculations for blind slots as well as the best materials to use for the job. In the class you will make a blind at a maximum size of 105 cms wide and 1 metre long, so if you have a window which will fit these measurements, please measure up and bring along a fabric of your choice to do so - a medium weight linen fabric is ideal. If anyone needs advice on measuring, please contact us on [email protected] and Ashlea will be delighted to help.

Ashlea will provide blind tracks, rods, weight bars, rings, velcro and lining, all of which is included in the price. All you need to bring is your own material (minimum 1.5 metres) and your sewing kit.

Ashea has studied and worked within the design industry since 2005. Ashle has a strong knowledge of interiors and design, priding herself on producing high quality hand sewn soft furnishing.
 
​Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 May
10am-4pm each day
Maximum number 8
Minimum age 14
£140 inc all materials except for the fabric

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Kendal Mountain Tour 2024


Rheged Centre
10 May 2024

Kendal Mountain Tour 2024: A Night Of Adventure Films + Guest Speaker

Prepare for an unforgettable night of adventure as the Kendal Mountain Tour 2024 comes to life!

Join us on a journey through the world’s most breath-taking landscapes with a selection of award winning films showcasing the year’s most daring feats of courage and tales of human resilience. Whether you’re a seasoned explorer or simply someone who appreciates the majesty of nature, this tour promises to ignite your sense of adventure and leave you with a renewed appreciation for the planet we call home.

This will be a new collection of films and they will be introduced by a member of the Kendal Mountain Presenting team. The films will be announced in the New Year.

Alongside the films, there will be a talk from an incredible guest speaker – an explorer, activist or adventurer with a unique and inspiring story to share.

Get ready to be thrilled, inspired and moved at the Kendal Mountain Tour 2024 – where adventure begins at your doorstep…

2h 30m Duration

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Become a Weaver with Jan Beadle | 2 Day Course


Rheged Centre
11 - 12 May 2024

2 Day Course, 10-4pm each day

You may know the basics, maybe you have set up your own loom and woven some patterns and need a refresher or maybe you have never woven before and would love to have a go. New for Rheged, this two-day course will take you through the whole process of winding a warp and dressing a loom to weaving cloth. Jan will provide you with all the tips, tricks and techniques to ease your journey into weaving.
All the materials are provided and included in the price.

 

Jan has over 30 years’ experience in the textile field both as a teacher, and as a designer and maker of contemporary woven textiles for fashion and interiors

 

Maximum 8 People
Minimum age 16
£140 inc all the materials

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