Oh to be covid free and able to go and see and do these things – one day…….


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Behind the Exhibition: Mary Quant
Monday 9, 16 and 23 November, 18.30 – 20.00
Online, tickets cost £30 / £25 concession.
Join our curatorial team, technical manager and the exhibition designer for this special lecture series taking a look behind the scenes of Mary Quant. Discover the process of developing and staging a major fashion exhibition and learn the inside story on everything from the exhibition design through to planning and installation.

Price includes attendance to all three dates and a ticket to see Mary Quant at the museum, which you can book for a date that suits you.

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Makers and Manufacturers
Thursday 12 November, 18.00 – 19.30
Online, tickets cost £10 / £8 concession.

Mary Quant redefined the designer’s relationship with manufacturers, driving textile innovation to realise her designs. Join Penny Martin, editor in chief of The Gentlewoman and our panel of contemporary designers and industry experts as they explore how that relationship is manifest today.

The panel includes Designer Beca Lipscombe of Atelier E.B; artist, ceramist and illustrator John BoothApril Crichton co-founder of LA FETICHE; designer Olubiyi Thomas; and Lorraine Acornley, Creative Director of historic Scottish Weaver’s Begg & Co.

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The Eternal Craftsman: William Morris and 21st Century Craft

Wednesday 18 November, 12.00 – 13.00
Online, free.
Join Roisin Inglesby as she explores how craft knowledge and artisanal skill were at the heart of William Morris’s vision of a rebirth of art and design.

Fascinated by historical objects and traditional ways of making, Morris was also deeply concerned with the role of craft in the present and the future, and its relationship with an ideal society, themes explored today by Assemble, our current Designers-in-Residence.

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Making is Thinking, with Richard Sennett
Thursday 26 November, 18.30 – 19.30
Online, tickets cost £10 / £8 concession.
Richard Sennet believes the desire to do things well resides in all of us. He sees physical making, and the satisfaction it brings, as a part of being human.

From coding to cooking to building, Sennett argues that embedding the values of craftspeople across modern life could change the way we interact with the world around us. Over the past five decades, Sennett has written on social theory and contributed to our understanding of design, craft, capitalism, labour, class, architecture and society.

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Explore design from a range of unexpected perspectives

Our online stories explore design in all its facets, inspired by what we do and where we are. From articles about our objects to creative responses and personal reflections on Scottish design, there’s lots to discover.

Be inspired 💫
If you’re planning on visiting the museum, please check the latest COVID guidance before you book.



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We are pleased to let you know that we have several 5 day workshops taking place in the Studio Pavilion throughout the month of November. These will be led by creative practitioners/ artists who have previously delivered workshops or classes as part of the annual programme, and are working with us to open up the Studio Pavilion again. For this short programme we are piloting the workshops with eight participants, which will enable us to follow social distancing rules to ensure safe working practices.

There has been fantastic feedback for our current Café Exhibition ‘ Colourful Expressions’, if you have not yet had the chance to view it please do. The exhibition may be best viewed  up close first thing when we open at 10am or later in the day from 3pm, or you can see the work online via the house website too.  COLOURFUL EXPRESSIONS

9 – 13 NOVEMBER (10.00 – 15.00)

The workshop will advance your studio practice by developing new approaches alongside the  opportunity to share and discuss ideas collectively.

What makes creative practice relevant and contemporary will be explored throughout the workshop. Integral to the experience will be opportunities to explore materials, discuss and practice presentation and installation ideas. The workshop will address individual goals and ambitions, and extend professional practice with engagement in group discussion on current thinking in art and design. It will conclude with a structured group critique to identify individual strengths that support and maintain forward-thinking practice.

16 – 20 NOVEMBER (10.00 – 15.00)

Working in the Studio Pavilion, you will have space to share and present your work for discussion as well as the opportunity to document and record your work for future reference.

You will be encouraged and supported to develop your drawing and painting practice through a wide range of media; from dry drawing media to wet water colour and oil painting media. Continual demonstration will be offered in your development of a small body of new work. The workshop format is also aimed at supporting those who wish advice and space to set their own studio brief, or continue with their ‘work-in-progress’. All levels of experience are welcomed as the workshop places an emphasis on nurturing studio confidence, as well as providing open dialogue around creative practice.

23 – 27 NOVEMBER (10.00 – 15.00)

The workshop will focus on the ‘everyday and ordinary’ and consider it differently. Through elevating the subject matter of the ‘everyday’, new ways of thinking about our creativity will be explored.

Throughout the workshop you will be guided through various stages of drawing and colour analysis to set challenging, but achievable goals when faced with the prospect of ‘what should I draw?’
Working within the confines of one’s domestic setting and local area, as well as perhaps more limited access to materials, this workshop will utilise what we surround ourselves with when living in these strange times.


Studio Pavilion, House for an Art Lover, Bellahouston Park, 10 Dumbreck Road, Glasgow G41 5BW
www.studiopavilion.co.uk  /  www.houseforanartlover.co.uk

Dundee V&A and workshops at the House of an Art Lover