Out of Nature

Out of Nature Sculpture Exhibition

Workshops & Activities

Out of Nature is all about getting people involved with sculpture in natural settings, so we’re delighted to offer a programme of hands-on workshops and activities for all ages.

Many of the workshops and other events are free to experience/participate in; some are free but need to be reserved; and some are ticketed. You can reserve and book tickets through Eventbrite via the 'Buy' buttons below.

Six-day Bronze Workshop with Tim Rawlins

A complete six-day course in sculpting. Artist Tim Rawlins guides you through playing with materials, creative ideas, sculpting, casting and finishing, ending with a beautiful finished bronze to take home.

This course takes place from 10am–4pm on each of the six days, spread over three consecutive weekends. It costs £495, which includes all materials and your finished bronze piece.

Course dates: Saturday 30 September & Sunday 1 October, Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 October, Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 October

For more information please email tim@tim-rawlins.co.uk.

This workshop is now full.

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Performance: 'Alarch' by Clare Parry-Jones

An immersive, site-responsive theatre experience by Clare Parry-Jones, exploring stories of the land and of the heart. A ritual journey of loss and transformation.

Alarch is Welsh for ‘swan’, a creature that spans the worlds of water, land and air, seen as a messenger of the gods in Celtic and Northern cultures. Parry-Jones uses this imagery and symbolism in the piece, which takes place around the lake in Newport House’s grounds.

Performance dates & times (free for everyone with an Out Of Nature entrance ticket):
Saturday 30 September, 2pm–2.30pm
Sunday 1 October, 2pm–2.30pm and 4pm–4.30pm
Saturday 21 October, 2pm–2.30pm and 4pm–4.30pm
Sunday 22 October, 2pm–2.30pm and 4pm–4.30pm

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Make a Clay Butter Dish with Impressions of Plants Picked Locally

Ceramicist Julia Hilton will show participants how to use plants from the garden to impress into clay slabs, and to make these into a simple butter dish. Come and learn how Julia made the pieces in her ‘Three Meadows’ series, on show as part of the Out of Nature exhibition.

Tickets £25. An additional £15 per dish created will be charged on the day (you can create as many or as few as you like).

Workshop dates & times:
Sunday 1 October, 2.30pm–4pm
Saturday 7 October, 11am–12.30pm
Sunday 15 October, 2.30pm–4pm
Saturday 21 October, 11am–12.30pm

Book by emailing Julia – juliahilton@clara.co.uk

Make a Clay Butter Dish and a Bowl with Impressions of Plants Picked Locally

Julia is also doing one longer workshop, in which you can make both a Clay Butter Dish and a Bowl.

Tickets to the longer workshop are £45, plus an additional £15 (payable on the day) per item fired, glazed and sent.

Date & time: Thursday 12 October, 10.30am–1.30pm

Book by emailing Julia – juliahilton@clara.co.uk

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Mark Richards in conversation with Richard Heatly

Talk organised on behalf of the Art Fund Powys, and open to the public.

Mark Richards is a professional statue-maker and portrait sculptor. He 'brings renewed vigour to the art of public sculpture and is one of the finest figure and portrait sculptors in Great Britain. Combining a comprehensive understanding of sculptural techniques with a rare sensitivity of touch, his work exhibits both cohesive composition and great beauty of form.’ Johannes von Stumm, President of the Royal British Society of Sculptors 2009-12

In addition to his commissioned work, Mark explores ideas in a variety of mediums and this creates a fascinating and energetic paradox.

Come and listen to Mark talking to Richard Heatly, former Principal of Hereford College of Art, about how he negotiates these two very different strands in his work.

Tickets £10.

Date & time: Wednesday 11 October, 11am–12pm

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Newport House: Its Past and Its People

To coincide with the publication of her book on Newport House and its garden, author and garden historian Kate Feluś will give a richly illustrated talk on how the place has developed and changed over the centuries, as well as the people who have lived here and shaped it. Kate is an experienced and entertaining speaker and the audience will gain an insight into the setting of this beautiful place, which makes such a perfect backdrop for the Out of Nature exhibition.

Tickets £6.

Talk dates & times:
Saturday 7 October, 2pm–3pm
Sunday 8 October, 2pm–3pm

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Down and Dirty in the Garden

The essential guide to composting and its place in the garden’s ecosystem, with Lynette Choppin, Gardener at Newport House. The workshop takes place in the walled garden.

Tickets £5 (includes hand-outs). If you would also like to visit the Sculpture Exhibition while at Newport House, you will need to buy a general admission ticket either online or on the day.

Dates & times:

Thursday 5 October, 2pm–3pm
Thursday 12 October, 2pm–3pm
Thursday 19 October, 2pm–3pm

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Newport House Garden Tours

A tour of Newport House’s beautiful grounds and restored Walled Garden with Head Gardener Dave Gray.

Tickets £2. If you would also like to visit the Sculpture Exhibition while at Newport House, you will need to buy a general admission ticket either online or on the day.

Tour dates & times (the tour starts at 'the Pub'):
Tuesday 3 October, 2pm–3pm
Thursday 5 October, 3.30pm–4.30pm
Tuesday 10 October, 2pm–3pm
Thursday 12 October, 3.30pm–4.30pm
Tuesday 17 October, 2pm–3pm
Thursday 19 October, 3.30pm–4.30pm

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Foraging Walks with Adèle Nozedar

Join Adèle Nozedar, author of The Hedgerow Handbook, for a foraging walk around the grounds of Newport House. We recommend warm and waterproof clothing in case of wet weather.

Participation in the Foraging Walks is free. If you would also like to visit the Sculpture Exhibition while at Newport House, you will need to buy a general admission ticket either online or on the day.

Dates & times (no need to book, just turn up!):
Sunday 1 October, 2pm–3pm
Wednesday 11 October, 2pm–3pm
Saturday 21 October, 2pm–3pm

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The Winds of Change: 30 Years Since The Great Storm – A Greenwood Revival

Mike Abbott, Gudrun Leitz and many other artists and experts will demonstrate and talk about their skills and methods. More information about these events will be available here soon.

Dates & times:
Saturday 14 October, 10.30am–5.30pm (all day)
Sunday 15 October, 10.30am–5.30pm (all day)

Tickets available on the door

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CANCELLED: Kundalini Yoga Workshop on ‘Connection’ with Hari Har Ji of Sahej Academy

“Individual consciousness will refine you, group consciousness will expand you, and universal consciousness will bring you to infinity.” Yogi Bhajan.

Kundalini yoga practice and talk about our need to be connected with each other and all that is both manifest and unmanifest. Conducted by Hari Har Ji, opera singer turned yoga teacher, with many years’ experience training yoga teachers.

Suitable for all ages and levels of fitness and experience.

Tickets £20.

Monday 2 October, 6pm–8.30pm.

We're sorry that this event has been cancelled.

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Kundalini Yoga Classes with Jenny Watt

Start the day with an uplifting and energising hour of yoga for all levels.

E-mail jenny@thecartshed.co.uk for directions and to book

Tickets £5.

Class dates & times:
Friday 6 October, 8am–9am
Friday 13 October, 8am–9am
Friday 20 October, 8am–9am

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Lunches & Cream Teas

Light lunches, soups, cakes and cream teas (made from produce from the walled garden at Newport House) will be served every day during the exhibition, 10.30am–5.30pm.

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Schools Visits

We welcome schools visits to Out of Nature, and they are free of charge. You can bring a picnic to have in the gardens (or under a shelter in case of inclement weather). 

If you’d like a guided visit, there is a small charge of £30. We can also arrange a workshop for up to 30 children with an artist (for example, soap carving or land art) at a cost of £130. For more information please contact jenny@thecartshed.co.uk.

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