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Established by working craftspeople and supporters of fine craft in 1970 we continue to work to maintain,develop and promote fine craft and design.We provide 67 creative studios, shared workspace, and co-working desks in the Docklands and organise exhibitions and events,promotions and professional development for the members of our designer maker Network.
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Drop in for a coffee and croissants and find out about local support to grow your business. 21 March 10.30 to 12.30 at The Forge, 397-411 Westferry Road, Isle of Dogs, London E14 3AE.
Craft Central is joining forces with Allia Serious Impact to tell you more about the new free business growth programme for local businesses, including craft, who have a base in Tower Hamlets. Allia’s successful Serious Impact Business Growth Programme is a FREE three-month schedule of workshops, tutorials and 1-to-1 advice sessions on everything from marketing and advertising, to operations, finance & logistics, & more.
So if you're a local sole trader or small business come and learn more about the programme and how to get onto it. No strings attached! Meet some current participants and share ideas with other local businesses.
Please share this invitation with anyone you think might also be interested.
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Children and family activities at The Forge March/April:
Taster activities to entertain children ranging from drop in sessions to full session courses.
Mechanical Art Exhibition and drop in Workshop
24th of March 12-4pm, all ages
Stephen Guy, of Fire the Inventor, runs practical automata or mechanical toy workshops for schools, colleges, science centres, museums and special events, including for the Crafts Council. He is coming to The Forge to show a small collection of hand-made automata or mechanical toys and run a drop in creative technology workshop. This exercises artistic and engineering skills and teaches some basics about the science of mechanical movement. A mix of pre-made parts, chopsticks, a box, and a load of art and craft materials are used to make a moving toy or automata to take home that bursts into life at the turn of a handle.
This is a drop in session and we expect it to take about an hour to make a mechanical toy. Suitable for all ages but younger children will need to be supervised by a parent.
Event information here.
£5 drop in workshop, no pre booking required, exhibition is free. Pop up café available.
Comics and Still Life
10th and 11th of April, 10am – 4pm Age 8+, booking required
Kate Hodgson is a fine jeweller of 20 years standing with drawing as a key part of her design practice. Kate has been running Hackney Children’s Art School since 2011 and teaches art in a primary school both in the school curriculum and a very successful after school drawing club. Read more about Kate here.
Comics and still life is an art class with great objects to draw and be inspired by, covering the history of comics, learning about still life, and storytelling with comics. Your child will be able to produce a still life painting, a comic, and have some badges to take away as well by the end of the class
Kate teaches very much to the individual child so that each child's way of seeing and understanding the world is worked with, to allow this to be expressed in the work produced. The children's art work is displayed as the class develops. A professional art gallery aesthetic is added to give the children a high status view of their own work.
Better work is produced if the two full days are attended but single days can be booked and work will be featured (no images of the children) on Kate’s Instagram for parents and family to view.
Children are welcome to bring their own comics, objects and ideas to add to the mix.
The still life will be based on the comic “Adventure Time” using old tech gadgets, phones and a record player and records to draw and use as inspiration for the painting, comics and badges. Good quality paper, art bags to keep the work well presented and clean, good pencils and interesting colours and paints will be encouraged with the use of mixed media to create really strong images, as well as graphic lettering and creating strong bold images by using negative space.
£32.50 per day - Book Here
Refreshments available but children should bring their own lunch
An introduction to weaving and macrame
5th of April 11am-1.00 pm and 2-4pm. Age 8+, booking required
Back by popular demand, Zoe Bateman has already run two very successful drop in events for children at The Forge. These new taster sessions teach the basics of weaving and macramé. This is an excellent way for your child to try out two different ways of working with textiles. Classes are for children 8 and above.
Weaving: Woven Wall Hanging: 11am 5th of April 11am-1.00 pm
Children learn the art of weaving in our weaving workshop. Zoe will guide them through the basics of weaving, and each child will be able to choose from a huge range of coloured yarns and weaving materials to create their own super fun wall hanging to take home! All tools and materials are provided, along with a weaving tips worksheet. This workshop is suitable for total beginners.
£10 per session - Book Here - Refreshments available
Macrame Plant Hanger: 5th of April, 2-4pm
Children learn how to make an awesome plant hanger from coloured cotton cord, tying a selection of basic macrame knots. They will take home with a fun macrame hanger and metal pot that can either be used to put a plant in or to hold pens, jewellery, or anything else they like! All the materials and equipment are provided, and Zoe will go over lots of tips and tricks to get each child tying knots like an expert in no time! This workshop is suitable for total beginners.
£10 per session - Book Here - Refreshments available.
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The Forge is superbly located at the heart of a prosperous residential area. There are good transport links north to Canary Wharf, the City, and Central London and south to Greenwich, Lewisham, and into Kent. The Forge is outside the congestion charge zone with some off street parking and a loading bay, both within a gated community.
Our spectacular Exhibition Hall is suitable for a variety of events and can be hired by the day or week. We have space that can be hired by the day for meetings, training, seminars, talks, workshops, etc. Contact us for more information.
Whether you are new to business or well established, we have a space suitable for you. We are open to makers, designers, and any other creative businesses.