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Open Studios at Sugarhouse Studios

Open Studio, Exhibition and Demonstration,
10 - 11 May 10:00 – 16:00
Talk, 10 May 19:00
Steam Bending, Sat 11 May, 10:30, 12:30, 14:30
Japanese Bench, Sat 11 and Sun 12 May, 10:00 – 17:00

Booking Details

Open Studio, Exhibition and Demonstration, booking not necessary, free
Talk, booking necessary, 50 places, £7.45

Japanese Bench Course, booking necessary, £260

Steam Bending Maker Session with Charlie Whinney, booking necessary, £25

Sugarhouse Studios
19 Collett Road
SE16 4DJ

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Explore work from a diverse range of practitioners at Sugarhouse, a creative workspace and wood workshop run by Turner Prize-winning collective Assemble in partnership with Workshop East. On Friday 10 May, Assemble and Thinking City explore the changing role of craft in our cities with a panel discussion.

Workshop East and the designers, artists and makers of Sugarhouse open their studios to visitors, hosting a free exhibition, craft demonstrations and workshops. The event is an opportunity to connect with South London’s designer-makers in their places of work, giving visitors an insight into the creative and sustainable production processes that exist in the heart of the city.

On Friday 10 May, join editorial platform Thinking City and Assemble in conversation with a range of speakers exploring how the role of craft in our cities is changing. How can we create spaces to support craft? The discussion touches on the positive use of craft in urban and community development, and the challenges and opportunities for crafts practitioners and groups in need of makerspaces. The panel encourages a dialogue between the speakers and audience, attempting to take an interdisciplinary approach to craft to explore its relationship to contemporary cities and its future.

Speakers include: Francesca Perry, editor, Thinking City (Chair); Mat Leung, Assemble; Catherine Greig, director, make:good; Annie Warburton, CEO, Cockpit Arts; and Ella Bulley, designer (and Design Museum's Designer in Residence 2018).

In addition to Sugarhouse Open Studios on the 10th and 11th May, WorkshopEast will run steam bending maker sessions with artist and master-steam-bender Charlie Whinney on the afternoon of the 11th May. Participants will be able to make a unique, steam bent lampshade, vase or pot.

New School of Furniture will also run a Japanese Bench making course on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th May. The project will include making a small bench seat designed with housing joints and dowelled screw joints, and involve joinery and hand skills including planing, chiselling, sawing, sanding and finishing. 


Steam Bending Course

Sat 11 May, 10.30am, 12.30am, 2.30pm

Booking necessary, £25


Japanese Bench Course

Sat 11 and Sun 12 May, 10am – 5pm

Booking necessary, £260



Sugarhouse Studios