Workshops & Talks

Try your hand at printmaking, henna tattoos, painting and life drawing, plus find out about Saltaire’s newest creative space.
Please note that booking is essential for these events.

Cyanotype Print Workshops with Jenny Wren
Sat 29 & Sun 30 May, 11am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 3pm & 4pm; Saltaire village location
Learn the art of Cyanotype, an alternative photography method dating back to the mid 19th Century, using UV rays to produce mesmerising images of your favourite local scenes. You will produce two cyanotype mixed media prints, and will also learn about the history of this wonderful art form and how it came about.
Cost: £15 per person (materials included)
2 people per session; suitable for ages 15+.
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Henna Workshops with Mez Galaria
Sat 29 May, Sun 30 May, Sat 5 & Sun 6 June, 9am, 11am, 1pm & 3pm; Saltaire village location
Henna, or Mehndi in its motherland, is the 5000 year old Eastern art of body painting. Practiced in India, Africa and the Middle East, Mehndi, derived from plants, is non-permanent, 100 % natural, vegan and organic. In this fun hour-long workshop you will learn how to mix Henna paste from the Henna plant, fill your own cone, and recreate traditional henna patterns. Discover the history of this ancient art and find out why it keeps you cool!
Cost: £15 per bubble (materials included)
Max 6 bubbles per session; suitable for ages 3+ (under 13s must be accompanied by an adult).
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One Day Painting Retreat with Saltaire Art School
Sat 5 June, 10am - 4pm; Saltaire Village location
This is a one-of-a-kind open air event, led by Saltaire Art School founder and accomplished artist Nina Hunter, which is open to just 5 participants. Taking place at the artist’s own garden, directly overlooking river Aire, you will be positioned on the deck, only a few feet away from the river and the weir and the stunning rural landscape behind it. You will spend 6 hours soaking up the overpowering force of nature and transferring your vision onto canvas.
Cost: £120 per person (includes all materials, Middle-Eastern inspired mezze lunch, tea & coffee and a glass of wine)
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Mindful Painting with Saltaire Art School
Sun 6 June, 4pm - 7pm; Saltaire Village location
We all need a little bit of escapism during these difficult times and putting paint to paper is one of the purest forms of art, allowing for an immense amount of freedom. Immerse yourself in this peaceful session (limited to 6 participants), painting florals or floral-inspired abstract forms. Exploring the colour palette, there will be absolutely no pressure to produce any results during the class.
Don’t worry if you have never painted before; you will learn basic techniques so that you’re able to explore the medium to its fullest and use this time to de-stress.
Cost: £50 per person (includes all materials, snacks and drinks)
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The Story of the People Powered Press (and an accidental world record)
Thurs 3 June, 8pm; Online event
In July, the non-profit People Powered Press — the largest letterpress printing press of its kind in the world — will be moving to Saltaire. It will take up residency in Salts Works, a brand new creative workshop space, co-working space and home of design studio Split. Join the creative director of Split and founder of the People Powered Press, Oli Bentley, to hear how the press came to be. Learn how what began as a desire to amplify local voices and design a ‘northern’ typeface led to the building of a press that was never planned and an entirely accidental world record — all thanks to a fortuitous cuppa.
Followed by a Q&A led by Peter Reed of Saltaire Inspired.
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