Events cancelled due to Corona Virus/Covid 19

Really sad to have to do this but given the latest advice from the government we think it’s right that we cancel all of our planned events until the situation changes.
The events cancelled would therefore be:
  • AGM (April 18th)
  • All talks/lectures/workshops
    • Talk by Dr Mike Collier, The Dawn Chorus
      (31st March)

    • Ruth Bond, Outer Hebrides & Northumberland journey of colour
      (21st April)

    • Rag and Oil method workshop with Jenny Blayney
      (25th April)

  • Summer Exhibition 2020 is cancelled unless things change dramatically in a positive direction by then!

Keep an eye on further announcements here and on our Facebook page.

‘Rag and Oil method’ workshop with Jenny Blayney

Image by Jenny Blayney

Rag and Oil method workshop – Jenny Blayney – Saturday, 25 th April 2.00 to 4.30 pm Learning Room, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Cost £17.00 for members. Jenny will bring materials.

If you would like to come please email Jo Cousin.


Image by Jenny BlayneyI like to work closely with Nature and the Cycle of the Year, tuning in to the mood and reflecting on the inner response through painting.

I run workshops to offer this experience to others, guiding participants through a colour journey, and referring to the changing seasons, often turning to poetry on the theme.

My influences come through the teachings of Rudolf Steiner, seeking the Spirit in Nature as a healing force. I worked as an art therapist in a GP practice for twelve years, following a teaching career, and offering workshops at home and abroad.

My own artwork, including a watercolour veiling method and clay modeling, can be found on my web-site and also as greeting cards.

The workshop at the Hatton will have the spring mood of blossoming and expansion, as the poets love to extol:

“When weeds in wheels look long and lovely and lush”

The painting process, I call the ‘rag and oil method’, begins with rubbing oil colour and linseed oil into strong watercolour paper. The colours begin to blend and move creating a luminous effect, and remaining pliable. The aim is to then bring integration and wholeness in body soul and spirit, thus fostering appreciation and joy and a healing force. The form arises out of the colour.


Jenny will bring leaflets and also some greeting cards for sale.

If you would like to bring a favourite or colour please do so.

If you would like to come please email Jo Cousin


You can find examples of Jenny’s work at: Network Artists website and on her Facebook page.

Printmaking workshops at the Hatton

Over four Saturdays form late November to early February a number of eager printmakers took part in workshops run by Caroline Coode and myself (Vhairi Cardinal). Some had brought work in progress to print from, others were complete beginners and came in some trepidation. All produced beautiful work along the way and can be rightfully proud of their achievements. This time we introduced screen printing for the first time and some participants found the process rather challenging, but persevered to produce prints on paper and on fabric.

Silkscreen print on a tote bag
Screen print on fabric by a more expereinced printmaker
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Tri-coloured screenprint by a
novice printmaker

Other techniques explored were collagraph (tutored by collagraph queen Caroline), lino cut and engraving on acetate. Some participants brought engraved plates they had made at other workshops.

Different techniques produce different effects.

We are planning to have more workshops in the not too distant future. If you would like to have a go as a beginner, or to develop your practice as an experienced printmaker, we’d love to welcome you to our workshops. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for early announcements.

The cost is not great – currently £20 per day – much less than a day at any other print studio. Come along and spend an enjoyable day with friends and learn, produce and achieve super prints.

Short Course in Printmaking II

The print studio during one of our print workshops

This is the second of the printmaking courses offered by Vhairi Cardinal & Caroline Coode

Vhairi and Caroline are offering a short course in Printmaking on Saturdays 25th January & 8th February 2020 (note, this has changed from 1st February to 8th), 10.30am till 4.00pm each day.

The course will be held in the Learning Room, at Hatton Gallery.

They aim to introduce simple screen-printing and revisit the 2 plate process, as well as helping students to continue with other techniques.

Limited places are available.

Cost: £20 per person per day for members plus a small surcharge for materials.

To register for a place on either of these courses, email FOTHevents@gmail.com.

Art and the Creative Process – a workshop

By Peaceful Means, Rhonda Fenwick

Workshop lead by Rhonda Fenwick
Saturday, 29th February, Learning Room, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne 1-3pm

This workshop follows on from Rhonda’s talk and is concerned with the creative process, how silence and meditation can help the artist to unleash creativity, express personal and authentic art especially in paintings.

During the workshop participants will be given a taste of meditation and an explanation as to how this can help them in their creative processes, plus exercises in mark making discovering their own person marks and personal signature.

Participants will be asked to write in their notebooks any ideas, thoughts, feelings, responses, fears etc. to create a personal diary of their work.  Participants will take part in a painting challenge.

Participants will need to bring with them

  • a notebook
  • four A1 sheets of drawing paper
  • mark making tools, e.g. graphite pencils, charcoal, marker pens, pastels, crayons paints and brushes.

Cost: £15.00 for members

For a place please contact: Josephinecousin@googlemail.com.

Short Course in Printmaking

The print studio during one of our print workshops

with Vhairi Cardinal & Caroline Coode.

Vhairi and Caroline are offering a short course in Printmaking on Saturdays 23rd & 30th November 2019 and 25th January & 8th February 2020, 10.30am till 4.00pm each day. The course will be held in the Learning Room, at Hatton Gallery.

As there will be more time, they aim to introduce simple screen-printing and revisit the 2 plate process, as well as helping students to continue with other techniques.

8 places are available

Cost: £20 per person per day plus a small surcharge for materials.

To register for a place on either of these courses, email FOTHevents@gmail.com. Don’t forget to tell us which course you are interested in.

Report on Weaving Workshop with Janis Embleton – 22 June 2019

The Workshop was well attended.  Janis very kindly and patiently led us through the process of weaving.  She had prepared the looms for us and had brought a wonderful selection of yarns and threads.  Some participants had had no experience of weaving but produced some amazing and unique pieces of work based on a beach theme.

Have a read through the participants’ reviews:

 I haven’t visited the Hatton Gallery for a while but when I saw the weaving workshop advertised I was tempted to sign up. Welcome drinks were offered by the ‘Friends of the Hatton’ and there was opportunity to chat before the session started. Small looms were already set up for us thanks to our experienced tutor, Janis Embleton, who also provided a lovely range of textured yarns. Our seascapes evolved with her kind support throughout the session which went by so quickly as we were so absorbed in the process and in experimenting with what was on offer. I loved integrating some of my finds from Roker Beach: rope and driftwood. Janis was very encouraging to us all and I will definitely come back to other sessions at the Hatton. Oh! And there were strawberries and cream at the end, to reward our efforts! A wonderful escape on a Saturday afternoon. Thank you.

        Kath Price


I attended the above workshop on Saturday and have to say Thank You for putting on such an event.  I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop, which was very informative and great fun.  It was also an opportunity to meet other ladies with similar interests.  Just wish it had been on for a little longer. Thank you also to Josephine for organising.

Angela Kirby


This was a thoroughly enjoyable workshop. Extremely well organised with all materials provided and a set task taught. It was amazing how different each participant’s work was!

Janis, the tutor, was approachable and very well organised, keeping us on track so that we could complete our weaving in  the limited time available. A lovely relaxing but productive afternoon. I’d happily do the same workshop again but maybe with an extra hour in length to ensure no-one needed to rush to finish.

Many thanks to Janis and also to Josephine for organising attendees and delicious refreshments.

Alison Ainslie


 We had a fantastic time at the weaving workshop. The workshop was well organised and really well taught. Janis was very attentive and always there with an extra tip or piece of advice. Company was excellent and the lovely strawberries and drink really topped off an excellent afternoon. Looking forward to the next craft afternoon, thank you! 

Sophie Cousin

Dates for your diary

Further details of the following events and talks will appear in the next bulletin issue.

In the meantime, please make a note in your diary where appropriate.


Lecture by Prof Richard Talbot

Wednesday 6th November, 13:00, Venue to be confirmed

Organised jointly by FotH and Newcastle University Retired Staff Society (RSS)

Should all art students learn to paint and draw


Lecture by Jeffrey Sarmiento

Jeffrey Sarmiento is from the National Glass Centre Sunderland and Sunderland University

Saturday 9th November, 11:00, Learning Room, Hatton Gallery

Organised through the Contemporary Art Club

Title to be confirmed


Christmas Market

Awaiting confirmation of dates. We are aiming for Saturday 7th December with a second option of Saturday 14th December, 10:00-16:00


Short Course in Printmaking by Vhairi Cardinal & Caroline Coode

Vhairi Cardinal & Caroline Coode will be running a short course in printmaking on the following dates:

  • Saturday 23rd November 2019
  • Saturday 30th November 2019
  • 25th January 2020
  • 1st February 2020

The course sessions will take place in the Learning Room, Hatton Gallery and will run from 10:30-16:00

The course will include an introduction to simple screen-printing and the 2-plate process in addition to other techniques.

Booking forms and further details will be available in the September bulletin.

Weaving Workshop with Janis Embleton

Janis Embleton's small loom

Saturday 22nd June, 13.00-15.00, Learning Room, Hatton Gallery

Summer‐themed Weaving

Janis is a designer and hand weaver of luxury fabrics with many years’ experience. Having completed an Honours Degree in Woven Textiles; she spends her days weaving her fabrics which are for sale, both direct and on line. She works on commissions as well as teaching a new generation of weavers. Janis’ own work ranges from the small gift items such as greeting cards, fabric covered notebooks, zipped purses, keyrings, and scented pin cushions to one-off luxury scarves for both men and women; throws, cushions and framed artwork. Recently, for a commission she had to weave four and a half metres of herringbone tweed which will ultimately become a tailored jacket. Janis has been a professional weaver and designer for 25 years. During this time she has taken part in numerous community and educational projects. One particular project was to create a series of woven panels to be displayed at the Borders General Hospital in Melrose. In 2019, Janis was fortunate to travel to China where she was employed to teach two groups of female weavers. Janis taught them to use more contemporary, marketable fabrics to help the women have an income from their textiles.

During the weaving workshop in June, participants will make a Summer themed wall‐hanging using a range of decorative weaving techniques, fancy yarns, and embellishments to create a vibrant beach scene. All materials will be provided and the small looms will be warped so participants can begin weaving straightaway. Please bring a pair of scissors with you. If you have any yarns or maybe something with a memory attached to it and would like to incorporate into your weaving please feel free to bring them. One the day of the workshops, Janis will bring a small range of textiles, which will be for sale at 10% discount. There will be something for everybody from greeting cards, lavender filled pin cushions, covered notebooks, zipped purses and scarves for both men and women all made from luxurious fibres such as line, silk, cashmere and alpaca.

There will be a summer drink and strawberries and cream following the workshop.

Cost: £14.00

For a place please email Jo Cousin (please register for a place before the 13th June).

Glass painting workshop with Carol Nicholson

Learning Room, Hatton Gallery, Saturday, 9th March 1-3 pm

The workshop will be from 1-3 pm. You will expect to enjoy full tuition and plenty one-to-one. It is absorbing and enjoyable, learning from scratch how to design your piece, apply your design to your glassware, apply your outliner, hand paint and finish.

At the end of the workshop you will be confident to be able to take your new skill away with you and use it as a hobby at home.

Everything will be provided for you.

Glassware will be available to purchase.

Carol’s background lies in watercolour and has painted for over 40 years, turning the technique to glass-painting 10 years ago. Carol has a large gallery in Hexham with a wide variety of glassware. Carol sells internationally and has a very popular active website and facebook page.

Carol also runs popular painting courses at the gallery in Hexham on a monthly basis – these are full-day courses.

Cost £12
For a place on the workshop please email josephinecousin@googlemail.com

THIS IS A FRIENDS ONLY EVENT! If you are interested but not yet a Friend of the Hatton you can join here for as little as £5 per year.