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Live Theatre, Unbound Theatre

'Hamlet' (15-16 July)

Written by William Shakespeare Directed by Dario Knight The King of Denmark is dead. His brother now sits on the throne, married to the widow of the former monarch. Prince Hamlet is broken by the affair, but a visitation from the realm of the dead reveals details of a betrayal even greater than he could have imagined. Caught between duty to his father and doubts over his own judgement, Hamlet begins a dangerous plan to avenge the former king, but his words and deeds will have consequences reaching far beyond his fractured family. The court of Denmark is already steeped in death, but more blood will be spilled before the final reckoning… This production will also be heading out on tour - check back for details soon!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Theatre, Unbound Theatre

'Pygmalion' Rehearsed Reading (19 Mar)

Bernard Shaw's classic play is brought to life in a very special rehearsed reading. With the production stripped back to just the actors and script, this is a chance to shed new light on an iconic play, which charts Eliza Dolittle's encounters with Henry Higgins as he sets out to ready her for London high society. This performance is presented by our in-house production company Unbound.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

A Band Called Malice (4 June)

Come and seee the band live to witness a show which will take you back to the late seventies and early eighties when The Jam played as one of the most iconic and influential bands in music history. If you like The Jam then you will love A Band Called Malice and are guaranteed to have an unforgettable evening for all the right reasons! In 2017, A Band Called Malice was formed when frontman Andy Coultas decided to create a new band. A band to recreate the sound of The Jam with the attitude and feel of the original line up. Finding musicians to do this was not an easy task as the people in the band had to be of exceptional standard, able to sing, able to commit, love The Jam, and of course be fit and agile enough to reproduce the live performance of Weller, Foxton and Buckler. Andy turned to Jo Adams from Their Music Rocks, a promotional agency, and together they searched fior the right band members and, after a year of auditions and rehearsals, they finally settled on the superb line up to make up A Band Called Malice.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Painting & Drawing, Short Courses

Acrylics for Beginners - Part 1 (3-week course)

3-week course running for three consecutive 2.5-hour sessions from the start time listed below. ABOUT THE CLASS This course will give you an introduction to acrylic painting. It is suitable for beginners. You will be taught, step- by- step, techniques such as colour mixing, washes, and impasto through painting a range of subjects. WHAT TO BRING A selection of acrylic paints Selection of brushes – rounds (small and larger), and flats Palette knife A3 or A4 acrylic paper (such as Daler Rowney Mixed media 250g/m paper) Masking tape Mixing palette Pencil Rubber Ruler ABOUT THE TUTOR Leila Ward is a Tring-based artist who studied Art and Design at Loughborough University School of Art and Design. She has experimented with different mediums over the years, and particularly likes drawing/ painting animals, and using watercolour, acrylic, and printing techniques. Leila enjoys making art more accessible to others, showing people that anyone can create art. If you have any further questions please email Leila on: Leila_Ward@msn.com

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Workshops for Children

Afterschool Art Club (Tuesday)

Tuesdays, 4.30pm-5.30pm during term time. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Afterschool Art Club is a weekly art session for 7-11 year-olds where we'll: - Make art and take it home - Paint, draw, print, sculpt and try new skills - And enjoy ourselves! Be sure to bring a water bottle and an apron with you. We look forward to welcoming you!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Craft Studio

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Workshops for Children

Afterschool Art Club (Wednesday)

Wednesdays during term time, from 4.30pm-6pm ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Regular painting, drawing and printmaking for primary schoolers (aged 7 - 11). Come and try out new ways of making art and give your imagination some exercise! Children will be introduced to a broad range of practical processes and creative games. WHAT TO BRING All materials provided - bring an apron or old clothes, and don't forget your water bottle.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Craft Studio

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Afterschool Pottery (Glazing)

See below for available dates (each session lasts 30mins). ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Suitable for ages 7-11 Join tutor Emma Legon for this fantastic arty activity. These sessions give students the opportunity to glaze work created during the school holiday classes, or the weekly afterschool making sessions. All materials are provided, including firing for the finished, glazed piece. Please Note: Each 30min slot allows enough time to glaze one finished piece. If you have multiple pieces to fire, please book one session per piece. ABOUT THE TUTOR Emma first started working with clay when she was a Primary School, selling mini animals and selling them in her Grandparent’s toy shop. Teaching herself how to use a kick-wheel, she spent six years living in South Korea, where she was taught at the #pottery_dorang in Busan by Yang Songsoon. On her return to the UK, Emma began attending pottery classes here at QPAC. Her ceramics work includes hand-building, throwing and sculpting.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Glaze Studio

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Afterschool Pottery (Making)

Mondays 4.30pm-6pm during term time. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Suitable for ages 7-11 Join tutor Emma Legon for this fantastic afterschool arty activity. Learn the key techniques of pottery and create a brand new work of art every week. All materials are included in the workshop price, including firing for your finished piece. Please bring a water bottle and an apron / old shirt. Please note - these sessions are for making only. If you wish to glaze your work, please book a dedicated glazing session separately. ABOUT THE TUTOR Emma first started working with clay when she was a Primary School, selling mini animals and selling them in her Grandparent’s toy shop. Teaching herself how to use a kick-wheel, she spent six years living in South Korea, where she was taught at the #pottery_dorang in Busan by Yang Songsoon. On her return to the UK, Emma began attending pottery classes here at QPAC. Her ceramics work includes hand-building, throwing and sculpting.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Pottery Studio

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Book Club

Book Club meets once a month - see calendar below for latest dates and book titles. ABOUT THE CLASS This is a friendly reading group who read and talk about one book each month. Attendees take turns to choose the book and come up with discussion questions, then chair the group. Books chosen in the past have ranged from classics such as Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte and The Rainbow< by DH Lawrence, to modern fiction such as Atonement by Ian McEwan and We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel The club covers different fictional genres and have also discussed other genres of writing such as autobiography and short stories. Attendees will need to have obtained and read a copy of the book chosen for that month. Newcomers are welcome to come to class without having read the book to give it a try! ABOUT THE TUTOR Laura first began running the bookclub at QPAC in 2002 after leaving her job as an English teacher. This enabled her to pursue her love of literature by facilitating classes of willing adults without having to do any marking! In 2005, she embarked on an M.A. in English Literature which she completed shortly before the birth of her daughter in 2007. From 2005 members of the bookclub have taken turns to run the group either in pairs or individually which has been a great success. Laura is on hand to help if needed. CLASS FEEDBACK “Always enjoyable with plenty of lively discussion by class members.” “Joining a book club introduced me to a variety of different genres which I wouldn’t normally read” “When running the book club everyone is very supportive, and although it may seem daunting to do, it isn’t” 2021 DATES 13 Jan - 'Show & Tell' - bring a book you've read over Christmas and share with the group. 10 Feb - TBC 10 Mar - TBC (No class in April) 12 May - TBC 9 Jun - TBC 14 July - TBC

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Gallery

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Live Music

Catfish (19 Feb)

UK and British Blues Award winning band Catfish have carved a reputation for themselves as an excellent live band with a phenomenal frontman in 24 year old guitarist/vocalist Matt Long who plays with a real passion for the blues. Over 2 years they received 5 nominations in the British Blues Awards and have just been awarded a UK Blues Award as Blues Act of the Year (England). Both their albums have reached no 1 in the IBBA Blues Airplay Charts, and their album Broken Man was voted album of the year for 2017 by the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association. They have a new album 'Burning Bridges' which was released in May 2019. During 2018 and 2019, they have played in Holland, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Rhodes, France, Czech Republic and Spain and have a further three European tours already booked for 2020, along with an impressive set of UK dates all over the UK. 'Catfish are one of the finest live bands in Britain today. The quality of musicianship is outstanding and in Matt Long, they have one of the greatest young guitarists on the scene today...' Blues Matters Magazine.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Short Courses

Chair Caning for Beginners (2-week course)

This course runs for two sessions - 6 & 13 February, from 10am to 4pm ABOUT THE COURSE Learn the traditional art of chair caning - a great chance to repair old furniture to brighten up your home. You can either bring an old chair with cane still attached to then remove and replace, or if the caning has already been removed, jump straight in! Chairs can be aquired on eBay, Facebook Marketplace, or from your local Household Recycling Centre. All cane will be supplied. WHAT TO BRING - A chair to cane - Bradawl - Scissors - Small hammer - Pliers - Narrow screwdriver For more information, contact the tutor via maggie.evans74@gmail.com

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Craft Studio

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Health & Wellbeing

Chair-Based Exercise To Music

Every Wednesday, from 3pm-4pm ABOUT THE WORKSHOP A very low intensity exercise class suitable for people with limited mobility and moderate to more advanced Parkinson's. The class is done seated and includes: - Movement to music  - Strength work  - Stretches ABOUT THE TUTOR Corinne is a qualified Personal Trainer, Fitness Instructor and Exercise to Music teacher with experience working with people of all ages and abilities. She specialises in exercise for over 60s and people with Parkinson’s and aim to make people feel good about themselves, be strong, mobile and fit so they can enjoy life to the full. She recently qualified as a Boxercise Instructor, Parkinson's Pro Instructor and a Functional Ageing Specialist. WHAT TO BRING - Water to drink - Flat comfortable shoes such as trainers - Dumbbells (500g) or a couple of tins / water bottles This class is supported by Aylesbury Town Council.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Dance Studio

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Music

Clarinet Group (Untutored)

Fridays during term time, 10am-11.30am This is a self-guided group comprising members with a skillset ranging from basic to experienced. Prospective attendees should have their own clarinet (Bb), be able to find their way around the instrument with at least basic skills and be able to read music notation to a basic level as a minimum. The group does not aim to teach attendees from scratch but there is sufficient skill within the members to help players to develop their abilities as required. Playing in a group is the best way to advance your capabilities regardless of whatever level you start. We have capable semi/professional music leaders within the group able to guide us, and musical pieces are chosen by consensus.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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Painting & Drawing, Workshops for Teens

Clothed Life Drawing (Ages 12-16)

A one-off afterschool class for young artists. If you've never tried life drawing or have done a tiny bit before, this workshop is for you. You'll be guided in how to approach drawing the human body from life, from a clothed model, as artists have practised for hundreds of years. This class develops your idea of what it is to see like an artist and we'll look in depth at some effective and easy ways of using charcoal.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Sunday Specials, Mixed Crafts

Collage Your Story

One-day workshop, 10am-4pm Explore your personal story, history, culture and identity though the medium of collage. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP In this fun, exploratory workshop we will be introduced to collage and how we can use this medium to explore our own culture, and stories to create personal art. We will explore some collage techniques, be inspired by some amazing collage artists and experiment with images to create sometime unique and special.  If you can cut you can collage, no special skills required, just a pair of scissors, some papers and found images, and a willingness to try. ABOUT THE TUTOR Salina Jane Gani was born and brought up in London to East Indian, Guyanese parents. She has always had a passion for art and storytelling in pictures and has drawn from a very young age. As a child she loved illustrated children’s books and fairy tales, particularly the illustrations of Charles Keeping and Michael Forman and dreamed of being a book illustrator when she grew up. WHAT TO BRING Please bring images that are personal to you and your personal heritage, family story or culture, these could be photos of family or things that interest you, ribbons, or stamps or ticket stubs or greeting cards that mean something to you or your family. It might be a card or a letter or a recipe book, magazines, or newspaper articles.   You are going to use these in your collage, we can copy or print photos, cards, or letters at the centre if you don’t want to use the originals. 

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Gallery

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Painting & Drawing

Colour Mixing

One-off half-day class. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP In this course I will take you through how to mix vibrant colours and the reasons why you get muddy colours. By the end of the session you will have a better understanding of yor paints and how to mix your desired colours in either watercolours or acrylics. ABOUT THE TUTOR Leila Ward is a Tring-based artist who studied Art and Design at Loughborough University School of Art and Design. She has experimented with different mediums over the years, and particularly likes drawing/ painting animals, and using watercolour, acrylic, and printing techniques. Leila enjoys making art more accessible to others, showing people that anyone can create art. WHAT TO BRING Students should bring a selection of paints of their choice (acrylics or watercolours) and the appropriate paper and brushes for these, also water pots and palettes.   If you have any further questions please email Leila on: Leila_Ward@msn.com

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Jewellery, Mixed Crafts

Contemporary Jewellery

Mondays (10am-12.30pm) & Thursdays (7pm-9.30pm) during term time. A weekly workshop ideal for anyone with a passion for the art of contemporary jewellery. Whether a complete beginner or a practiced jeweller, this friendly drop-in class allows students aged 16+ to direct their own learning and create beautiful, unique pieces. Our experienced tutor Susie Upstone will help guide you through the design and making process – be sure to bring a sketchbook and pens to jot down your ideas! We provide all the tools you need, however raw materials such as metal and gems must be purchased by students. Susie will be able to advise on what you’ll need for your project (including the necessary PPE), and where to source it.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Craft Studio

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Live Music

Cwtsh (5 March)

Cwtsh are an Aylesbury-based blues band whose sound is a mix of covers which keep to the wonderful traditions of the music, but also plenty of original material. Whilst paying homage to all the old masters, we can't forget our enthusiasm for modern sounds, emotions and ideas. Strong influences include B.B King, Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, Free and Muddy Waters - but the list could go on all day.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

Del Bromham's Blues Devils (23 July)

Del Bromham is a founder member and guitarist/songwriter with the legendary rock band Stray, but also has his own blues band - Del Bromham’s Blues Devils. Del released a critically-acclaimed solo blues album ‘The Devil’s Highway’ followed by going on the "Blues To Die For" tour with Mountain's Leslie West. Subsequently, Del formed the Blues Devils to continue his journey in the blues. In September 2012, Del received a ‘Lifetime Achievement In Music’ award at The Newark Blues Festival, along with Tony McPhee (The Groundhogs) and Andy Fraser (Free). Del Bromham's Blues Devils is driving blues played with real musicianship and flair. You can expect songs from his latest acclaimed 'White Feather' CD as well as songs from his back catalogue and Del, as always, will have a few stories to tell. "This singer/guitarist has produced an excellent blues album, ranging from acoustic to full electric blues. The vocals suit the music, and the guitar features some great slide. Solo notes burst out from the rhythm at just the right moments...." 'Get Ready to Rock ' website. Del Bromham was born in East Acton, West London and made his first public performance when he was 13 years old. At 15 he formed his own band Stray and he has been an ever present member to this day. Stray released their first album back in 1970 when the average age of the band-members was about 17. Over the years Del has recorded eleven studio albums and three live albums with Stray, and has been on countless tours and one night stands rubbing shoulders with too many artistes to list! Del Bromham still has his Stray rock band but now equally important is his Blues Devil's band where he excels taking his blues roots to new levels.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Painting & Drawing, Short Courses

Drawing for Beginners - Part 1 (3-week course)

3-week course running for three consecutive 2-hour sessions from the start time listed below. ABOUT THE CLASS This course will introduce you to beginner drawing techniques- looking at equipment, how to show depth through shading and perspective, and how to draw through identifying shape, form and texture. This workshop is aimed at beginners to drawing, and art in general, and those looking to improve their drawing skills. WHAT TO BRING A selection of pencils (2H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B) An A4 sketch pad A rubber A putty rubber A pencil sharpener A ruler. ABOUT THE TUTOR Leila Ward is a Tring-based artist who studied Art and Design at Loughborough University School of Art and Design. She has experimented with different mediums over the years, and particularly likes drawing/ painting animals, and using watercolour, acrylic, and printing techniques. Leila enjoys making art more accessible to others, showing people that anyone can create art. If you have any further questions please email Leila on: Leila_Ward@msn.com

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Painting & Drawing, Short Courses

Drawing for Beginners - Part 2 (3-week course)

3-week course running for three consecutive 2-hour sessions from the start time listed below. ABOUT THE CLASS This course will build on ‘Drawing for Beginners -Part 1’. You will have the opportunity to learn more by drawing landscapes, looking more into light and shade, and figures. This is suitable for those with a little drawing experience. Full tuition and demonstrations will be given. WHAT TO BRING A selection of drawing pencils: H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B An A4 Sketch pad Rubber Pencil sharpener Ruler Willow Charcoal White pencil or chalk ABOUT THE TUTOR Leila Ward is a Tring-based artist who studied Art and Design at Loughborough University School of Art and Design. She has experimented with different mediums over the years, and particularly likes drawing/ painting animals, and using watercolour, acrylic, and printing techniques. Leila enjoys making art more accessible to others, showing people that anyone can create art. If you have any further questions please email Leila on: Leila_Ward@msn.com

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Health & Wellbeing

Feel Good Aerobics

Every Wednesday, from 9.30am-10.30am ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Get moving and feel great in this beginners aerobics class! Learn a simple, fun routine that works for your full body. The class will finish with some bodyweight exercises to strengthen and tone. Come and get a sweat on! We burn around 500kcal per session! All fitness levels welcome. ABOUT THE TUTOR Ruth has been working in the fitness industry for six years. Her classes are all about having fun and great music! WHAT TO BRING Please wear clothes you can dance in, bring an exercise matt and some water.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Dance Studio

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Pottery, Sunday Specials

Fun With Clay Slip

A one-day workshop, running 10am-4pm ABOUT THE WORKSHOP This workshop involves trailing coloured slips onto clay to create beautiful patterns. Slip is a simple clay and water mixture with coloured pigment added and is a wonderful decorating tool. You will use coloured slips in squeezy bottles to produce decorated tiles or small plates made during the workshop. The tutor will start by demonstrating a variety of slip trailing techniques that can be used on clay. After the workshop we will fire your work and add a clear glaze on top. Your finished items will be ready for collection within the month. ABOUT THE TUTOR Elaine is predominantly a Studio Potter and has been producing wheel-thrown domestic ware in her studio in Amersham. Recently, over two years attending Clay College in Stoke on Trent she was privileged to have been taught by a variety of Master Potters and experienced many different techniques. WHAT TO BRING Please bring a towel and an apron.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Pottery Studio

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Textiles, Short Courses

Getting To Know Your Sewing Machine (3-week course)

3-week course running for three consecutive 1.5-hour sessions from the start time listed below. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Do you have a sewing machine that spends more time in the cupboard or in its box than it does on your sewing table? Here's an opportunity to learn how to get to know your sewing machine and what it can do for you. Join this short 3-week course and explore what your sewing machine can do. Learn how to thread the sewing machine correctly, how to sew a straight seam and a curved one, the functions of the stitches and make a simple tote bag and maybe more! Just bring yourself, your sewing machine, a paper copy of the machine’s manual and a basic sewing kit and start sewing! ABOUT THE TUTOR Penny Follows has been teaching textiles for more than 10 years in London and the Home Counties. She is a bespoke dressmaker with a studio in the Chilterns. Penny believes that sewing is a 'learned skill' and a great creative outlet. She enjoys passing that skill, and a passion for textiles on to both adults and children. WHAT TO BRING Your sewing machine and a basic sewing kit comprising of hand sewing needles, thread, a small pair of sharp scissors, larger fabric scissors, pins, a tape measure and thread. Fabric will be available to purchase from the tutor for projects made in weeks 2 and 3.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Music

Guitar Club

Wednesdays (7pm-9pm) during term time. Guitar Club caters for those wishing to improve their acoustic guitar skills with fellow players in an informal, supportive environment. Taking a song-based approach to workshops, the club aims to practice and refine each number to performance standard, encouraging all to participate and develop their skills. This class is aimed at improving players with knowledge of the basic open chords. For more information email christopheryoxall@outlook.com or nicolaegray@hotmail.com

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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Music

Guitar for Beginners

Wednesdays (7.30pm-8.30pm) during term time. Always wanted to have a go at playing the guitar but not too sure where to begin? Here's the perfect opportunity to start making music? Bring along an acoustic guitar and learn to play basic chords and simple songs in a small, friendly group, with gudance from an experienced tutor. Previous experience is not necesary, just come along and join in!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Craft Studio

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Health & Wellbeing

Hatha Yoga

Every Thursday, from 10.45am-11.45am ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Every class will offer the opportunity to set aside day to day trials and tribulations and to develop yourself both on and off the mat. Each class has a theme or story that will allow you the opportunity, if you wish, to explore what this means for you in your life. The class ends with a short relaxation allowing your body, mind and heart to absorb all the goodness that has been created during the class such that you leave feeling energised, yet relaxed and at peace. Hatha Flow is a combination of movement with breath. We change poses in a smooth and rhythmical manner, focus is not about obtaining the perfect posture but about how well the movement and breath are synchronised. ABOUT THE TUTOR Jilli has practiced yoga for 18 years, and is an experinced yogi, facilitator and coach. She initally studied a Vinyasa style of yoga and is also a certified Yin yoga teacher. WHAT TO BRING A yoga mat, a water bottle, and a blanket as essentials. A block and/or, brick, belt, eye pillow, etc. are optional.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Dance Studio

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Music

Intermediate Guitar

Thursdays (7pm-9.30pm) during term time. A weekly workshop for intermediate level players of acoustic and electric guitar. The sessions are split into two halves, one where we are joined by a vocalist and we gain experience in the performance side and the other half where we work through songs to establish arrangements. This class is aimed at those who wish to extend their guitar knowledge & playing ability to progress and experience playing with others at a similar level. Students will need reasonable chord vocabulary (open & barre chords) and fluidity with chord changes to play complete songs. For more information, email michael.hidalgo@outlook.com.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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Textiles, Sunday Specials

Japanese Knot Bags

One-day workshop, 10am-3pm ABOUT THE WORKSHOP These delightful bags can be made in any size either by hand or with a sewing machine. They are small open tote bags but, with a twist. They have asymmetrical handles, and one of the handles slips through the other to form a knot and close the bag so that the contents of the bag are secure. They are useful for knitting, crochet, sewing projects and to carry lunch to work! ABOUT THE TUTOR Penny Follows has been teaching textiles for more than 10 years in London and the Home Counties. She is a bespoke dressmaker with a studio in the Chilterns. Penny believes that sewing is a 'learned skill' and a great creative outlet. She enjoys passing that skill, and a passion for textiles on to both adults and children. WHAT TO BRING Please bring a basic sewing kit with you. You will need to bring a basic sewing kit, 2 x half metres of cotton fabric, and matching thread. You can also bring your machine if you wish to use one. If you choose to use your machine you will be able make the bag very much more quickly and you may be able to make more than one (in which ase bring additional fabric)!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Music

Jazz Workshop

Wednesdays (2pm-4pm) during term time. This weekly workshop will cover learning a tune and improvising around it, as well as analysis of the chords and scales. Bring along your own instrument and music stand and you'll have a chance to study the following musical types - New Orleans jazz, Swing, Bepop, Blues, Latin. The class is led by volunteer Rick Atkins. Rick is a jazz enthusiast wants to share his love of the genre with others. Rick plays guitar in the Sound Force Big Band. You can contact Rick on 07960 985 188 or email ratkins161@gmail.com PLEASE NOTE: owing to government guidelines regarding COVID-19, there will be some alterations to this class in terms of instruments used and performance practices. Please contact Rick via the details above for more information.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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Jewellery

Jewellery Making (Weekly)

Tuesdays, from 7pm-9.30pm Workshop begins in March 2022 - to register your interest, email info@queensparkarts.com ABOUT THE WORKSHOP This class is suitable for students of all skill levels. Beginners will get an insight into jewellery making and learn the basic techniques. This includes learning the correct tool handling and equipment for jewellery making. They will also be taught how to turn their jewellery designs into reality. Intermediate and advanced makers will learn new techniques and broaden their skills whilst working on their own projects. ABOUT THE TUTOR Michael is an award-winning professional jeweller who creates work that reflects the process of its construction, allowing the surface qualities produced to trace their own development. Michael is known for his distinctive style of jewellery, which owes a great deal to sculpture, with his hand forged rings, bracelets and neck pieces looking as if they have grown from the metal. Previous Exhibitions include Goldsmiths' Hall and the Royal Academy is London, as well as international collections in the USA. WHAT TO BRING Student will need to bring some hand tools and materials, including metal (this will need to be discussed with the tutor, depending on what project the student is making). A sketchbook would be very useful.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Craft Studio

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Jewellery, Sunday Specials

Jewellery: An Ounce of Ag

A one-day workshop, running 10am-4pm ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Michael Carberry’s work is heavily influenced by the physical properties of the raw material and the processes that allow the material to speak for itself. This one-day workshop will involve thinking about how you work with one ounce of silver and what YOU might be able to make with it. Michael will send further information about the workshop to those interested nearer the time. ABOUT THE TUTOR Michael is an award-winning professional jeweller who creates work that reflects the process of its construction, allowing the surface qualities produced to trace their own development. Michael is known for his distinctive style of jewellery, which owes a great deal to sculpture, with his hand forged rings, bracelets and neck pieces looking as if they have grown from the metal. Previous Exhibitions include Goldsmiths' Hall and the Royal Academy is London, as well as international collections in the USA. WHAT TO BRING Bring along a sketchbook, hand tools and materials*. QPAC has a limited supply of some tools and equipment for students to use. *Please contact us to confirm the project you'd like to work on, and Michael will advise what metal to bring with you.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Craft Studio

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Live Music

John Otway Band (12 March)

John Otway is an English singer-songwriter who has built a sizeable cult audience through extensive touring, a surreal sense of humour and a self-deprecating underdog persona. Expect madcap mayhem and some scintillating stunts from a man old enough to know better…..and be surprised at just what a showman and musician really lies underneath the tomfoolery. In 2016, Otway announced that he was planning to record a new album. Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, he took his band to the Caribbean island of Montserrat to become the first international recording artist to record there since the Rolling Stones in 1989. The result was Montserrat – the first album of entirely new and original Otway material in over ten years.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Textiles

Knitting Club

Wednesdays (7pm-9.30pm) during term time. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Knitting Club is open to all knitters and those interested in learning to knit. It is led by an expert tutor who will help to start your knitting journey, sort out your knitting problems and challenges and generally discuss knitting. Learn to knit or just come and knit with us. Two and a half hours of protected knitting time every week in school term time. WHAT TO BRING Please bring your knitting or knitting supplies, including pattern or projects that you need help with. Complete beginner knitting packs containing everything you need to get started can be purcahsed directly from the tutor. Email ahcreative95@gmail.com for details. ABOUT THE TUTOR Amanda Hutcherson is an expert knitter with an advanced adult teaching qualifications (MA Academic practice, PGCE and 10 years university lecturer experience). Amanda is looking forward to working with you as you develop your knitting skills from beginner, intermediate or advanced level.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Textiles, Short Courses

Knitting for Beginners (5-week course)

5-week course running for five consecutive 2.5-hour sessions from the start time listed below. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP 5 weeks of individual support in a small group setting, to get your knitting journey started; with daily online advice and support during the course. ABOUT THE TUTOR Amanda is a lifelong, talented knitter with advanced qualifications in adult education. A background in healthcare and student mentorship adds to her understanding of your individual support and learning needs. WHAT TO BRING All tools and materials to get you off to a good start.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Painting & Drawing, Sunday Specials

Landscape Drawing with Charcoal

One-day workshop, 10am-4pm Charcoal is a wonderful medium for atmospheric landscape drawings. Come along to this one-day workshop with artist Liz Cotgreave to get hands on and see what it can do!   ABOUT THE WORKSHOP During this workshop you will try out some of these ways of working including drawing with a cloth, erasers, textured surfaces, stencils and more! You will also learn tricks for getting started, making lots of small drawings as you experiment and using these for inspiration later in the day. ABOUT THE TUTOR Liz uses a range of tools and techniques to create interesting marks and textures in her work. She works experimentally both outdoors and from photos and videos taken in the landscape. She often finds inspiration in what happens by accident as she draws.  WHAT TO BRING The workshop fee includes all the materials you need. Please bring an apron with you and don’t forget a packed lunch! 

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Health & Wellbeing

Legs, Bums & Tums

Every Thursday, from 9.30am-10.30am ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Legs, Bums & Tums is a fun workout that aims to strengthen and shape your thighs, bum and stomach. It also includes exercises and stretches to aid and increase mobility and flexibility. It’s a great calorie burning workout and is suitable for all fitness levels. Each class is different but will always have the same goal: to target those problem areas and improve your all round fitness. ABOUT THE TUTOR Ruth has been working in the fitness industry for six years. Her classes are all about having fun and great music! WHAT TO BRING Please wear clothes you can dance in, bring an exercise matt and some water.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Painting & Drawing

Life Drawing

Tuesdays (7pm-9.30pm) and Saturdays (10am-12.30pm) during term time. PLEASE NOTE: Our Tuesday evening sessions are led by a tutor and are ideal for beginners as well as experienced artists. Our Saturday morning classes are untutored and are suited to those with previous experience. TUESDAY EVENING SESSIONS with Ellie Kirkup Tuesday evening life drawing sessions are open to all levels of experience and ability. Students will have the chance to draw from a nude model in a variety of short and longer poses. If you are brand new to life drawing, tutor Ellie Kirkup will provide all of the guidance you need to get started and plenty of ideas for developing your drawing. Artists with more experience are welcome to come along and simply draw. Please bring your own choice of drawing materials. If you are new or in need of inspiration we recommend charcoal, several sheets of large (A2) sugar paper and a putty rubber. Materials can be purchased from the QPAC art shop before the start of a session. Ellie has been practising life drawing for ten years and is enthusiastic about keeping experimenting with drawing. She likes to work from other artists, life drawing and everyday life to explore interesting new ways to draw. SATURDAY MORNING SESSIONS (Untutored) These untutored classes are a perfect opportunity for those with previous experience to come and work alongside like-minded artists to develop and explore their drawing skills.

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Health & Wellbeing

Low Intensity Exercise to Music (For Women)

Every Wednesday, from 1.45pm-2.45pm ABOUT THE WORKSHOP A low intensity exercise class suitable for anyone looking to keep fit and work on their balance and mobility. Chairs are used for some part of the session and there are no floor exercises. The class includes: - Aerobics to music - Strength work standing and seated (no floor exercise) - Balance - Stretches - Cool down ABOUT THE TUTOR Corinne is a qualified Personal Trainer, Fitness Instructor and Exercise to Music teacher with experience working with people of all ages and abilities. She specialises in exercise for over 60s and people with Parkinson’s and aim to make people feel good about themselves, be strong, mobile and fit so they can enjoy life to the full. She recently qualified as a Boxercise Instructor, Parkinson's Pro Instructor and a Functional Ageing Specialist. WHAT TO BRING - Water to drink - Flat comfortable shoes such as trainers - Dumbbells (500g) or a couple of tins / water bottles This workshop is supported by Aylesbury Town Council.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Live Music

Malone Sibun Band (22 Jan 2022)

The UK based, Detroit soulful blues-rock star Marcus Malone teams up with explosive British blues rock guitarist Innes Sibun for a handful of warm up dates for a new band with familiar faces. Marcus Malone has just enjoyed the most successful year of his career. His critically acclaimed album 'A Better Man' on Redline records has topped several 'best of the year' polls and he was also nominated as a finalist in the European Blues Awards. Innes Sibun was barely in his 20's when he was produced by the legendary Mike Vernon, before joining Robert Plant's 'Fate of Nations' world tour. He has subsequently built an international reputation by signing with the American label Viceroy, and then Provogue and Blues Boulevard in Europe. He's an explosive, but feel player, versatile enough to be able to slip from rock and blues into jazz and funk. Together the two stellar musicians promise a powerful mix of rock, blues, soul and funk, all underpinned by Malone's soulful song driven quality and triggered by Sibun's high levels of intensity and his inherent melodic feel. It's an exciting musical partnership born of the same musical influences, but one that offers them a broader canvas than before.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Mixed Crafts

Mixed Crafts

Thursdays (10am-12.30pm) during term time. This is a friendly, welcoming and supportive group, where students can bring their own creative project to work on, share ideas and “leave the world behind”. A great way to meet like-minded people. Group members explore at a variety of crafts, including silk painting, felt making, papier mache, tie dye, fabric painting, marbling, glass painting, collage, dought craft and more! Members of the group pursue their own projects in a happy, relaxed atmosphere. If there's a particular craft you'd like to try then let the group know and they'll see if they can help or advise. The group is facilitated by Irene Scott, who has been involved in arts & crafts (and QPAC) for 40 years, and has a broad knowledge of many different craft activities, including those mentioned above.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Live Theatre

Murder Around the Clock (1-2 April 2022)

The latest murder mystery event, by Karen Banfield. In 1958 Molly is proudly running her own milkshake bar, with the help of her daughters Bunty and Suzie, plus their next door neighbour. A talent scout spots Bunty’s singing potential and when a face from the past reappears, things couldn’t look better. So what turns one of them, to murder? At the end of act one, guests will be able to work as a team at their table to submit their first guess as to who the murderer is. After act two, they get their final chance to say ‘whodunnit’ and why. The format of the event is for the audience to sit back and enjoy a full length play. No questions are directed at any cast members and they do not mix with the audience. The team with the most points wins a prize. Discounts: Make a saving by booking a table of 6 or 8 people! The cast and crew are kindly donating the proceeds from the show to Queens Park Arts Centre’s ongoing fundraising appeal.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Unbound Theatre, Live Theatre, Live Music

Musical Theatre Showcase (4 March)

‘Through the Years’ is a showcase of songs from musicals from across the decades, performed by our in-house storytelling company Unbound. Featuring a talented cast, this special event is a must-see for fans of musical theatre, and features songs from musicals including West Side Story, Hamilton, Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, and a tribute to the lgendary Stephen Sondheim.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Painting & Drawing

Oil Painting

Mondays (7pm-9.30pm) during term time. This workshop is ideal for anyone with an interest in painting with oils, whether a practised hand or a beginner exploring the medium for the first time. Tutor Michael Navarro is a local artist who has been working for several years in various media, predominately oils. His works range from landscapes to pop art and murals. Our painting studio has easels, painting boards and other communal facilities. We also have an art shop selling paints, paper and brushes, if you don’t have them already. Michael will be happy to advise on what resources you need to get started.

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Painting & Drawing

Open Art Studio

Tuesdays (10am-12.30pm & 1pm-3.30pm) during term time. A weekly workshop designed as an opportunity for artists to get together and work on projects of their choosing in the friendly, creative, and inspiring environment of the QPAC painting studio. Attendees can be of any level of ability, from novices to very experienced artists. All forms of media are welcome, including charcoal, pencil, pastel, watercolours, acrylics and oils. Though not a formally-tutored class, this open studio session is a chance to learn from fellow artists, share your work and discuss your art form. We have easels, drawing boards and other communal resources, plus an on-site art shop stocked with paints, pencils, charcoal, paper and brushes.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Live Theatre, Live Comedy, Live Music

Open Mic Night (30 Apr)

Join us for the return of the QPAC Open Mic Night. Step onto the Limelight Theatre stage and share your talent with an appreciative crowd. Whether a musician, a magician, a comedian, a singer, a dancer, an actor or an all-rounder - all are welcome. Or - if you're happy away from the footlights - graba drink from the Limelight bar and come and enjoy a night of great local talent. Each act gets a 10-minute slot, or three songs. Cost of Entry is £5 for audience members and £3 for performers.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

Otway & Barrett (11 March)

This magnetic bond still holds after more than 40 years of attempted escapes and still loved for their total in-yer-face originality, the contrast between the dead pan humour of Barrett and mad onstage antics of Otway are hilarious to watch. John’s lyrical genius and Willy’s outstanding musicianship (he seems to play almost every stringed instrument known to man, plus a few hybrids of his own making!) Ever keen to add a new dimension to the show, Willy has a new addition to his array of instruments. Beware the Moose Homp!!. Willy’s interest in making instruments began when he commandeered two guitars made by his dad in 1965. One from an old guitar neck and a scaffold plank which became affectionally known as the Les Dawson, and the other branded the Mk1 Schitstik electric slide of similar pedigree. These instruments were used on many of the early tracks, including Really Free and Racing Cars) Was the Last Straw Tour of 2017 to be the end? Willy’s remark “this will be the last time that many of you will see us together again” was often hastily misinterpreted as the final throw of the dice, but the reason given “it’s not us packing up, it’s you lot dying off, you know who you are!” is often overlooked by eager scribes. And so the rumours abound. For any Otway/Barrett virgins out there who don’t know what to expect, be prepared for everything from bare-chested theremin playing to wah wah wheelie bin as the duo jump from one hit and 40 near misses to another: An amazing and irreverent performance by two master entertainers.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Painting & Drawing

Painting & Drawing

Wednesdays (10am-12pm) during term time. Release your creativity in this weekly workshop open to all levels of experience, from complete beginners to professional painters. Students are welcome to work on any subject they please in whichever medium they prefer, whether oils, acrylics, watercolours, pastels, charcoal, pencil or mixed media. Anyone just starting out in painting & drawing can seek advice from tutor Anne Bennison, whilst those with more experience are welcome to work at their own pace. The painting studio has plenty of easels and drawing boards. Materials such as paints, paper, pencils and brushes are available at the QPAC art shop.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Painting & Drawing

Painting with Acrylics

Thursdays (10am-12.30pm) during term time. Explore and develop your creativity as a member of this friendly weekly workshop. Work from still life or the subject of your choice, in your chosen media (e.g. pencil, charcoal, acrylics, watercolour). The group also do occasional projects to encourage exploration of techniques and development of skills by looking at the work of different artists (Picasso, Matisse, Fedden) or through more specific themes such as perspective. Suitable for all levels including beginners. Bring your own project to work on. The painting studio has plenty of easels and drawing boards. Additional materials such as paints, paper and brushes are available to buy from the QPAC art shop. Tutor Amanda Curbishley joined QPAC as a member of this group in 2002 and has gone on to exhibit and sell work at local exhibitions. She wants to share the enjoyment she has from painting and encourage others to develop their skills.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Textiles

Patchwork

Wednesdays (Advanced Class, 10am-12.30pm) during term time. This class is ideal for patchwork students looking for a space to work on their projects. Our Textile Studio is the perfect place to meet fellow needle-workers and textile artists. As well as progressing your project, these sessions off the chance to discuss your work with others and share ideas and inspiration. Students should bring their own sewing machine with them when attending a class – we have plenty of room to accommodate students working on projects large and small!

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Pottery

Pottery (Tutored)

Monday-Thursday (see below for timings) during term time. PLEASE NOTE (23/11/21): The Tuesday afternoon class will be running as untutored until further notice. Pottery is one of the most popular activities at QPAC. We run classes throughout the week, giving students access to our fully-equipped studio spaces to learn and develop their skills in ceramics - whether sculpting, working at the wheel, or using hand-building techniques such as coiling. Our tutored drop-in classes are perfect for complete beginners as well as those developing their talents. Our experienced tutors will offer demonstrations, advice and guidance to help you develop your own projects, from the design stage through to the final glazing process. Your workshop fee includes use of our facilities, including clay and a wide variety of tools. If you would like to have your work fired there is an additional charge, calculated based on the weight of the piece. Our tutors will be on hand to assist when working this out. Here is a timetable of our regular drop-in workshops: Day / Time Tutor Mon – 1pm-3.30pm Elizabeth Browning (Sculpture & Handbuilding) Tue – 10am-12.30pm Helen Neighbour Tue – 2pm-4.30pm Untutored (Temporary) Tue – 7pm-9.30pm Laura Peacock Wed – 10am-12.30pm Gill Brown Wed – 7pm-9.30pm Patrick Hayward Thu – 10am-12.30pm Jenny Hay (Sculpture & Handbuilding) Thu – 7pm-9.30pm Charlie Butters Click here for untutored classes.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Pottery

Pottery (Untutored)

Two-and-a-half-hour sessions (see calendar for dates and start times) during term time. In addition to our tutored classes, we also offer a number of untutored pottery sessions. These weekly classes are ideal for experienced potters looking to work independently on their projects in our fully-equipped studio spaces. We have a wide variety of dates and times available – please see the calendar below for the latest availability. If you’re looking to try out pottery but aren’t too sure where to start, we recommend attending a tutored class before booking an untutored session. Your workshop fee includes use of our facilities, including clay and a wide variety of tools. If you would like to have your work fired there is an additional charge, calculated based on the weight of the piece. Please speak to a member of staff if you require assistance working this out. Click here for tutored classes.

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Pottery, Sunday Specials

Pottery - Raku Firing

Discover the beautiful art of Japanese raku pottery firing in this special one-day course. Students can bring 6-8 pieces of bisque-fired work to fire in our special outdoor raku kiln. Experiment with this exciting firing technqiue, and use items such as horsehair or feathers to create unique patterns on your ceramics. Please bring an apron and closed-toed shoes with you. This class takes place outside, so be sure to dress for all-weathers! All students will get a chance to try out the firing process, but there may not be time to fire every item you bring.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Pottery

Pottery Glazing (Untutored)

A weekly two-and-a-half-hour untutored ceramics session for experienced potters looking to decorate their work in our glaze studio. We have a good variety of glazes and slips available to use. Students wishing to apply their own glaze recipes (or any not in stock at QPAC) should have a chat with our Technician before decorating their work to make sure the glaze(s) are suitable for our firing temperatures. There is a small charge for glaze firing, which is calculated by weight of the finished piece. Please speak to a member of staff if you require assistance working this out.

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Pottery, Short Courses

Pottery Throwing (3-week course)

Come and take your potter's wheel driving test in the this fun and friendly three-week course. Whether a complete beginner or someone looking to gain more experience, this short course will teach you everything you need to know about throwing pots at the wheel. Each course runs for three consecutive weekly sessions from the start date / time listed below. Individual sessions last two-and-a-half hours. Your course fee includes the cost of firing for two pieces.

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Workshops for Teens, Pottery

Pottery for Teens

Wednesdays (4.30pm-6pm) during term time. A weekly workshop designed to inspire and nurture young emerging artists and makers, led by professional ceramicist Charlie Butters. Students ages 13+ are welcome attend, whether a complete beginner or a practiced hand. You’ll learn how to design and create your very own ceramic works of art, be it a mug, bowl, plate, vase or sculpture – perfect for your portfolio or just for fun! Full guidance is offered to students to help them develop their projects. Your workshop fee includes use of our facilities, including clay and a wide variety of tools. If you would like to have your work fired there is an additional charge, calculated based on the weight of the piece. Charlie will be on hand to assist when working this out.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Live Music

Purple Zeppelin (21 May)

As featured in the BBC TV documentary “The Joy of the Guitar Riff”, Purple Zeppelin are proud to pay tribute to the two greatest Rock Bands of all time, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin – Together on the same bill for the very first time! Whether you were lucky enough to have seen the original bands live or not, Purple Zeppelin will take you back to the magic, the excitement and the sheer raw energy generated by those incredible musicians. In a “full on” show complete with costume changes for each band, you’ll hear more than 30 classic songs – basically THE BEST BITS, ALL OF THE TIME! Purple Zeppelin are four talented and versatile musicians with decades of playing between them, comprising thousands of sessions and gigs both in the UK and overseas, selling out venues up and down the country. The band are genuine admirers of both Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin and with the accent firmly on entertainment, this show promises to be a night not to be missed, complete with Ritchie Blackmore’s on stage antics, Jimmy Page’s twin neck Guitar and Theremin, and a very special Violin Bow Solo! Come and experience the excitement of Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin in one mesmerising show!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Music

Recorder Group

Mondays (10am-12.30pm) during term time. An untutored weekly workshop for recorder players keen to perform as part of a group. The recorder is wonderfully fun to play, and this class aims to revive our enjoyment of an easy yet undervalued instrument. Even if you haven’t picked one up for years, come along and enjoy rediscovering your skills in this untutored group.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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Textiles, Short Courses

Repair Your Clothes (3-week course)

3-week course running for three consecutive 1.5-hour sessions from the start time listed below. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP So you can’t sew a button on?  You are not alone! Join this short 3 week course and learn how to look after your clothes.  There is a lot of cheap, fast fashion available nowadays.  However, there is a quiet revolution going onto teach people to sew and therefore to mend/repair their clothes. Simple repairs take little time or skill, it’s simply knowing where to begin and having the confidence to start. Recent publications such as ‘Mend it, Wear it, Love it’ by Zoe Edwards and ‘Loved Clothes last by Orsola de Castro encourage us to ‘stitch our way to a more sustainable wardrobe and to feel ‘the joy of re-wearing and repairing our clothes’. Not only is this seen as being more environmentally friendly, but it can also be seen as a revolutionary act allowing us to support those workers who made our clothes by looking after them.  You will be taught how to make simple hand sewn repairs, replacing buttons, hooks and eyes and press studs. Various methods of hemming a garment will be taught alongside how to mend a split seam and so much more!  In the last session we will each bring an item of clothing to repair.  ABOUT THE TUTOR Penny Follows has been teaching textiles for more than 10 years in London and the Home Counties. She is a bespoke dressmaker with a studio in the Chilterns. Penny believes that sewing is a 'learned skill' and a great creative outlet. She enjoys passing that skill, and a passion for textiles on to both adults and children. WHAT TO BRING Please bring with you a basic sewing kit to include hand sewing needles, thread, a small pair of sharp scissors, pins, a tape measure and a thimble if you use one.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Live Music

Robin Bibi Band (18 June)

Robin Bibi can only be described as a true “Legend” in his own right. When he is on stage - and off - he has a crowd eating out the palms of his hands... or should it be hanging on to every riff he plays?!. One of the great musicians performing all around the UK and Europe, audiences now have the added bonus of Robin performing with his horn section consisting of trumpet and two saxes. The addition of the Horns really beefs up the sound. The players are some of the finest in the UK, having worked with legends such as Jamiroquai, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, David Gilmore, Gloria Gaynor, Bruno Mars, and Beverley Knight. Robin has worked with ace trumpeter Jack Birchwood to come up with exciting horn arrangements for the whole set . The horns feature on the album “No More A Secret” and the band are planning to record a live album soon. Photo Credit - Paul Debbelman.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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School Holiday Workshops, Workshops for Teens

School Holiday Art Club (Ages 12-16)

Get creative during the school holidays with these arty half-day workshops, led by artist and tutor Ellie Kirkup. All materials are provided - bring an apron or old clothes with you! UPCOMING CLASSES Wed 23 Feb – 11am-1.30pm Printmaking An introduction to the various techniques of monotype - one of the most spontaneous methods of printmaking. Perfect if you're already interested in drawing or painting, students will see how the same skills apply in prints. Suitable for all abilities and levels of confidence!  * Thu 24 Feb – 11am-1.30pm Concertina Artwork Make an expanding drawing on folded paper, working from a mixture of observation and imagination. Students will be introduced to drawing with wet and dry soft pastels and learn new techniques. We'll take inspiration from current artists who use these techniques professionally. * Wed 13-Thu 14 Apr - 11am-1.30pm Relief-Printing A Story Over this two-day workshop students will create a sequence of three prints which tell a mini story. You’ll be shown how to make relief prints by carving designs into printing blocks and we'll experiment with how to make wordless images tell a story. Inspired by zines and comics - but you don't have to draw in a comic book style for this to work, bring your own style! You'll pick up tips and tricks for this satisfying technique that you can use for your own projects

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Craft Studio

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School Holiday Workshops, Workshops for Children

School Holiday Art Club (Ages 7-11)

Get creative during the school holidays with these arty half-day workshops, led by artist and tutor Ellie Kirkup. All materials are provided - bring an apron or old clothes with you! UPCOMING CLASSES Mon 21 Feb - 10am-1pm Making Shadow Puppets Design and make you own puppet based on the signs of the zodiac – taking inspiration from the creatures and stories different cultures have seen in the stars. You will learn how to give your puppet character a sense of humour and make dramatic effects with light. * Tue 22 Feb - 10am-1pm Paint Like A True Artist! Fun and playful workshop exploring abstract art. Children will work on large scale, using some 'grown-up' materials and some materials that are less expected. See how we can make a big impact using colour and mark-marking, all inspired by British-Guyanese artist Frank Bowling.  * Mon 11 Apr - 10am-1pm Colour & Pattern A chance to get acquainted with all sorts of easy printmaking processes! We will be working quickly: mixing up colours and using rollers, sponges, blocks and more to make original patterned artwork. Children will be introduced to some of the principles of designing and get to try it out for themselves.  * Tue 12 Apr - 10am-1pm Mixed-Media Portraits Discover the fascinating process of 'monotype’ printmaking and make an arty portrait to take home. Children will be guided to explore different media and develop their printed drawings, making decisions about colour, composition and background. Not too sure about drawing faces? No fear, we’ll show you how!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Live Theatre, Live Comedy

Shazia Mirza (26 March)

“What have I been doing this past year? Apart from sitting on the settee in my pyjamas, squeezing my ingrowing hairs whilst watching documentaries on Ted Bundy? I have been staring into space, coming to the terrible realization that maybe my parents were right. I should have listened to them years ago. Why didn't I? But people keep telling me I'll be ok because I'm a strong woman. What does that mean? I survived The Island with Bear Grylls - who knew that would prepare me for what was about to come...” Following the success of her critically acclaimed recent shows; With Love From St. Tropez, a riot of brexit, buquas and butt-plugs, and The Kardashians Made Me Do It, a searing and urgent exploration of life, love and Jihadi brides, Shazia’s latest show; ‘Coconut’, nominated for ‘Best Stand Up Tour Show’ in Channel 4’s National Comedy Awards, takes on the burning (and infectious) issues of our time.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Stained Glass

One-day workshop running 10am-4pm ABOUT THE WORKSHOP There will be a choice of spring and summer-themed projects for indoor or outdoor use including hearts, flowers, bees and lambs - encapsulating Spring! In this fun, sociable day, you will learn how to cut glass, copper foil and solder to create your own beautiful piece of art ABOUT THE TUTOR Carrie Kearsey is a professional teacher and artist who will guide you through the Tiffany technique of copper foiling. In this fun, sociable day. WHAT TO BRING All materials are provided. Please wear closed-toe shoes and bring a mask and apron. If bringing a drink with you, please ensure it is in a bottle or lidded cup.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Woodwork Studio

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Live Music

Steve Knightley (12 Feb)

‘Follow me Down’ Songs from the West with Steve Knightley Steve is a multi-award-winning singer-songwriter/musician and founder member of folk/acoustic roots trail-blazers ‘Show of Hands’ described by Peter Gabriel as ‘one of the great English bands’. A constant throughout Steve’s work is his ability to root his songs in time and place, notably the West Country where he was raised. Informed by a love of narrative and English traditional folk music, Knightley writes historically accurate songs that resonate with contemporary meaning. He has an extraordinary ability to bring the past vividly, smack bang into the present. It’s a gift that fuels his reputation as an ‘issues’ writer. The seminal ‘Country Life’ earned him the title ‘the gravel voiced spokesman of the rural poor’ and his anti-banking rant ‘Arrogance, Ignorance and Greed’ picked up the gong for ‘Best Song’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Steve has a degree in History and Politics and in 2015 he was presented with an Honorary Doctorate from Plymouth University for his services to geography and music. Steve is also Patron of the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter and last year he was awarded the title of Honorary Rifleman by the 6th Battalion the Rifles Regiment. You can find out more about Steve on the Show of Hands website, at Steve's Facebook page, or on YouTube.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

Stevie Watts Organ Trio (7 May)

The Stevie Watts Organ Trio are all highly-regarded session players having worked with names ranging from Secret Affair, Steve Winwood, Archive to The Spice Girls. Stevie met Nat Martin when working together in singer Jo Harman’s band where they quickly bonded personally and musically. Stevie’s drummer friend Vinnie Lammi was recruited then on a Christmas gig Stevie met Alice who was then invited to write vocal parts to some tracks that Stevie had written and their debut album Mission to the Moon came together on a boat in Shoreham by Sea. The fire and energy in the sound that these three make defies the fact that they’re a trio and when Alice joins them they turn into something that no other band (with organ bass) using this format sounds like. Take outstanding players with great songs that lift your spirit, make you dance as well as cry (in a good way!), include infectious funk and rip-roaring solo’s and you have something that you would be absolutely crazy to miss! Stevie Watts is an award-winning keyboard player and one of the UK's most sought after Hammond organists who can be seen touring with great artists including renowned blues artist Danny Bryant, Connor Selby, Marcus Malone, Elles Bailey, Sari Schorr and his own Hammond soul outfit the Stevie Watts Organ Trio. Stevie is also proud to be part of the Masterlink Studio Sessions pool of players whom you can find backing some great artists on You Tube. Artists that Stevie has worked with and toured with include Secret Affair, Steve Winwood, Mike Farris, Arthur Brown, Joe Louis Walker, Mary Coughlan, Roland Gift, James Maddock, Lisa Mann, Ronnie Scott's Blues Explosion, Archive, Terry Hall, Mylene Farmer, Bobby Whitlock, Jo Harman, Kirk Fletcher, Jack Bruce, PP Arnold, Lulu, Kiki Dee, Mica Paris, Gerry Beckley, Eli Paperboy Reed, Sam Moore (Sam & Dave) and has supported bands such as Duran Duran on arena tours.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Unbound Theatre, Live Theatre, Live Comedy

Storyteller Improv (21 Jan)

Get ready for a night of improvised spontaneous storytelling. The Unbound Storyteller convention is about to get underway. Storytellers are gathering to share their latest ripping yarns and flex their fable-weaving muscles. And best of all? It's up to you what tales they tell. This special improvisation show sees our talented cast create brand new short plays, solo stories and compete in a few light-hearted games. This performance is presented by our in-house production company Unbound.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Textiles

Tapestry

Mondays (4.30pm-7pm) during term time. This class will show you the simple and basic techniques of Tapestry, and share the enjoyment of creative weaving. You can create an interesting woven tapestry piece of fabricated wall art in a very short time, using just about anything to weave with from wool, wire and fabric to hard things like twigs or leaves. You can experiment with different materials to make the wall art you desire for your home, learning simple aspects of colour theory to help chose the right colours for your project. Once you have developed the basic skills, you can design your own abstract pattern in landscape or portrait. WHAT TO BRING: Most materials can be provided for your first session, however regular attendees should bring the following: -A old picture frame (minus glass) - A4 or larger -A flat piece of wood slightly wider than the frame -String -Knitting wool, wire, fabric, etc to weave with -Plastic Needles -Plastic Fork

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Live Comedy

The Boodlum Band (18 Feb)

The UK's oldest boy band are back! From rock classics and pop hits to Thirties revivals and doo-wop favourites, this band crashes through different genres of music, finding unexpected humour in the best and worst of popular music.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Textiles, Short Courses

Visible Mending (3-week course)

3-week course running for three consecutive 1.5-hour sessions from the start time listed below. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP With environmental concerns in mind, we are all being encouraged to mend our clothes rather than throw them away. There is a growing feeling that repairs do not have to be invisible and that we could make them a more attractive statement. You will be taught the art of Boro work, a Japanese form of repair which incorporates piecing, patching and stitching clothing to extend its life.The term Boro comes from the Japanese boroboro meaning something tattered or repaired. Participants will also be introduced to Sashiko which is a form of stitch and is frequently used repetitively in Boro work. We will also cover simple darning in a visible method enhanced by some hand embroidery. ABOUT THE TUTOR Penny Follows has been teaching textiles for more than 10 years in London and the Home Counties. She is a bespoke dressmaker with a studio in the Chilterns. Penny believes that sewing is a 'learned skill' and a great creative outlet. She enjoys passing that skill, and a passion for textiles on to both adults and children. WHAT TO BRING Please bring with you a basic sewing kit to include hand sewing needles, thread, a small pair of sharp scissors, pins, a tape measure and a thimble if you use one.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Textiles, Sunday Specials

Wall Hangings

A one-day workshop, running 10am-4pm ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Learn to make your own personal fluffy wall hanging. Want a learn unique wall hanging to show your friends and family but don’t want to pay a fortune for it? Come and learn how to make it yourself by attending my fun workshop. The first half of the day will be spent designing, and the second half making while you have a chit chat! ABOUT THE TUTOR "I am a recent postgraduate in Textile Design based in Buckinghamshire, I specialise in mixed media and fibre art using a range of skills and techniques such as collage, tufting and felting. I’m always excited to explore new techniques to use within my practice. My newest discovery has been tufting and using traditional stitches to bring texture as well as movement to my designs. I am highly influenced by bright colours and the world around us. I use sustainable materials thought out my pieces to bring awareness of environmental concerns. I hope to inspire people to make a change through my art. WHAT TO BRING Please bring the yarns of your choice as well as an idea in mind for a design. The best yarn to use is 3/4ply.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Painting & Drawing, Short Courses

Watercolour for Beginners - Part 1 (3-week course)

3-week course running for three consecutive 2.5-hour sessions from the start time listed below. ABOUT THE CLASS This course will give you an introduction to watercolours. It is suitable for beginners, those returning to using watercolours, or those wanting to try out different techniques. You will learn some of the basic techniques such as blending, washes, and wet on wet to paint a range of subjects. WHAT TO BRING (Bundles of watercolour paints / brushes are available at the QPAC Art Shop) Selection of watercolour paints (either pans or tubes) White gouache paint (small tube) Selection of brushes (such as Daler Rowney size 10 and 2 round, and at least one flat brush 1/2 inch - 1 inch) A4 Watercolour paper pad (minimum 250 gsm cold pressed/NOT paper) Masking tape Masking fluid (ideally frisk masking fineliner/ needle tip) Mixing palette Small natural painting sponge Pencil Rubber Ruler Fine tip waterproof black drawing pen

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Painting & Drawing, Short Courses

Watercolour for Beginners - Part 2 (3-week course)

3-week course running for three consecutive 2.5-hour sessions from the start time listed below. ABOUT THE CLASS Part 2 of the Beginners Watercolours course - please be sure to have attended Part 1 of the course before booking onto this one. In this class, students will paint various new subjects using the beautiful medium of watercolour. WHAT TO BRING (Bundles of watercolour paints / brushes are available at the QPAC Art Shop) Selection of watercolour paints (either pans or tubes) Selection of brushes (such as Daler Rowney size 8 and 2 round, and at least one flat brush 1/2 inch - 1 inch, and a fan brush) Watercolour paper Masking tape Masking fluid (needle tip or bring a brush to use with this), Mixing palette Small natural painting sponge Pencil Rubber Ruler ABOUT THE TUTOR Leila Ward is a Tring-based artist who studied Art and Design at Loughborough University School of Art and Design. She has experimented with different mediums over the years, and particularly likes drawing/ painting animals, and using watercolour, acrylic, and printing techniques. Leila enjoys making art more accessible to others, showing people that anyone can create art. If you have any further questions please email Leila on: Leila_Ward@msn.com

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Woodwork

Woodcarving (Untutored)

Thursdays (10am-12.30pm) during term time. This untutored weekly workshop is perfect for woodcarvers with enough experience to direct their own learning, offering a chance to work on projects alongside likeminded artists and makers. The group isn’t suited to beginners, however if you’ve had experience of woodcarving before and want to continue the art in a supportive atmosphere then this is the group for you. Students are welcome to use the communal facilities in the QPAC woodwork studio, however must bring their own timber and carving tools. Casual clothes and stout shoes recommended!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Woodwork Studio

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Woodwork

Woodwork

Wednesdays (7pm-9.30pm) during term time. What Will I Learn? These sessions aim to improve your ability in working with wood and fulfilling your ambition in creating a product of your choice under the guidance of the tutor. During the sessions you will work on a project of your own choice so that your own level of skill increases and you finish with a completed item. You will be encouraged and instructed in the use of electrical powered hand tools. The room is equipped with a woodturning lathes so there will be an opportunity to learn or to continue some woodturning. During the sessions learners will: - Select materials and tools appropriate to the chosen task. - Show how materials are cut, shaped and formed, to designed tolerances. - Use design briefs to guide design thinking. - Complete at least 1 project. - Practice skills to complete other projects at home. - Observe health & safety issues concerning woodworking. Is This For Me? These sessions are for those with a general interest in woodwork and who have a project in mind. It is suitable for all levels of ability and will be taught on an individual basis. During the sessions, the tutor will provide small group demonstrations and individual support to ensure that learners can work at their own level and at their own pace. What Do I Need To Bring? Please bring a pencil and project idea(s). These will be discussed and, by the end of your first session, a plan will be drawn up including a cutting list and some idea of the cost. Learners will need to provide their own materials, which can’t be stored at the centre, and brought to each session. The use of different materials will be discussed relative to their cost eg. bookcase made from MDF will be much cheaper to make than one of solid oak. It depends on your choice as to how much you spend. How will I know that my skills have improved? At the start, you will decide (with help from your tutor) what you want to get out of the course. There will be regular opportunities to review your progress and at the end of the course you will have the chance to reflect on what you have learnt and how your skills have improved.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Woodwork Studio

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Live Theatre, Unbound Theatre

'Hamlet' (15-16 July)

Written by William Shakespeare Directed by Dario Knight The King of Denmark is dead. His brother now sits on the throne, married to the widow of the former monarch. Prince Hamlet is broken by the affair, but a visitation from the realm of the dead reveals details of a betrayal even greater than he could have imagined. Caught between duty to his father and doubts over his own judgement, Hamlet begins a dangerous plan to avenge the former king, but his words and deeds will have consequences reaching far beyond his fractured family. The court of Denmark is already steeped in death, but more blood will be spilled before the final reckoning… This production will also be heading out on tour - check back for details soon!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Theatre, Unbound Theatre

'Pygmalion' Rehearsed Reading (19 Mar)

Bernard Shaw's classic play is brought to life in a very special rehearsed reading. With the production stripped back to just the actors and script, this is a chance to shed new light on an iconic play, which charts Eliza Dolittle's encounters with Henry Higgins as he sets out to ready her for London high society. This performance is presented by our in-house production company Unbound.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

A Band Called Malice (4 June)

Come and seee the band live to witness a show which will take you back to the late seventies and early eighties when The Jam played as one of the most iconic and influential bands in music history. If you like The Jam then you will love A Band Called Malice and are guaranteed to have an unforgettable evening for all the right reasons! In 2017, A Band Called Malice was formed when frontman Andy Coultas decided to create a new band. A band to recreate the sound of The Jam with the attitude and feel of the original line up. Finding musicians to do this was not an easy task as the people in the band had to be of exceptional standard, able to sing, able to commit, love The Jam, and of course be fit and agile enough to reproduce the live performance of Weller, Foxton and Buckler. Andy turned to Jo Adams from Their Music Rocks, a promotional agency, and together they searched fior the right band members and, after a year of auditions and rehearsals, they finally settled on the superb line up to make up A Band Called Malice.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Painting & Drawing, Short Courses

Acrylics for Beginners - Part 1 (3-week course)

3-week course running for three consecutive 2.5-hour sessions from the start time listed below. ABOUT THE CLASS This course will give you an introduction to acrylic painting. It is suitable for beginners. You will be taught, step- by- step, techniques such as colour mixing, washes, and impasto through painting a range of subjects. WHAT TO BRING A selection of acrylic paints Selection of brushes – rounds (small and larger), and flats Palette knife A3 or A4 acrylic paper (such as Daler Rowney Mixed media 250g/m paper) Masking tape Mixing palette Pencil Rubber Ruler ABOUT THE TUTOR Leila Ward is a Tring-based artist who studied Art and Design at Loughborough University School of Art and Design. She has experimented with different mediums over the years, and particularly likes drawing/ painting animals, and using watercolour, acrylic, and printing techniques. Leila enjoys making art more accessible to others, showing people that anyone can create art. If you have any further questions please email Leila on: Leila_Ward@msn.com

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Workshops for Children

Afterschool Art Club (Tuesday)

Tuesdays, 4.30pm-5.30pm during term time. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Afterschool Art Club is a weekly art session for 7-11 year-olds where we'll: - Make art and take it home - Paint, draw, print, sculpt and try new skills - And enjoy ourselves! Be sure to bring a water bottle and an apron with you. We look forward to welcoming you!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Craft Studio

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Workshops for Children

Afterschool Art Club (Wednesday)

Wednesdays during term time, from 4.30pm-6pm ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Regular painting, drawing and printmaking for primary schoolers (aged 7 - 11). Come and try out new ways of making art and give your imagination some exercise! Children will be introduced to a broad range of practical processes and creative games. WHAT TO BRING All materials provided - bring an apron or old clothes, and don't forget your water bottle.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Craft Studio

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Afterschool Pottery (Glazing)

See below for available dates (each session lasts 30mins). ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Suitable for ages 7-11 Join tutor Emma Legon for this fantastic arty activity. These sessions give students the opportunity to glaze work created during the school holiday classes, or the weekly afterschool making sessions. All materials are provided, including firing for the finished, glazed piece. Please Note: Each 30min slot allows enough time to glaze one finished piece. If you have multiple pieces to fire, please book one session per piece. ABOUT THE TUTOR Emma first started working with clay when she was a Primary School, selling mini animals and selling them in her Grandparent’s toy shop. Teaching herself how to use a kick-wheel, she spent six years living in South Korea, where she was taught at the #pottery_dorang in Busan by Yang Songsoon. On her return to the UK, Emma began attending pottery classes here at QPAC. Her ceramics work includes hand-building, throwing and sculpting.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Glaze Studio

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Afterschool Pottery (Making)

Mondays 4.30pm-6pm during term time. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Suitable for ages 7-11 Join tutor Emma Legon for this fantastic afterschool arty activity. Learn the key techniques of pottery and create a brand new work of art every week. All materials are included in the workshop price, including firing for your finished piece. Please bring a water bottle and an apron / old shirt. Please note - these sessions are for making only. If you wish to glaze your work, please book a dedicated glazing session separately. ABOUT THE TUTOR Emma first started working with clay when she was a Primary School, selling mini animals and selling them in her Grandparent’s toy shop. Teaching herself how to use a kick-wheel, she spent six years living in South Korea, where she was taught at the #pottery_dorang in Busan by Yang Songsoon. On her return to the UK, Emma began attending pottery classes here at QPAC. Her ceramics work includes hand-building, throwing and sculpting.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Pottery Studio

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Book Club

Book Club meets once a month - see calendar below for latest dates and book titles. ABOUT THE CLASS This is a friendly reading group who read and talk about one book each month. Attendees take turns to choose the book and come up with discussion questions, then chair the group. Books chosen in the past have ranged from classics such as Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte and The Rainbow< by DH Lawrence, to modern fiction such as Atonement by Ian McEwan and We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel The club covers different fictional genres and have also discussed other genres of writing such as autobiography and short stories. Attendees will need to have obtained and read a copy of the book chosen for that month. Newcomers are welcome to come to class without having read the book to give it a try! ABOUT THE TUTOR Laura first began running the bookclub at QPAC in 2002 after leaving her job as an English teacher. This enabled her to pursue her love of literature by facilitating classes of willing adults without having to do any marking! In 2005, she embarked on an M.A. in English Literature which she completed shortly before the birth of her daughter in 2007. From 2005 members of the bookclub have taken turns to run the group either in pairs or individually which has been a great success. Laura is on hand to help if needed. CLASS FEEDBACK “Always enjoyable with plenty of lively discussion by class members.” “Joining a book club introduced me to a variety of different genres which I wouldn’t normally read” “When running the book club everyone is very supportive, and although it may seem daunting to do, it isn’t” 2021 DATES 13 Jan - 'Show & Tell' - bring a book you've read over Christmas and share with the group. 10 Feb - TBC 10 Mar - TBC (No class in April) 12 May - TBC 9 Jun - TBC 14 July - TBC

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Gallery

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Live Music

Catfish (19 Feb)

UK and British Blues Award winning band Catfish have carved a reputation for themselves as an excellent live band with a phenomenal frontman in 24 year old guitarist/vocalist Matt Long who plays with a real passion for the blues. Over 2 years they received 5 nominations in the British Blues Awards and have just been awarded a UK Blues Award as Blues Act of the Year (England). Both their albums have reached no 1 in the IBBA Blues Airplay Charts, and their album Broken Man was voted album of the year for 2017 by the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association. They have a new album 'Burning Bridges' which was released in May 2019. During 2018 and 2019, they have played in Holland, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Rhodes, France, Czech Republic and Spain and have a further three European tours already booked for 2020, along with an impressive set of UK dates all over the UK. 'Catfish are one of the finest live bands in Britain today. The quality of musicianship is outstanding and in Matt Long, they have one of the greatest young guitarists on the scene today...' Blues Matters Magazine.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Short Courses

Chair Caning for Beginners (2-week course)

This course runs for two sessions - 6 & 13 February, from 10am to 4pm ABOUT THE COURSE Learn the traditional art of chair caning - a great chance to repair old furniture to brighten up your home. You can either bring an old chair with cane still attached to then remove and replace, or if the caning has already been removed, jump straight in! Chairs can be aquired on eBay, Facebook Marketplace, or from your local Household Recycling Centre. All cane will be supplied. WHAT TO BRING - A chair to cane - Bradawl - Scissors - Small hammer - Pliers - Narrow screwdriver For more information, contact the tutor via maggie.evans74@gmail.com

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Craft Studio

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Health & Wellbeing

Chair-Based Exercise To Music

Every Wednesday, from 3pm-4pm ABOUT THE WORKSHOP A very low intensity exercise class suitable for people with limited mobility and moderate to more advanced Parkinson's. The class is done seated and includes: - Movement to music  - Strength work  - Stretches ABOUT THE TUTOR Corinne is a qualified Personal Trainer, Fitness Instructor and Exercise to Music teacher with experience working with people of all ages and abilities. She specialises in exercise for over 60s and people with Parkinson’s and aim to make people feel good about themselves, be strong, mobile and fit so they can enjoy life to the full. She recently qualified as a Boxercise Instructor, Parkinson's Pro Instructor and a Functional Ageing Specialist. WHAT TO BRING - Water to drink - Flat comfortable shoes such as trainers - Dumbbells (500g) or a couple of tins / water bottles This class is supported by Aylesbury Town Council.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Dance Studio

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Music

Clarinet Group (Untutored)

Fridays during term time, 10am-11.30am This is a self-guided group comprising members with a skillset ranging from basic to experienced. Prospective attendees should have their own clarinet (Bb), be able to find their way around the instrument with at least basic skills and be able to read music notation to a basic level as a minimum. The group does not aim to teach attendees from scratch but there is sufficient skill within the members to help players to develop their abilities as required. Playing in a group is the best way to advance your capabilities regardless of whatever level you start. We have capable semi/professional music leaders within the group able to guide us, and musical pieces are chosen by consensus.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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Painting & Drawing, Workshops for Teens

Clothed Life Drawing (Ages 12-16)

A one-off afterschool class for young artists. If you've never tried life drawing or have done a tiny bit before, this workshop is for you. You'll be guided in how to approach drawing the human body from life, from a clothed model, as artists have practised for hundreds of years. This class develops your idea of what it is to see like an artist and we'll look in depth at some effective and easy ways of using charcoal.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Sunday Specials, Mixed Crafts

Collage Your Story

One-day workshop, 10am-4pm Explore your personal story, history, culture and identity though the medium of collage. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP In this fun, exploratory workshop we will be introduced to collage and how we can use this medium to explore our own culture, and stories to create personal art. We will explore some collage techniques, be inspired by some amazing collage artists and experiment with images to create sometime unique and special.  If you can cut you can collage, no special skills required, just a pair of scissors, some papers and found images, and a willingness to try. ABOUT THE TUTOR Salina Jane Gani was born and brought up in London to East Indian, Guyanese parents. She has always had a passion for art and storytelling in pictures and has drawn from a very young age. As a child she loved illustrated children’s books and fairy tales, particularly the illustrations of Charles Keeping and Michael Forman and dreamed of being a book illustrator when she grew up. WHAT TO BRING Please bring images that are personal to you and your personal heritage, family story or culture, these could be photos of family or things that interest you, ribbons, or stamps or ticket stubs or greeting cards that mean something to you or your family. It might be a card or a letter or a recipe book, magazines, or newspaper articles.   You are going to use these in your collage, we can copy or print photos, cards, or letters at the centre if you don’t want to use the originals. 

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Gallery

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Painting & Drawing

Colour Mixing

One-off half-day class. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP In this course I will take you through how to mix vibrant colours and the reasons why you get muddy colours. By the end of the session you will have a better understanding of yor paints and how to mix your desired colours in either watercolours or acrylics. ABOUT THE TUTOR Leila Ward is a Tring-based artist who studied Art and Design at Loughborough University School of Art and Design. She has experimented with different mediums over the years, and particularly likes drawing/ painting animals, and using watercolour, acrylic, and printing techniques. Leila enjoys making art more accessible to others, showing people that anyone can create art. WHAT TO BRING Students should bring a selection of paints of their choice (acrylics or watercolours) and the appropriate paper and brushes for these, also water pots and palettes.   If you have any further questions please email Leila on: Leila_Ward@msn.com

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Jewellery, Mixed Crafts

Contemporary Jewellery

Mondays (10am-12.30pm) & Thursdays (7pm-9.30pm) during term time. A weekly workshop ideal for anyone with a passion for the art of contemporary jewellery. Whether a complete beginner or a practiced jeweller, this friendly drop-in class allows students aged 16+ to direct their own learning and create beautiful, unique pieces. Our experienced tutor Susie Upstone will help guide you through the design and making process – be sure to bring a sketchbook and pens to jot down your ideas! We provide all the tools you need, however raw materials such as metal and gems must be purchased by students. Susie will be able to advise on what you’ll need for your project (including the necessary PPE), and where to source it.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Craft Studio

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Live Music

Cwtsh (5 March)

Cwtsh are an Aylesbury-based blues band whose sound is a mix of covers which keep to the wonderful traditions of the music, but also plenty of original material. Whilst paying homage to all the old masters, we can't forget our enthusiasm for modern sounds, emotions and ideas. Strong influences include B.B King, Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, Free and Muddy Waters - but the list could go on all day.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

Del Bromham's Blues Devils (23 July)

Del Bromham is a founder member and guitarist/songwriter with the legendary rock band Stray, but also has his own blues band - Del Bromham’s Blues Devils. Del released a critically-acclaimed solo blues album ‘The Devil’s Highway’ followed by going on the "Blues To Die For" tour with Mountain's Leslie West. Subsequently, Del formed the Blues Devils to continue his journey in the blues. In September 2012, Del received a ‘Lifetime Achievement In Music’ award at The Newark Blues Festival, along with Tony McPhee (The Groundhogs) and Andy Fraser (Free). Del Bromham's Blues Devils is driving blues played with real musicianship and flair. You can expect songs from his latest acclaimed 'White Feather' CD as well as songs from his back catalogue and Del, as always, will have a few stories to tell. "This singer/guitarist has produced an excellent blues album, ranging from acoustic to full electric blues. The vocals suit the music, and the guitar features some great slide. Solo notes burst out from the rhythm at just the right moments...." 'Get Ready to Rock ' website. Del Bromham was born in East Acton, West London and made his first public performance when he was 13 years old. At 15 he formed his own band Stray and he has been an ever present member to this day. Stray released their first album back in 1970 when the average age of the band-members was about 17. Over the years Del has recorded eleven studio albums and three live albums with Stray, and has been on countless tours and one night stands rubbing shoulders with too many artistes to list! Del Bromham still has his Stray rock band but now equally important is his Blues Devil's band where he excels taking his blues roots to new levels.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Painting & Drawing, Short Courses

Drawing for Beginners - Part 1 (3-week course)

3-week course running for three consecutive 2-hour sessions from the start time listed below. ABOUT THE CLASS This course will introduce you to beginner drawing techniques- looking at equipment, how to show depth through shading and perspective, and how to draw through identifying shape, form and texture. This workshop is aimed at beginners to drawing, and art in general, and those looking to improve their drawing skills. WHAT TO BRING A selection of pencils (2H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B) An A4 sketch pad A rubber A putty rubber A pencil sharpener A ruler. ABOUT THE TUTOR Leila Ward is a Tring-based artist who studied Art and Design at Loughborough University School of Art and Design. She has experimented with different mediums over the years, and particularly likes drawing/ painting animals, and using watercolour, acrylic, and printing techniques. Leila enjoys making art more accessible to others, showing people that anyone can create art. If you have any further questions please email Leila on: Leila_Ward@msn.com

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Painting & Drawing, Short Courses

Drawing for Beginners - Part 2 (3-week course)

3-week course running for three consecutive 2-hour sessions from the start time listed below. ABOUT THE CLASS This course will build on ‘Drawing for Beginners -Part 1’. You will have the opportunity to learn more by drawing landscapes, looking more into light and shade, and figures. This is suitable for those with a little drawing experience. Full tuition and demonstrations will be given. WHAT TO BRING A selection of drawing pencils: H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B An A4 Sketch pad Rubber Pencil sharpener Ruler Willow Charcoal White pencil or chalk ABOUT THE TUTOR Leila Ward is a Tring-based artist who studied Art and Design at Loughborough University School of Art and Design. She has experimented with different mediums over the years, and particularly likes drawing/ painting animals, and using watercolour, acrylic, and printing techniques. Leila enjoys making art more accessible to others, showing people that anyone can create art. If you have any further questions please email Leila on: Leila_Ward@msn.com

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Health & Wellbeing

Feel Good Aerobics

Every Wednesday, from 9.30am-10.30am ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Get moving and feel great in this beginners aerobics class! Learn a simple, fun routine that works for your full body. The class will finish with some bodyweight exercises to strengthen and tone. Come and get a sweat on! We burn around 500kcal per session! All fitness levels welcome. ABOUT THE TUTOR Ruth has been working in the fitness industry for six years. Her classes are all about having fun and great music! WHAT TO BRING Please wear clothes you can dance in, bring an exercise matt and some water.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Dance Studio

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Pottery, Sunday Specials

Fun With Clay Slip

A one-day workshop, running 10am-4pm ABOUT THE WORKSHOP This workshop involves trailing coloured slips onto clay to create beautiful patterns. Slip is a simple clay and water mixture with coloured pigment added and is a wonderful decorating tool. You will use coloured slips in squeezy bottles to produce decorated tiles or small plates made during the workshop. The tutor will start by demonstrating a variety of slip trailing techniques that can be used on clay. After the workshop we will fire your work and add a clear glaze on top. Your finished items will be ready for collection within the month. ABOUT THE TUTOR Elaine is predominantly a Studio Potter and has been producing wheel-thrown domestic ware in her studio in Amersham. Recently, over two years attending Clay College in Stoke on Trent she was privileged to have been taught by a variety of Master Potters and experienced many different techniques. WHAT TO BRING Please bring a towel and an apron.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Pottery Studio

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Textiles, Short Courses

Getting To Know Your Sewing Machine (3-week course)

3-week course running for three consecutive 1.5-hour sessions from the start time listed below. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Do you have a sewing machine that spends more time in the cupboard or in its box than it does on your sewing table? Here's an opportunity to learn how to get to know your sewing machine and what it can do for you. Join this short 3-week course and explore what your sewing machine can do. Learn how to thread the sewing machine correctly, how to sew a straight seam and a curved one, the functions of the stitches and make a simple tote bag and maybe more! Just bring yourself, your sewing machine, a paper copy of the machine’s manual and a basic sewing kit and start sewing! ABOUT THE TUTOR Penny Follows has been teaching textiles for more than 10 years in London and the Home Counties. She is a bespoke dressmaker with a studio in the Chilterns. Penny believes that sewing is a 'learned skill' and a great creative outlet. She enjoys passing that skill, and a passion for textiles on to both adults and children. WHAT TO BRING Your sewing machine and a basic sewing kit comprising of hand sewing needles, thread, a small pair of sharp scissors, larger fabric scissors, pins, a tape measure and thread. Fabric will be available to purchase from the tutor for projects made in weeks 2 and 3.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Music

Guitar Club

Wednesdays (7pm-9pm) during term time. Guitar Club caters for those wishing to improve their acoustic guitar skills with fellow players in an informal, supportive environment. Taking a song-based approach to workshops, the club aims to practice and refine each number to performance standard, encouraging all to participate and develop their skills. This class is aimed at improving players with knowledge of the basic open chords. For more information email christopheryoxall@outlook.com or nicolaegray@hotmail.com

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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Music

Guitar for Beginners

Wednesdays (7.30pm-8.30pm) during term time. Always wanted to have a go at playing the guitar but not too sure where to begin? Here's the perfect opportunity to start making music? Bring along an acoustic guitar and learn to play basic chords and simple songs in a small, friendly group, with gudance from an experienced tutor. Previous experience is not necesary, just come along and join in!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Craft Studio

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Health & Wellbeing

Hatha Yoga

Every Thursday, from 10.45am-11.45am ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Every class will offer the opportunity to set aside day to day trials and tribulations and to develop yourself both on and off the mat. Each class has a theme or story that will allow you the opportunity, if you wish, to explore what this means for you in your life. The class ends with a short relaxation allowing your body, mind and heart to absorb all the goodness that has been created during the class such that you leave feeling energised, yet relaxed and at peace. Hatha Flow is a combination of movement with breath. We change poses in a smooth and rhythmical manner, focus is not about obtaining the perfect posture but about how well the movement and breath are synchronised. ABOUT THE TUTOR Jilli has practiced yoga for 18 years, and is an experinced yogi, facilitator and coach. She initally studied a Vinyasa style of yoga and is also a certified Yin yoga teacher. WHAT TO BRING A yoga mat, a water bottle, and a blanket as essentials. A block and/or, brick, belt, eye pillow, etc. are optional.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Dance Studio

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Music

Intermediate Guitar

Thursdays (7pm-9.30pm) during term time. A weekly workshop for intermediate level players of acoustic and electric guitar. The sessions are split into two halves, one where we are joined by a vocalist and we gain experience in the performance side and the other half where we work through songs to establish arrangements. This class is aimed at those who wish to extend their guitar knowledge & playing ability to progress and experience playing with others at a similar level. Students will need reasonable chord vocabulary (open & barre chords) and fluidity with chord changes to play complete songs. For more information, email michael.hidalgo@outlook.com.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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Textiles, Sunday Specials

Japanese Knot Bags

One-day workshop, 10am-3pm ABOUT THE WORKSHOP These delightful bags can be made in any size either by hand or with a sewing machine. They are small open tote bags but, with a twist. They have asymmetrical handles, and one of the handles slips through the other to form a knot and close the bag so that the contents of the bag are secure. They are useful for knitting, crochet, sewing projects and to carry lunch to work! ABOUT THE TUTOR Penny Follows has been teaching textiles for more than 10 years in London and the Home Counties. She is a bespoke dressmaker with a studio in the Chilterns. Penny believes that sewing is a 'learned skill' and a great creative outlet. She enjoys passing that skill, and a passion for textiles on to both adults and children. WHAT TO BRING Please bring a basic sewing kit with you. You will need to bring a basic sewing kit, 2 x half metres of cotton fabric, and matching thread. You can also bring your machine if you wish to use one. If you choose to use your machine you will be able make the bag very much more quickly and you may be able to make more than one (in which ase bring additional fabric)!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Music

Jazz Workshop

Wednesdays (2pm-4pm) during term time. This weekly workshop will cover learning a tune and improvising around it, as well as analysis of the chords and scales. Bring along your own instrument and music stand and you'll have a chance to study the following musical types - New Orleans jazz, Swing, Bepop, Blues, Latin. The class is led by volunteer Rick Atkins. Rick is a jazz enthusiast wants to share his love of the genre with others. Rick plays guitar in the Sound Force Big Band. You can contact Rick on 07960 985 188 or email ratkins161@gmail.com PLEASE NOTE: owing to government guidelines regarding COVID-19, there will be some alterations to this class in terms of instruments used and performance practices. Please contact Rick via the details above for more information.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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Jewellery

Jewellery Making (Weekly)

Tuesdays, from 7pm-9.30pm Workshop begins in March 2022 - to register your interest, email info@queensparkarts.com ABOUT THE WORKSHOP This class is suitable for students of all skill levels. Beginners will get an insight into jewellery making and learn the basic techniques. This includes learning the correct tool handling and equipment for jewellery making. They will also be taught how to turn their jewellery designs into reality. Intermediate and advanced makers will learn new techniques and broaden their skills whilst working on their own projects. ABOUT THE TUTOR Michael is an award-winning professional jeweller who creates work that reflects the process of its construction, allowing the surface qualities produced to trace their own development. Michael is known for his distinctive style of jewellery, which owes a great deal to sculpture, with his hand forged rings, bracelets and neck pieces looking as if they have grown from the metal. Previous Exhibitions include Goldsmiths' Hall and the Royal Academy is London, as well as international collections in the USA. WHAT TO BRING Student will need to bring some hand tools and materials, including metal (this will need to be discussed with the tutor, depending on what project the student is making). A sketchbook would be very useful.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Jewellery, Sunday Specials

Jewellery: An Ounce of Ag

A one-day workshop, running 10am-4pm ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Michael Carberry’s work is heavily influenced by the physical properties of the raw material and the processes that allow the material to speak for itself. This one-day workshop will involve thinking about how you work with one ounce of silver and what YOU might be able to make with it. Michael will send further information about the workshop to those interested nearer the time. ABOUT THE TUTOR Michael is an award-winning professional jeweller who creates work that reflects the process of its construction, allowing the surface qualities produced to trace their own development. Michael is known for his distinctive style of jewellery, which owes a great deal to sculpture, with his hand forged rings, bracelets and neck pieces looking as if they have grown from the metal. Previous Exhibitions include Goldsmiths' Hall and the Royal Academy is London, as well as international collections in the USA. WHAT TO BRING Bring along a sketchbook, hand tools and materials*. QPAC has a limited supply of some tools and equipment for students to use. *Please contact us to confirm the project you'd like to work on, and Michael will advise what metal to bring with you.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Live Music

John Otway Band (12 March)

John Otway is an English singer-songwriter who has built a sizeable cult audience through extensive touring, a surreal sense of humour and a self-deprecating underdog persona. Expect madcap mayhem and some scintillating stunts from a man old enough to know better…..and be surprised at just what a showman and musician really lies underneath the tomfoolery. In 2016, Otway announced that he was planning to record a new album. Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, he took his band to the Caribbean island of Montserrat to become the first international recording artist to record there since the Rolling Stones in 1989. The result was Montserrat – the first album of entirely new and original Otway material in over ten years.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Textiles

Knitting Club

Wednesdays (7pm-9.30pm) during term time. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Knitting Club is open to all knitters and those interested in learning to knit. It is led by an expert tutor who will help to start your knitting journey, sort out your knitting problems and challenges and generally discuss knitting. Learn to knit or just come and knit with us. Two and a half hours of protected knitting time every week in school term time. WHAT TO BRING Please bring your knitting or knitting supplies, including pattern or projects that you need help with. Complete beginner knitting packs containing everything you need to get started can be purcahsed directly from the tutor. Email ahcreative95@gmail.com for details. ABOUT THE TUTOR Amanda Hutcherson is an expert knitter with an advanced adult teaching qualifications (MA Academic practice, PGCE and 10 years university lecturer experience). Amanda is looking forward to working with you as you develop your knitting skills from beginner, intermediate or advanced level.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Textiles, Short Courses

Knitting for Beginners (5-week course)

5-week course running for five consecutive 2.5-hour sessions from the start time listed below. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP 5 weeks of individual support in a small group setting, to get your knitting journey started; with daily online advice and support during the course. ABOUT THE TUTOR Amanda is a lifelong, talented knitter with advanced qualifications in adult education. A background in healthcare and student mentorship adds to her understanding of your individual support and learning needs. WHAT TO BRING All tools and materials to get you off to a good start.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Painting & Drawing, Sunday Specials

Landscape Drawing with Charcoal

One-day workshop, 10am-4pm Charcoal is a wonderful medium for atmospheric landscape drawings. Come along to this one-day workshop with artist Liz Cotgreave to get hands on and see what it can do!   ABOUT THE WORKSHOP During this workshop you will try out some of these ways of working including drawing with a cloth, erasers, textured surfaces, stencils and more! You will also learn tricks for getting started, making lots of small drawings as you experiment and using these for inspiration later in the day. ABOUT THE TUTOR Liz uses a range of tools and techniques to create interesting marks and textures in her work. She works experimentally both outdoors and from photos and videos taken in the landscape. She often finds inspiration in what happens by accident as she draws.  WHAT TO BRING The workshop fee includes all the materials you need. Please bring an apron with you and don’t forget a packed lunch! 

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Health & Wellbeing

Legs, Bums & Tums

Every Thursday, from 9.30am-10.30am ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Legs, Bums & Tums is a fun workout that aims to strengthen and shape your thighs, bum and stomach. It also includes exercises and stretches to aid and increase mobility and flexibility. It’s a great calorie burning workout and is suitable for all fitness levels. Each class is different but will always have the same goal: to target those problem areas and improve your all round fitness. ABOUT THE TUTOR Ruth has been working in the fitness industry for six years. Her classes are all about having fun and great music! WHAT TO BRING Please wear clothes you can dance in, bring an exercise matt and some water.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Dance Studio

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Painting & Drawing

Life Drawing

Tuesdays (7pm-9.30pm) and Saturdays (10am-12.30pm) during term time. PLEASE NOTE: Our Tuesday evening sessions are led by a tutor and are ideal for beginners as well as experienced artists. Our Saturday morning classes are untutored and are suited to those with previous experience. TUESDAY EVENING SESSIONS with Ellie Kirkup Tuesday evening life drawing sessions are open to all levels of experience and ability. Students will have the chance to draw from a nude model in a variety of short and longer poses. If you are brand new to life drawing, tutor Ellie Kirkup will provide all of the guidance you need to get started and plenty of ideas for developing your drawing. Artists with more experience are welcome to come along and simply draw. Please bring your own choice of drawing materials. If you are new or in need of inspiration we recommend charcoal, several sheets of large (A2) sugar paper and a putty rubber. Materials can be purchased from the QPAC art shop before the start of a session. Ellie has been practising life drawing for ten years and is enthusiastic about keeping experimenting with drawing. She likes to work from other artists, life drawing and everyday life to explore interesting new ways to draw. SATURDAY MORNING SESSIONS (Untutored) These untutored classes are a perfect opportunity for those with previous experience to come and work alongside like-minded artists to develop and explore their drawing skills.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Health & Wellbeing

Low Intensity Exercise to Music (For Women)

Every Wednesday, from 1.45pm-2.45pm ABOUT THE WORKSHOP A low intensity exercise class suitable for anyone looking to keep fit and work on their balance and mobility. Chairs are used for some part of the session and there are no floor exercises. The class includes: - Aerobics to music - Strength work standing and seated (no floor exercise) - Balance - Stretches - Cool down ABOUT THE TUTOR Corinne is a qualified Personal Trainer, Fitness Instructor and Exercise to Music teacher with experience working with people of all ages and abilities. She specialises in exercise for over 60s and people with Parkinson’s and aim to make people feel good about themselves, be strong, mobile and fit so they can enjoy life to the full. She recently qualified as a Boxercise Instructor, Parkinson's Pro Instructor and a Functional Ageing Specialist. WHAT TO BRING - Water to drink - Flat comfortable shoes such as trainers - Dumbbells (500g) or a couple of tins / water bottles This workshop is supported by Aylesbury Town Council.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Dance Studio

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Live Music

Malone Sibun Band (22 Jan 2022)

The UK based, Detroit soulful blues-rock star Marcus Malone teams up with explosive British blues rock guitarist Innes Sibun for a handful of warm up dates for a new band with familiar faces. Marcus Malone has just enjoyed the most successful year of his career. His critically acclaimed album 'A Better Man' on Redline records has topped several 'best of the year' polls and he was also nominated as a finalist in the European Blues Awards. Innes Sibun was barely in his 20's when he was produced by the legendary Mike Vernon, before joining Robert Plant's 'Fate of Nations' world tour. He has subsequently built an international reputation by signing with the American label Viceroy, and then Provogue and Blues Boulevard in Europe. He's an explosive, but feel player, versatile enough to be able to slip from rock and blues into jazz and funk. Together the two stellar musicians promise a powerful mix of rock, blues, soul and funk, all underpinned by Malone's soulful song driven quality and triggered by Sibun's high levels of intensity and his inherent melodic feel. It's an exciting musical partnership born of the same musical influences, but one that offers them a broader canvas than before.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Mixed Crafts

Mixed Crafts

Thursdays (10am-12.30pm) during term time. This is a friendly, welcoming and supportive group, where students can bring their own creative project to work on, share ideas and “leave the world behind”. A great way to meet like-minded people. Group members explore at a variety of crafts, including silk painting, felt making, papier mache, tie dye, fabric painting, marbling, glass painting, collage, dought craft and more! Members of the group pursue their own projects in a happy, relaxed atmosphere. If there's a particular craft you'd like to try then let the group know and they'll see if they can help or advise. The group is facilitated by Irene Scott, who has been involved in arts & crafts (and QPAC) for 40 years, and has a broad knowledge of many different craft activities, including those mentioned above.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Craft Studio

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Live Theatre

Murder Around the Clock (1-2 April 2022)

The latest murder mystery event, by Karen Banfield. In 1958 Molly is proudly running her own milkshake bar, with the help of her daughters Bunty and Suzie, plus their next door neighbour. A talent scout spots Bunty’s singing potential and when a face from the past reappears, things couldn’t look better. So what turns one of them, to murder? At the end of act one, guests will be able to work as a team at their table to submit their first guess as to who the murderer is. After act two, they get their final chance to say ‘whodunnit’ and why. The format of the event is for the audience to sit back and enjoy a full length play. No questions are directed at any cast members and they do not mix with the audience. The team with the most points wins a prize. Discounts: Make a saving by booking a table of 6 or 8 people! The cast and crew are kindly donating the proceeds from the show to Queens Park Arts Centre’s ongoing fundraising appeal.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Unbound Theatre, Live Theatre, Live Music

Musical Theatre Showcase (4 March)

‘Through the Years’ is a showcase of songs from musicals from across the decades, performed by our in-house storytelling company Unbound. Featuring a talented cast, this special event is a must-see for fans of musical theatre, and features songs from musicals including West Side Story, Hamilton, Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, and a tribute to the lgendary Stephen Sondheim.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Painting & Drawing

Oil Painting

Mondays (7pm-9.30pm) during term time. This workshop is ideal for anyone with an interest in painting with oils, whether a practised hand or a beginner exploring the medium for the first time. Tutor Michael Navarro is a local artist who has been working for several years in various media, predominately oils. His works range from landscapes to pop art and murals. Our painting studio has easels, painting boards and other communal facilities. We also have an art shop selling paints, paper and brushes, if you don’t have them already. Michael will be happy to advise on what resources you need to get started.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Painting & Drawing

Open Art Studio

Tuesdays (10am-12.30pm & 1pm-3.30pm) during term time. A weekly workshop designed as an opportunity for artists to get together and work on projects of their choosing in the friendly, creative, and inspiring environment of the QPAC painting studio. Attendees can be of any level of ability, from novices to very experienced artists. All forms of media are welcome, including charcoal, pencil, pastel, watercolours, acrylics and oils. Though not a formally-tutored class, this open studio session is a chance to learn from fellow artists, share your work and discuss your art form. We have easels, drawing boards and other communal resources, plus an on-site art shop stocked with paints, pencils, charcoal, paper and brushes.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Live Theatre, Live Comedy, Live Music

Open Mic Night (30 Apr)

Join us for the return of the QPAC Open Mic Night. Step onto the Limelight Theatre stage and share your talent with an appreciative crowd. Whether a musician, a magician, a comedian, a singer, a dancer, an actor or an all-rounder - all are welcome. Or - if you're happy away from the footlights - graba drink from the Limelight bar and come and enjoy a night of great local talent. Each act gets a 10-minute slot, or three songs. Cost of Entry is £5 for audience members and £3 for performers.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

Otway & Barrett (11 March)

This magnetic bond still holds after more than 40 years of attempted escapes and still loved for their total in-yer-face originality, the contrast between the dead pan humour of Barrett and mad onstage antics of Otway are hilarious to watch. John’s lyrical genius and Willy’s outstanding musicianship (he seems to play almost every stringed instrument known to man, plus a few hybrids of his own making!) Ever keen to add a new dimension to the show, Willy has a new addition to his array of instruments. Beware the Moose Homp!!. Willy’s interest in making instruments began when he commandeered two guitars made by his dad in 1965. One from an old guitar neck and a scaffold plank which became affectionally known as the Les Dawson, and the other branded the Mk1 Schitstik electric slide of similar pedigree. These instruments were used on many of the early tracks, including Really Free and Racing Cars) Was the Last Straw Tour of 2017 to be the end? Willy’s remark “this will be the last time that many of you will see us together again” was often hastily misinterpreted as the final throw of the dice, but the reason given “it’s not us packing up, it’s you lot dying off, you know who you are!” is often overlooked by eager scribes. And so the rumours abound. For any Otway/Barrett virgins out there who don’t know what to expect, be prepared for everything from bare-chested theremin playing to wah wah wheelie bin as the duo jump from one hit and 40 near misses to another: An amazing and irreverent performance by two master entertainers.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Painting & Drawing

Painting & Drawing

Wednesdays (10am-12pm) during term time. Release your creativity in this weekly workshop open to all levels of experience, from complete beginners to professional painters. Students are welcome to work on any subject they please in whichever medium they prefer, whether oils, acrylics, watercolours, pastels, charcoal, pencil or mixed media. Anyone just starting out in painting & drawing can seek advice from tutor Anne Bennison, whilst those with more experience are welcome to work at their own pace. The painting studio has plenty of easels and drawing boards. Materials such as paints, paper, pencils and brushes are available at the QPAC art shop.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Painting & Drawing

Painting with Acrylics

Thursdays (10am-12.30pm) during term time. Explore and develop your creativity as a member of this friendly weekly workshop. Work from still life or the subject of your choice, in your chosen media (e.g. pencil, charcoal, acrylics, watercolour). The group also do occasional projects to encourage exploration of techniques and development of skills by looking at the work of different artists (Picasso, Matisse, Fedden) or through more specific themes such as perspective. Suitable for all levels including beginners. Bring your own project to work on. The painting studio has plenty of easels and drawing boards. Additional materials such as paints, paper and brushes are available to buy from the QPAC art shop. Tutor Amanda Curbishley joined QPAC as a member of this group in 2002 and has gone on to exhibit and sell work at local exhibitions. She wants to share the enjoyment she has from painting and encourage others to develop their skills.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Textiles

Patchwork

Wednesdays (Advanced Class, 10am-12.30pm) during term time. This class is ideal for patchwork students looking for a space to work on their projects. Our Textile Studio is the perfect place to meet fellow needle-workers and textile artists. As well as progressing your project, these sessions off the chance to discuss your work with others and share ideas and inspiration. Students should bring their own sewing machine with them when attending a class – we have plenty of room to accommodate students working on projects large and small!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Pottery

Pottery (Tutored)

Monday-Thursday (see below for timings) during term time. PLEASE NOTE (23/11/21): The Tuesday afternoon class will be running as untutored until further notice. Pottery is one of the most popular activities at QPAC. We run classes throughout the week, giving students access to our fully-equipped studio spaces to learn and develop their skills in ceramics - whether sculpting, working at the wheel, or using hand-building techniques such as coiling. Our tutored drop-in classes are perfect for complete beginners as well as those developing their talents. Our experienced tutors will offer demonstrations, advice and guidance to help you develop your own projects, from the design stage through to the final glazing process. Your workshop fee includes use of our facilities, including clay and a wide variety of tools. If you would like to have your work fired there is an additional charge, calculated based on the weight of the piece. Our tutors will be on hand to assist when working this out. Here is a timetable of our regular drop-in workshops: Day / Time Tutor Mon – 1pm-3.30pm Elizabeth Browning (Sculpture & Handbuilding) Tue – 10am-12.30pm Helen Neighbour Tue – 2pm-4.30pm Untutored (Temporary) Tue – 7pm-9.30pm Laura Peacock Wed – 10am-12.30pm Gill Brown Wed – 7pm-9.30pm Patrick Hayward Thu – 10am-12.30pm Jenny Hay (Sculpture & Handbuilding) Thu – 7pm-9.30pm Charlie Butters Click here for untutored classes.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Pottery & Glaze Studios

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Pottery

Pottery (Untutored)

Two-and-a-half-hour sessions (see calendar for dates and start times) during term time. In addition to our tutored classes, we also offer a number of untutored pottery sessions. These weekly classes are ideal for experienced potters looking to work independently on their projects in our fully-equipped studio spaces. We have a wide variety of dates and times available – please see the calendar below for the latest availability. If you’re looking to try out pottery but aren’t too sure where to start, we recommend attending a tutored class before booking an untutored session. Your workshop fee includes use of our facilities, including clay and a wide variety of tools. If you would like to have your work fired there is an additional charge, calculated based on the weight of the piece. Please speak to a member of staff if you require assistance working this out. Click here for tutored classes.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Pottery & Glaze Studios

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Pottery, Sunday Specials

Pottery - Raku Firing

Discover the beautiful art of Japanese raku pottery firing in this special one-day course. Students can bring 6-8 pieces of bisque-fired work to fire in our special outdoor raku kiln. Experiment with this exciting firing technqiue, and use items such as horsehair or feathers to create unique patterns on your ceramics. Please bring an apron and closed-toed shoes with you. This class takes place outside, so be sure to dress for all-weathers! All students will get a chance to try out the firing process, but there may not be time to fire every item you bring.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Pottery

Pottery Glazing (Untutored)

A weekly two-and-a-half-hour untutored ceramics session for experienced potters looking to decorate their work in our glaze studio. We have a good variety of glazes and slips available to use. Students wishing to apply their own glaze recipes (or any not in stock at QPAC) should have a chat with our Technician before decorating their work to make sure the glaze(s) are suitable for our firing temperatures. There is a small charge for glaze firing, which is calculated by weight of the finished piece. Please speak to a member of staff if you require assistance working this out.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Pottery, Short Courses

Pottery Throwing (3-week course)

Come and take your potter's wheel driving test in the this fun and friendly three-week course. Whether a complete beginner or someone looking to gain more experience, this short course will teach you everything you need to know about throwing pots at the wheel. Each course runs for three consecutive weekly sessions from the start date / time listed below. Individual sessions last two-and-a-half hours. Your course fee includes the cost of firing for two pieces.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Workshops for Teens, Pottery

Pottery for Teens

Wednesdays (4.30pm-6pm) during term time. A weekly workshop designed to inspire and nurture young emerging artists and makers, led by professional ceramicist Charlie Butters. Students ages 13+ are welcome attend, whether a complete beginner or a practiced hand. You’ll learn how to design and create your very own ceramic works of art, be it a mug, bowl, plate, vase or sculpture – perfect for your portfolio or just for fun! Full guidance is offered to students to help them develop their projects. Your workshop fee includes use of our facilities, including clay and a wide variety of tools. If you would like to have your work fired there is an additional charge, calculated based on the weight of the piece. Charlie will be on hand to assist when working this out.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Pottery & Glaze Studios

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Live Music

Purple Zeppelin (21 May)

As featured in the BBC TV documentary “The Joy of the Guitar Riff”, Purple Zeppelin are proud to pay tribute to the two greatest Rock Bands of all time, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin – Together on the same bill for the very first time! Whether you were lucky enough to have seen the original bands live or not, Purple Zeppelin will take you back to the magic, the excitement and the sheer raw energy generated by those incredible musicians. In a “full on” show complete with costume changes for each band, you’ll hear more than 30 classic songs – basically THE BEST BITS, ALL OF THE TIME! Purple Zeppelin are four talented and versatile musicians with decades of playing between them, comprising thousands of sessions and gigs both in the UK and overseas, selling out venues up and down the country. The band are genuine admirers of both Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin and with the accent firmly on entertainment, this show promises to be a night not to be missed, complete with Ritchie Blackmore’s on stage antics, Jimmy Page’s twin neck Guitar and Theremin, and a very special Violin Bow Solo! Come and experience the excitement of Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin in one mesmerising show!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Music

Recorder Group

Mondays (10am-12.30pm) during term time. An untutored weekly workshop for recorder players keen to perform as part of a group. The recorder is wonderfully fun to play, and this class aims to revive our enjoyment of an easy yet undervalued instrument. Even if you haven’t picked one up for years, come along and enjoy rediscovering your skills in this untutored group.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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Textiles, Short Courses

Repair Your Clothes (3-week course)

3-week course running for three consecutive 1.5-hour sessions from the start time listed below. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP So you can’t sew a button on?  You are not alone! Join this short 3 week course and learn how to look after your clothes.  There is a lot of cheap, fast fashion available nowadays.  However, there is a quiet revolution going onto teach people to sew and therefore to mend/repair their clothes. Simple repairs take little time or skill, it’s simply knowing where to begin and having the confidence to start. Recent publications such as ‘Mend it, Wear it, Love it’ by Zoe Edwards and ‘Loved Clothes last by Orsola de Castro encourage us to ‘stitch our way to a more sustainable wardrobe and to feel ‘the joy of re-wearing and repairing our clothes’. Not only is this seen as being more environmentally friendly, but it can also be seen as a revolutionary act allowing us to support those workers who made our clothes by looking after them.  You will be taught how to make simple hand sewn repairs, replacing buttons, hooks and eyes and press studs. Various methods of hemming a garment will be taught alongside how to mend a split seam and so much more!  In the last session we will each bring an item of clothing to repair.  ABOUT THE TUTOR Penny Follows has been teaching textiles for more than 10 years in London and the Home Counties. She is a bespoke dressmaker with a studio in the Chilterns. Penny believes that sewing is a 'learned skill' and a great creative outlet. She enjoys passing that skill, and a passion for textiles on to both adults and children. WHAT TO BRING Please bring with you a basic sewing kit to include hand sewing needles, thread, a small pair of sharp scissors, pins, a tape measure and a thimble if you use one.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Live Music

Robin Bibi Band (18 June)

Robin Bibi can only be described as a true “Legend” in his own right. When he is on stage - and off - he has a crowd eating out the palms of his hands... or should it be hanging on to every riff he plays?!. One of the great musicians performing all around the UK and Europe, audiences now have the added bonus of Robin performing with his horn section consisting of trumpet and two saxes. The addition of the Horns really beefs up the sound. The players are some of the finest in the UK, having worked with legends such as Jamiroquai, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, David Gilmore, Gloria Gaynor, Bruno Mars, and Beverley Knight. Robin has worked with ace trumpeter Jack Birchwood to come up with exciting horn arrangements for the whole set . The horns feature on the album “No More A Secret” and the band are planning to record a live album soon. Photo Credit - Paul Debbelman.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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School Holiday Workshops, Workshops for Teens

School Holiday Art Club (Ages 12-16)

Get creative during the school holidays with these arty half-day workshops, led by artist and tutor Ellie Kirkup. All materials are provided - bring an apron or old clothes with you! UPCOMING CLASSES Wed 23 Feb – 11am-1.30pm Printmaking An introduction to the various techniques of monotype - one of the most spontaneous methods of printmaking. Perfect if you're already interested in drawing or painting, students will see how the same skills apply in prints. Suitable for all abilities and levels of confidence!  * Thu 24 Feb – 11am-1.30pm Concertina Artwork Make an expanding drawing on folded paper, working from a mixture of observation and imagination. Students will be introduced to drawing with wet and dry soft pastels and learn new techniques. We'll take inspiration from current artists who use these techniques professionally. * Wed 13-Thu 14 Apr - 11am-1.30pm Relief-Printing A Story Over this two-day workshop students will create a sequence of three prints which tell a mini story. You’ll be shown how to make relief prints by carving designs into printing blocks and we'll experiment with how to make wordless images tell a story. Inspired by zines and comics - but you don't have to draw in a comic book style for this to work, bring your own style! You'll pick up tips and tricks for this satisfying technique that you can use for your own projects

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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School Holiday Workshops, Workshops for Children

School Holiday Art Club (Ages 7-11)

Get creative during the school holidays with these arty half-day workshops, led by artist and tutor Ellie Kirkup. All materials are provided - bring an apron or old clothes with you! UPCOMING CLASSES Mon 21 Feb - 10am-1pm Making Shadow Puppets Design and make you own puppet based on the signs of the zodiac – taking inspiration from the creatures and stories different cultures have seen in the stars. You will learn how to give your puppet character a sense of humour and make dramatic effects with light. * Tue 22 Feb - 10am-1pm Paint Like A True Artist! Fun and playful workshop exploring abstract art. Children will work on large scale, using some 'grown-up' materials and some materials that are less expected. See how we can make a big impact using colour and mark-marking, all inspired by British-Guyanese artist Frank Bowling.  * Mon 11 Apr - 10am-1pm Colour & Pattern A chance to get acquainted with all sorts of easy printmaking processes! We will be working quickly: mixing up colours and using rollers, sponges, blocks and more to make original patterned artwork. Children will be introduced to some of the principles of designing and get to try it out for themselves.  * Tue 12 Apr - 10am-1pm Mixed-Media Portraits Discover the fascinating process of 'monotype’ printmaking and make an arty portrait to take home. Children will be guided to explore different media and develop their printed drawings, making decisions about colour, composition and background. Not too sure about drawing faces? No fear, we’ll show you how!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Craft Studio

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Live Theatre, Live Comedy

Shazia Mirza (26 March)

“What have I been doing this past year? Apart from sitting on the settee in my pyjamas, squeezing my ingrowing hairs whilst watching documentaries on Ted Bundy? I have been staring into space, coming to the terrible realization that maybe my parents were right. I should have listened to them years ago. Why didn't I? But people keep telling me I'll be ok because I'm a strong woman. What does that mean? I survived The Island with Bear Grylls - who knew that would prepare me for what was about to come...” Following the success of her critically acclaimed recent shows; With Love From St. Tropez, a riot of brexit, buquas and butt-plugs, and The Kardashians Made Me Do It, a searing and urgent exploration of life, love and Jihadi brides, Shazia’s latest show; ‘Coconut’, nominated for ‘Best Stand Up Tour Show’ in Channel 4’s National Comedy Awards, takes on the burning (and infectious) issues of our time.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Stained Glass

One-day workshop running 10am-4pm ABOUT THE WORKSHOP There will be a choice of spring and summer-themed projects for indoor or outdoor use including hearts, flowers, bees and lambs - encapsulating Spring! In this fun, sociable day, you will learn how to cut glass, copper foil and solder to create your own beautiful piece of art ABOUT THE TUTOR Carrie Kearsey is a professional teacher and artist who will guide you through the Tiffany technique of copper foiling. In this fun, sociable day. WHAT TO BRING All materials are provided. Please wear closed-toe shoes and bring a mask and apron. If bringing a drink with you, please ensure it is in a bottle or lidded cup.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Woodwork Studio

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Live Music

Steve Knightley (12 Feb)

‘Follow me Down’ Songs from the West with Steve Knightley Steve is a multi-award-winning singer-songwriter/musician and founder member of folk/acoustic roots trail-blazers ‘Show of Hands’ described by Peter Gabriel as ‘one of the great English bands’. A constant throughout Steve’s work is his ability to root his songs in time and place, notably the West Country where he was raised. Informed by a love of narrative and English traditional folk music, Knightley writes historically accurate songs that resonate with contemporary meaning. He has an extraordinary ability to bring the past vividly, smack bang into the present. It’s a gift that fuels his reputation as an ‘issues’ writer. The seminal ‘Country Life’ earned him the title ‘the gravel voiced spokesman of the rural poor’ and his anti-banking rant ‘Arrogance, Ignorance and Greed’ picked up the gong for ‘Best Song’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Steve has a degree in History and Politics and in 2015 he was presented with an Honorary Doctorate from Plymouth University for his services to geography and music. Steve is also Patron of the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter and last year he was awarded the title of Honorary Rifleman by the 6th Battalion the Rifles Regiment. You can find out more about Steve on the Show of Hands website, at Steve's Facebook page, or on YouTube.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

Stevie Watts Organ Trio (7 May)

The Stevie Watts Organ Trio are all highly-regarded session players having worked with names ranging from Secret Affair, Steve Winwood, Archive to The Spice Girls. Stevie met Nat Martin when working together in singer Jo Harman’s band where they quickly bonded personally and musically. Stevie’s drummer friend Vinnie Lammi was recruited then on a Christmas gig Stevie met Alice who was then invited to write vocal parts to some tracks that Stevie had written and their debut album Mission to the Moon came together on a boat in Shoreham by Sea. The fire and energy in the sound that these three make defies the fact that they’re a trio and when Alice joins them they turn into something that no other band (with organ bass) using this format sounds like. Take outstanding players with great songs that lift your spirit, make you dance as well as cry (in a good way!), include infectious funk and rip-roaring solo’s and you have something that you would be absolutely crazy to miss! Stevie Watts is an award-winning keyboard player and one of the UK's most sought after Hammond organists who can be seen touring with great artists including renowned blues artist Danny Bryant, Connor Selby, Marcus Malone, Elles Bailey, Sari Schorr and his own Hammond soul outfit the Stevie Watts Organ Trio. Stevie is also proud to be part of the Masterlink Studio Sessions pool of players whom you can find backing some great artists on You Tube. Artists that Stevie has worked with and toured with include Secret Affair, Steve Winwood, Mike Farris, Arthur Brown, Joe Louis Walker, Mary Coughlan, Roland Gift, James Maddock, Lisa Mann, Ronnie Scott's Blues Explosion, Archive, Terry Hall, Mylene Farmer, Bobby Whitlock, Jo Harman, Kirk Fletcher, Jack Bruce, PP Arnold, Lulu, Kiki Dee, Mica Paris, Gerry Beckley, Eli Paperboy Reed, Sam Moore (Sam & Dave) and has supported bands such as Duran Duran on arena tours.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Unbound Theatre, Live Theatre, Live Comedy

Storyteller Improv (21 Jan)

Get ready for a night of improvised spontaneous storytelling. The Unbound Storyteller convention is about to get underway. Storytellers are gathering to share their latest ripping yarns and flex their fable-weaving muscles. And best of all? It's up to you what tales they tell. This special improvisation show sees our talented cast create brand new short plays, solo stories and compete in a few light-hearted games. This performance is presented by our in-house production company Unbound.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Textiles

Tapestry

Mondays (4.30pm-7pm) during term time. This class will show you the simple and basic techniques of Tapestry, and share the enjoyment of creative weaving. You can create an interesting woven tapestry piece of fabricated wall art in a very short time, using just about anything to weave with from wool, wire and fabric to hard things like twigs or leaves. You can experiment with different materials to make the wall art you desire for your home, learning simple aspects of colour theory to help chose the right colours for your project. Once you have developed the basic skills, you can design your own abstract pattern in landscape or portrait. WHAT TO BRING: Most materials can be provided for your first session, however regular attendees should bring the following: -A old picture frame (minus glass) - A4 or larger -A flat piece of wood slightly wider than the frame -String -Knitting wool, wire, fabric, etc to weave with -Plastic Needles -Plastic Fork

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Live Comedy

The Boodlum Band (18 Feb)

The UK's oldest boy band are back! From rock classics and pop hits to Thirties revivals and doo-wop favourites, this band crashes through different genres of music, finding unexpected humour in the best and worst of popular music.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Textiles, Short Courses

Visible Mending (3-week course)

3-week course running for three consecutive 1.5-hour sessions from the start time listed below. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP With environmental concerns in mind, we are all being encouraged to mend our clothes rather than throw them away. There is a growing feeling that repairs do not have to be invisible and that we could make them a more attractive statement. You will be taught the art of Boro work, a Japanese form of repair which incorporates piecing, patching and stitching clothing to extend its life.The term Boro comes from the Japanese boroboro meaning something tattered or repaired. Participants will also be introduced to Sashiko which is a form of stitch and is frequently used repetitively in Boro work. We will also cover simple darning in a visible method enhanced by some hand embroidery. ABOUT THE TUTOR Penny Follows has been teaching textiles for more than 10 years in London and the Home Counties. She is a bespoke dressmaker with a studio in the Chilterns. Penny believes that sewing is a 'learned skill' and a great creative outlet. She enjoys passing that skill, and a passion for textiles on to both adults and children. WHAT TO BRING Please bring with you a basic sewing kit to include hand sewing needles, thread, a small pair of sharp scissors, pins, a tape measure and a thimble if you use one.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Textiles, Sunday Specials

Wall Hangings

A one-day workshop, running 10am-4pm ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Learn to make your own personal fluffy wall hanging. Want a learn unique wall hanging to show your friends and family but don’t want to pay a fortune for it? Come and learn how to make it yourself by attending my fun workshop. The first half of the day will be spent designing, and the second half making while you have a chit chat! ABOUT THE TUTOR "I am a recent postgraduate in Textile Design based in Buckinghamshire, I specialise in mixed media and fibre art using a range of skills and techniques such as collage, tufting and felting. I’m always excited to explore new techniques to use within my practice. My newest discovery has been tufting and using traditional stitches to bring texture as well as movement to my designs. I am highly influenced by bright colours and the world around us. I use sustainable materials thought out my pieces to bring awareness of environmental concerns. I hope to inspire people to make a change through my art. WHAT TO BRING Please bring the yarns of your choice as well as an idea in mind for a design. The best yarn to use is 3/4ply.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Painting & Drawing, Short Courses

Watercolour for Beginners - Part 1 (3-week course)

3-week course running for three consecutive 2.5-hour sessions from the start time listed below. ABOUT THE CLASS This course will give you an introduction to watercolours. It is suitable for beginners, those returning to using watercolours, or those wanting to try out different techniques. You will learn some of the basic techniques such as blending, washes, and wet on wet to paint a range of subjects. WHAT TO BRING (Bundles of watercolour paints / brushes are available at the QPAC Art Shop) Selection of watercolour paints (either pans or tubes) White gouache paint (small tube) Selection of brushes (such as Daler Rowney size 10 and 2 round, and at least one flat brush 1/2 inch - 1 inch) A4 Watercolour paper pad (minimum 250 gsm cold pressed/NOT paper) Masking tape Masking fluid (ideally frisk masking fineliner/ needle tip) Mixing palette Small natural painting sponge Pencil Rubber Ruler Fine tip waterproof black drawing pen

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Painting & Drawing, Short Courses

Watercolour for Beginners - Part 2 (3-week course)

3-week course running for three consecutive 2.5-hour sessions from the start time listed below. ABOUT THE CLASS Part 2 of the Beginners Watercolours course - please be sure to have attended Part 1 of the course before booking onto this one. In this class, students will paint various new subjects using the beautiful medium of watercolour. WHAT TO BRING (Bundles of watercolour paints / brushes are available at the QPAC Art Shop) Selection of watercolour paints (either pans or tubes) Selection of brushes (such as Daler Rowney size 8 and 2 round, and at least one flat brush 1/2 inch - 1 inch, and a fan brush) Watercolour paper Masking tape Masking fluid (needle tip or bring a brush to use with this), Mixing palette Small natural painting sponge Pencil Rubber Ruler ABOUT THE TUTOR Leila Ward is a Tring-based artist who studied Art and Design at Loughborough University School of Art and Design. She has experimented with different mediums over the years, and particularly likes drawing/ painting animals, and using watercolour, acrylic, and printing techniques. Leila enjoys making art more accessible to others, showing people that anyone can create art. If you have any further questions please email Leila on: Leila_Ward@msn.com

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Woodwork

Woodcarving (Untutored)

Thursdays (10am-12.30pm) during term time. This untutored weekly workshop is perfect for woodcarvers with enough experience to direct their own learning, offering a chance to work on projects alongside likeminded artists and makers. The group isn’t suited to beginners, however if you’ve had experience of woodcarving before and want to continue the art in a supportive atmosphere then this is the group for you. Students are welcome to use the communal facilities in the QPAC woodwork studio, however must bring their own timber and carving tools. Casual clothes and stout shoes recommended!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Woodwork Studio

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Woodwork

Woodwork

Wednesdays (7pm-9.30pm) during term time. What Will I Learn? These sessions aim to improve your ability in working with wood and fulfilling your ambition in creating a product of your choice under the guidance of the tutor. During the sessions you will work on a project of your own choice so that your own level of skill increases and you finish with a completed item. You will be encouraged and instructed in the use of electrical powered hand tools. The room is equipped with a woodturning lathes so there will be an opportunity to learn or to continue some woodturning. During the sessions learners will: - Select materials and tools appropriate to the chosen task. - Show how materials are cut, shaped and formed, to designed tolerances. - Use design briefs to guide design thinking. - Complete at least 1 project. - Practice skills to complete other projects at home. - Observe health & safety issues concerning woodworking. Is This For Me? These sessions are for those with a general interest in woodwork and who have a project in mind. It is suitable for all levels of ability and will be taught on an individual basis. During the sessions, the tutor will provide small group demonstrations and individual support to ensure that learners can work at their own level and at their own pace. What Do I Need To Bring? Please bring a pencil and project idea(s). These will be discussed and, by the end of your first session, a plan will be drawn up including a cutting list and some idea of the cost. Learners will need to provide their own materials, which can’t be stored at the centre, and brought to each session. The use of different materials will be discussed relative to their cost eg. bookcase made from MDF will be much cheaper to make than one of solid oak. It depends on your choice as to how much you spend. How will I know that my skills have improved? At the start, you will decide (with help from your tutor) what you want to get out of the course. There will be regular opportunities to review your progress and at the end of the course you will have the chance to reflect on what you have learnt and how your skills have improved.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Woodwork Studio

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