August Art Making Activities

4th, 11th and 18th of August

4th August | 11th August | 18th August |

Artists Eliza Bennett and Rachel Marsden offer a short programme of art-making activities at the Orangery throughout August.

About this event

Join us in learning new skills including paper-making, book-making and plaster relief inspired by the Orangery grounds and garden. All tools and materials will be provided.

With dates on the 4th, 11th and 18th of August there are plenty of activities to join in with this summer holiday! Tickets cost £5 per person. Children be aged 8 or above to attend. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets should be pre-booked in order for us 

Here’s whats happening;

Wednesday 4 August 2021 – Pamphlet Book-making, with Rachel Marsden


Booking required, age 8+, up to 12 participants

£5 per person

This session introduces participants to the basics of book-making. Using a simple sewn- binding technique, you will create a handmade, single section, pamphlet stitch book. The book can be used as a notepad, sketchbook, diary, photo album and more.

Wednesday 11 August 2021- Plaster Relief with Plants, with Eliza Bennett


Booking required, age 8+, up to 12 participants

£5 per person

This session will introduce participants to various styles of plant ornamentation. You will be guided through the process of making a clay mould and casting a plaster relief from plant materials provided. Aprons will be provided. However, it is advised to wear old (non- precious) clothes as the process can be messy.

Wednesday 18 August 2021- Recycled Paper-making in the Garden, with Rachel Marsden

Sessions start at 10.30am, 12.00pm and 2.00pm

Booking required, age 8+, 4 participants per timed session

£5 per person

This session will guide participants in creating handmade paper using organic and recycled materials, including from the Orangery garden. Aprons will be provided. However, it is advised to wear old (non-precious) clothes as the process can be messy.

Artist Biographies

Eliza Bennett is a local multi-disciplinary artist. Her practice involves responding in an eclectic and improvisatory way to what she both studies and encounters in her surroundings. The intent to cultivate a sentient engagement with the world, characterizes her approach. A recipient of The Royal British Society of Sculptors Bursary Award, and more recently, a Leverhulme Scholarship. Bennett has a background in costume making and experience in a range of restoration and decorative finishing practices. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally including: KODE Art Museum, Bergen; Hyde Park Art Centre, Chicago; Blueproject Foundation, Barcelona; & most recently at the Biennale of Female Photography in Mantova, Italy.


Rachel Marsden is an educator, curator, arts writer and book artist. She has over 15 years’ experience across the arts, culture and heritage; Higher Education and academia, community and voluntary sectors from living and working in the UK, USA, China and Australia. Interested in publishing and writing-as-practice, she creates participatory installations and projects using bookbinding, paper-making and paper-engineering techniques. Recently, she founded Novel Practices, to facilitate bookmaking and bookbinding classes, and publish social and para-academic books

Instagram: @rachel_marsden @novelpractices

Twitter: @rachmarsden

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The Ingestre Orangery: Heritage Pod Development - This project is part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development