Cooks and Colours Exhibition and Workshops

This special workshop is part of a series of Open Cambridge events which celebrate the rich, previously untold story of a remarkable Cambridge family.

The Leach family lived in Cambridge for several generations. They worked as college cooks, sign designers, church decorators and master painters. Frederick started F. R. Leach & Sons, artist-decorators who worked with the best-known Victorian architects/designers including William Morris, Charles Kempe and George Bodley. The Leach firm decorated the interiors of many Cambridge buildings including All Saints Church, Jesus College Chapel and St Michael’s Church.

Drop in Art Workshops: Saturday 13th September 2014, 10.30 am – 12.30 pm & 2.00 pm – 4.30 pm. All ages welcome.

Inspired by the beautiful interior of All Saints Church, drop in and create your own Victorian style designs and motifs. Try simple craft techniques such tile painting, stencilling, printing and more at workshops held by local artists...

Calligraphy and Tile Painting with Karen Jinks

Try your hand at simple tile painting inspired by the tiles and motifs that adorn All Saints Church or have a go at writing your name in the Gothic calligraphy styles loved by William Morris and FR Leach & Sons. Suitable for all ages.

Printmaking with Mandy Knapp

This workshop will be about responding to the shapes and motifs on the walls of All Saints Church, making shapes from paper, and printing with them. Pre cut motifs will be available, but you will have the opportunity to cut your own and print them if you wish. The paints we are using are water based, but we advise you not to wear your best clothes! It could get messy. 

There are some fabulous arts and crafts patterns to reference on the walls, a real feast for the eyes. Mandy will guide you through basic transfer printing, for you to take home something special. 
Suitable for all ages.

Stained Glass Angels and Flowers glass mosaic workshop with Jill Fordham

This workshop will involve cutting and assembling small pieces of coloured glass on a plain glass base tile, to produce an angel or flower. Children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.

Drop in Talk: Saturday 13th September 2014, 5.00 pm – 6.30 pm 

‘Britain a cocktail of artistic cultures’

A talk by Sba Shaikh on Islamic and Indian art/culture that influenced artists such as William Morris via the ‘Silk route’, ‘The East India Company’ and how this influence is still vibrant with companies and labels such as Liberty and Ben Sherman.

This is part of a series of exhibitions that explore the Leach Family at 3 locations in Cambridge starting 6th September:

All Saints Church, Jesus Lane, 6th - 27th September 9.00 - 5.00

Museum of Cambridge, Castle Street, 6th - 27th September 10.30 - 5.00

Michaelhouse Cafe, Trinity Street, 8th - 20th September 8.30 - 5.00


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