Monday, 11 January 2010


Make a New Year’s resolution to tap into your creative talents at a series of taster workshop sessions at Duchy Square Centre for Creativity – and they are all absolutely FREE!

Find out where your particular skills lie by trying out dyeing or weaving, felt making or creating new items from recycled material, all with the help of the Princetown centre’s talented team of resident artists.

Duchy Square is working with Learn Devon, The Devon Community Learning Partnership, to deliver the free taster sessions, which are the perfect introduction to a whole new world of creativity.

Gallery Manager Philippa Smith said the free sessions were designed to help people discover which creative discipline they would like to pursue further at other workshop session held throughout the year.

“We want to give as many people as possible the chance to try out a varied selection of creative processes so they can find out both what interests them and best suits their skills,” said Philippa.

“This really is a unique opportunity to start the New Year by learning a new creative skill free of charge and we are already getting a lot of interest in the sessions”

In The New Items from Old sessions with Amanda Pellatt (11 March 9.30am -1pm and 16 March 5pm-8pm) , people can work alongside a Duchy Square creative practitioner to create new items from a whole host of recycled materials.

Dyeing Naturally workshops with Jane Deane (17 January 10am-1pm and 5 March 10am -1pm) offer the chance to be environmentally friendly and dye fabrics using local plants for dye extracts.

Then there is Wild Weaving (4, 9 and 23 February 9.30am-1pm)) with Amanda Pellatt and Jillian Morris– three sessions that begin with a foraging walk in the wild and an introduction to the weaving process, followed by two sessions to weave a finished product. You will find out about all the different products used for weaving and some that you would never have thought could be used!

For felt enthusiasts, Mary Toon’s Felt Revived! (22 January 10am-1pm and 6 March 1pm-4pm)- Learn to make a beautiful scarf or bag by adding "ecofriendly" fleece to recycled fabrics. These sessions will show how an old craft has now been reborn in a new direction and the techniques adapted to become an environmentally friendly way of producing garments.

For details on how to book places on the free taster sessions workshops, contact Duchy Square on (01822) 890828 or visit the website where contact details for all the artists can also be found.

Opened in March and supported by a number of organisations, including The Duchy of Cornwall and Devon County Council, the Duchy Square Centre for Creativity offers low cost workshop space on two floors and is helping boost the local economy by connecting local businesses with other key industry sectors.

The artists and creative practitioners take part in workshops organised by the centre, but also stage their own sessions with smaller groups in their own studios.


CONTACT: For more information, please contact Anthony Abbott TxT Communications (07799) 888512 or Tracy Hill SW Regional Manager, Integria (07947) 348363.


• Duchy Square for Creativity offers low cost workshop space for Creative,

Cultural, Arts and Media based businesses

• The aim of the project is to regenerate the area by supporting local businesses across several key sectors.

• It is a brand new centre created in 2009 with the South West Regional Development Agency, government Office South West, Devon County Council and the Duchy of Cornwall.

• It is situated in the centre of Princetown on Tavistock Road at the crossroads for the B3212 and B3357.


Integria Ltd is a specialist management consultancy supporting the creative and cultural sectors throughout the United Kingdom, helping them to develop to their full potential to create new opportunities and stimulate economic growth.

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