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Seasonal Programmes

Alongside our core, all-year-round programme of school sessions, Harewood offers special workshops and events to accompany our changing exhibitions programme, as well as research and development projects.

Our exhibition in summer 2019, Useful/Beautiful: Why Craft Matters, comprises twenty six different craftspeople, working with ceramics, textiles, embroidery, graphic design, glass, wood, illustration and much more.  The exhibition provides schools with a wonderful opportunity to take pleasure in making, in materials and process and to experience Harewood through the eyes of an artist and maker.

Crafting Patterns

Full-day workshop (10.30am – 2.00pm)
Suitable for KS2 – KS5
£8 per pupil (includes full-day admission)

Work with artist Harriet Lawton to explore the collections, gardens and birds of Harewood House through the eyes of a designer.

‘Useful/Beautiful: Why Craft Matters’ will be used as a context to look at makers who explore pattern in different ways from Timorous Beasties’ wallpapers to Yinka llori’s upcycled vintage furniture.

We will gather inspiration from natural forms and from Harewood House itself, using this visual inspiration to create contemporary craft responses in a range of media including print-making and textiles.

This is a practical day for pupils to be inspired, learn new skills and enjoy a process of making which can be developed back in school.

All materials are included but feel free to bring your own sketchbook.

Harriet Lawton is a contemporary craft artist and artist-educator based in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire. Her practice is inspired by objects and collections, using processes which include textiles, ceramic, screen print and laser cutting.


Introduction to ‘Useful/Beautiful: Why Craft Matters’

30 mins
Suitable for KS3-5


Free introduction to visiting school and college groups. A member of our learning team can give an introduction to the themes and makers included in the exhibition, prompting questions about the value of craft and its place in contemporary society.


Salvaged Sketchbooks

1 hour workshop

Suitable for KS1-KS4

£6.50 per pupil (including full-day admission)

Create your own sketchbook, using traditional book-making techniques and salvaged papers to stay environmentally friendly!  Use your sketchbook to collect drawings and notes as you explore Harewood and keep as a souvenir.


The Art of Everyday Materials

1.5 hour workshop

Suitable for KS1 to KS4

Led by an artist and inspired by our exhibition Useful/Beautiful:Why Craft Matters, this session explores making and materials from paper to clay to weaving.

£6.50 per pupil (includes admission)

Materials included.