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Make It Harewood: Weekend One

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Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 August 2024
10am – 6pm

This summer, as part of our Biennial season, we are celebrating all things craft. Throughout August, join us for a series of weekends dedicated to making, music and merriment, with demonstrations, workshops, BBQ, pop-up bar and a live DJ set.


What’s on this weekend –


Live DJ Set
Sat 17 + Sun 18 Aug | 11am–3pm | The Courtyard
Relax in the Courtyard and enjoy our live DJ set from DJ Downtown Science

Food + Drink
Sat 17 + Sun 18 Aug | BBQ, Bar + Pizza
Over the weekend we will have a delicious BBQ and pop-up bar each day in the Courtyard. Alongside this we will also be joined by Luigi’s Italian Street Food, bringing his Artisan Pizzas to Harewood.


Wool Weaving: Flowers
Saturday 17 Aug | 11am–3pm | Suitable for ages 4+ | Courtyard Overflow Café
Join our Engagement Team and make your very own colour wool woven flowers. Inspired by the natural world around us, learn how to craft beautiful, colour flowers using just coloured wool and card.

Cecilia Charlton: Family Embroidery Workshop
Sunday 18 Aug | 2–4pm | Suitable for age 9+ | Courtyard Overflow Café
Join textile artist Cecilia Charlton for a family workshop focussing on Bargello Embroidery. In this family-friendly workshop, participants of all ages will be able to engage with the materials and processes of bargello embroidery. Feel free to try the bargello technique, or explore embroidery in your own style!

No prior embroidery experience is necessary to participate in this drop-in workshop.


Cecilia Charlton: Bargello Embroidery Workshop
Sunday 18 Aug | 11am–1pm | Suitable for age 15+* | Courtyard Overflow Café
Ticket Price: £40 per person
Join artist Cecilia Charlton discover the craft of Bargello Embroidery.
In this workshop, you will learn the three fundamental principles of bargello — colour, stitch length, and stitch groupings — that work together to create dynamic imagery. Each participant will be guided through a sample piece of embroidery, and then supported by Cecilia to create their own bargello design. You will leave the workshop with all the necessary materials to finish your bargello embroidery project at home.

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*All under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Art Club: Sculpture Workshop
Sunday 18 Aug | 10:30–11:30am, 12–1pm + 1.30–2.30pm | Suitable for ages 5+ | Education Suite
Ticket Price: £7 per child*
We are running a Make It Harewood Art Club special this August! Experiment with the art of sculpture by crafting your very own masterpiece using polystyrene shapes and recycled materials. Under the guidance of an experienced art teacher, construct your shape and then decorate it with a pop of colour.

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*All under 18s must be accompanied by an adult


Create/Elevate: Objects in Focus
Sat 17 + Sun 18 Aug | 11am, 12pm + 2pm | Entrance Hall of House
Join our knowledgeable House Team for a free talk about Create/Elevate, the 2024 Harewood Biennial exhibition. Our free talks will focus on different objects and artworks which feature in the exhibition, across the State Floor and Below Stairs of the House.

Make your way to the Entrance Hall ahead of the start time, to find out where talk will be each day. No booking is required.

Meet the Maker: G . F Smith
Sat 17 Aug | 11am–2pm | The Courtyard
Join G . F Smith for an introduction to the possibilities of paper with Josh Williams, their Yorkshire based Paper Consultant. Learn more about specialist papers and explore the collection of materials to inspire your future creative projects. 

Obsessed with the beauty and possibility of paper, G . F Smith is the UK’s largest specialist paper company, and the dedicated supplier of creative papers to the creative industries. The company was founded in London in 1885 by globe-trotting stationery salesman George Frederick Smith. Over the following century, George’s paper merchants built a reputation for quality and service, and became renowned as passionate pioneers of the paper industry. Today, G . F Smith serves as a dedicated partner to artists, designers and creative institutions seeking to impress and inspire their audiences.

Colorplan remains one of G . F Smith’s most extraordinary achievements in paper making. Over the last 80 years, it has continually refined and evolved the range, which now spans 55 colours, 25 embossings and 10 weights – all made sustainably in Britain and available worldwide. As the brand behind the world-leading family of coloured papers, G . F Smith has spent decades thinking about colour – what it can signify, the ideas it invokes and how it makes us feel.



Meet the Makers: Beer Tasting with Northern Monk
Saturday 17 August | 6.30–9.30pm | Suitable for ages 18+
Ticket price: £65
Join Northern Monk for an evening of great beer on Harewood’s Terrace. As part of Make It Harewood, we’re inviting you to sample six of Northern Monk’s finest beers whilst basking in the glow of twilight on Harewood’s Terrace. Enjoy a charcuterie board whilst you sip, sit back and listen to Northern Monk’s lead brewer as he shares the history of the brewery and how the beers are created. A must have experience for any craft beer lovers, places are limited so book your tickets now!

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Make It Harewood is running across three weekends in August, as part of the Harewood Biennial and its current exhibition, Create/Elevate and takes place in the Harewood Courtyard featuring a full programme of workshops and demonstrations, walks + talks, DJ and a BBQ.

Join us for a selection of free drop-in sessions, workshops and demos, presented by some of the world’s leading designer-makers and artisans. From model making, screen printing or brush making, there will be something for all interests from intimate workshops to family sessions.

Our Make It Harewood: Summer of Craft will be taking place on the following dates:

Make It Harewood has been kindly supported by Grow, as part of the Leeds Cultural Investment Programme

Related events


Harewood Biennial 2024: Create/Elevate

28 June – 20 October 2024


Create/Elevate: Twilight Tour

24 August 2024


Model Making Workshop with Jim Parkyn

24 – 26 August 2024


Art Club

21 January – 15 December 2024

Other dates


Make It Harewood: Weekend Two

24 – 26 August 2024


Make It Harewood: Weekend Three

31 August – 1 September 2024