SAOS Launch Events

SAOS Areas MapSAOS Launch Day – Saturday 3 June

This year our launch will take place across the county on Saturday 3rd June with most of our studios open to visitors (see the Interactive Map). Some artists are offering additional activities for this special event such as activities for children, refreshments, demonstrations and workshops.
Here are some of the highlights – refer to the page numbers for full details and locations. Events will run from 11am – 5pm unless otherwise stated.


Linda Banks launch day
Linda Banks
Linda Banks

Have a go at traditional ‘Tiffany’ copper foil technique by making a light catcher to take home. Introductory taster sessions suitable for beginners and children aged 10+.
Maximum 6 people per session at 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm, 3.30pm. Priority given to pre-booked/pre-paid participants but drop-in participants will be accommodated where possible. To book:
For more information:
t: 07974 189219

Linda Walsh

Linda will be demonstrating how she combines her textile pieces with her love of photography. She uses her computer to print photos onto silk and organza and then tears them up and layers them and stitches into them.

Stable Artists

Vicky Oldfield will have her etching press and will be demonstrating etching in the garden. Rosalind Moysen will be painting in the studio and Roger Marsden will be demonstrating wood turning in the out building. Jill Storey will be showing her sketch books in the studio.

Malcolm West

Come along and see a professional ballet dancer posing for the artist and watch how the sculpture develops through the day. (NB. The dancer will take a lunch break from 1pm–2pm.)

The Art Shed

Stephanie Wright will have examples of her work in progress of her wonderful wave pieces. She will be there to explain how her pieces are constructed stage by stage, which is fascinating.


Judit Matthews & Deborah Kreczmer

Judit will be offering demonstrations of how she makes her painted tiles. Tea, coffee and homemade cakes and biscuits will also be on offer to visitors.

Alison Saunders

Alison will be demonstrating painting on silk and there will be tea, coffee and cake on offer. Sales from some artworks will be donated to the Action on Podoconiosis Association.

Cintia Yankelevitch

Cintia is offering visitors a chance to handle clay, play with its plasticity, and make a small form by simple hand-building techniques, which may be fired at a later day. Refreshments and nibbles will also be available.

Aileen Hamilton

Aileen will be offering a ‘Make a silver ring’ workshop from 1pm–3pm, cost £35 which includes silver. To book:
t: 07939 010183

Roger Marsden launch day
Roger Marsden
Kathy Adams

Visitors can learn the basics of printmaking and how to create their own unique artworks. Suitable for both adults and children.


Anna Clarke

Anna will be demonstrating her needle felting and offering refreshments to visitors. She will also be offering a wet felting workshop. To book:
t: 07834 765535

Julie Hoyle

Free screen printing demonstration from 2pm–3.30pm. To book and for details of taster workshops and free demonstrations in a variety of printmaking methods contact the artist:
t: 01372 203 647

Aileen Hamilton launch day
Aileen Hamilton
The Grange

Drop in any time between 11am and 5pm and join them for: Zentangling (a kind of mindful doodling), Hirameki (fun Japanese doodling), and Macroknitting on giant needles. Open to all ages and all ability levels. Light refreshments.

The Bottom Group

‘Wild Art for All the Family’ from 2pm–4pm. Make a woodland work of art from nature. Free but please book in advance as space is limited:
t: 01306 731851 Homemade teas with donations to The Phyllis Tuckwell Charity.


Rachel Mulligan

Rachel is offering a free talk about the Seven Ages of Man and other stained glass works at 3pm. Refreshments included.

Katie Netley

Katie will be offering cream teas and a demonstration of how she makes her ceramic totem poles.

Julia Boulton

Join garden photographer Julia for a ‘Snap Happy’ event, an opportunity to take photos of her garden ‘set ups’ with advice on how to get the best use of light and other handy hints. Bring a camera or camera phone with you.

Lisa Ingram, Sea Blue Pottery

Lucy is offering visitors homemade cake made with eggs from her free-range chickens!

Abigail Wicking & Suzanne Winn

Artists will be demonstrating their work involving acrylics, oils and portraiture. Refreshments will also be available all day and on each of their opening days.

Jeffreys Cottage Group

Visitors can see demonstrations of work all day, with each artist talking about their inspiration and their working methods. You can watch lino cutting and different ways of printing small pictures; painting landscape with special tools to create texture; building pots and birds in clay; and creating textured jewellery in precious metals. Upstairs there will be demonstrations of dyeing wool and creating pattern on yarn for knitting, with inspiration from colours in the surrounding garden. They will also be offering SAOS-themed refreshments throughout the day.

Alan Wallis and Carolyn Wallis

Alan will give away two of his hand thrown stoneware mugs free, with any purchase of a painting, sculpture or silk scarf.

Penny Fleet & Lucy Dorothy Nichols

Penny will be offering felt-making and paper collage demos. Lucy will be offering free machine embroidery demonstrations. Tea, coffee and homemade cakes available.

Janet Gale

Janet will be offering free coffee and cake along with free make and take sessions for children (make a hedgehog, mouse, or pig). These can be fired for a small charge (£2) to be collected at a later date.


Jean Tolkovsky

Visitors to Jean’s studio will be offered Pimms and cake!

Naomi Beevers launch day
Naomi Beevers
Naomi Beevers

Naomi will be offering a children’s workshop to decorate an apron for Father’s Day or for yourself. 10am–11.30am. £15, to book:

Jeffreys Cottage Group launch day
Jeffreys Cottage Group
Georgina Talfana

Georgina is offering a beginners drawing from observation workshop from 10am–12pm. £10 per person with free refreshments, materials and a tour of the studio included. To book:

Penny Fleet launch day
Penny Fleet
Lucy Dorothy Nichols launch day
Lucy Dorothy Nichols
Janet Gale launch day
Janet Gale