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Chiselled features

IRL sculpture workshop

Saturday 1 May 2021
Mrs Grey
Mrs Grey, c. 1845 Theresa Walker

Join artist Ellis Hutch in the Gallery for a hands-on workshop with a nod to the ancient art of relief carving. Inspired by artworks in the collection, you’ll learn some simple carving techniques and skills to create our own relief portraits in soap. Starting with simple geometric forms to get you confident with tools and creating a 3D illusion, you’ll move on to facial features and create your own delightful miniature sculpture.

Ellis Hutch creates drawings, videos, installations and performances inspired by powerful stories, significant places, and the mechanisms of curiosity and wonder. She loves drawing people's attention to small things that go unnoticed and giving them the opportunity to take time out from their daily lives to be immersed in art that feeds the senses and provokes deep, reflective thought. In 2014 she was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery to create an ephemeral installation for the exhibition All that fall.

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