Crafts Alive: The Gloucestershire Guild at Rodmarton Manor – 5 to 9 September 2018

By kind permission of John and Sarah Biddulph

Wednesday 5th to Sunday 9th September 2018
Open daily 10am – 5pm, with £8 entry fee (children free)
Rodmarton Manor and Gardens, nr Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 6PF

The Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen has organised a festival at Rodmarton Manor and Gardens with a wide range of activities, bringing contemporary craft and design to this gem of the Arts and Crafts movement.

Crafts Alive at Rodmarton Manor is an exciting opportunity for the Gloucestershire Guild to show its outstanding contemporary craftwork in an important heritage setting. Rodmarton Manor, built and developed by the Biddulph family, is a unique expression of the Arts and Crafts movement; our Guild continues their original vision – promoting fine craftsmanship, encouraging participation and bringing together communities.

Explore our programme of events and our list of exhibitors for this festival below.


Alison Dupernex
Bella Peralta
Cate Fox
Francesca Chalk
Helen Foot
Jan Knibbs
Jenny Bicât
Liz Harding
Liz Lippiatt
Louise Pocock
Louise Watson
Rhian Wyman
Sarah Beadsmoore

Andy Moore

Emily-Kriste Wilcox
Colin Gerard

Fionna Hesketh
Harriet St Leger
Sally Davis
Sarah Pulvertaft
Tim Blades
Uschi Arens-Price

David Ian Smith
Kristian Pettifor
Graham Ikin

Annie Rie
Bill Robson
Loco Glass

Susan Early

Book Binding
Ursula Jeakins

Festival Events

Charlotte Abrahams, renowned design writer and curator, will furnish the bedrooms with work by contemporary designer-makers responding to the spirit of Rodmarton. Look out for Sue ParaskevaMoira BuckleyLiz ValentiNatasha Kerr, Zoe HillyardNicki JarvisHannah Louise LambCharlotte HodesRosalind WyattCleo MussiSandra Sashou, and a group of artists from Victoria Works Studios in Chalford, who are creating new, site-specific work for the Stonehall Bedroom.

Mike Bigland, Guild member and experienced curator presents SCULPTURE IN THE GARDEN in the beautiful Arts & Crafts gardens. Lucy Abel Smith of Fresh Air Quenington will be the selection consultant.

Exhibitors include: Adrian Bates, Susan Early, Mike Bigland, Lucy Birtles, Colin Hawkins, LocoGlass, Louise Hawkins, LocoGlass, Matt Tradgett, Nigel Williams, Marie Shepherd, Caroline Barnett, Richard Cresswell.

Julie who runs Miserden Nurseries, and was formerly a journalist and researcher for BBC Gardeners’ World, will display and sell her selected plants & topiary.  On Friday 7th Julie will demonstrate planting methods for a late summer pot that will last through the winter, linking in with Rodmarton gardens.  She will be present on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Following their successful performance – ‘Landscape’ – Students of Physical Theatre at the University of Gloucestershire will be performing a sound and movement piece inspired by Rodmarton and directed by Gillian Yates.  Costumes will be designed by Guild members Helen Foot, Sarah Tradgett, Kathryn Clarke, Jenny Bicat and Liz Lippiatt.

Performances on Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th
1.15pm and 3.15pm


A contemporary design for textile hangings inspired by appliqué techniques used in those created by Hilda Sexton’s community project of the 1920’s. The modern interpretation will be displayed in the Arts & Crafts Tent for the duration of Crafts Alive before installation in its permanent home.

RODMARTON ARTISAN CAFÉ run by a local chef Erin Baker, of the Natural Cookery School.

HISTORIC ARTS AND CRAFTS FILM with showings at specified times in the Chapel.

Guild makers’ films will also be shown on a loop.

10am – 4pm, £70 per person including materials.

Wednesday 5th – Susan Early.  Make an English willow fruit basket.

Thursday 6th – Sally Davis.  Make an enamelled brooch in a day.

Friday 7th – Helen Foot.  Exploring weft, an introduction to weaving.

A free drop-in Festival Crown making workshop will run across Saturday and Sunday.

Ben, from Award winning ‘Ben’s Kitchen’, will run a children’s bread making workshop on Sunday 9th linking with the lovely story of guests at Rodmarton.  Participants will leave with a loaf of special bread, ground and made on the same day, with unique printed bags recreated from an original design.

Sunday Session 1: 11.15am
Sunday Session 2: 2.15pm

£5 per child

A programme of RODMARTON TALKS in the Chapel.
£10 each

Wednesday 5th at 2.15pm
Rory Young
‘Not above borrowing from tradition: keeping the crafts alive’.
Rory Young is a sculptor and historic buildings conservationist.

Thursday 6th at 2.15pm
Mary Greensted
‘Rodmarton Manor: the story of an Arts & Crafts House’.
Mary Greensted is an eminent Arts and Crafts curator and writer, with a particular expertise in Rodmarton Manor.

Friday 7th at 2.15pm
Jessica Douglas-Home
‘William Simmonds, Puppet Master’
Jessica Douglas-Home is a painter and writer.

Daily CRAFT DEMONSTRATIONS from Guild members.

Tour the house 11.15am daily with one of the Rodmarton guides which will give an insight into the story of Rodmarton, as well as Margaret Biddulph’s vision that drove the creation of this unique Arts and Crafts House.

Booking is essential.

ARTS AND CRAFTS PUZZLE TRAIL for adults & children, to discover the history & stories of the house & garden, created by Bill Jones, poet, writer and illustrator.

PUPPET SHOWSIsabel Lyster, local puppeteer will perform with her own created puppets and story “The Skeleton Woman” over the weekend.

Booking is essential.

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