Stash-Busting with Fabric Fusion: a creative textile workshop with Julie Hassall
Saturday 23 September / 11am – 3pm / $60pp

Get creative with fabric and haberdashery and make your stash come alive! Guided by contemporary mixed-media artist, Julie Hassall, and surrounded by the display of North Canterbury Wearable Arts winning works, there will be no shortage of inspiration. Make a bucket hat or big brim hat or, go freeform creative with fabric collage. If you don’t have your own fabric stash, you’re still welcome! Some materials will be supplied.

  • Please be selective about what you bring; think no more than a tote-bag full of supplies.
  • Tea and coffee provided. Please visit Oxford’s shops and cafes for lunch, or bring a pack-up.
  • This workshop has been developed for adults; but senior children, 16+yrs and able to work independently, are welcome.

About the tutor:
Julie Hassall has a passion for beautiful fabrics, texture and color. She says, “The fun begins when you bring these elements together to create unique contemporary mixed media paintings, clothing and home decor.

“I enjoy painting in acrylic and love combining fabric collage into my artwork to create mixed media works. I won the Best Mixed Media Artwork at the Kaiapoi Art Expo in 2022, my 1st art exhibition. My inspiration comes from nature depicting beautiful flower blooms, butterflies and moths.

“In the 1990s I trained in Fashion Design and Technology at Wellington Polytechnic followed by a varied career in the fashion industry. Now I share my sewing and creative skills teaching tuition in apparel, millinery and home decor.”


Don’t Bring a Thing (Part 2): A Beginner’s Watercolour Workshop
Saturday 9 September / 11.30am – 3pm / $100pp

This half day watercolour workshop consolidates the first part of the course and then provides participants with increased knowledge, and exciting new skills and techniques. It is also suitable for artists who have some basic knowledge of watercolour.

You will be introduced to key elements of design, composition, basic perspective, colour combinations, tones, limited palettes, and glazing, all which help to provide depth and harmony to your work. You will also be able to experiment with different brush techniques, to create your own individual mark making style.

Your tutor, Neela Curran, will demonstrate all techniques in an easy relaxed format. You will use top quality artists grade paints, paper, and brushes, supplied during the workshop. If you enjoyed Part 1, you will absolutely love Part 2! Even though the emphasis is on experimenting with processes, you will explore how to paint landscapes as well as a still life Mediterrean window scene with flower pots, as in the image.

Watercolour kit sets with paper, paints and brushes, will be available for purchase from the tutor following the workshop for $70 per pack, to enable you to continue practising your new skills from the get-go. Please note the tutor has no eftpos facilities.

  • This workshop is for people aged 18 and above.
  • Tea and coffee provided.
  • Please bring a packed lunch or support your local cafes and shops.

About the tutor:
Award winning Australian/British artist and tutor Neela Curran, strongly believes that a few people are born with natural talent… and that she is not one of them… but that the other 99 per cent of people can learn to paint and draw, like learning to read and write.

Neela is passionate about introducing beginners to the therapeutic world of art, and once believing that she had no drawing or painting skills whatsoever, taught herself to paint reading over 100 watercolour books and then developed an easy going, relaxed style of teaching to help beginners feel comfortable, gain confidence and self esteem.


Tūhura*: Discover with Oxford Gallery toi o Waimakariri
All ages / during opening hours / by koha

Tūhura is a drop-in creative workshop for all ages. Every month we change up the workshop and offer you a new creative challenge. Create, wonder, look, enjoy! Make a cuppa, hang your creations on the wall or take them away; the choice is yours.

*1. (verb) (-hia,-ina,-tia) to discover, disclose, bring to light, unearth, open up, explore, investigate.
(Source: Te Aka

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Creative Catch-ups: last Friday of every month
11am-12pm / $2 koha

Calling all creatives, artists and crafters! On the last Friday of each month, we invite you to have a cuppa, work on your creative projects, or simply chat and connect with like-minded people at Oxford Gallery.

There are many creative people in our community and as artists we understand the importance of getting together to talk about our projects, our successes and our struggles! Painters, spinners, weavers, potters, sewists, photographers – or even not-sure-yets -all are welcome.

We meet on the last Friday of every month at the gallery, from 11-12, but if you wish to stay longer you’re welcome to. Tea and coffee is available and, if you can, a $2 koha towards the gallery’s running costs is appreciated. No registration required.

THIS MONTH: Friday 29 September.