London Craft Week 2018

Southwark Cathedral is taking part in London Craft Week 2018

We are delighted that the London Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers and The City & Guilds London School of Art will be joining us for London Craft Week 2018.  Both of these are events are free and will take place in the Cathedral Churchyard.  Please do visit to find out more about these incredible ancient crafts.

Master Stone Carver, Tim Crawley from the School will also be giving a free talk at 7.00pm in the Cathedral Library on the place stone carving has in the modern world of architecture.

London Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers 

Wednesday 9 May - Thursday 10 May

FREE (No booking required)

London Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers demonstrate natural dyeing with plants that would have featured in a typical medieval monastic herb garden. Find out how reds, yellows, blues and greens can be obtained from madder, weld and woad.

Southwark Cathedral stands on the site of the Augustinian Priory of St Mary Overie. In 2015 a monastic herb garden was re-created on the site of the Bishop’s Chapel at the east-end of the Churchyard.

The London Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers was founded in 1950 to promote awareness of and education in handspinning, handweaving, dyeing, design and creative crafts in general. Many of our members not only use natural dyes but grow their own dyeplants. This event will showcase how to extract and use dye from fresh and dried plant materials.

A highlight will be using dyer’s madder from the Southwark Cathedral herb garden and fresh woad grown by London Guild members.

Over the course of two days a palette of colour will emerge from dyepots set up in the Cathedral Courtyard.

For further information about the London Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers please visit their website here

The City & Guilds London School of Art - Heritage Stone Carving 

Wednesday 9 May - Saturday 12 May

FREE (No booking required)

Discover the ancient craft of stone carving in Southwark Cathedral’s Churchyard.  Students and alumni from the Historic Carving Department  at the City & Guilds London School of Art will be demonstrating the skills and techniques used to transform a piece of stone into a beautiful and decorative object.  

City & Guilds of London Art School is proud to offer the UK’s only Diplomas and Postgraduate Diplomas in Stone Carving and Woodcarving. The Art School has an unbroken tradition of teaching sculpture, stone carving and woodcarving since it was founded in 1879, and play a crucial role in keeping alive the skills essential for preserving the world’s most important monuments and buildings.

During London Craft Week, visitors at Southwark Cathedral will be able to watch and engage with the students and alumni as they showcase the artistic and manual skills they have developed at the School and on professional projects at some of the country’s most important heritage buildings.  For further information about the City & Guilds London School of Art visit here

Historic Stone Carving – A Talk by Tim Crawley

Thursday 10 May at 7.00pm

FREE (Registration Required)

Tim Crawley, Head of Historic Carving at the City & Guilds London School of Art will be talking about the great tradition of architectural stone carving that goes back millennia and  the place it has in today’s world for contemporary and historic buildings where there is tremendous potential for figurative, foliate or abstract ornamentation.

This talk is free but you must book your attendance here