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Contemporary Elders – Soft Toy Creation With Philippa Stewart

Focal Point Gallery
10.30 am to 12.30 pm

Local artist Philippa Stewart will lead a workshop creating soft sculptures inspired by Focal Point Gallery’s current show ‘The Rise and The Fall’ by artist Liz Magor. Participants will respond to the sculptural works of Liz Magor and create their own soft sculpture ‘stuffy’ to take home. Experiment with a range of tactile materials, learn how to embellish and manipulate fabrics for construction with basic hand stitch techniques.

All materials are provided but if you would like to bring anything of your own to use, this is also welcomed. This craft is suitable for all levels, whether you are a total beginner or have some level of experience.

Come along and make sure to book your FREE ticket on our Eventbrite page.

About the Artist

Philippa specialises in multidisciplinary approaches from textiles, drawing and painting, sculpture and video. Her approach to her work explores a determination to reconnect with the natural world through ancient technologies, expand and embellish archaeological truths, repurpose modern materials, forge and misplace replicas with the intention of reimagining an alternative future.

About Contemporary Elders

Whether you are new to contemporary art or a regular gallery attendee, you are welcome. You can attend on your own, with a partner or with friends. All workshops will be focused on the social side, with no prior art experience or understanding needed. Just a willingness to get involved! This group is for anyone aged over 60.

Focal Point Gallery is wheelchair accessible and there are additional materials available to enhance your visit, e.g. large print information sheets, family activity sheets and dedicated quiet times. The team will be happy to support your needs and more information can be found on our website at or phone us on 01702 534108 or email us at

Contemporary Elders was set up pre-covid to challenge and liberate the term ‘elder’ from the stigma of ‘elderly’ and encourages us to embrace wisdom as a path to growing whole, not old. The Contemporary Elders programme is low cost and consists of workshops, guided tours, walks and social meetups to join like-minded elders together to break down barriers, encourage life-long learning and enjoyment of the arts in all its forms.

“I have learnt new things and gained completely new perspectives and I go home with new ideas and thoughts i.e. I‘ve been woken up out of my static state, and I like it.” – A quote from a Contemporary Elder participant.

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