Sunningwell School of Art has been offering opportunities for people of all ages to take part in extra-curricular activities since the school was founded in 1973. Activities have included collaborations with local schools, arts organisations and charities. We also promote participatory events organised by like-minded charities and arts organisations here.

International Sculpture Day

Workshops for young people

Finding your Form (7 to 11 years)

Explore the proportions of the human form using aluminium foil to sculpt a human figure, create modernist pieces by carving soap and make your favourite animal or vegetable from scrunched up newspaper and artist gum. Inspired by the work of Alberto Giacometti, Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore. Saturday 30th April at Sunningwell School of Art.

Workshop 1: 9.30am to 10.45am

Workshop 2: 11.15am to 12.30pm


Assemble an Artwork (5 to 11 years)

Create an art piece in a box from junk, maps, textures, images and found objects. Make your assembled artwork have meaning by creating a story around the items gathered or paint your box to create a harmonious textured artwork. Inspired by the work of Louise Nevelson and Joseph Cornell. Saturday 30th April at Sunningwell School of Art.

Workshop 3: 1.30pm to 2.45pm

Workshop 4: 3.15pm to 4.30pm



£3 per person per workshop. Funded by the Doris Field Charitable Trust to celebrate International Sculpture Day.

Celebrate International Sculpture Day

The Woven Child

Sunningwell School of Art sculpture tutor, Pam Foley invites members of the school community to join her at the Hayward Gallery to attend Louise Bourgeois exhibition, ‘The Woven Child’ in celebration of International Sculpture Day 2022. This is the first major retrospective of this legendary artist to focus exclusively on her work using fabrics and textiles.

Pam will rendezvous with you in the Hayward Gallery foyer at 11am on Saturday 30th April. Buy your ticket independantly, and let Pam know if you’re planning to join her.

In the last two decades of her career, Bourgeois began to incorporate clothes from all stages of her life into her art. This developed into a varied body of work – from monumental installations, to figurative sculptures and abstract collages – incorporating textiles such as bed linen, handkerchiefs, tapestry, and needlepoint. Bourgeois’s fabric works mine the themes of identity and sexuality, trauma and memory, guilt and reparation that are central to her long and storied career.

‘I have always had a fascination with the magic power of the needle. The needle is used to repair the damage. It’s a claim to forgiveness.’

Louise Bourgeois: The Woven Child sums up this wonderfully inventive and compelling final chapter in this extraordinary artist’s work.

Wracking My Brain – Sculpture Workshops

In April 2022, Sunningwell School of Art tutor and sculptor, Pam Foley will lead a series of workshops with people who have experienced brain injuries that explore the physical and emotional impacts of brain injury. Using clay participants will create a personal sculpture that conveys to others what life has been like since the accident. Pam experienced brain injury herself and will talk about the impact brain injury had on her life as a springboard for creativity and exploration.

The workshops are being held to coincide with International Sculpture Day 2022, on Saturday 30th April, which is worldwide celebration of sculpture. Sunningwell School of Art is very proud to have participated in ISDay for the past two years and has a thriving community of sculpture students at the school. The workshops are funded by the Lord Faringdon Charitable Trust and a collaboration between Sunningwell School of Art and Headway Brain Injury Support charity.

To see what participants made during the Wracking My Brain workshops in 2021, click here.

To see what participation events and activities we’ve hosted recently click here or visit the Took Part page.

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