Crafting History

Young People from Creative Collisions worked with Norfolk Museums and Norfolk Arts & Library Services and to set up and manage six craft residencies at Time & Tide Museum.

Young People identified craft skills that have contributed to the heritage of Great Yarmouth and which they feel still have the potential to inspire and engage their age group. They selected contemporary practitioners who are using the crafts in new and exciting ways and who also have a deep understanding of how their craft has been practiced traditionally. Practitioners then created original work inspired by our museum collections and shared their processes directly with young people through master classes, workshops, professional development for teachers and studio visits. Work produced by artists and young people was then exhibited at Time & Tide in Summer 2017.The project has been generously funded by Heritage Lottery Young Roots Programme.



The Crafting History final exhibition was launched on 27th April and will be on display until 9th September 2017. Students and artists are exhibiting side by side in the galleries amongst the objects which inspired them. Many students, parents, artists, teachers, school & college staff came along and enjoyed youth led presentations. Visitors are taking part in a Craft Heritage trail and can win an original Sally Hirst print from a specially adapted 1950’s art vending machine. If knitting is your thing you can also take home or download the Anita Bruce Gansey Herring knitting pattern here.  Gansey Herring Pattern v3

‘Congratulations on a great event on Thursday – the Crafting History project is amazing and the way the work has been integrated into the regular exhibits is a master stroke! I really enjoyed the event and meeting some of the young people’. Programme Manager: Norfolk and Suffolk Festival Bridge

‘Wonderful opportunity for young people to engage with artists within the museum. Amazing exhibition, brilliantly curated, doing the trail made me look at so many of the artefacts I hadn’t seen on previous visits’. Museum Visitor

First of our glass workshops

Our first glass workshop was a great success!  Tutors and technicians from Great Yarmouth College, Great Yarmouth High School and Cliff Park Ormiston Academy worked alongside London-based artist Alex R to learn many of the techniques needed to produce pieces of fused glass work.

Alex started by teaching everyone basic glass cutting techniques – straight lines first, then the more complicated curves.  She showed how to layer the glass to create different colours and textures.  Eventually moving on to how other materials could be included in between the layers.

The majority of the day was spent putting the techniques into practice.  It was totally absorbing and many attractive pieces were created.  We are looking forward to the student workshops, next week.

Final Artist in Residence Announced

We are delighted to announce our youth panel have chosen our 6th and final artist in residence for our Heritage Lottery Fund Young Roots#CraftingHistory project. Alex R is a London glass artist who undertakes commissions for public and private clients. She is alumna of Central Saint Martins’ and has gained recognition from many quarters, winning various prizes and accolades for her work for more information on the artists you can visit her website:

Alex will be running a CPD session for staff and three workshops for young people in Spring 2017 at Time and Tide Museum of Great Yarmouth Life.


Jill Brewster

Strange banging noises could be heard coming from Time and Tide Museum of Great Yarmouth Life this week, as our 5th #CraftingHistory Heritage Lottery Fund Young Roots artist in residency got underway.

Jill Brewster was selected by our youth panel as the 5th artists in residency in #woodwork.  Jill has a Degree in textiles and surface pattern from Loughborough College of art and a Masters Degree in creative multimedia,  she likes experimenting with materials and process, and now prominently now works with wood.

Jill ran a CPD workshop for tutors and technicians, and a three day workshop with students from Cliff Park Ormiston Academy, Great Yarmouth High School, East Norfolk, & Flegg High School . Jill started by teaching everyone basic woodcarving skills on individual pieces, before bringing everyone together to design and carve a large panel that will be displayed in the end of project exhibition in April 2017.

It is amazing to see how fast the students confidence developed in trying various techniques and tools, we cant wait to see the finished panel.

One young person commented:

“The team work was very enjoyable, everyone is very kind. I had so much fun doing woodwork.”

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 *WANTED Glass Artist*

Creative Collisions are looking to appoint a highly skilled Glass artist, to become the sixth and final crafts person, to take part in twelve week residencies at Time and Tide Museum,  as part of our Crafting History programme.


  • December/January/ February 2016


  • Artists will be contracted for 14 days at £200 per day – Total fee £2800
  • Additional allowance for accommodation & travel can also be negotiated.
  • Materials are not included in the fee.

Enquiries & Details of how to apply:

  • Tricia Hall –
  • Deadline for final submissions is Monday 28th November 2016 at 5pm

Withy Arts: basketry

We’ve just completed our 4th Crafting History residency with @WithyArts– made up of artists Sarah Dyball and Clare Pastorious, who ran basketry workshops with local tutors and students.

Withy Arts use willow weaving and basketry techniques alongside other art and craft practices to provide opportunities for self-development through expression and creativity.

Throughout the days Withy Arts taught  participants a variety of weaving techniques with  willow and cane- everyone was amazed at the amount of outcomes produced in such a short time frame.

We can’t wait to see all the fabulous artworks in the Crafting History exhibition next April and @WithyArts will be taking part in a live event on Tuesday 29th November if you’d like to get a taste of what they’ll be showcasing in the exhibition. Twitter: @WithyArts

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Live Smoking Event with Mella Shaw

Last Saturday  we all had a lovely day at Time and Tide Museum with ceramic artist in residence Mella Shaw, who demonstrated the processes of smoke firing.  Throughout the day she was smoke firing the first handful of many lovely individual fish which will become part of her installation at the Crafting History exhibition next April. Her work has been inspired by the incredible herring smoke houses and their smell which is evocative of the factory in its hey day.

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Next Artists in Residence Announced

We are excited to announce are Crafting Histories Youth Panel have selected the next two craft residencies, that will take place this autumn at Time and Tide Museum.

The first of which is with basketry artists Clare Pastorius and Sarah Dyball  (Withy Arts) –

Followed by woodwork artist Jill Brewster


Creative Collisions are looking to appoint a highly skilled BASKETRY artist, and a WOODWORK artist, to become the fourth and fifth out of six crafts people, to take part in twelve week residencies at Time and Tide Museum,  as part of our Crafting History programme.


  • The Basketry project will happen during August/September/ October 2016
  • The Woodwork project will happen in October/November/December 2016


  • Artists will be contracted for 14 days at £200 per day – Total fee £2800
  • Additional allowance for accommodation & travel can also be negotiated.
  • Materials are not included in the fee.

Enquiries & Details of how to apply:

  • Please submit your application by email to:
  • Tricia Hall –
  • Deadline for final submissions is Friday 24th June 2016 at 5pm

Mella Shaw

We have just had a fantastic week of workshops with our third artist in residence Mella Shaw.

Mella graduated with distinction from the Ceramic and Glass MA at the Royal College of Art in 2013. She currently combines her ceramic practice with teaching and writing about ceramics and working as Exhibitions Manager at the Fitzwilliam Museum. She has written for Crafts magazine and Ceramic Review, taught as a Visiting Lecturer at Bath Spa University and been exhibited at the British Ceramics Biennial 2015 as one of 11 artists selected to represent the best of contemporary British ceramics in their centrepiece AWARD show.

She often draws inspiration from museum collections and historic spaces. This can take a number of approaches, from being directly inspired by an object in a specific collection to using traditional techniques but employing them in new ways. She says ‘I love museums almost as much as I love clay, they are the best places to discover stories and who doesn’t love a good story? A lot of the work I make has been directly influenced by objects that I have seen in museums’

Mella shared a technique of printing with clay slip that she spent a long time developing and which has huge potential for pattern and mark-making. She worked with students from four schools and colleges over three days to create Time and Tide Clocks. Students used our collections as a starting point for their clocks and they all went on to develop incredible original designs. One Great Yarmouth College student enjoyed the; ‘Lovely atmosphere freedom and qualified tutor who was exceptionally inspiring and knowledgeable, so glad to be included’ Mella also delivered an inspirational professional development day for teachers, tutors and high school art technicians, one said ‘I learned something completely new which I had never tried before and thoroughly enjoyed it!

We are looking forward to Mella spending some time with us during the summer whilst she develops her own ideas for our Crafting History exhibition next spring!

Twitter: @mellashaw

Instagram: @mellemine

IMG_6909IMG_6976100Mella Shaw Groundwork 1

Anita Bruce

Our second artist in residence Anita Bruce is a textiles artist who has exhibited all over the world and participated in many commissions, publications and selected exhibitions.

Anita has a lifelong history of working with textiles, their processes and materials, and they are central to her work. She works primarily with knitting to create complex, detailed sculptural textiles, but often incorporate other processes such as crochet, looping, knotting and lace. Although passionate about the historical foundation of knitting and its techniques, she takes an experimental approach to both materials and processes, pushing the boundaries of what is possible. In particular, she works with wire and other non-traditional materials to knit complex layered sculptural shapes. Narrative and research are also key principles. Her early background is in Zoology and its influence on her work is clear, often involving the ‘evolution’ of new ‘textile’ species, each with their own Linnean classification and ‘tongue in cheek’ back story.

Twenty two young people from five schools and colleges enjoyed three days of workshops with Anita. They learned techniques for constructing 3D forms using crochet, knitting and knotting! Then they created their own 3D sea creatures inspired by artefacts in the museum. Collectively the sculptures will be displayed to create a Victorian style Cabinet of Curiosity, a mismatch of strange and wonderful objects! Students said that the best thing was ‘Producing an amazing final product which was inspired by the museum and Anita’s techniques’.

Teachers and college tutors learned techniques could think of many ways to use the skills that they learned in their teaching: ‘Anita Bruce was a lovely teacher and showed the way she explored artefacts and made them into her own art work’ and ‘ Fabulous day, loved it, loads of ideas to take back to work and for me’.

Anita herself was inspired by the butterfly bomb in our WW11 gallery and she created this wonderful sea creature. For our exhibition she will create a collection of knitted fish on speets using a variety of traditional Gansey patterns and maps observed in the museum.

She even enjoyed being on public display herself at an event for special interest groups ‘Just wanted to thank you for a lovely and productive day last Friday. I was busy all day with students, the stitchers group and knitters old and new.



Instagram @anitabruceart

Twitter @NitaBruce

Sally Hirst

Our very first artist in residence was the wonderful print maker Sally Hirst.

After a long career as an Art Teacher Sally left teaching in 2014 to spend more time on her own work. Since 2010 she has been self-employed running her own business creating original prints and mixed media art and teaching a range of workshops from her studio in Norwich. Her prints explore lettering, signage and our industrial heritage. She recently produced work based on fishing boats in Lowestoft and machinery at the Gressenhall museum. She was attracted to this residency because she ‘loved the brief’ and the ‘Creative freedom’.

Sally introduced twenty students from four different schools to new ways of print making including jelly printing, lino printing and photo polymer printing (which one student described as ‘very intricate but actually very therapeutic’) She also trained four peer mentors from Commercial Arts Practice (BA hons) at Great Yarmouth College who helped to deliver the workshops for younger students. Students ‘really liked being able to create a personal piece and mixing things I already knew with new printing techniques’ and ‘ enjoyed exploring the museum and drawing/designing art from the things around’. Together they created many tiny prints which will be stored in sardine style tins and dispensed from a 1950’s style machine.

Teachers were lucky enough to visit her Norwich studio as well as taking part in a professional development (CPD) day. They loved ‘Being able to learn new printing techniques to take back to school’ GCSE teacher Great Yarmouth High School.

Sally is creating a site specific printed installation to hang from the timbers of the former smoke house. She is taking her inspiration in part from the stencilled graphics on the packing boxes which were used to export herring all over Europe.

About Creative Collisions

Creative Collisions is an imaginative Youth Arts Network for Great Yarmouth where likeminded young people can share ideas, produce events and exhibitions and communicate opportunities in the arts. It is supported by Time & Tide Museum and local high schools and colleges

3 Responses

  1. Dave punter

    I’m looking to book some arts and crafts for my wife’s birthday on Saturday the 4th August. Do you have any sessions available?


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