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I've been teaching craft workshop since 2007 and am experienced in working with children, adults, special needs and hard-to-reach community groups. I mainly work in museums, galleries, libraries and at public events but also run private sessions for companies and organisations including team building and away day activities, and can arrange private craft parties at home. I am fully insured and CRB checked.

Apologises this section of my blog is a tad out of date as I didn't have a chance to include all of my 2015 workshops below, but if you'd like a full list email me and I will send you my CV. I am currently taking books for 2016 too. 

2015 workshops: 

DateSaturday 28th February
Theme: World Arts Fair
An all day event featuring a range of activities throughout the day including samba, painting and drawing, puppet-making and a kora concert. I will be running three craft workshops - drop in - these are making felt beads, sewing an oyster card holder or an elephant decoration. For all ages/families. 
Time: 10.30am-5.30pm
Fee: £3
Venue: St John's Church, Hallowell Road, Northwood, HA6 1DN
More details at www.northwoodcommunityarts.co.uk

2014 workshops: 

DateFriday 31st October
Theme: Diwali Damn Good Curry Supper Club
A freshly cooked feast by foodie and chef Nilanjani at a friendly supper club where you can  tuck into a meal, make new friends, learn about her personal cooking techniques and make something which you'll get to keep. For adults. 
Time: 2pm-6pm
Fee: £25 three course meal with accompaniments includes a meal and Diwali themed craft activity Sample menu.
Venue: Wadham Lodge, Walthamstow
More details at www.damngoodcurry.com

DateSunday 26th October
Theme: Diwali Festival of Lights
Join in a group rangoli session where together we will be creating a work of art on the floor. All welcome, suitable for families. 
Time: 2pm-6pm
Fee: Small entrance fee
Venue: Eastbury Manor House, Barking

DateSaturday 11th October
Theme: International Day Of The Girl
As part of the London Literature Festival I'll be running a zine making workshop. Come along and create a page of a special  group zine that celebrates girls then keep a copy of the zine that's produced on the day.
Time: 12-4
Venue: Royal Festival Hall, Southbank

DateSunday 17th August
Theme: Dangerous Disguises
One of my favourite museums is celebrating it's 100th birthday. As part of The Geffrye Museum's Centenary Celebrations they are hosting a family day and I'm running an animal mask workshop inspired the by creatures in their gardens. Aimed at ages 5+ we'll be outdoors if the weather holds.
Time: 12.30-2pm & 3-4.30pm
Venue: The Geffrye Museum, Hackney

DateSunday 3rd August
Theme: Gifts Of Love & Wisdom Festival Of Love
Come along and share your pearls of wisdom about Enduring Love as part of the Southbank's Pragma Weekend. You'll be making a gift of love with a personalised message on to give to someone special in your life. 
Time: 11-5
Venue: Royal Festival Hall, Southbank

DateSaturday 2nd August
Theme: Say It With Flowers, Festival Of Love
A group participation activity where people are encouraged to drop in and help create 10 colourful table centrepieces made from fabric and paper flowers which will be on display in The Royal Festival Hall on Sunday 3rd August for their Big Lunch.
Time: 11-5
Venue: Royal Festival Hall, Southbank

DateSaturday 31st May
Theme: The Many Faces Of Love
I'm running one of seven workshops inspired by Shakespeare's The Seven Ages Of Man speech - it's a poetry meets craft session where participants can immortalise their own sonnet on a piece of jewellery. 
Time: 11-5
Venue: Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank

2013 workshops:

DateSaturday 2nd November
Theme: Festival of Delight: Diwali
Help me make a giant peacock themed rangoli. A group drop-in session that anyone can join in with. Other activities include lantern making. No charge to enter the house, small fee for workshops.
Time: 10-6
Venue: Eastbury Manor House, Barking

Date: Saturday 28th September
Theme: Awesome Robots (Children)
Participants will be engineering their own robot costume using cardboard boxes inspired by the Flying Eye book Awesome Robot by Viviane Schwartz
Time: 2-4.30
Venue: Discover Children's/Story Centre, Straford

Date: Sunday 22nd September
Theme: Tea Party Headdresses
Make a tea cup and saucer style fascinator inspired by the museum's collection and their annual Ceramics In The City fair.
Time: 2-4
Fee: Free
Venue: The Geffrye Museum, Hackney

Date: Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September
Theme: Banner Making
Help make giant banners to mark the end of the Festival of Neighbourhood inspired by artist Bob and Roberta Smith, which will be incorporated into a grand finale choral performance.
Time: 10-5 and 10-3
Fee: Free
Venue: The Southbank Centre

Date: Friday 16th August
Theme: Wacky Window Boxes
A drop in workshop for children of all ages to make ornamental window boxes filled with flowers and bugs.
Time: 11.30-12.30, 2-3 and 3-4
Fee: Free
Venue: The Geffrye Museum, Hackney

Date: Friday 2nd August
Theme: Shady Business
A drop in workshop for children of all ages to make a stylish animal visor they can wear.
Time: 2-3 and 3-4
Fee: Free
Venue: The Geffrye Museum, Hackney

Date: Sunday 28th July 
Theme: Spectacular Summer Spaces family Day
I'll be running the 'Glorious Garden Frames' workshops suitable for all ages where participants can make and take a photo frame decorated with flowers and garden themed things.
Time: 12.30-2 and 3-4
Fee: Free
Venue: The Geffrye Museum, Hackney

Date: Tues 28th & Thurs 30th May 
Theme: Family sessions exploring self portraits & weaving inspired by the current textile exhibition by Alice Kettle
Time: 11.30-1.30 & 2-4
Fee: Free
Venue: The Queen's House, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

Date: Fri April 12th 2013 
Theme: Printed Spring themed tote bags
Time: 2-4pm
Details: Free, ages 11+ register 30 mins before
Venue: The Geffrye Museum

Date: Sat February 1st 2013
Theme: Young People's Workshop: Print & Stitch a Cushion Cover, ages 11-19
Time: 2pm-4pm
Fee: Free - register 30 minutes before to take part
Venue: The Geffrye Museum, Hackney

Date: Sat February 16th 2013
Theme: Awesome Robots (part of the Imagine Children's Festival)
I will be assisting author Viviane Schwartz in a family workshop to promote her new book Awesome Robots. Participants will be engineering their own robot costume using cardboard boxes.
Details: http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/imagine-family-workshops-70337
Venue: The South Bank, London

Date: Sun February 24th 2013 
Theme: Unveiling The Past: Modern Mugs
Time: 12.30-2pm 3-4.30pm
Details: Drop in ages 5+ - paint and take a mug inspired by the museum's collection
Venue: The Geffrye Museum

Previous workshops:
This is a selection of classes, courses and workshops I have run. 
To request my complete CV or to enquire about bookings please email me: contact@momtazbh.co.uk.

Public sector:

Greenwich and Westminster Councils (Summer University)

Hackney Council (White Ribbon Day)

Women's Library (textile project)


Brent  Museum (children's workshop)

Brixton Windmill (The Big Draw)

Cutty Sark (children's workshops)

Geffrye Museum (Asian Women's Group)

London Transport Museum (staff training)

Redbridge Museum (fashion)

William Morris Academy (printmaking)

Victoria & Albert Museum (staff training)

Community groups:

Holborn Community Development Partnership (textile workshop)

Katherine Low Settlement (weaving)

Northwood Arts (older people)

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