Forth Valley Sensory Centre

Art Class meets Tessa Asquith-Lamb

Our Art Class had a great day out to Callendar House this week to check out the ‘Museum Mind of Tessa Askwith-Lamb’ and the ‘Drawn From The Past’ exhibition.

Tessa creates unique exhibitions based on items held within museums, almost a display of a display. She creates fantastic etchings and intricate paper cut pieces that really have to be seen to be believed.

For this exhibition, she was given access to the Callendar House archives, and found a beautiful Valentine’s Day card from the 1800’s. Handmade with amazing detail, Tessa has used this as an inspiration for a similar piece in the same style. All her work features her fox, Reynard, do look out for him in the different pieces!

Our art class meets every two weeks on Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm with Brendan. A patient tutor, Brendan understands the needs of people with sight loss and helps create very tactile pieces. The class is open to budding Van Goghs but even if your art is more Camelon than Constable or more pen and crayon than Picasso, you will be made welcome.

The art class was treated to a first person guide to the collection by Tessa herself. The feedback from those attending was excellent.

Groups and Activities Coordinator, Brenda Whyte said: “Tessa was an excellent host. Her description of the pieces and how she completes her etchings, were great for our blind centre users. Tessa talked about how she creates her work and let our art class members feel the various tools she uses while she described the processes she goes through.

“A number of the art class were so grateful and inspired they sent a thank you card to Tessa for being such a great host.”

Drawn From the Past – The Museum Mind of Tessa Askwith-Lamb is on display in the second floor gallery, Callendar House, Falkirk until 13th January 2019. Entry is free. The gallery is open Monday-Sunday 10am-5pm (closed Tuesdays). Last admission 4pm. See for more information.

Further Activities

This is part of a range of upcoming activities over the festive period organised by the Community Trust at Callendar House:

Festive Afternoon Tea – Just £12.95 per person or £15.95 with a glass of prosecco, this is a little chirstmas indulgence. Available throughout December, 10am-3pm in the Callendar House cafe, book to avoid disappointment 01324 506 850

Callendar House Christmas Adventure – Join the ancestral inhabitants of Callendar House as they go hunting for Santa! Explore traditions old and new in a race to find Santa before Christmas Day. Saturday 24th Nov. – Mon. 24th Dec. Various times throughout the day. Adult/Child £7, babies (under 24 months) £2. Suitable for nursary/P1.

Georgian Kitchen – Used in the TV series Outlander, the kitchen opens its doors to provide you with traditional festive treats. Open Mon-Sun 11am-4pm (closed Tuesdays) and also open late on festive fridays.

Festive Fridays –  a series of events for all the family

30th November, 6pm-8pm Callendar House Christmas Light Show. A walk in the grounds, perfect for young and old alike. (Free)

7th and 14th December, Step Back in Time with Tessa who entertained our art class, for an evening of history, art, crafts and mulled wine! £15 including festive treat!

Friday 21st December, 6:30-7:30pm Christmas and traditional tunes from the Glenbervie Folk Duo (Free)



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