This Girl Codes - Curiosity Academy

This Girl Codes - Curiosity Academy

Join Junction Arts, artists Rachel Scanlon and Sian Watson-Taylor and a series of exciting guest artists for our This Girl Codes Curiosity Academy 2024. Throughout the week, you will get exclusive tours at Hardwick Hall and Pleasley Pit plus one-of-a-kind workshops. Book all week or for individual days, every day is different.

The work you create with us, whether you can only attend one day or all five will inspire a new interactive exhibition that will be showcased in early 2025.

The project is called This Girl Codes but workshops are open to people of all genders aged 8 and over. This Girl Codes is a program of activities led by artists that explores science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) through creativity.

Please note the different ticket options available to you when registering for this event. We are accommodating day tickets and week-long tickets that include a trip to Gladstone Pottery Museum in Stoke-on-Trent.

We are requesting a small booking fee of £4 per person per day (adults and children 8 or older) to guarantee your space on the day. Please contact Junction Arts on if fees are an issue, we will be discreet and can offer subsidised charges.

All workshops except for Wednesday run 10am-3pm.

Monday 19th August, Hardwick Hall
Using Hardwick’s textiles and the garden as our muse, you will create your own fabric sculptural pieces inspired by shapes and textures. We’ll then delve into the world of sound, transforming your sculpture into a captivating sonic experience. Imagine your creation whispering secrets about the garden’s past or serenading you with the sounds of nature.

Tuesday 20th August, Hardwick Hall
Exploring how the natural world leaves its mark. Looking at imprinting with plants and flowers in both clay and cloth. Experimenting with the science of colour molecules, natural dyes and patterns in nature.

Wednesday 21st August, trip to Gladstone Pottery Museum
Gladstone Pottery is a working museum and fits perfectly with our theme for 2024 which is ‘Tools of Creativity. Whilst ceramics is inherently creative, the potteries of Stoke-on-Trent led the world in industrialising the craft. In the 19th century the pottery industry was the largest employer of women.

A minibus will leave Doe Lea Centre at 9am sharp, we will have a guided tour at the pottery in the morning. Please bring a packed lunch. In the afternoon we will have a workshop to create a bone china flower. The minibus will leave Gladstone at 3pm, arriving back at Doe Lea for 4/4:30pm.

Thursday 22nd August, Pleasley Pit
Learn how to use tools and engineering techniques to aid your creativity and build 3D art pieces. Get hands-on with heavy metal sculptures inspired by Pleasley Pit, working with Royal Society of Sculptors member Gillian Brent to help you construct unique architectural assemblages.

Friday 23rd August, Pleasley Pit
Discover the science behind photography and alternative methods of creating photographic images. We’ll be utilising the contrast of the beautiful country park and the majestic headstocks to create imagery with our morning tour focussed on the country park instead of the museum.

Key Information

19 August 2024 - 23 August 2024

Hardwick Hall, Gladstone Pottery Museum and Pleasley Pit

10:00am to 3pm

Booking & Tickets

Book your place here.

Visit the This Girl Codes website