Inspiration and Creation



The Heart of Oak project commissioned Kate Green, Arts Co-ordinator, who developed and delivered 60 free arts related workshops for the local community. Working with a team of 6 artists from The Moveable Feast Workshop Company, over 1,000 people were inspired to make their own artworks in response to the magnificent Sandford Orleigh carvings.

Within the project the 6 artists engaged 6 art mentees to work alongside them. The mentees gained valuable work experience working in the community with schools groups and adult community groups.

The public were able to attend the following workshops

  • Puppet making and story- telling with Tony Gee
  • Wood carving workshops with Doug King-Smith
  • Felt making workshops with Carol Timms
  • Clay Workshops with Karen Abadie
  • Digital Photography workshops with Kate Green
  • Animation with Stuart Dawson


The results of these workshops were put on display at the time and in the Passmore Edwards Centre in the summer of 2013. Images of all the workshops were included in the Heart of oak project website. Films were created of both the conservation process and the arts workshops, and uploaded to the website. 


A selection of the films are now on display alongside the carvings. One of the outcomes of the arts project was that individuals have continued to utilise their skills learned in the workshops, both in felt-making and wood carving. A member of the public,who had not previously carved wood before he attended Doug King-Smith’s wood workshops, brought in a carving during the Art exhibition.

He produced his carving (seen above at home, just using a photograph of one of the portrait medallions in the Sandford Orleigh carvings to guide him. A lady who attended the felt-workshops has continued her interest in felt making and has created hats, waistcoats and shoes!