All Day Ceramics Workshop with Ros Ingram

As part of the Discover, Gather, Give Contemporary Arts Festival, Escape Arts are pleased to be offering a day workshop working with internationally renowned ceramics artist, Ros Ingram. Ros will guide you through hand building techniques using terracotta clay to form your very own feathered friend. Then through decorating methods using coloured slips. The finished work will be returned after a process of drying out and firing taking apprx. 3 weeks. All tuition, materials, firing and hot and cold drinks wil be included in the ticket price. early booking is recommended as Ros's workshops are always extremely popular. The Old Slaughterhuse is a town centre venue and there are many places to eat at lunchtime within a few minutes walking distance.

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Fused Glass Evening Workshop with Ros Ingram

Acclaimed artist Ros Ingram is back with us this Spring and this time she is hosting a workshop creating fused glass landscapes. On this course, you will experiment with different colours and materials and Ros will guide you to a professional finished product. You can see our past work with Ros on the Escape Arts website, in our gallery of past evening courses. All materials such as firing costs and refreshments during the evening are included in the ticket price. For more information, contact

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All Day Enamelling Workshop with Melissa Keskinkilinc

We are so excited to be welcoming back Melissa Keskinkinlic this Spring! This whole day workshop gives you the opportunity to work with locally born enamel artist Melissa, who specialises in beautiful enamel pieces, from jewellery to glass ornaments. She will ensure that you have a beautiful item to take home and show off again and again! On the day, Melissa will guide us through the enamelling process, producing a beautiful piece of work to take home for yourself or give as a gift. You can see Melissa’s work on Facebook, under the business name Melissa’s Melting Pot. All materials such as firing costs and refreshments during the day are included in the price. For more information, contact

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Teenage Cafe

Escape Arts are now hosting a teenage cafe, every Thursday and Friday 3:30-5pm. Come along and bring your friends, we've got free wifi and big discounts on food and drink. If you're looking for somewhere to finish your work or somewhere to hang out with friends, this is the place for you!

Call the Midwife! Brand New Exhibition!

Come and join us for our very special exhibition launch event!

Escape Arts presents Call the Midwife, a personal and collective insight into Stratford's emerging maternity services, from births, to bouncing babies and beyond! This exhibition celebrates local stories, alongside the town's rich social history.

For our launch event, we are inviting members of the public to bring in copies of their baby photos, especially those born in the Monroe Devis Maternity Hospital, to form Stratford's ultimate baby book! You don't want to miss out on us cutting the symbolic umbilical cord to open the exhibition! Lots of creative activities on the day, come and share your stories!

The exhibition will be up until May. We look forward to welcoming you!

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Lifting the Lid on Stratford’s Loos – Exhibition

Permanent exhibition - toilet gallery! Escape Arts invite you to their latest, albeit tongue-in-cheek exhibition located in the loo of the Old Slaughterhouse Heritage & Arts Centre. In this small, but perfectly formed space, you shall be made privy to Stratford-upon-Avon’s history of local latrines, head-line making toilet paper and poignant potty protests. From Stratford’s smallest gem, it’s Victorian gent's loo on Ely Street to toilet sit-ins at the heart of the community there is a lot to discover. You can even cast your eye over vintage sanitary-wear and advertisements whilst you ‘spend a penny’.

Yesterday & Today – Exhibition

Permanent exhibition - stair gallery. A stunning photography exhibition by Phil Williams, comparing pictures up to 150 years ago to pictures today.

Are you Being Served? – Exhibition

Permanent exhibition - upstairs gallery. A fascinating look at Stratford's much loved family run businesses that ran the town when our slaughterhouse was still operational.

Heritage Open Weekend – Warwickshire’s Land Girls: The Food of Love

Come down to the Old Slaughterhouse to celebrate Heritage Open Weekend with us! This year we have a spectacular two day event planned celebrating our local Land Girls and their invaluable input in the war effort during World War Two. Both days are free to attend and will include the following events:

'Here Comes the Girls!' - A Land Girl March on the Bancroft Gardens (Saturday at 11am)
A Land Girls wedding and wedding breakfast (Saturday at 12:30pm)
'Have a go heritage' art activities for children (Saturday & Sunday, all day)
Performances by Second Thoughts of 'The Forgotten Army' (Saturday 2:30pm & Sunday, 1:45pm)
Celebrating Warwickshire's Land Girls: An Exhibition (Saturday & Sunday)
Compete in World War Two Bake Off (Sunday)
Wonky veg competition (Sunday, winners to be announced at 4pm)

For more information, please contact us or visit the Heritage Open Days website.

Warwickshire Open Studios

This summer, we are part of Warwickshire Open Studios, showcasing artwork from across our projects alongside local artists. This is an opportunity to visit our stunning home in the centre of Stratford upon Avon; view our inspiring exhibition, recently commissioned works and have a coffee & cake in the tearoom. We are running several of our popular multi media workshops during the event, some free of charge; details of how to learn or develop a skill are available online or by contacting us directly. For more information please contact