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Sketch Up Friday

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Ashton Court Mansion - Arts Mansion

Ashton Court Estate

Long Ashton

BS41 9JN

United Kingdom

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Explore little-seen rooms within Ashton Court Mansion, drawing it's dilapidation and sketching with friends you haven't met yet.

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Please bring along your own materials and sketchbook and join us as we meet new friends and enjoy sketching together! This will be an informal drawing session with a small group of people.

We will be exploring the inside of Ashton Court mansion, venturing through the ground floor and up to the first floor, accessing rooms that few have seen and drawing what we find.

We are going to be exploring the Vaulted entrance in the South Gate House, the Music Room and the Great Hall, as well as rooting out great spots to sketch outside and other nooks and crannies. For the first time ever, we will also have access to the first floor of the property. Join me in discovering the condition of the house, entering Sir Greville Smyth's chambers, sketching Dame Emily Smyth's boudoir and looking for the ghost in Dame Esme Smyths bedroom, where she died in 1946.

There is an original Tudor window; mock jacobean ceilings, part-destroyed; wooden panelling stacked in corners; ornate fireplaces peeping out from behind stacked doors; the wardrobes which might once have inspired C.S. Lewis during his convalescence on site; elaborate cornices and empty spaces where rooms once would have been.

Dress for all weathers as it is just as cold upstairs as outside!

Block 1: 28 February (1st floor)/ 6 March (ground floor)/ 13th March (1st floor)

Block 2: 24 April (1st floor)/ 1 May (ground floor)/ 15 May (1st floor)

(Please note: 8 May is a bank holiday)

Block 3: 5 June (1st floor)/ 12 June (ground floor)/ 19 June (1st floor)

Sketch Up Sessions Format

Time of sessions: 10am - 12pm

Fee: £5 per session/ 1-2 bursary places available via application (Please contact me directly. No need to explain circumstances. Please only apply for these places if you have a genuine need.) Should you drive to the event, please note there is a small fee for the car park.

Meet between 9.50 - 10am in the Great Hall, accessible from the sweeping drive that scoops you to the side of the mansion house. The front door will be locked by 10.05,so please be prompt.

Upstairs sketch sessions:

H&S briefing for upstairs - hard hat worn at all times. No eating and drinking only water upstairs. Must wash hands on return to ground level. Must stay together as a group, drawing in one location.

Fiteen minute tour, to get bearings and orientation within the building. This is not a history tour. Photographs allowed.

Draw in pre-agreed location for assigned time.

Finish upstairs at 11.50am, allowing 10 minutes for return of hard hats/ hand washing and exit.

Ground Floor Sketching:

Arrival - 9.50 - 10am. Front door locked at 10.05 latest, or as soon as everyone signed in.

Ten minute tour, to get bearings and orientation on ground floor of the building. Not a history tour. Photographs allowed.

Draw in pre-agreed location for assigned time. The location will be confirmed in advance of the session and drawing upstairs or downstairs will be alternated.

Maximum number of attendees: 8

I will set up seating within the planned drawing area.

* Unfortunately due the the age and condition of Ashton Court Mansion, this event is not wheelchair accessible. Please do contact us should you have any questions regarding access and we will do our best to assist and accomodate you. This event is not suitable for children. *

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Ashton Court Mansion - Arts Mansion

Ashton Court Estate

Long Ashton

BS41 9JN

United Kingdom

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No Refunds

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