Park Road, Ruthin, 
Denbighshire, Wales, UK
LL15 1BB
01824 704 774
Opening Times

Open daily from 10.00am – 5.30pm.
FREE admission.
FREE on-site parking.

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Schools and Colleges:
Visiting the Exhibition and Workshops

Book a non-facilitated group visit - FREE

You are welcome to bring a school group to visit the Japanese Style: Sustaining Design exhibitions. A gallery visit is an opportunity for pupils and teachers to respond to original artworks first hand. Why not attend the free Teacher Training Workshop below or use the free Education Pack to support your visit. 

Book a facilitated group visit  - FREE

A guided exhibition visit by Education staff with short gallery activities will encourage pupils to look more closely and respond to what they see. Lasts about 1 hour. 

Outreach: Shibori Textiles 
(One day artist-led workshop in your school – North East Wales only)
Artist: Michelle Griffiths
Friday 22 June, £150 per day 
Adaptable to all ages. 
We encourage schools to visit the exhibition before the workshop. 

Inspired by the fantastic textiles by Reiko Sudo and Nuno, students will produce their own experimental samples through the use of Japanese Shibori (tie-dye) techniques by wrapping, stitching and binding polyester fabrics. Samples will be heat set so as a permanent texture is created. 

Artist-led Workshops 

Practical artist-led workshops provide the opportunity for students to explore ideas raised, and techniques used in the exhibitions. Please see below for details of individual workshops.

We regret that the workshops for schools and colleges are now fully booked.

Workshop: Shelter – 3D Construction Workshop
Artist: Mai Thomas
Friday 27 April, Half Day
£3 per student Adaptable to all ages


Using the shelter designs in the architecture exhibitions as a starting point students will design and make their own models of shelters using a variety of materials. 

Workshop: Drawings in clay
Artist: Sarah Jane Malone
Monday 21 May, Half Day
£3 per student Adaptable to all ages


Using various coloured slips pupils will print their own drawings inspired by the Japanese objects in the gallery onto flat slabs of clay. Looking at the different forms, textures and patterns of the work, each pupil will make a decorative illustrated tile inspired by an object in the exhibition.

Training and Resources

Teacher Training Workshop – FREE   
Thursday 19 April 2012 4pm – 5.30pm


This practical workshop will provide an introduction to the Japanese Style: Sustaining Design exhibitions and will demonstrate the use of the Education Pack. The workshop is suitable for primary and secondary teachers and can form part of your professional development.


Education Pack

This pack is designed to support educators in the planning, execution and follow up to a visit to Japanese Style: Sustaining Design. It is intended as an introduction to the exhibition with a collection of ideas, workshops and points for discussion. The pack looks at three broad themes from the exhibitions: Textiles and Paper; Ceramics; Architecture. The activities are suitable for all and can be adapted to your needs. 

  Download Education Pack (10.6 MB)
  Download Image Library (7.1 MB)

The image library contains images relating to the exhibitions.
The images can be downloaded for educational use only. 


Contact us

To book a visit with your school group or for further information contact: 
Elen Bonner, Education Officer on 01824 704774
or email 

Ruthin Craft Centre is open daily from 10am – 5.30pm
Admission is free. Free parking for cars and coaches.
Directions can be found at

All training, visits and workshops (including non-facilitated group visits) are limited in availability and must be booked in advance.