A Touch of Glass

Budding artists have the chance to learn the techniques used to create beautiful glass artwork as part of a special masterclass being held at Valentines Mansion.

The historic grade II* listed building is hosting a ‘Touch of Glass’ on Sunday September 30 and Sunday October 28. The popular class is led by the Mansion’s talented resident artist Amanda Seljubac.

Amanda, an established artist in the field of pottery, stone carving and most notably stained glass, will be exploring specialist fused glass techniques and materials, including frit, stringers, metal inclusions and compatible glass. There will also be lots of top tips and handy hints on working with fused glass.

Armed with their new skills, attendees will create their own fused glass art work to take home after being heated in the in-house kiln.

‘A Touch of Glass’ takes place at Valentines Mansion on Sunday September 30 and Sunday October 28, and runs from 11am-2pm. Tickets costs £47 per person, and includes the cost of all materials used on the day.

Tickets must be pre-booked via  www.valentinesmansion.com/whatson.php

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Your donations help leave a legacy for future generations

Valentines Mansion is an elegant grade II* listed country house – steeped in fascinating history, and rich in original and restored period features.

Dating back to 1696, the mansion has been a family home to many including Elizabeth Tillotson, the niece of Oliver Cromwell.  Redbridge Council acquired the home in 1912.

Since then it has been a home to wartime refugees, a hospital, public health centre and a council housing department. After a period of closure, the mansion was restored to its former glory and opened to the public in 2009.

Thanks to funding and donations from the public we have been able to ensure the mansion is preserved for future generations.

The mansion is also available for hire, and hosts a range of events throughout the year including the fun-packed Mad Hatters Tea Party and Vintage Fair to sell-out art masterclasses and children’s activities – all of which generate vital funds for the up-keep and maintenance of the building.

Every donation is gratefully received. No matter how big or small, it plays an important part in helping keep the mansion open and free to the public, as well as help with on-going restoration costs.

If you would like to make a donation, you can do so online via:

http://easydonate.org/FOCH005

Or

Text / SMS donations

To donate £5, text FOCH005 to 70970
To donate £10, text FOCH005 to 70191
 

Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure needs to raise funds for this and for other charitable purposes.

Fundraising, payments and donations will be processed and administered by the National Funding Scheme (Charity No: 1149800), operating as DONATE. Texts will be charged at your standard network rate. For Terms & Conditions, see www.easydonate.org

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Grab yourself a unique piece of the past at Valentines Mansion

Valentines Mansion is hosting Vintage Fair bursting with original and bespoke retro finds.

Grade II* listed Valentines Mansion and Grounds, on Emerson Road, will be opening its doors for a day of retro shopping on Sunday September 30.

The Fair, running from 10am to 4pm, is free to enter and brings together some of the UK’s finest vintage traders.

Discover a unique selection of wares from stalls selling handmade crafts, vintage reupholstered furniture and home décor, to jams and chutneys, fashion, jewellery, accessories, collectables and more.

The fair is a retro shoppers dream and offers something for every vintage taste at affordable prices. And after bagging all your bargains, don’t forget to unwind and grab yourself a spot of lunch, or cream tea at the Gardeners Cottage Café, set on the Mansion’s stunning grounds.

For more information contact Valentines Mansion on 0208 7088100.

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‘Suffragette or Suffragist? Which one are you?’

Valentines Mansion is hosting an exhibition that pays homage to Women’s Suffrage and the centenary of the first generation of women being given the right to vote.

Taking place throughout August, the display explores the powerful subject of Women’s Suffrage and the differences between the militant actions of the suffragettes compared with the more peaceful, constitutional campaign methods of the suffragists.

The collection of work challenges people to talk about the two approaches and consider what their own stance may have been at the time.

Bringing together some of the best in local artistic talent, this thought-provoking exhibition is set to showcase a range of creative disciplines from stone-carving work and print to embroidery and portraits.

Among the artwork being displayed is defaced coinage. The piece by the mansion’s resident artist, Julian Walker, explores the defacing of coins during the Suffrage Movement, in which the slogan ‘Votes for Women’ was stamped in crude lettering across the head of the king on coins.

The deliberate targeting of the king, as the constitutional monarch and head of the Church of England, could be likened to a direct assault on the male authority figures that were perceived to be upholding the laws of the country at the time.

Speaking about his work Julian said:

“For over twenty years I have been making work that intervenes in what might be thought of as heritage objects.  

“I have undone embroideries and added to them, carved into fossils and Wedgwood ceramics, engraved onto 1950s glass plates, and made passable fakes of seventeenth-century drawings and artefacts from antiquity.

“All of these add to the cultural fragility of the items, and pose uncomfortable questions about preservation, use, the creation of ‘unassailable culture’, and how we relate to the past…The object altered for this project raises the same questions.”

Other poignant pieces being showcased include two portraits entitled “Words and Deeds” by the mansion’s resident artist Jason Rose.

Speaking about his piece, Jason said:

“The two portraits are of Emmeline Pankhurst, leader of the suffragettes, and Millicent Fawcett, leader of the Suffragists.

“The piece explores the difference in approach both ladies had – the portrait of Millicent being composed entirely of transcribed words and quotes from various Suffragists, and the one of Emmeline being made up of archive images of suffragettes performing militant action”

‘Suffragette or suffragist? Which one are you?’ is free to attend and takes place in The Gallery,Valentines Mansion, Emerson Road, Ilford IG1 4XA

It will be open 11am-4pm every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday throughout August.

Guests will also have the opportunity to buy original pieces of artwork from the exhibition.

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A Touch of Glass

Budding artists have the chance to learn the techniques used to create beautiful glass artwork as part of a special masterclass being held at Valentines Mansion.

The historic grade II* listed building is hosting a ‘Touch of Glass’, on Tuesday 31 July, led by the Mansion’s talented resident artist Amanda Seljubac.

Amanda, an established artist in the field of pottery, stone carving and most notably stained glass, will be exploring specialist fused glass techniques and materials, including frit, stringers, metal inclusions and compatible glass. There will also be lots of top tips and handy hints on working with fused glass.

Armed with their new skills, attendees will create their own fused glass art work to take home after being heated in the in-house kiln.

‘A Touch of Glass’ takes place at Valentines Mansion on Tuesday July 31 and runs from 11am-2pm. Tickets costs £47 per person, and includes the cost of all materials used on the day.

Tickets must be pre-booked via  www.valentinesmansion.com/whatson.php

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Head down to Valentines Mansion with your little cubs for our bear-illiant Teddy Bears Picnic!

Mischievous bears of all shapes and sizes have taken over Valentines Mansion for a fun-packed Teddy Bears Picnic on Sunday July 22.

Our historic grade II* listed venue is inviting families to pack their picnic and come along to the mansion for a very special day of honey trails, face painting,  arts & crafts, story-telling and more for children.

There will also be free books being given away by the borough’s Bookstart Team. Don’t forget to grab yours whilst stocks last.

Discover the wonderful history of the Mansion as you go exploring with your family, trying to spot all the bears hidden in the house.

And don’t forget to pack your camera as there will be lots of opportunities to take fun selfies with each of the bears you discover around the Mansion, including the mansion’s very own big blue bear.

The Mansion bear will also be judging and awarding prizes for the best dressed cubs in the picnic parade. Children in teddy bear themed costumes can take part in the picnic parade at 2pm, and winners will be announced shortly afterwards.

Doors open at 11am. Tickets cost just £5 per child from the mansion’s website www.valentinesmansion.com . Accompanying adults go for free.

For more information please visit the website, call 0208 708 8100 or email: hiringvalentines@visionrcl.org.uk

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Learn to paint beautiful landscapes at Valentines Mansion

Budding artists have the chance to learn the techniques used by Turner and Monet to paint beautiful landscapes at Valentines Mansion.

The historic grade II* listed building is hosting a series of summer art masterclasses exploring landscape painting using watercolours and acrylics.

Led by the Mansion’s talented resident Artist Jason Rose, the classes will explore and discuss the works of Monet and Turner, develop individual technique and reveal handy tips.

After brushing up on their skills, pupils will then have the chance to explore the Mansion grounds before finding a beautiful setting to paint their very own mini masterpiece.

The summer art classes are aimed at those aged 16 and over, and cost £45 per person, which includes the use of all tools and materials on the day.

Each masterclass takes place on the Mansion grounds and lasts from 10am-4pm. Tickets need to be pre-booked via http://www.valentinesmansion.com/.

Summer Masterclasses:

Tuesday July 24: Learn to paint landscapes with acrylic

Thursday July 26: Exploring watercolours: Landscape Painting Masterclass

Tuesday July 31: Exploring watercolours: Landscape Painting Masterclass

Saturday August 25: Impressionism Masterclass – Paint like Turner

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Volunteering at Valentines Mansion

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We’re proud to be supporting Volunteers Week 2018 and here at the Mansion we know first-hand what a wonderful contribution volunteers make to an organisation.

We have 12 of our own who play a big part in helping run the Mansion, and we can’t thank them enough for all their wonderful work.

Our volunteers come from all walks of life and often come in and help out on short notice.  As well as welcoming visitors to the Mansion, running our gift shop, assisting with school visits and the day-to-day running of the Mansion, they also get stuck into helping out with our bigger events.

All our volunteers also possess a wealth of knowledge, enabling them to give visitors an interesting and historical insight into the Mansion’s past.

Lynn Hammond, is one of our newest volunteers and encourages more people to get involved in volunteering.

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Speaking of her role at the Mansion, Lynn said: “I’m really enjoying it. I did it to widen my volunteering experience but have also ended up meeting and working alongside some fantastic people along the way!

“That’s the great thing about being a volunteer; you get to meet many different types of people. Valentines Mansion was a natural fit for me as I have a keen interest in local history. I’ve really enjoyed learning about the Mansion’s past.

“Many of our visitors are also local so they have equally fascinating stories about the area. It’s a very engaging role. I’d encourage everyone to consider a volunteering role, whether it’s at the Mansion, or for a cause they are passionate about.”

Since February 2018 our volunteers have committed to a total of nearly 500 hours between them to the Mansion.

If you are interested in a volunteering role at Valentines Mansion, please get in touch with us on hiringvalentines@visionrcl.org.uk or phone 0208 708 8100

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Grab yourself a unique piece of the past at Valentines Mansion’s Vintage Fair

We will be opening our doors for a day of retro shopping for our Vintage Fair on Sunday April 29. Bursting with unique finds and handmade made pieces, it offers a chance to bag some real bargains whilst enjoying the Mansion’s stunning grounds.

The Fair runs from 10am to 4pm, is free to enter and brings together some of the UK’s finest vintage traders.

Discover a unique selection of wares from stalls selling handmade crafts, vintage reupholstered furniture and home décor, to jams and chutneys, fashion, jewellery, accessories, collectables and more.

The fair is a retro shoppers dream and offers something for every vintage taste at affordable prices. And after bagging all your bargains, don’t forget to unwind and grab yourself a spot of lunch, or cream tea at the Gardeners Cottage Café, set on the Mansion’s stunning grounds.

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Breathing new life into old floors

The Drawing Room in Valentines Mansion was the latest room in the historic building to undergo major restoration work to bring it back to its former glory.

The two week project was focused on bringing the flooring in the Drawing Room back to its original condition, and was completed in early March.

Before the final panel of flooring was laid a time capsule was buried under it to mark the culmination of the restoration project.

The wooden time capsule, which carried a hand engraved date of the year of burial, contained photos and information about the Mansion and the team behind the works.

Valentines Mansion has a number of resident artists who regularly exhibit their work in the Mansion’s Gallery.  One of the artists – Cinzia Castellano – was working in her studio the day the time capsule was placed under the floorboards.

“I think it’s a wonderful idea to bury a time capsule in the Drawing Room. One of the reasons I enjoy being here is because The Mansion gives me a constant link to the past, which is a great source of inspiration”, said Cinzia.

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