An Important Update from Valentines Mansion & Gardens

Following the new restrictions announced over the weekend, Valentines Mansion will be closed, after our last public open day on Monday 2 November, until further notice. The situation will be reviewed as and when we receive further updates from the Government.

As per the new guidelines, marriage ceremonies will unfortunately not be permitted. If you have a ceremony booked at the Mansion, we will be in touch individually.

During this time, there will be no public events at the Mansion and if you have booked on to one of our festive workshops, you will be emailed separately and refunded in full.

Our outdoor space is vast and will remain open. Please continue to enjoy our beautiful gardens and park, but remember to maintain social distancing and keep safe.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will update you as and when necessary.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Valentines Mansion soon and thank you all for your support and visits over the last couple of months. Until then, stay safe and take care.

The Valentines Mansion & Gardens Team

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Try Your Hand at Fused Glass at Valentines Mansion

There couldn’t be a better time for the return of our fabulous fused glass workshops! The perfect way to escape and make time for yourself, the workshops are sure to revitalise you and get those creative juices flowing.

The small and personal classes are taught by one of our studio artists, Amanda Seljubac, who, during the 3-hour workshop will share her wealth of knowledge and provide excellent guidance in this popular session.

Having specialised in the art of stained glass over 20 years ago, and with many commissions under her belt, Amanda has been practising fused glass for around 15 years. Drawn by the possibility of endless designs and the magic that happens in the kiln, Amanda has a special passion for this particular craft. “You never really know exactly how each piece is going to turn out – each one fuses uniquely and I love that surprise when I open up the kiln!.”

This particular class has a festive twist to get you in the mood for seasonal celebrations! You’ll create a fabulously stylish glass coaster or hanging wall plaque in your Christmas design. You can rest assured that we’ve worked hard to make these workshops Covid safe and secure – participants will be socially distanced and each will be provided with their own kit of supplies to use during the class.

Glass & Tools

A variety of specialist books will be on hand for inspirations on techniques, as will some of Amanda’s previously made works of art.

Tickets for this workshop sell out fast! It’s been a firm favourite at Valentines Mansion for many years, with participants returning a number of times to give it another go. This time, we’ve got two dates for you to choose from, and both include all materials and supplies, all you need to bring is yourself! Your creations will be fired in the kiln after the workshop and will be ready to collect within a week.

Festive Fused Glass, Sundays 22 November and 5 December, 11am to 2pm, £49 per person, includes all materials. Suitable for adults. To book your tickets, visit https://bit.ly/2T80Oou.

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The Perfect Choice of Venue

Over the past few weeks, Valentines Mansion has been witness to many, many ceremonies. The Drawing Room, Morning Room and Holcombe Room have welcomed numerous couples saying ‘I Do’ and creating their own piece of history within our walls.

With the current restrictions on numbers, Valentines Mansion is more ideal than ever. Our intimate rooms provide the perfect backdrop for wedding parties of between 2 and 13.

Our Drawing Room on the 1st floor is a lovely space for small ceremonies. Big enough to ensure a safe and socially distanced get together, but small enough for a cosy and intimate atmosphere. This bright and spacious room also includes a gorgeous balcony, perfect for photographs.

The Drawing Room

The Drawing Room Balcony

Stunning photograph by The Drawing Room Balcony

Look out on to the beautiful historic gardens and parkland from the Morning Room window as you take your vows. Situated on the ground floor, the Morning Room is a beautiful room for up to 13 people and also features an ornate fireplace.

Couples wishing to keep it really small and wanting to marry in the presence of just four guests are treated to the Holcombe Room, a smart and stylish space on the ground floor.  The extravagant fireplace adds charm and character, and the French Doors open on to an outdoor terrace overlooking the green and lush Valentines Park.  

View from Holcombe Room Terrace

Ceremony prices start at just £280 for an hour and a half, which includes time for plenty of photographs.  

If you are interested in hiring Valentines Mansion for your ceremony, please call us on 020 8708 8100, email hiringvalentines@viionrcl.org.uk or visit our web site www.valentinesmansion.com.

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New Exhibition Opening at Valentines Mansion

There couldn’t be a more perfect time for the start of the new exhibition at Valentines Mansion in Ilford, Essex. Centred around the environmental crisis and endangered species of plants, animals and humans, artist Jason Rose has created a collection of artwork highlighting the interconnections between these groups and the planet we all share.

To help symbolise his points, Jason has cleverly used a combination of sand, compost and earth to create many of his impressive works of art.

“I have worked with these particular materials to depict the connections between all life on earth, to show how every species is fundamentally connected to each other, and the environment we live in. What we do to the planet and to other species we also do to ourselves.”

The exhibition, which opens to the public on Monday 28 September, will feature six large pieces, including an elephant made entirely out of natural materials. “I did lots of research on endangered animals and was shocked to see just how many species are on the endangered and critically endangered list, and how much of this is due to hunting, deforestation, climate change and pollution” comments Jason.

Other works also include magnificent portrayals of tigers, koalas and birds, all created in a way which celebrates the links between all life on earth.

Inspired by vivid dreams and visits to rural areas of Italy during which he had time to meditate and connect with nature, Jason feels very strongly about this particular issue. “The developed world is slowly realising that, as clever and advanced as we are as a species, we’ll always be totally dependent on and connected to the environment, in a physical and spiritual sense. Our mistaken belief that we are separate from the natural world, and somehow need to dominate it, has put hundreds of species on the endangered list.”

‘Endangered’ will take place in The Gallery at Valentines Mansion, on Mondays & Sundays between the 28 September and 2 November, with free entry.

The individual pieces will be available to buy and prints will also be on sale.

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A Celebration of Orchids at Valentines Mansion

The Orchid Society of Great Britain’s Spring Show is Coming to Valentines Mansion, Ilford on Sunday 7 March.

Head over to the grade II* listed building for this annual celebration, featuring competitions, special displays as well and many stalls selling a wide variety of orchids from all over the world.

There’s more than meets the eye with these fascinating plants, and this will be the perfect opportunity to find out everything there is to know about orchids! For example, did you know, one of the first orchids discovered by the western civilization was the vanilla orchid which we still enjoy today? And believe it or not, with more than 25,000 species, there are more orchids on the planet than mammals and birds!

Where you’re a member of the society or just part of the general public, there will be lots to see and enjoy. With collections of rare and unusual orchids grown at home by competition entrants hoping for a chance to win prestigious cups and other prizes, to stunning displays throughout the house from other orchid societies and specialist nurseries, you’re in for a great day out.

Visitors will be able to browse and purchase a variety of these fabulous plants from all over the world, including Latin America, China and Africa as well as modern hybrids from the great orchid nurseries of Europe, and the Far East.

Members will be on hand throughout the day offering advice on how to successfully grow orchids and to answer other questions you may have.

Saturday 7 March, 10am-4pm, tickets are just £3 per the general public, and free for OSGB members. For more information and tickets visit:
https://www.osgb.org.uk/nextshow

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Autumn Artists’ Open Studios at Valentines Mansion

Visitors to the Mind, Body & Spirit Fair at Valentines Mansion will be treated to the perfect spot of retail therapy. The talented studio artists who occupy the historic second floor of the grade II* listed building will be inviting guests into their studios – normally a private workspace for the eight designers.

From pottery to basketry, painting to fused glass, sculpture to photography – browsing the studios is a real treat and you’re sure to find lots of unique handcrafted items.

It’s also a great opportunity to chat with the artists and see them at work in their studios. Many of them will be busy creating their next masterpiece, which is always interesting to watch. If you’re on the hunt for an extra special gift, then this is the place to be. Take away a one-off creation, handmade in the studios at Valentines Mansion.

Meet Our Artists:

Lisa Atkin: With a passion and a need to “make” with her hands, Lisa’s creative journey continues to see her working in an ever expanding variety of mediums which have included stained glass, ceramics, mosaic, felt making and green wood working, but more recently basketry.

by Lisa Atkin

Cinzia Castellano: A Florentine abstract painter who has been living and painting mainly in London for over 20 years, as well as in New York and her native town.

By Cinzia Castellano

Anne Eggebert: Specialising in site-specific drawing and photography, Anne also teaches Fine Art at Central St Martins UAL.

By Anne Eggebert

Louise Moore: A talented ceramic artist inspired by architecture and archeaolgogy. Louise is well-known for her drawings made from photographs, which are then transferred onto clay using a special photographic screen printing process.

By Louise Moore

Jason Rose: A skilled painter, inspired by the environment, spirituality, quantum mechanics, as well as places he’s visited, animals and people.

By Jason Rose

Amanda Seljubac: A respected artist in the fields of pottery, stone carving and most notably stained glass.

By Amanda Seljubac

Sadia Ur-Rehman: Sadia Ur-Rehman is a multi-media artist who has worked with a number of major museums, cultural institutions, local authorities and community groups to deliver her unique pop-up tea parties using tea as a connector to bring people together.

By Sadia Ur Rehman

 

Julian Walker: Julian Walker is currently working with printmaking and sculpture as well as lecturing in print history, and teaches at the British Library.

By Julian Walker

 

Valentines Mansion Artists’ Open Studios – Sunday 27 October, 10am-4pm, FREE ENTRY

Mind, Body & Spirit Fair, Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 October, 10am-4pm, FREE ENTRY

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A Weekend of Well Being at Valentines Mansion

Our annual Mind Body, Spirit Fair is back, and this time it’s going to be bigger and better than ever! This year, for the first time, the fair will take place over two days – that’s a whole weekend of healing, readings and lots of retail therapy!

Doors open at 10am on Saturday 26 October, with a variety of stalls throughout the grade II* listed Mansion. Whether you’re looking for some spiritual guidance, fancy a massage or are looking to pamper yourself with some great products, you’ll find just what you’re looking for.

A number of psychic mediums and tarot readers will be here over the two days, including internationally recognised Leo Bonomo and Sue Breen, Metin Medium, Rosie Spirit and Paul Gentry, to name but a few.

Head for Paula’s Beauty and Bodyworks, Luxury With Laura, The Lifestyle Bee and Shazmiche to give those aches a helping hand – these stalls will offering mini massages as well as some fantastic products you can take home to continue the pampering.

If you’re after a spot of retail therapy, this event is a must for you. Whether you’re after crystals, artisan diffusers, soaps, candles, beeswax wraps or designer crafts, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

We’ve handpicked some fabulous stalls, including local artist and designer Courageous Art, Crystal Buddha, The Sage Son, Orgone Pyramids and Knight Way Infusions.

Tantalise your taste buds with gorgeous products by Honey Heaven who’ll be here with their award-winning products, including honey wine and CBD infused honey, thought to offer numerous health benefits for sufferers of anxiety, depression, insomnia and many more conditions.

Treat yourself to something sparkly! We’ve got a number of stalls offering unique, beautiful jewellery, including Magnetix Wellness, whose magnetic jewellery is always popular at our events – not only does it look great, but it it’s known to aid joint pain, as well as promoting energy and balance.

On the Sunday, our Artists’ Studios on the top floor will be open – pottery, basketry, painting, stained glass, sculpture, abstract art – just some of the art forms practiced from the studios,. This is a brilliant opportunity to meet our artists, see how their work is made and buy unique works of art. Open Studios, Sunday 27 October, 10am-4pm, free entry.

This is just a taster! Come along to the fair on both Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 October for a full day of well being at the Mansion, 10am-4pm, free entry.

PLUS! For one evening only, we’ve got renowned psychic medium Leo Bonomo here for a very special event in which he connects the audience with the other side. Tickets are now on sale via www.valentinesmansion.com. Sunday 27 October, 5pm-6.30pm, £10 per person.

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Half Term at Valentines Mansion – It’s going to be spooktacular!

Half Term at Valentines Mansion – It’s going to be spooktacular!

With half term fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about fun ways to entertain the kids during their time off from school. Worry not, Valentines Mansion have it sorted! With craft activities, plus a special exhibition of artwork by children, they’ll be happy to visit the Mansion day after day!

Celebrate the awesome colours of autumn in our first craft activity in which children will enjoy making an autumnal ring, using a variety of craft materials in seasonal colours. This will look great on display at home! Awesome Autumn, Monday 21 October, 11.30am-12.30am, £5 per child.

Get in the mood for Halloween and make your own pumpkin mosaic using a variety of paper, card and tissue – stick this on your window when you get home and you’re all set for the spookiest day of the year! Pumpkin Mosaics, Wednesday 23 October, 11.30am-12.30pm, £5 per child.

Between Sunday 20 and Wednesday 23 October, visit the Mansions’ Gallery for an impressive collection of artwork created by budding artists aged between just 6 and 19 years. All their work has been inspired by Valentines Mansion & Gardens, in celebration of our 10th year of opening. This is well worth a look, and it’s free entry!  The Mansion Through A Young Artists’ Eyes, Sunday 20-Wednesday 23 October, 10.30am-4pm.

For ticketed events, pre-booking is strongly advised via our web site www.valentinesmansion.com.

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The Mansion Through Young Artists Eyes

The 10th year of opening celebrations continue at Valentines Mansion with an exhibition which will showcase the talent of a group of young artists, some as young as 6 years of age. The four day exhibition, ‘The Mansion Through Young Artists Eyes’ features a variety of work by members of a local club, ‘ARTYGalina’.

Returning to the Mansion for their 2nd exhibition, the group, which has been nurtured by their very gifted teacher Galina Rafilailova, have produced an exceptional collection of art inspired by the Mansion and its gardens.

What started as a craft activity for her young daughter and a friend, ARTYGalina has grown over the last 7 years to become a regular art club for ages 6-19 years of age, preparing the children who wish to then continue their love of the subject at university. “It all started with 2 children and after a few weeks the group expanded to 10 pupils and that is how the club was formed”. ARTYGalina, who meet twice a week, now has in excess of 30 pupils.

Over the summer holidays, the children started work on their individual pieces, responding to the brief that their work should be inspired by the Mansion and Gardens. What they have produced is an outstanding collection of different art mediums, including lino-cut, felted wool pictures, paintings, drawings and other crafts, all relating to Valentines.

Valentines Mansion by Eleonora, aged 12y

“I am looking forward the exhibition. I am thankful for the opportunity, and proud to be showing the amazing works of these young people united by an idea filled with light and beauty. The children are absolutely excited and delighted to be a part of this event.” commented Galina.

‘The Mansion Through Young Artists Eyes’ will take place between Sunday 20 and Wednesday 23 October in the Mansion’s Gallery, between 10.30am-4pm, with free entry.

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Try your hand at textile printing

Artlab are back this Autumn with a series of creative workshops for adults. Next on the list is the chance to try block printing – the ancient technique used for printing images and text on to fabrics.

Artlab is a collaboration between two of the Valentines Mansion studio artists, Sadia Ur-Rehman and Amanda Seljubac, who joined forces in celebration of Valentines Mansion’s 10th anniversary, offering the public a chance to try their hand at a number of traditional crafts. Since the beginning of the year, they’ve held classes at Valentines Mansion in lino printing, tapestry, hand applique and mosaic making, to name but a few.

In this next class, participants will get the chance to create a truly bespoke block printed tote bag. Under the expert guidance of our two artists, participants will be shown how to carve their own unique design on to blocks of lino using specialist tools, before printing their designs on to their bags using a fine selection of fabric paints.

“Sadia and I decided that 10 years of the Mansion being open to the public was cause for celebration and came up with the idea of combining our creative skills and offering 10 classes, to mark the 10 years, in traditional crafts. While I was a fashion student, I spent a lot of time exploring textiles and printing, so have a wealth of knowledge in this area. After this class, participants will have learnt a new skill for life and could continue this practice back at home with confidence” comments Amanda.

The class will take place on Wednesday 11 September at 11am and is priced at just £45 per person, including 3 hours of expert tuition, all materials, as well as refreshments. Bookings can be made via www.valentinesmansion.com.

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