Making Space is a community-based craft organisation that creates opportunities for people to discover and develop design and making skills, increasing personal wellbeing through involvement in high-quality craft. We promote excellence in contemporary craft, design and visual arts.


As the lead craft organisation in Hampshire and the only visual arts organisation funded by Hampshire County Council, Making Space initiates opportunities for new networks and partnership working to raise the profile of craft. This includes working with local arts organisations and contributing to regional and national developments around craft and community engagement.



From its purpose-built studios in Leigh Park, Making Space organises courses, masterclasses and projects through which children, young people and adults can learn from skilled and experienced makers.


The building belongs to and is maintained by Hampshire County Council and Making Space has a contract to use it for purposes of craft, visual arts, community workshops and teaching.

It houses seven individual studio spaces that are leased to professional makers producing high quality work, as well as two fully equipped workshops that are available for hire, either as creative spaces or for business meetings.



Through our outreach projects, we work with partners including schools, children’s centres, family learning environments and retirement homes.

Our specially tailored projects are organised to inspire, challenge, skill-up, engage and build new audiences for the sector. We offer both first-time experiences of craft and work with those who want to take their skills to the next level. We enable people to develop new ways of thinking about craft and experience first-hand the important presence of craft in everyday life.



Making Space is at the centre of three circles of activity: community engagement, skills development and maker development. These activities support each other. Through our community engagement programme, anyone can develop their skills. Individuals may use those skills for their own interest and enjoyment, they may share them with others (their children, for example), or they may be able to use them as stepping stones towards further study, training or employment.

The professionals who rent studios at Making Space develop their skills by sharing knowledge and ideas with other makers on site and with the Making Space network; through the opportunities presented by Making Space for making and selling work to commission, and for teaching/leading workshops.

We are an outward-looking organisation and believe in the importance of sharing (be it resources, information or ideas), collaborating (with organisations, groups and individuals) and influencing (attitudes to, practice in and policy about craft).

What do we mean by craft?

We like the definition used by the National Society for Education in Art and Design:

Craft can be defined as intelligent making. It is technically, materially and culturally informed. Craft is the designing and making of individual artefacts or objects, encouraging the development of intellectual, creative and practical skills, visual sensitivity and a working knowledge of tools, materials and systems.

For Making Space, craft is part of everyday life.



Formed in 2002, Making Space became a registered charity organisation in 2005, and is formally known as the Museum of Modern Craft (MOMC Leigh Park Initiative Trust).

The MOMC was created by Southern Arts to address the lack of crafts infrastructure for makers in the region. The aim was to provide a purpose-built studio facility, teaching spaces and a major gallery and retail space. Following a restructure in 2002/3, Hampshire County Council took the strategic lead and MOMC was divided into studio and teaching facilities in the South (Making Space), with ambitions to also develop a gallery in Basingstoke (The Making).


Hampshire County Council identified Leigh Park as a key location for the Making Space project, with a view to engage the local community in arts and cultural experiences. The Board of Making Space Trustees worked alongside officers from Hampshire County Council and Havant Borough Council to plan and fundraise for the new venue. As a result of this, capital and revenue funding was provided by Hampshire County Council, Havant Borough Council, Arts Council England, Henry Smith Charity and SEEDA (Single Regeneration Budget).


Work on the building itself started in the summer of 2006, and the Making Space team moved to the site in the following March. HRH The Princess Royal formally opened the venue on the 8th May 2007.

The building is a unique single storey site that makes best use of light and space, with a central courtyard at its heart, from which all the studios connect. A glazed main corridor links the teaching spaces to the interior courtyard and offers a creative oasis for activities to take place in. It is a space that inspires and is loved by visitors, makers and the Making Space team alike. From this building, Making Space is able to connect with the community, taking our high quality programmes out and about into Havant and further afield.


Building designed by Alexander Design, Winchester
Studio gates designed by Jacqui Poncelet


Making Space is run, day-to-day, by a dedicated and creative team of staff:

Lynne Dick


Lynne has 28 years experience in contemporary visual arts, craft and arts management with a strong background in diversity and social inclusion through the arts.

Lynne was a practicing artist for 14 years, held a studio at Art Space Portsmouth for 9 years and has an MA in Arts and Cultural Management. Lynne has worked in and with arts centres, local government and the voluntary sector. She has managed public art commissions and advisory panels, maker development initiatives, performing arts festivals and delivered and evaluated major arts and heritage projects.

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Kate Reid

Administration and Operations Coordinator

A freelance illustrator and workshop leader, Kate initially joined Making Space as a studio tenant through a studio bursary. She now runs her own creative brand, Kroma, which produces a range of products, from women’s wear to products for the home.

Kate works as an Arts Leader for a variety of different arts organisations based across the South East and has been involved in many workshops at Making Space, including Reach Out and the Strong Voices initiative. Her current role at making Space allows Kate to be more involved in the decision making of the organisation, as well as supporting the day to day running of the business.

Kate really loves the variety and diversity of her work and that every day brings something new.

Ami Hyde

Marketing and Education Programmer

Ami is a Portsmouth University graduate (First Class Hons in Fashion & Textiles Enterprise) who joined the team in 2007 as a part-time intern.

Alongside her work at Making Space, she runs a creative business called Mia Mai, creating art, fashion, lingerie, and running craft workshops as a freelance artist.

Over the course of her employment at Making Space, Ami’s role has evolved and changed to meet the needs of the organisation. Ami is also PTTLS trained and recently completed her Youth Arts Management Training qualification.

Deryn Relph

Marketing Assistant / Duty Manager

Deryn Is a textile designer who combines being a designer-maker running her own creative business alongside working on a variety of freelance projects.

With a broad range of creative skills Deryn has previously taught knit, crochet and upholstery workshops for Making Space and was a Studio Tenant, following award of a bursary from the ‘Making it’ project.

Having gained marketing experience whilst working on commercial design projects and brand development for interior fabric and wallpaper manufacturers, Deryn rejoins Making Space in her new role.

Peter Levy


Peter joined Making Space as a Technician in 2009. Prior to this, he was awarded a year’s paid studio bursary in 2008 from the University of Portsmouth, after graduating with an MA in Fine Art (specialising in ceramics). He uses his acquired skills in his current role, and remains a Making Space studio tenant. His professional practice encompasses mixed media collage work, painting, ceramics and glass.


A Board of Trustees governs Making Space, helping to support the team with their knowledge and experience.

Gary Dickens

Gary has a background in business, entrepreneurship and event management. He currently runs the Park Community Enterprises, supporting community-based learning for young people, enabling them to develop business skills and become more employable.

Lesley Butterworth

Lesley is the General Secretary for the National Society for Education of Art and Design (NSEAD), the lead professional body for teachers of art, craft and design across the UK. Her work includes leading on Skills in the Making, a strand designed to improve the level of craft and design knowledge amongst schoolteachers. Lesley has worked in education and outreach roles at the Design Museum, Islington Artefacts Library and the National Gallery, and led Making It Work at Reading Museum.

Philip Sanderson

Philip is a Master Weaver at West Dean Tapestry Studio and an Associate Tutor on the MA in Visual Arts at West Dean College. In addition to these roles Philip is also a visiting lecturer and has his own studio practice.

Philip Trained at Middlesex Polytechnic and The Royal College of Art before joining the team at West Dean. Over his 23 year career as a Master Weaver he has made tapestries for a variety of clients and spaces including St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester, The Surrey History Centre, Woking, Portcullis House, London and Chelmsford Cathedral.

Fiona Wilson

Fiona is an innovative fundraiser and campaigner with 28 years experience of fundraising in the UK and Middle East. She spent five years as Head of Public Fundraising at Comic Relief and is currently employed at the New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, where she has secured £4.5million for their capital campaign to rebuild the theatre.

Elspeth Barron

Elspeth started in the Arts Industry as part of a Creative Apprenticeship scheme where she worked as Youth Arts Admin Assistant as part of the Finance Team at Artswork. She has since joined the Communications Department as Events and Communications Assistant. She is a trained Arts Award Adviser for Discover to Silver and has volunteered as a 16- 25 Ambassador and Youth Theatre Assistant for Chichester Festival Theatre for 2 years

Elspeth studied at Havant Sixth Form College, gaining A-Levels in Drama, Media, Business and English. She has been involved in the arts from a young age, at secondary school she was given the opportunity to become a founding member of a small events company, MADD Productions. This is where she found her passion for community arts and decided to pursue a career in the arts sector.

Kate Hallett

Kate has always had an interest in textile design and currently enjoys participating in a variety of creative courses at West Dean, Making Space and other local organisations. Prior to retiring Kate had a career spanning 3o years on the London and Hampshire Police force and worked in multiple roles at Havant Borough Council including tourist information.

On leaving full time employment Kate took on committee roles with The Arts Society, Portsdown, including Young Arts, working with Making Space and A.C.E. 

Vicki Brown

Victoria is a maker and educator.

She trained at Goldsmiths College and the Royal College of Art and then had a successful hat making business designing and making for Jean Muir and other notable designers.

For the past 19 years she has been a Senior Lecturer in the Fine Art Department at the University of Chichester. Recent exhibitions include ‘A Place at the Table’ Pallant House Chichester, which she co-curated with Alice Kettle and the International Miniature Textile exhibition in Bratislava.



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