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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Nathan Chapman

Administration & Operations Coordinator

Marketing Assistant / Duty Manager

Nathan studied Drama Theatre and Television at King Alfred’s University College, Winchester and then spent the next ten years lecturing in drama, before setting up his own touring theatre company, SOOP Theatre. SOOP took their original work across the country, and won awards for their improvised comedy show.

Nathan joined Making Space in October 2017 as Marketing Assistant and looks after the building and its artists two evenings a week.

His long and varied career has taken in education, arts marketing and retail, and when not working he enjoys spending time with his family, especially introducing his daughters to the wonders of Lego and modelling clay!

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.

Peter Levy


Peter joined Making Space as a Technician in 2009. Prior to this Peter graduated from the University of Portsmouth with an MA in Fine Art (specialising in ceramics). In 2008 he was awarded a year’s paid studio bursary and remained as a studio tenant at Making Space till March 2018. Peter uses his acquired practical skills in his current role, looking after the general maintenance of the building and all of the kiln firings. 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 an innovative fundraiser and campaigner with a 32-year good track record of fundraising in the UK and Middle East.   She spent five years as head of Public Fundraising at Comic Relief and worked at the New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth where she secured over £4.5 million for their capital campaign to rebuild the theatre. Fiona is now External Funding & Projects Manager at Adur District and Worthing Borough Councils.

Richard Walker

Richard trained in Restoration and Decorative Arts at University of Portsmouth and is an expert gilder. He is dedicated to product development, innovation and education and has developed new finishes not yet available on the market.   As a professional gilder, Richard’s craft skills are niche. He is sought by other designers and artists to create finishes for their products and, in some cases, mentor them through the process; explaining how they can embellish their designs with bespoke metal leaf surfaces. Richard is a studio holder at Making Space.

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 millinery business including designing and making hats for Jean Muir Ltd. From 1997-2017 Victoria was a Senior Lecturer in the Fine Art Department at the University of Chichester.  Now she is returning to millinery and felt making working from her studio in Emsworth.

Loucia Manopoulou

Loucia is a passionate curator and experienced project manager who has extensive knowledge of art, culture and crafts, and has worked in a wide range of environments for nearly 15 years both in Greece and the UK.

A true team player who enjoys creative collaboration.

Currently a PhD candidate at the University for the Creative Arts, exploring contemporary British crafts, curatorship and performance art.



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