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Welcome to Making Space

Making Space is a community craft charity in Leigh Park, Hampshire. We literally make space for people and organisations involved in craft, whether physically in our own building or digitally in our virtual networks and events. We support makers, creating opportunities for people to develop design and making skills. We believe it increases people’s wellbeing by being involved in high-quality craft. Making Space is all about excellence in contemporary craft, design and the visual arts.

What’s on


Fly Like a Butterfly – an Exhibition by Olana Light

April 2, 2023 11:00-April 15, 2023 17:00
Workshops: Sunday April 2nd 2023 | 11am & 12.30pm Performance: Sunday April 2nd 2023 | 2-3pm Exhibition Launch Event: April 10th | 5pm Exhibition: April 11th – 15th 2023 | 10am-5pm About…

Reach Out Easter 2023

April 3, 2023 10:00
Reach Out is a series of SEN craft workshops for children and young people with additional needs who cannot access mainstream activities. Join us during Easter break for 2 exciting…

Little Lives – Making Together | Easter Holiday Family Craft Sessions

April 4, 2023 10:30
Tuesday 4th April at Making Space – 10.30am | 1.00pm | 3.00pm Thursday 6th April at Making Space – 10.30am | 1.00pm | 3.00pm Additional workshops will be held on…


Making Space in numbers

free craft kits distributed during lockdown
kids crafting this summer
Courses run since the beginning of Making Space
Community activity partnerships
Hours of studio space used by makers in our building
Arts Awards achieved


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Maker’s stories

Hannah is a fine artist/illustrator. Her work draws inspiration from the natural world, while incorporating surreal and often fantastical elements.With an eye for composition and utilising a combination of paint and highly detailed pen and ink line-work, she creates elegant and beautiful images.Originally studying Fashion Illustration at…

Kathryn Green is a freelance textile designer and lecturer. Her life and work experiences are diverse; each one contributing to her development and personal understanding, which she draws on for her textiles. Kathryn is currently exploring the traditional Japanese process of Shibori, which is a technique that uses methods of resistance within the…

Richard studied gilding at the University of Portsmouth and has now been gilding for over ten years. As well as teaching the fine art of gilding to participants of all levels he now practises a full range of professional gilding services including for internal and…

Julian is a Hampshire-based British milliner who specialises in handmade bespoke hats and headpieces.

Russi Dordi was born in Bombay and moved to England in 1955.
He has exhibited extensively in the U.K. and has his work in several private collections & commercial galleries. He was a member of the East Kent Art Society (Canterbury) and the National Society (London).
He won a Daler Rowney Prize at the Bankside Gallery, when he exhibited there at the Royal Watercolour Society’s ” Open Exhibition.”

I’m registered severely sighted with a condition called retinas pigmentosa but I’m also a visual artist. I’ve done art all my life and I’m not going to stop because I’m losing my sight. I’ve used my creative practice in helping me deal with the condition.I…

Agata is a figurative artist, specialising in painting and drawing. ‘My art is something more than exact depiction of the reality. It is my personal expression of thoughts and feelings, resulting from a perception of surrounding world, ruled and filtered by unknown processes from the…

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