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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


Craftology – Free craft sessions from Making Space

October 4, 2023 10:00
Craftology is a free weekly session for all things crafty. It will focus on experimentation and play with different craft skills. Each week will have a new take on what…

Upstitch! Give unwanted fabric a new lease on life.

October 6, 2023 19:00-October 8, 2023 19:00
Learn applique, decorative, and functional stitching techniques to bring new life to old textiles. Your creations will be donated to warm hubs in Havant to keep folk cosy this winter.…

Craft Community

October 10, 2023 19:00
Craft Community is a brand new project for adults looking for a regular creative activity to attend. Taking place once a month on the second Tuesday of the month from…



Meet the Maker

Join us for our next ‘Meet The Maker’ event. A chance to get to know our associate makers better and enjoy a talk, demonstration and chance to have a go over drinks and nibbles.

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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

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…

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.”

Kelly is a ceramist and folk artist specialising in hand-built sculpture and ceremonial ceramics. A teacher, facilitator and storyteller with a passion for traditional crafts. She has been working with and teaching ceramics for twenty years, in and around the Portsmouth area.  Kelly takes inspiration from…

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…

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…

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…

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