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At Making Space we are committed to increasing access to the many benefits of crafting. So we are delighted to announce that we have 50 bursary opportunities for free craft courses, meaning our high quality crafts teaching is now accessible to even more people, especially those who might have previously thought our classes were beyond their reach.

The Arts Society Portsdown is fully subsidising 18 places on our 5-week adult courses starting in September.

These bursaries are designed for people who really would love to come on our courses, but for whatever reason, their current financial situation prevents them from doing so. 

The Hampshire County Council Local Solutions grant are fully subsidising an additional 20 places on our 5-week adult courses starting in September AND 12 places on our Taster sessions that are running as part of Hampshire Open Studios. 

These bursaries are available for those with caring responsibilities. So, if much of your time is taken up with looking after a family member due to their age, health or specific needs, these bursary places are an opportunity for you to take some well-deserved ‘me time’!

Whichever of the above applies to you (it might be both!), please get in touch with us by phone or email and we will do our best to find you a place on one of our 5-week courses or taster sessions, absolutely free!

Each 5-week course bursary is worth £150. The Taster Sessions are worth £25 each. 

Those coming along will be able to enjoy expert tuition in textiles, drawing and illustration, silver jewellery, fused glass, pottery or silver clay. 

Available Taster Sessions: 

Textiles Taster with Kathryn Green – Sat 19 Aug – 11am-1pm

Drawing and Illustration Taster with Hannah Horn – Sat 19 Aug – 2pm-4pm

Jewellery Taster with Sharon Justice – Sun 20 Aug – 11am-1pm

Silver Clay Taster with Katherine Clay – Sun 20 Aug – 1.30pm-4pm

Pottery Taster with Kelly Thayanukulvat – Tues 22 Aug – 1.30pm-4pm

Available courses:

Textiles – Monday Mornings

Silver Jewellery -Monday evenings or Tuesday mornings 

Pottery – Tuesday mornings

Drawing and Illustration – Tuesday afternoons

Silver Clay – Tuesday evenings or Wednesday afternoons

Fused Glass – Wednesday evenings

All places are subject to availability and Making Space reserves the right to allocate places to recipients based on course capacity rather than craft form.

To discuss the possibility of a bursary place, please contact our team.


The Arts Society brings people together through a shared curiosity for the arts. Its events provide welcoming places – locally, nationally and globally – to hear expert lecturers share their specialist knowledge about the arts. Its 90,000+ members contribute to and preserve our artistic heritage through volunteering and grants. The belief that the arts have the potential to enrich peoples’ lives is at the heart of everything The Arts Society does.


The vision for Adults’ Health and Care as detailed in the strategy is “for Hampshire residents to live long, healthy and happy lives with the maximum possible independence”. These grants are designed to support this vision Across Hampshire there are local initiatives, support networks and services achieving positive outcomes for adults every day.

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