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29 October 2023

Open Sundays: October


29 October 2023

Open Sundays: October


Celebrate the all that the Autumn season has to offer with October Open Sundays at Pitzhanger!

Please note that our art workshops and storytelling sessions are drop-in events and are not intended to be registered art classes. These sessions tend to be very busy at the beginning, so arriving later on will result in less crowding.

1 October

Black History Month

The Fire Children: Storytelling with Tyan Jones

“Two curious little spirit people; Kwaku Ananse and Aso Yaa, land with a bump on the Earth!”

Celebrate the start of Black History Month with Tyan Jones as she tells a story of why the Earth is filled with children of every colour in her interactive re-telling of  The Fire Children. One of her favourite uplifting childhood West African folk tales enjoyed each time by little ones and adults too! Come and listen, create, sing and dance with Tyan.

Tyan is an actress, writer, vocalist and teacher. She owns her own children’s entertainment company “Dramagical Entertainment Ltd” providing baby and toddler classes, workshops for educational establishments and community groups and birthday parties.


  1. 10:30am – 11:00am
  2. 11:30am – 12:00pm


Quilting Workshop with Tamira Kitchens

Quilts have very high significance in black history; many traditional quilt patterns originated in Africa, and were brought to America by enslaved people. They were used by slaves to send codes to each other at a time when reading and writing was illegal for them to do. This eventually helped them to find freedom though the ability to secretly communicate. Many enslaved women would use quilting as a creative tool which empowered them and gave them a sense of purpose, and it was a commonly used method of storytelling and teaching each other.

Unity and teamwork have been a crucial part of black history, and have often been the only source of motivation and power throughout history for people of colour. That is why this workshop is about working together, each making a small part of a larger piece of artwork. You can make up your own designs or use the materials given to you to recreate some traditional quilt patterns onto a square. Then we will stick together each person’s square to make one big piece of art like a quilt!

Drop in from 10:30am – 12:30pm in the Education Room.

8 October

Marvellous Mannequins

Design an outfit for your paper mannequin using a selection of patterned paper prints with artist Judy Preece!

Drop in from 10:30am – 12:30pm in the Education Room.

15 October

Nature’s Architects: Reintroducing Beavers to Ealing

Did you know that beavers are being introduced to Paradise Fields in Ealing? Pitzhanger is proud to launch an all-new children’s activity trail for the Manor to support the rewilding project led by local wildlife organisations, including Citizen Zoo, Ealing Wildlife Group, Friends of Horsenden Hill, and Ealing Council. The trail, available for free for all visitors to Pitzhanger, will tell you all about the history of beavers in the UK as well as about the effort to bring them back, along with a fun activity for children!

Outdoor Workshop

Celebrate the triumphant return of the beaver at Pitzhanger with a free, all-ages workshop with forest school educator Rebecca Cargill from Blue Fox Forest School. Come along and make your own wooden beaver and weave a beaver tail!

Drop-in Illustration Workshop

Join illustrator and educator Lauren Veevers to design your own cartoon beaver characters, inspired by her artwork in Pitzhanger’s brand-new Nature’s Architects: Reintroducing Beavers to Ealing Trail!

This project is part of The Wild Escape, an Art Fund project uniting nature and creativity in the UK!

The Wild Escape is made possible by lead support from Arts Council England’s National Lottery Project Grants, with additional support from Art Fund.

22 October

Kongtinue: Hong Kong Cultural Fun Day

Come to Pitzhanger for a special Open Sunday art workshop for Kongtinue: Hong Kong Cultural Fun Day with comic artist Justin Wong!

Imagine going through the process of preparing for immigration. If you were to move home, where would you like to live in the world? What would you bring with you? What would you say to your old home, and what would you expect from your new home?

Inspired by these questions, create collages and drawings with London-based comic artist Justin Wong in this special Open Sunday workshop for Kongtinue: Hong Kong Cultural Fun Day.

Justin Wong is a London-based comic writer. He began his career as a political cartoonist and editorial illustrator in 2007. His daily political cartoon column, “Gei Gei Gaak Gaak,” was published in the Hong Kong newspaper, Ming Pao. Wong has authored several graphic novels, including “Lonely Planet,” “Hello World,” “That City,” “New Hong Kong,” “Big Time,” and “Je préfèrerais ne pas.” These novels have been published in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and France. Additionally, Wong served as an Assistant Professor at the Academy of Visual Arts at Hong Kong Baptist University from 2008 to 2021.

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29 October

Halloween: Spooky Puppets!

Join artist Ruth Pickard for a spooktacular session of creativity and fun at our Halloween workshop where we will make a moveable puppet out of coloured card. This drop-in workshop is a perfect chance to get creepy and creative and take home your very own Halloween creature.

Ruth Pickard is an artist, specialising in drawing. I work in response to feelings, thoughts and things I sees around me, I also use art as a means to play. I often work quickly and intuitively, I am never quite sure what is going to happen, where I am going to go, I let the art making take me on a journey. I run art workshops with children and adults, with the aim of enabling others to explore and experiment.


Please note

  • These are drop-in events with access to Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery from 10.00 am to 12.30 pm. The art workshops and performances begin at 10.30 am.
  • There is no advance booking for this event.


Please contact for more information.

Date and Time

1, 8, 15, 22, 29 October (Sunday)
10.00 am – 12.30 pm


Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery
Ealing Green, London W5 5EQ


Free for Ealing residents
Children visit free with a paying adult if out-of-borough
Tickets available at the front desk

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Contact Us

Ealing Green, London
W5 5EQ
Reception: 020 3985 8888
Venue Hire: 020 3994 0966
Office: 020 3994 0967

Wednesday - Sunday: 10:00 - 17:00
First Thursday of the month: 10:00 - 20:00
Monday - Tuesday: Closed
Bank Holidays: 10:00 - 17:00

Last admissions one hour before closing

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