Live Tufting Workshop

With Alena Ruth Donely

Saturday 24th August, 11am - 3.30pm

Manchester Craft and Design Centre

Part of Pride Manchester 2024

Join Alena Ruth Donley for a live tufting session where you can add your touch to a collaborative rug. Learn the basics of tufting and choose from a variety of colours. Watch as this community rug comes to life and participate in this unique activity.

Alena Ruth Donely is a textile artist and tutor specialising in rug tufting. Based at Islington Mill in Salford, Manchester, Alena indulges in creating colourful rugs as a self-therapeutic tool. She also runs frequent classes through her business, Manchester Tufting Workshops, facilitating rugmaking to a larger demographic. Through this work with the public, Alena has pioneered ‘Live Tufting’ sessions, where a tufting frame is set up for events and a collaborative rug can be made en masse. This unique activity has provided stunning results in private and public settings, most notably at the Manchester Contemporary (featured at Manchester Art Fair 2023) and We Invented the Weekend Festival in 2024.

Saturday 24th August, 11am – 3.30pm
Sessions run every 45 minutes, 8 places per session

Space2, Ground floor
Suitable for ages 13+, under 16s must be accompanied by an adult
Free but ticketed, with a suggested donation of £2

Are you a Manchester City Centre resident?
Priority places will be given to local residents from 11am – 12.30 pm
Email [email protected] to book your priority place. Tickets will be released to the public on Monday 5th August