Fun Palace at Trestle Arts Base, St Albans

Patrick Joyce

Patrick Joyce - Credit: Archant

Trestle Arts Base in St Albans will open its doors as a Fun Palace for young people next Sunday, October 5.

Together with students and staff from Beaumont School and young people from the local community, Trestle in Russet Drive is hosting an afternoon of creative activities for 11-25 year olds.

It will include such activities as graffiti art, live music in the café, henna tattoos, weird and wonderful science, dance and drama, making dream catchers and designing masks.

Over the first weekend in October, Fun Palaces will pop up across the UK and globally, celebrating theatre director Joan Littlewood’s centenary and her vision shared with architect Cedric Price.

It is a campaign for culture that combines arts and sciences, is free and is at the heart of communities.

Anyone who would like to get involved, run an activity or volunteer on the day, should contact 01727 850950/

An exhibition of etchings and prints by artist Suman Gujral, accompanied by a selection of pieces by ceramicist Patrick Joyce, can be seen at Trestle from next Tuesday, September 30, until November 3.

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Entitled Out of the Woods it showcases the work of fine art printmaker Suman, who specialises in original traditional and solar etching, and Patrick’s ceramic forms using the technical process of raku, which incorporate his love of bold colour and shape.

Both are fellows of the Digswell Arts Trust.