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​RIBA, British Architectural Library

Art Workshops: Explore and Make at the RIBA

Join us each month for a friendly creative workshop, where you’ll explore architecture and make art using a different medium. For retirees or those aged 50 and over. Free, no booking required.

Each month the RIBA will host a friendly creative workshop, where you’ll explore architecture and the RIBA's collections and exhibitions to make art. Aimed at retirees or those aged 50 and over, you'll be working alongside others in a studio environment. All workshops are led by an artist or experienced RIBA staff who will support you in learning new creative skills or improve existing talents. Each session will use a different media and all materials will be provided.

Carers and companions of participants are welcome. Light refreshments will be offered. These workshops are free and all materials will be provided. No booking required.

Meeting point and accessibility

Please meet in the reception of the RIBA, 66 Portland Place, promptly at 1.30pm on the day. From there, you will be accompanied to the workshops space, which will be accessible by lifts. Please contact us if you have any specific access requirements.

List of workshops 

The type of activity is not guaranteed and may change at short notice.


  • 31 October 2019 - Acrylic 
  • 28 November 2019 - Collaging 
  • No workshop in December 2019


Workshops in 2020 will be at a slightly different time of 2pm to 4pm on these dates:

  • 30 January - Wire sculptures
  • 27 February - Animation using paper and iPads
  • 26 March - Charcoal
  • 30 April - Drawing with light and paper stained glass
  • 28 May - Ink
  • 25 June - Digital photography and Photoshop
  • 30 July - Soap carving
  • 27 August - Clay
  • 24 September, 29 October and 26 November - More details will be made available soon
  • No workshop in December 2020


We may take photographs of these workshop for our records and publicity, as we like to talk about and share everyone’s achievements from our workshops. We understand if you do not want photos to be taken - please tell us on the day of your visit if you’d rather not have yourself and/or your work photographed at any time.

View images of our Explore and Make workshops and some of the accomplishments of our participants, via Twitter.