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2021: Surrealist Head Pieces – Leather Mask Making

Venue: Dulwich College, London

Dates: This workshop ran for five days from Monday 2nd August 2021 until Friday 6th August 2021.

Workshop Information

Course Outline

Experiment, develop and style a wearable art as we work with leather to create a sculptural facemask. Masks transform, hide, disguise and protect the wearer. As part of costume, masks have been inspired by animals, biomorphic forms, dreams and they are used in TV, music videos, on stage and in fashion. Taking inspiration from the Surrealists concepts and methodologies we shall explore ideas and concepts to inform the creative process.

Unlock your inner world and open your mind to possibility as we explore the qualities of leather; moulding and transforming it to create fabulous masks, a wearable face sculpture.


This new workshop will be run by Creative Dimension Trust tutor Emma Brassington.

Emma trained as a Social Anthropologist at the LSE and it was here that her curiosity for masks, ritual and everyday culture began. Emma was awarded the Darmassiswa Scholarship to study Balinese art and culture in Indonesia. As part of her year long independent research project, Emma spent hours with Balinese Master Carver, I Made Se Dirga, growing her understanding of the sacred quality of masks and Balinese culture.

Since returning from Indonesia in 2018, Emma has continued to explore the exciting subject of masks and the intersection between art and anthropology. She completed a residency with the Puppet Centre Trust in 2018 and gained a Distinction in an MA in Fine Art from Wimbledon College of Arts. She has toured around London and the country with her contemporary collection of masks both as an individual and representing the Indonesian Culture Attache.



This workshop will run daily from 10am – 4:30pm.


Transferable Skills and Future Careers

All of our workshops give you a valuable chance to develop a range of transferable skills. This is a great workshop for anyone who is interested in learning some of the skills required for careers in: ArchitectureArt & Design, Illustration, Puppet making, Fashion/Costume Making, Product design, Leather working, Sculpting, and Theatre set design(to name a few)


Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible to apply you will need to be 16 – 19 years old during the dates of the workshop.

You should be creative and have an interest in the careers listed above, or similar areas such as drawing, painting and fine art. You should also have good hand-eye co-ordination.

In your application you should demonstrate a passion for working with your hands.

You must be able to attend every day of the workshop.

Please be sure that you have read our Eligibility Criteria and Applications section at the bottom of the Workshop page before applying.


Course Funding

Our workshops are fully-funded by generous sponsors.  Places are limited, therefore, we recommend you submit your application as early as possible.


There are only 10 spaces available on this workshop. If the workshop becomes oversubscribed, we will close the application process early. 


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