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In 2019 Carshalton Artists Open Studios will, in collaboration with Sutton Museums and Heritage, celebrate the work of Carshalton Arts and Crafts artist, Frank Dickinson.  


Sutton Museums and Heritage will open the stunning, self built, Little Holland House in Carshalton Beeches for all four days of the CAOS festival. Added to this, CAOS artists will deliver workshops and demonstrations inspired by the techniques of Dickinson and his contemporaries, William Morris and John Ruskin. Also local schools will be joining in the celebration, producing their own Dickinson inspired artwork that will be displayed in businesses across Carshalton.

Frank R. Dickinson (1874-1961) was an artist, designer and craftsman, who built Little Holland House in the English Arts and Crafts style between 1902-4, Dickinson actually built the house and its furniture himself on very limited financial resources. Inspired by the ideas of John Ruskin and William Morris, Dickinson dreamed of living in a house that followed their ideas. Realising that on his wage he could not afford to employ an architect, Dickinson designed and built the house and all of its interiors, often working late into the night carving and painting the decor that adorns the house still to this day. Inside the Grade II* listed interior are Dickinson's hand-made furniture, paintings, carvings and metalwork. CAOS founder and organiser, Neal Vaughan "this will be an amazing opportunity for the public to see up close the genius that is Dickinson and his dedication to the Arts and Crafts movement."

In 2018 CAOS celebrated the work of Pauline Boty, with three schools joining CAOS artists in producing nearly 300 works of A5 artwork, inspired by Boty and displayed in businesses across Carshalton.  CAOS once again look forward to showing all the work inspired by Dickinson and displaying it throughout the trail in 2019.

Frank Dickinson inspired artwork from St Philomenas, Carshalton SM5 

Below are some amazing examples of the Frank Dickinson inspired artworks from St Philomeans school in Carshalton, Come and see the works by the school in Calladoodles shop window, Carshalton High Street.  

Linocut workshop inspired by arts & crafts of Frank Dickinson 

Location: Little Holland House 40 Beeches Ave, Carshalton, SM5 3LW (garden under gazebos*)

Cost: £25pp (includes a donation to Little Holland House)
*This workshop will be rescheduled in poor weather conditions

Workshop dates: Sunday 23 June, Friday 28 June, Sunday 30 JuneTime: 2-4.30pm - or arrive at 1.30am for walk round the house for inspiration!Little Holland House 

Limited wheelchair access (Booking essential; to book visit)

This amazing workshop is brought to you by Jackie Smith and Sutton Museums and Heritage Service, in response to the amazing Little Holland House and the work of Frank Dickinson.

Explore the artwork of Frank Dickinson in a creative lino print workshop based in the artists former home. Frank Dickinson, whose work is being celebrated in this year’s Carshalton Artists Open Studio trail, was an artist, designer and craftsman who built Little Holland House in Carshalton Beeches in 1902-4.

This beginner’s introduction to linocut will encourage you to draw inspiration from the beautiful carvings, patterns and arts and crafts motifs built into the unique decoration of Frank Dickenson’s house and develop your own exciting and vibrant prints.

You will be taught how to use lino cutting tools using 2-part reduction technique using two colours. You will design and print an edition of 3-4 A6 prints during a 2.5 hour workshop. All cutting tools, inks and paper materials will be provided along with tuition and guidance from experienced artist Jackie Smith. We will be using washable inks and learning hand-printing techniques so that you can continue printing with minimal equipment at home. This workshop is suitable for beginners or those with some experience of lino printing. Bring sketchbooks and ideas with you and do visit and explore Frank Dickinson’s house before the workshop for additional ideas

Workshop will be run in a small group with max of 6 people (aged 16+). Bring along an apron or wear old clothing; tea and coffee will be provided.

Your tutor:
Jackie Smith is a local artist exhibiting in COAS at Oaks Park Studio and is a part-time tutor and Print Associate at The Art Academy, London.

Please give us as much notice as possible if you are not able to come to a course that you have booked. If you cancel with seven or more days notice, I will try to reschedule or refund your booking.

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