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Woodworking, Pottery & Painting

Artisan throwing pottery

Map & directions

Visitor entrance (Gate C) is on the south side of the Palace, Buckingham Gate, London, SW1A 1AA
By train

London Victoria or London Charing Cross.  Visit National Rail Enquiries for times and fares.

By underground

Victoria, Green Park, St. James's Park and Hyde Park Corner.  For further information visit the Transport for London website.

By coach / bus

Bus numbers 11, 211, C1 and C10 stop on Buckingham Palace Road.  Victoria Coach Station is a 10-minute walk from the Palace.

  • Buckingham Palace
  • Saturday, 25 Aug 2018 - Monday, 27 Aug 2018
  • 11:00 - 15:00
  • Free with standard admission
  • Children / Families
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Over the August Bank Holiday weekend, families will be able to try their hand at woodworking, pottery and painting with Turquoise Mountain, one of the three charities chosen by HRH The Prince of Wales to take part in the Prince and Patron exhibit. In addition to contributing a number of pieces to the exhibition, Turquoise Mountain will be bringing three of the top Afghan artisans to give interactive craft demonstrations on the 25, 26 and 27 August .

 

Children will be able to try their hand at carving under Naseer Mansouri’s instruction or watch as he works on a more intricate piece. Naseer is one of the world’s most esteemed wood-carvers from Afghanistan, and the geodesic dome in walnut wood and the cedar pavilion on display during the Summer Opening are the work of Naseer and the Turquoise Mountain woodworking team.

 

Woodworking tools

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Abdul Matin Malekzada will also show visitors how to throw a bowl using his pottery wheel. With Turquoise Mountain, Abdul Matin created the installation of turquoise bowls which will be on display in the State Rooms, using traditional glazes and techniques which have almost completely died.

 

Samira Kitman, Afghanistan’s Female Entrepreneur of the Year in 2015, will offer painting demonstrations and will give children the chance to try small pieces of illustration or calligraphy. Samira is a fantastic example of how the Prince’s Turquoise Mountain has empowered women in Afghanistan and elsewhere to become entrepreneurs in the crafts sector.

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