Creative Development Course
A unique residential course, taught by Fellows, to help you achieve your calligraphic potential.
The three-year, part-time course provides a structure of tuition, support and guidance for calligraphers who want to develop their work in a more personal direction. Instead of a teaching course, it’s a programme which gives time and encouragement to students to find their own way ahead.
We are now inviting applications for the 2024 CDC intake, which should be submitted by 14 March 2024
Application Form 2024
We are currently accepting applications for 2024/25, with the first weekend for the new intake taking place in October 2024.
Dates & Venues
The dates and venues for the Scheme in 2024 are:
15 – 17 March 2024
Residential weekend at High Leigh, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire EN11 8SG
27 April 2024
Introductory Day at The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, London. WC1N 3AT
11 – 13 October 2024
Residential weekend at The Hayes, Swanwick, Derbyshire DE55 1AU
Six skilled tutors, who are all Fellows of the SSI, give students the guidance to develop their own ideas, skills, imagination and ways of working. For participants, working with a group of people at a similar level of skill and with similar objectives is supportive and creative.
The course comprises two residential weekends of study, held in the Autumn and Spring, for three years with two different tutors working as a team for each year group. New entrants form a group which stays together through the three years. Following the end of the third year, students show work in progress at the AGM & Open Day.
Applicants will be invited to attend an Introductory Day in London in Spring so that they can meet the other applicants. They are asked to bring a selection of work in progress and completed pieces. Writing is not taught on the scheme (although there is some practical work) so when you join the Course you are expected to have reasonably good writing skills. The important requirements are potential, commitment and enthusiasm. The more work you can do over the three years the more you will get out of the experience, and almost as a by-product, the better your writing will be.
The tutors are Year 1, Sylvie Gokulsing and Juliet Bankes; Year 2, Vivien Lunniss and Mary Noble; Year 3, Cherrell Avery and Tim Noad. Sylvie Gokulsing is the Course Convenor.
Any potential student who is accepted onto the Creative Development Course, but who is put off for financial reasons, may apply for an SSI Bursary. This discretionary award covers a percentage of the tuition and accommodation fees for all three years.
If you would like to know more about the CDC and the bursary, please contact either Sylvie Gokulsing (Course Convenor) or Frank Zobel (Course Administrator). They will be able to provide you with further details and answer most of your questions. The CDC is open to all members of the Society.
If you would like to join the Course, applications should be submitted by 14 March 2024.