Hidden Talents at the RWA

BBC Get Creative is a celebration of the amazing arts, culture and creativity that happens every day across the UK.

In celebration of creativity, and the power and importance of creative activities for many people all around the country, the team at the RWA have shared their own creative passions and explained why being creative means so much to them.

“I love hand stitching because the process matches my preferred pace of life in that it’s quite slow! For me, stitching is like drawing in pure colour and beautiful things can be made from the smallest of scraps!”

Sophie Bristol, Drawing School Manager



“In my spare time, I love writing stories. I write a lot in my job but writing fiction feels like a total luxury. I prefer to write in a busy café and fill notebooks with ideas, characters, overheard conversations and sometimes sketches. I can lose myself in writing for hours – when I am in the zone, I disappear down a rabbit hole and emerge feeling like my brain has been to a day spa.”

Holly McGrane, Marketing Manager   



“I finally mastered knitting in my late 40s and I’m now seriously addicted. As well as enabling me to create things, I find knitting immensely relaxing, taking up the part of my brain that would normally be fretting about work so that I can switch off: it’s basically a form of meditation, but with an output!”

Alison Bevan, Director



Oranges, Suze Eyles


“For me photography allows me to study life – it’s like a slice of time.”

Suze Eyles, Head of Finance and Administration



“I learnt to play the piano and guitar when I was young. I ditched the piano (mistake) and focused on mastering just the 6 strings. I became a MASSIVE pop star but then gave it all up to concentrate on playing the humble ruler (as in the thing you measure and draw straight lines with – not a king or prime minister or something.) Twangggg!”

Joel Edwards, Learning and Participation Manager



“I inherited my love of fabric from my mother, who is an upholsterer, amongst other things. She taught me to sew when I was very young and a few years ago, I started dressmaking. I love the process of it, from cutting out a pattern and transferring markings to fabric, to winding a bobbin and easing a sleeve. To create a wearable, lasting garment, there are no stages which can be skipped, which forces patience and precision from me, neither of which I have naturally. It’s creativity with known boundaries and rules which, once learned, can be mutated in a thousand different ways.”

Jess Kirkby, Membership Administrator


As part of the BBC Get Creative weekend, the RWA will be offering a morning of free creative fun for children and adults with a special free Scribble and Sketch session plus 2-for-1 tickets on exhibition entry (under 16s go free). Also on this day, you can try your hand at embroidery with the Bristol Embroiderers Guild who will be teaching basic stitches in the building.

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