Our workshops

have been formed with the aim of providing a level of tuition in the arts which respects the fundamental skills of looking, seeing and making.  The courses we offer have, at their roots, skills which are traditional yet always contemporary.  Most are suitable for complete beginners.

Simon Cooley

has been teaching for 35 years and has always been a working sculptor.  He works in forged metal, stone and clay.  He exhibits regularly in the UK and his work is in private collections internationally.  He has also run short courses for Central St Martin’s School of Art in London.  Visit his sculpture site here: www.simoncooley.com


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Simon, you were the best possible teacher, extremely patient and encouraging. We all learnt a huge amount from a standing start and I certainly am greatly enthused to continue the good work. Anna, thank you so much for the delicious lunches


Multiple booking discount

Book two places and get £25 off

Soup, Salad and Sculpture - Anna's revised and extended workshop recipe book has now completely sold out.  Watch this space for news of a new book!

Anna's Accommodation suggestions

If you are not staying with us, there is a good choice of local accommodation.

We are located at LD2 3UJ, between Erwood and Painscastle. We are north of Talgarth, south of Builth Wells and north west of Hay-on-Wye.  A good place to start is www.visithay.co.uk

We have not stayed at any of these places but have had recommendations for many of them. The places I've named are all within a 20 minute drive, but if you are using other sites, please do check the distances from our postcode.


The River Cafe, Glasbury

Top of my list, as I just love this place. Glasbury is between Three Cocks and Hay-on-Wye, and a 20 minute drive from us. Really good food, fantastic location right next to the River Wye, and affordable. All spot-on. (This is a very popular venue, and there are sometimes some late nights on summer weekends...)

The Felinfach Griffin, Brecon

Great food, we've eaten there several times. Lovely rooms too, by all accounts.

Foyles of Glasbury, Glasbury

Good reviews. Probably the closest to us.

Maesyronnen B&B

This is the nearest B&B to us, and it looks lovely. 

Hafod-y-Garreg, Erwood

This is a bit special if you like old houses - it's thought to be the oldest house in Wales, built in 1402.  Amazing-sounding meals served by the owners.

Tinto House, Hay-on-Wye

Ideal for those wanting to spend time in the famous literary town of Hay-on-Wye, this is right in the centre. It has been recommended by someone who stayed there a couple of years ago.

Trericket Mill, Erwood

This advertises itself as a veggie B&B. It also has a self-catering eco-cabin, and camping facilities.


Old Bear Farm - (Airbnb) two self-catering flats in a barn conversion, owned by some friends of ours. Very convenient.

The Wheat Silo - exactly what it says - a modern apartment in a converted wheat silo.  Sawday's Canopy & Stars website. Fascinating.


Llangoed Hall, Llyswen

For a touch of luxury, with an outstanding restaurant.

General information

Hay-on-Wye official site

Hay Tourism B&B list

Talgarth accommodation listings

Builth Wells official site