Event Details

  • When: Tuesday, 14 May 2019
  • Dates: Tues 14th to Sat 18th May 2019

    Tuesday 14th 2pm-5pm,
    Wed-Fri 9-5pm,
    Sat 9-12.30pm

    Where: Storytelling Hut, Emerson College

    Tuition Fee: Gift Economy: Pay what you can*

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SHORT COURSE: A Thousand Doors

SHORT COURSE: A Thousand Doors

Five days of unbridled creativity, story, paint and play with Ashley Ramsden and Hugh Dunford Wood.

Suddenly, in the middle of nowhere, a thousand doors.

No one else saw them
But you did

And when you stepped through
Nothing was ever the same.

Every child tells stories, every child draws. Inside each of us that child is still present. We may have been told that 'make believe' never happens, we may have been told to stop telling stories, but when we open the doors to the imagination that child is still very much alive.

Working with paint, paper, charcoal, clay, words, images and above all PLAY we will open our inner eyes to create what we didn't know was possible and say what we didn't know we knew. 

This will be a four day extravaganza: a space to make believe, to unlock your creativity, to build confidence in yourself as a storyteller or an artist, (note the little ‘a’) to get a new grasp on your life story. 

All welcome. Inexperience a distinct advantage.

" We have a duty to befriend that part of us that stands outside our door shouting,

" Oh, please, please, come out and play."


Hugh Dunford Wood

Hugh Dunford Wood has worked as an independent artist designer since student days at Oxford’s Ruskin School of Art in the 1970s.  He makes his living painting landscapes and portraits, and exhibits his linoprints widely. He designs crockery, jewelry, neon, textiles and wallpapers. www.dunfordwood.com

He is a member of The Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Artist Member of the Royal Western Academy, and Visiting Tutor at West Dean College; Artist in Residence at The Royal Shakespeare Company (where he developed an art therapy course with actors), and the Globe Theatre when it first opened in 2000, and The Museum of Bermuda Art in 2009 to mark of the 400th anniversary of settlement. He was also Artist in Residence with the Church of England in Fulham. 

Hugh has always tried to demystify and disseminate the role of the arts, co-founding the first Open Studio Weeks in Britain in 1983, in Oxfordshire, and the Lyme Regis ArtsFest in 2003. For many years he curated the pop-up National Gallery of Lyme Regis for Dorset Art Weeks, but now lives on a farm in a wooded Sussex valley and in Bridport, Dorset. 

Ashley Ramsden

 Ashley Ramsden is a co-founding director of the School of Storytelling at Emerson College, UK, the longest running centre of its kind. He has facilitated countless courses all over the world for the last 30 years along with appearing at major storytelling festivals and theatres with his acclaimed one-man-shows. He is also a speaker of sacred poetry  www.ashleyramsden.com