Pre-arranged Workshops

These are workshops set up by Raul and Heather at The Old Chapel, Solva and abroad.   Please email ( for further information and to book spaces.



Child of the Revolution                                                                                   Dates: 19 July, 9 August, 26 August

An evening with Raul Speek as he talks and presents a slide show on his life in Cuba and his development as an artist paralleled with Cuba’s own growth as a new nation.   An enthralling evening which will allow you to get inside the mind of the artist and develop a better understanding of the man and appreciate the art that came as a result! There will be time allowed for questions at the end of the presentation. The cafe will be open throughout for refreshments.

The evening will start at 7pm and end aprox. 9pm and will cost £10 per person.



 Flower Photography by Heather Bennett                                Dates: 18 June, 16 July, 6 August, 13 August, 27 August

Starting with a brief discussion followed by a walk around Solva to take photographs,  Heather’s enthusiasm shows that the world around us can be beautiful and her photographs are living proof!  After a walk around beautiful Solva you will return to the gallery for a talk and some examples of Heather’s previous work.  Handouts will be given to all customers to take home with you to remember the experiance and the information given.    Lavender Cafe will be open throughout for refreshments.

The event will run from 6:30 and take approx. two and a half hours.   It will cost £10 per person for the event.

 Children’s Hat Workshops                                                                                Dates: 3 April, 31 July, 14 August

2 hour workshops from 10am till 12 noon.   A perfect opportunity for children of all ages to work alongside a world reknowned artist!  These workshops have a lot of history; we first started them with the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and later hosted them at a young person’s workshop in Trafalguar Square! They have always proved to be great fun for children and parents alike! 

Raul will teach the children how to make hats of all sorts of designs and they will be able to take their finished hat home, all materials are provided.

Costs are £25 per child (materials includes).    We look forward to seeing you there!


Drawing Workshops                                                                                   Dates: 12 June, 14 July, 7 August, 28 August

A unique opportunity to attend an in depth drawing workshop with Raul Speek as he shares his lifetime of knowledge.  All materials will be provided and any works you create are yours to take home. Raul has spent much of his life sharing his ability with others no matter what their skill level (this is what is expected of artists in Cuba) so whatever your ability feel free to come along to learn and enjoy.

The workshops will run from 11am – 1pm and will cost £50 pounds per person (materials included).

We look forward to seeing you there!

Mixed Media Workshops                                                                            Dates: 8 July, 12 August

These workshops allow those taking part to explore many different materials which they might not previously have tried.  With a guiding hand from Raul Speek explore the art you love and learn and experience new facets of the art world!   All materials are provided!

The workshops will run from 10am – 12 pm and will cost £50 per person (Materials included)

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Create A Fish                                                                                            Dates: 8 July, 12 August


This fish themed workshop will give those particpating a chance to design a wooden fish which will then be cut out by  Raul and painted and varnished by themselves!   Some “found work” may be applied which will be give you a chance     to discover the beauty of the local beaches of Pembrokeshire!  Wood and paint is provided and the cafe will be open throughout for refreshments.

The workshops will be between 11am till 3pm over 2 days and will cost £100 per person (materials included)




 Art in Cuba          TBA        

This will be partially art history and partially a practical experience. It will start in Havana and will include visits to the provinces.   As a Cuban I will share with you the art of my country in a way which might not otherwise be available to you.

Cuba is a country suffering from material poverty but it is creatively and spiritually very rich.    Everywhere there is colour and texture set against a background of life fully lived in music and a sense of community.


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Art in Tuscany.         TBA                                                                                                                                                                                      

Based in a small family run hotel in Tuscany this workshop will include painting where the Renaissance artists painted and trips to Sienna with its teeming life and Florence to experience the wonderful works in the Uffizzi Gallery.    

 Art and Photography in Provence        TBA                                                                                                                                                         

This will be based in Sault in Provence during the Lavendar season and will explore colour and texture during the growing season of this beautiful crop.   The heady scent of the lavender crop permeates everything and the weekly market in the village reflects the variety of uses this wonderful plant is used for as well as allowing time to sample the local foods: wonderful bread, delicious cheeses and heady red wines.  A haven for the creative spirit. 

Please be aware that all dates are speculative and are subject to change at anytime, we will endeavour to keep the information as accurate as possible.

Images from workshops and demonstrations working with young people


Workshops at V&A

Workshops at V&A

Library Workshop

Library Workshop

Youth Festival

Youth Festival

Workshops at Tregarron

Workshops at Tregarron

School Workshop

School Workshop

Group Workshops

Group Workshops


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