Special Events at The Creative Collective

On Saturday 26th September, The Creative Collective is hosting an Art Fair in Park Mall from 9:30am to 4:30pm. The Art Fair is a platform for local and Kentish Artists to showcase their work in the heart of our town centre.  Art can include ceramics, glass, sculpture, etc.

We have 30 art stall spaces and will be hosting live music to entertain visitors.  We will have a raffle for arty prizes as well as the chance to be involved in the Gallery and the work we do.  If you would like to find out more please call 01233 421589 or email us at info@thecreativecollective.gallery.  To book a stall please click HERE.

Enjoy a day out with the family and bring your own lunch to eat whilst listening to some fabulous local bands.

After the fair, at 6pm, an amazing event will take place at the Gallery.  Take a look at our flyer for more details.

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We are still looking for more young artists, young bands, volunteers, supporters and sponsors for the event so please do get in touch if you have a couple of hours to spare, would like to make a donation, become a mentor, donate a raffle prize or simply need more information by calling 01233 421589, emailing info@thecreativecollective.gallery or by visiting the Gallery in person.  A more comprehensive list of stallholders, bands and events will be published nearer the time.  We hope to see you here.

ArtiGras 2015 news in pictures

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As you may all know, we have been busy merging the Centre for Creativity and Enterprise with a new Gallery and Studios – The Creative Collective – in Ashford’s Park Mall so we do apologise for the delay in posting so late after the festival.  We are busy putting a festival photo book together and we will let you know when it’s here so you can come and have a look. The Heart of Ashford has now been taken away but we are campaigning to keep it in Ashford so get behind us for this.  It was extremely popular when it was in Park Mall and we are happy to say lots of people used the crank to see the heart beat.

We would like to once again thank Phillip Long of Nagual Creations and Wren Jones for creating this amazing piece.  Phillip disappeared into the heart to make some essential repairs, it was fun watching …

We have closed the door to our building above Cafe Nero and we are now permanently based in Park Mall.  The Gallery looks amazing and filled with work by local artists of all ages so do pop in and have a look.  The opening event brought together over 100 guests and it was extremely successful.  Bear with us whilst we are putting together a calendar of events, workshops and courses to suit everyone. We are already beginning the planning for next year’s ArtiGras festival and have an amazing new theme so, if you have any ideas and/or would like to be part of it, please contact us by emailing info@thecreativecollective.gallery and we will be in touch. Hope to see you all here soon.  The Team

Prelude to a Festival

ArtiGras! LogoA week to go and ArtiGras Festival will be upon us, and we can’t wait. Will you be here?

If you are a local band and would like to play at the festival, get in touch by emailing info@cce-ashford.org or calling 07837 896122 as there are two venues and daytime and evening slots still available.

This year, we’ve made a whole lot of new friends, forged new partnerships, discovered amazing new artistic talents, and are about to open a new Gallery & Studios on Park Mall.  There was some sad news for our town too, when the recently opened Cafe Cloud on Bank Street decided to shut their doors due to lack of custom.  It’s always sad when a new business closes its doors so soon after opening and it does cause some concern as we’re getting ready to embark on our own new venture.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The Creative Collective OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Worshipful Mayor and Mayoress of Ashford, Councillor John Link and Mrs Jill Link will be with us in Park Mall at 3pm on Saturday 16th May to open our Gallery and unveil our commissioned piece for the festival.  The piece is presently being made – and with great effort as it is gigantic – by the triple award winning, wonderful and talented Phillip Long of Nagual Creations. We won’t tell you more about the project because we’d like you to come over and find out for yourselves.  But we promise it will be bigger than you imagined, huge in fact, and it will be happening in Park Mall over the festival.  I lied, can’t keep a secret so here is a sneak peak of what it may look like: Continue reading

Applications open for the “Art Market”

CCE Ashford:

Anyone interested? It sounds great.

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Making Art Work* is launching the first indoor ART MARKET in Maidstone on Saturday 19 September 2015. Loosely inspired by the success of “the art car boot fair”, the ART MARKET event will be held in the historic agricultural hall in the heart of the busy market place.

The Art Market is open to Artists, Collectives, Galleries and Art Organisations. We aim to provide a platform for all art disciplines to sell their work and services to the public, building relationships with buyers, potential buyers, galleries and curators. An eclectic program of events will run in parallel with the fair building a relaxed and fun atmosphere to engage the public throughout the whole day.

The programme will include music from local bands, performance art and demonstrations from artists. In addition, famous artist, non-artists and celebrities have been have been invited to create paintings on the day, or donate pieces of…

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ArtiGras Stall Competition

61 days to festival and everything is coming along as planned.  More bands and venues have been booked and our parade is getting bigger by the day.ArtiGras! LogoSo many people have generously donated items and time to make this a very successful festival.  We do miss the volunteers who worked with us last year but who couldn’t be here with us this year and are very grateful for the hard work of all volunteers who give their time to make this fun and colourful.  Our thanks also go to the ladies at our Tuesday evening Craft Club: Melissa, Barb, Christina, Jane, Heather, Mary, Karen, Deborah and Luana, and all of those who have come, done lots of work and gone when they could.

Artigras 2014 (Friday)-4327We have decided to hold a competition for best stall this year.  We will ask a number of independent local business owners to judge the contest.  The winner will receive an amazing ArtiGras certificate, a refund for the cost of their stall, and a £50 Amazon voucher.  We had some beautiful stalls last year and hope they will come back and join us this year.  So Book your stall HERE NOW to be in with a chance of winning and getting some publicity.

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Looking forward to the party in the street, see you here.  The Team

 

 

 

ArtiGras 2015 Update

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Well, here we are again with some updates for the festival this year.  We really hope you’re as excited as we are about it and are busy telling everyone about it. This year, the festival is not organised by the CCE Gallery volunteers alone.

We’ve partnered with a number of community organisations and individuals who each will be doing their bit to make it special.  We also have a number of schools and colleges who’ll be working hard to create stunning pieces for the festival.  A group of 4 young lads from Harvey Grammar School in Folkestone (who live in Ashford) have volunteered to do an amazing mural in Park Mall so watch out for it.  They are working towards their Duke of Edinburgh Awards and chose the festival as their community project.  We will be telling you more about them when the work is produced. Continue reading

A New Year, a New You?

A new year, a new you?

We hope your holidays were fabulous and that you have begun the year with amazing goals and plans for self growth and business growth.  So how about taking up a new hobby or doing something that’ll change your life?  We have a number of great workshops coming to you from this month.  All materials and refreshments are included and you’ll be learning from professionals with lots of experience. Here are some of them:

From the 13th January, 10am to 1pm, we start our Sewing Lessons for Men. So if you’re stuck with holes in your socks, have ripped your trousers and don’t know what to do, or you simply want to learn to make your own cushion covers and mend your own tears and holes, we will teach you just that and a lot more in 5 weekly sessions. Continue reading

ArtiGras 2015

ArtiGras @Centre for Creativity and EnterpriseWell friends, colleagues, crafters, artists and festival aficionados … planning for ArtiGras 2015 has now begun and we have some exciting projects and people who’ll be involved with the 2015 celebrations.

You may remember the giant urinal in Herne Bay, who could forget, it did cause quiet a stir and was mentioned both in the press and on television.  The triple award winning Marcel Duchamp Festival commissioned Nagual Creations  to produce a giant replica of Marcel Duchamp’s iconic urinal for the centenary of his historical sabbatical to Herne Bay in Kent.  Phillip Long, the artist who designed and built it will be working with us to create the ‘piece de resistance’ of the festival to honour a famous Kentish resident from the 16th Century.  Here is one of his sayings just to give you a hint: “Would you be the man who should recommend me to quit the peaceful haven where I now pass my life and launch again upon the faithless sea? You know full well what a storm my former lucubrations raised. Much better is it oftentimes to grow wise at home and in private, than by publishing what you have amassed with infinite labour, to stir up tempests that may rob you of peace and quiet for the rest of your days”. Continue reading

Special events @ The Gallery

On Thursday 13th November, the Gallery hosted an intimate evening with Steve Bloom, world renown photographer and essayist.

@ The Gallery with Steve Bloom

@ The Gallery with Steve Bloom

Through a slide presentation, Steve took us around the world, showing us animals in their habitat, the fragility and beauty of nature through his lens.  The guests for the evening had an opportunity to speak to Steve about his work and ask questions.  Steve generously donated 15 signed copies of his book, ‘Spirit of the Wild‘, to be sold to raise funds for the Centre for Creativity and Enterprise’s work in the community.  We have 5 copies of the book remaining.  It would make a lovely Xmas gift so, if you know anyone who loves photography and you don’t know what to get them, come and grab a copy at the Centre before they sell out.  If you can’t get here, for an extra £2.99 we will send the book to you.  Contact us via info@cce-ashford.org for more details.  Steve and Cathy have also donated greeting cards so if you’re looking for Xmas cards with amazing wildlife pictures, the CCE now stocks them.  We would like to thank everyone who came and supported the event and donated very generously: Doug Harman for a signed copy of his new book, the members of Ashford Photographic Society for the delicious home made finger foods, and Steve and Cathy Bloom for their time and generosity.  It was a great success.

On Saturday November 29th, we are hosting an open day.  Join us for the day to meet tutors and artists and see what courses and workshops are on offer.  Try our taster workshops and book to attend one, or buy gift vouchers for friends or relatives you think may want to attend.  The Centre will be offering a 20% SALE on items of craft for the day.  And as a thank you, we will give the first 30 visitors a voucher for buy one get one free coffee at Cafe Nero.

c253d13e-964d-45a6-85e6-66ac6a29b153A number of new workshops are now on our calendar so do take a look and see if there is anything that may interest you.  If not, you may want to buy gift vouchers as a Christmas gift for someone who may want to try something creative.

In the new year, we are attempting a Guinness word record. We will post more details about it when we’ve worked out how and where we will be working from.  We are looking for Kentish artists who may be interested in being part of this word record, working with the theme ‘The Garden of England’.  The final work will be displayed in a public space so there is an opportunity, or even opportunities to show off your work and your talent. Call us on 01233 421197 or email us on info@cce-ashford.org to find out more.

Finally, the gallery is hosting new work from the 15th December so if you are an artist and would like your work to be exhibited, pop in with a sample or email Becky@cce-ashford.org.  And if you aren’t an artist but like art, come and visit us and see the amazing work by our local artists.  Ashford has so much creative talent, and it would be great to offer them the support they deserve.  Don’t take our word for it, just come and see for yourself.

Until next time.  The Team at CCE.