The Photography Co. & Wood ‘n’ Ware Open Evening

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[embed]https://www.facebook.com/thephotographycompany1/photos/t.827780079/273663969510045/?type=3&theater[/embed] It was a very busy Friday night for myself, accompanied by Mrs. Tea Tank. We had 2 important open evenings to attend for an Ashford business & an Ashford Charity. The first was the…

Festival returning to Ashford town next weekend

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Ashford Festival of Arts and Technology is braced to hit the town on the Saturday and Sunday 27th and 28th September and we have lots of surprises in store for you. The craft groups have been hard at work creating … Continue reading

Painting the town, litterally …

Melissa’s blog ‘Why I Love Ashford, Kent’ (you can read it HERE if you haven’t already)  inspired me to look at some of the positive things that the Centre for Creativity and Enterprise has brought to Ashford.  There are days when we’re all a little tired because running a charity isn’t an easy task, and negativity takes over.  But there are better days when we are confident about the future and, the projects and plans we have, and all we’ve achieved in the last 7 years and it makes me proud to be a part of this creative movement.  It’s given me the opportunity to meet some wonderful and talented people who really love this town and are working with us to make it fun, artistic, colourful and happy.

The CCE started trading from St John’s Chambers almost a year ago.  A stunning mural on the wall of the back entrance, designed and drawn by three very talented ladies – Ascension Lorente Huguet, Glynis Thomson and Jennifer Hedley – was only the start of a number of murals we have delivered, and continue to deliver, since last year. Continue reading

Why I love Ashford, Kent

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A wonderful and honest blog about Ashford by our friend the talented maker , Melissa. A superb read …

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Victoria Park, Ashford. fountain

I moved here 2 years ago because my boyfriend was born, bred & residing here. I knew little of it other than the outlet, coming here to go shopping 10 years ago and its reputation of being a bit run down. I spent my early pregnancy avoiding my surroundings by losing myself in the sofa with an xbox controller. Then I started to explore this place…

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New Workshops and masterclasses coming to the CCE

CCE Castle Buildings

CCE Castle Buildings

The Centre for Creativity and Enterprise has now moved to new premises and we aim to bring you workshops and courses that are second to none.

From September, a series of arts and crafts masterclasses aims to develop your creativity and teach new skills. Our tutors are all professional artists so you’ll learn from the best local talent.

From Saturday September 20th, a 4 week course in porcelain jewellery making will teach you all the techniques you need to make your own original pieces, designing and delivering patterns, glazing and decorating to finish the pieces. We will also be running photography, drawing, painting, mosaics, enameling, clay, ceramic and glass workshops so keep an eye on our calendar for more details. Continue reading

The Future of Creativity

Recently, the Guardian published an article about arts centres and their role in social care.  The article said: “Arts centres are not only havens for artists developing work, they also deliver cost-effective social impact and creative education”.  This was not a revelation for arts organisations such as the Centre for Creativity and Enterprise here in Ashford.  In fact, we see the impact that arts and crafts are having on people’s lives every day and receive many letters from past users to tell us of how their lives have been changed for the better.

We don’t do the work we do for the gratitude but we feel appreciated and know that the arts, and creativity in general, have a positive effect on mental well being and health.  Occupational therapists recommend it to all of their service users, and so do mental health teams and counseling services purely because creativity brings people together and out of isolation, builds confidence and resilience, and communities who understand each other and have empathy for each other. Continue reading