The first Collective Art Fair

The first ever Collective Art Fair took place in the beautiful Park Mall in Ashford on Saturday 26th September.  The sun was shining and it was a glorious day.  The stallholders enjoyed a great turnout, sold a few bits and made new friends, and this is what it’s all about.

We were joined by The Arkwrights, Apallachian Clogging duo, Rude Albert, Ashford Folk and the North Park Hillbillies who brightened up the Mall with their performances and music. There were a group of French tourists from Calais too, in Ashford for the day, who had a blast dancing and having a great time.  We’re hoping to keep the momentum going and organise monthly Art Fairs from the spring.  In the meantime we have a couple of amazing events coming up so keep an ears and eyes open for them, come and join us and make it even more fun.  Our Collective is growing too so if you know any artists, especially 16 to 25 year olds, tell them about us and ask them to come and see us with some of their work.

One of the highlights of the fair was our community canvas.  More than 50 young and younger people joined the art enthusiasts who wanted to leave their mark on the canvas, I even did my bit for it and so did Eric, our Chair of Trustees.  So here are some pictures of the wonderful children and adults who participated.

Altogether a fabulous day with fabulous people and artists, let’s do it again very soon.  If you want to get involved you know what to do, pop in, email or call us and we’ll have a chat.

Thanks to everyone who helped, all the young volunteers, the artists and stallholders, the young people who are exhibiting, the bands and entertainers and a special thank you to James Dawkins for organising the sound for the music and entertainment.

EXPOSED a great first event

EXPOSED is a series of events organised and supported by young people for young artists. Since the opening of The Creative Collective in Park Mall, a large number of young artists from local schools and colleges, as well as Kent’s universities, pop in and ask to exhibit their work. We are happy and very proud to be part of it and be able to showcase local talent, as well as help these youngsters take their creativity to another level.

The first event on Saturday 26th was a great success and here are some of the photos of the evening:

If you would like to get involved with the project, just pop in and talk to us on a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon when there are a number of young people working in the gallery.

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The Creative Collective Art Fair & EXPOSED

A week left to our first Art Fair and EXPOSED launch event in Park Mall, Ashford, and we have busy putting the last bits together. The Art Fair is about showcasing the talent of local artists of any age.  The open viewing in the evening is the first of a series of events, EXPOSED, highlighting the work of young artists 16 to 25 years old in Ashford.  There will be live music and entertainment from 12pm and an opportunity to leave your creative stamp on a gigantic community canvas which will be displayed in the Mall.

The young artists have been creating original and one off posters to display around the town centre and they look amazing.  The Gallery came to life with lots of laughter but also serious exchanges of ideas and conversations about what impact art and creativity can have on people’s lives and health.  It’s clear that these young people really enjoy being part of Ashford’s art scene and they’re excited to see their work being exhibited for the first time in gallery settings.  To them, the most important thing is that the residents of the town support them and attend their events, and perhaps take one of their pieces home to enjoy.

Stevie, Milan, Louise, Jordan, Charlie, Matt, Emily, Esther, Hannah, Jayde, Chloe and Harry have worked very hard to produce pieces for the art exhibition and their work has already attracted a lot of attention.  They have had some help from Iratxe, Maria and Paul to develop some of the projects – namely our 2016 Calendar in Aid of the Pilgrims Hospice which you can view on the day, as well as other photographs.  Their aim is to create a platform for all young creatives in the town and beyond to work on collaborative projects and to help other young people in similar situations have a say in shaping cultural events in our town centres.  They are currently working on a number of projects and you will be hearing about them very soon.

If you are a young artist and would like to get involved, volunteer or show off your art, pop in and see us.  If you are a school, college or a higher education institution and would like to work with us, please email us HERE.

For now, please take the time to come and support this wonderful project.  It is here for you.  The Team

Charity Calendar in Aid of Pilgrims Hospice

Some of us have had relatives or friends taken away from us all too soon but have been blessed by the presence of truly caring and passionate people who have helped us care for them and cope with loss and despair  We at The Creative Collective wanted to give something back to these special people so what better way to do that than the only way we know how, through creativity and art.

A number of young artists and friends of the gallery got together, brainstormed and came up with an idea – not original by any means but with a bit of a twist – and worked very hard to produce a final piece. The collaboration resulted in a 2016 Calendar, and we now need your help to raise funds for our local heroes at the Pilgrims Hospice.

We brought together 12 of our own local male heroes to make it possible.  John, Scott, Mason, Natty, Tiger, Joe, Anthony,  Toby, Ben, Harry, Jordon and Dane bare it all – or almost all – for the benefit of the charity.  We had lots of fun and laughter putting it all together so we hope to make you smile when you turn the page at the end of every month for a whole year. To give you a taste of what’s inside, here are some photos of our shoot.

So now we’ve done our bit, we ask you to please do yours.  We leave it up to you to decide how much you would like to donate, but please bear in mind the MINIMUM DONATION is £10 to allow for printing and promotion. Make sure to leave your address if you would like the Calendar sent to you by post.  Or you can collect them from The Creative Collective Art Gallery in Park Mall and AHBS Community Radio at Platform 5 for now by showing your payment receipt.  More collection points and venues will be available from mid-September so we will keep you updated.  We can even post them to you but there would be an extra charge for that which will be added when you visit Paypal.   Click HERE and donate generously now.  Should you wish to buy a single photo of any of our lovely lads, email us for more details and prices simply visit the gallery on 26th September when they will be on display and easy to choose from a range of photos.

We would like to thank all of your lovely models, Chloe LeCarpentier our photographer, Maria Connolly for project Managing, and anyone who donated towards the props and the project, including some of our local charities and businesses.  A special thanks also to John ‘Webbo’ Webster of AHBS Community Radio for his support, now and always.

Well that’s it, let’s get the ball rolling and raise lots and lots of money.

Thank you all.  The Team

Pilgrims Hospice

Herne Bay Air Show

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Thanks Melissa, wish we could have been there with you.

Originally posted on Aye Aye:

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“believe nothing to  be impossible” (Amy Johnson, 1936)

Yesterday we went to the Amy Johnson memorial air show in Herne Bay.  Amy Johnson died off the coast of Herne Bay protecting our shores on Jan 5th 1941. The show marked the beginning of the search for her plane and to inspire a new generation of pilots. You can read more about the amy johnson project.

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A Week in Ashford

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A lovely blog about all happenings in Ashford this week. It proves my point that Ashford does indeed have talent … keep on keeping on.

Originally posted on Aye Aye:

create picnic in victoria park

This week has been an incredibly busy one for us Ashfordians with so much to do for free! This is a little blog about what I have been up to and some of the fantastic events that have been available to us in Ashford, Kent.

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