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

The Creative Collective:

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

The Creative Collective:

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:

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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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Call Out For Local Artists To Design Artwork And Paint New Dickensian Themed Street Furniture For Rochester

The Creative Collective:

What a terrific project, I wonder if there are any artists among us that would be interested in participating. Please pass around and spread. Thanks.

Originally posted on Creatabot:

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The Tourism Team at Medway Council are looking for artists to design artwork for and paint 3 new benches in Rochester. The benches will be in the shape of open books and the Tourist Team would like them to have a Dickens theme.

This will not include community workshops but can include community consultation, which always has positive benefits in projects such as these. For instance including some kind of community consultation via a poll/online voting system, possibly with support from the library service. 

It would additionally make sense that the artwork for the new street furniture is meaningful in relation to Medway and it’s connections with Dickensian novels. For example particular references to buildings in Rochester, e.g. Satis House/Restoration House and Eastgate House etc.

The dimensions of the benches are as follows.

Dimensions (mm)

Large: H 920 x L 1450 x W 700


Large: 36kg


The BookBenches…

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Ashford has talent

All too often residents of Ashford talk about how so many shops are closing in the town centre and how there is no life left here.  On one occasion, a comment was made in the local newspaper that the heart has been ripped out of Ashford.  we’d like to disagree with that statement and say that, in fact, Ashford has a lot of heart, and a great number of caring, passionate and talented individuals. Talent’s not always expressed in a conventional and expected way but, then again, Ashford is by no means a conventional town.

So a number of shops are closing but Ashford has the ability to keep going and flourishing.  Despite some negative views of our town, there are a number of people who, openly or behind closed doors, are working hard to build up the creative scene, and creative means a number of things: film, theatre, dance, music, art and much more. Continue reading

The New Generation Strikes Back

Today, The Creative Collective was host to 7 young people interested in arts and culture and in expanding the creative scene in Ashford.  The idea here is to get more young people involved in becoming trustees and members of The Creative and it was a massive success.  Scott, Paul, Tom, Harry, Maria, Sherri and Chloe came up with ideas to promote the gallery and the work in it and are keen to speak to schools, friends and everyone in the community about supporting the project.  It was absolutely refreshing.  My faith in the next generation has been strengthened and I look forward to working with them over the next few weeks to develop their ideas.

It was interesting to hear the group talk about how they would like to become art collectors and even offer to buy some of the art themselves for their homes.

The group then visited the pop up gallery organised by United Response charity and they came back excited to have seen the work of artists from the charity as well as pieces by Highworth School students.  They were also particularly keen on the masks produced by Ashford College students for the ArtiGras Festival this year.  Chloe (LeCarpentier) and Harry (Jackson) being photographers too, it was an opportunity for them to take some really fabulous shots of their afternoon here.  The shots will be shown at the Gallery on the evening of 26th September at our EXPOSED event but here are just a few for you to enjoy.

_MG_0441 (2)Ashford does have talent, we know that, so let’s support, nurture and develop this talent.

For Scott, Paul, Tom, Harry, Maria, Sherri and Chloe, the experience has certainly been amazing.  They are now keen to start a crowdfunding campaign to support the arts in Ashford and will be working on other projects together so watch this space, a movement is forming …

If you are 16 to 25 years old and would like to be involved, come in and check us out and have a chat about the possibilities.  You can also call us on 01233 421589 or email

Thanks for visiting.  The Team …