“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.
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.
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.
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 →
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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 email@example.com 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.