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.