By now, most of you know about our charity 2016 Calendar but we thought we would dedicate a page to it, and to give you all the information you need to pre-order it. Here is a sneak peak of some of the pages but we can’t give away too much, you’ll just have to trust us to deliver a slick and very creative Calendar. After all, we are an Art Gallery so we know a bit about art.
The Calendar was the idea of a group of young people involved with the Art Gallery who are passionate about creativity and wanted to do something for a local charity as well as show that local young people have valuable skills to offer to their community. Scott Heddington, 21 year old with an FdA in Broadcast Media, suggested a calendar similar to the one in the movie ‘Calendar Girls’ using local young men to make it happen.
Chloe LeCarpentier, our photographer ‘extraordinaire’ is from France. Chloe is 25 years old and has a degree in Photographic Archiving. She lives in Ashford and works in London. Chloe has been volunteering for the Collective for a year now and has been archiving all of our art and photography as well as helping with projects such as the Charity Calendar. She was responsible for the initial photo shoot for the Calendar.
Maria Connolly is 21 years old and has recently graduated from the University of Kent with a degree in Business. Maria was the Project Manager for the Calendar Project and responsible for scheduling the young and younger men who participated and gave their time to be photographed for a worthwhile project as well as helping with the props and visual displays.
Natasha Aidinyantz is 25 years old and a recent English Language graduate from the University of Hertfordshire. Natasha is also a designer and responsible for the design of the of the calendar as a whole.
Paul Fellowes is 22 and also has recently graduated from University with a Business Degree. Paul is pursuing a career in marketing and is helping with the promotion, marketing and sales of the Calendar.
The models came from the community and, all bar one, are between the ages of 18 ad 25 years and live and work in Ashford. And of course our Mr January is our very own local Radio DJ. If you can’t guess who, you will just have to buy the Calendar to find out.
The Creative Collective volunteers and trustees supported the project and facilitated the photography sessions and the space for the young people to work and bring the project together. This has resulted in a visually stunning calendar which is now for sale. You will be able to see a sample of the calendar from next week at the Gallery and around the town centre.
If you would like to display a copy of the calendar in your workplace and help to raise funds for the Pilgrims Hospice, please contact us by email HERE. If you think you’ve seen enough and would like to pre-order one, click HERE. If you would prefer to pay by cash, you can pop into the gallery and you will be given a receipt so you can collect yours when they are ready, Just don’t forget the minimum donation is £10 to cover design and printing costs too.
Thank you everyone who supported and made it fun. More from us in the next installment. The Team