Bauhaus Cafe going pop up

Well friends, after a few years of us working in Ashford town centre, we have decided to go pop up.

As difficult as it may be to let go, it’s sometimes necessary to make some tough decisions. When the Cafe took a space in the old Merchant Chadler’s building, we believed that local businesses and small traders will be taking up space with us and we were very excited to be able to work with them to make the space really successful by offering live music events, teas, coffees, cakes, snacks and sandwiches and a number of local artists a space to exhibit their work.  Sadly, this was not to happen.  Despite all of our hard work, we were unable to continue delivering the projects that we had planned due to restrictions, our inability to obtain a license to serve alcohol independently of the building, and the difficulty in co-existing with what was on offer here.

In the seven months that we traded here, we delivered very successful weekly music events that, more often than not, were very well attended;  a number of exhibitions and sold a large number of pieces of local art; ran a number of creative writing and other workshops (including photography, arts classes and life drawing sessions); raised awareness of local issues; worked with a number of independent businesses and schools; hosted a number of school and university students on work placement; worked with 10 volunteers using the space to gain motivation and work experience for future careers and created an even larger creative community in Ashford by making introductions and holding networking events.  Here are pictures of some of them:

 

The Cafe will now continue as a pop up and we will be holding exhibitions, events, worskshops and courses.  We are teaming up with Ashford Volunteer Centre on Elwick Road and we’ll be using the meeting room to hold the workshops and courses.  So we’re not going away, just working in a different way.

We’ve also made the decision not to run ArtiGras Festival this year and have booked the weekend of 19th and 20th May 2018 to deliver an even bigger and better festival for the town centre so watch this space.  The theme for the festival will be ‘One Big Circus’.

For now, we’ll be out and about working in the community so watch out for Francesca Baker, Anthony Stiffell and the rest of team as they go about organising creative workshops, and music events alongside other spaces and organisations.  Subscribe to our newsletters or blogs to find out more and to know where we will be next.

We’ll be back with more news soon.  For now, our gratitude goes to those who have supported the project in any way, for the kind words and all the messages of support.

The Team, Bauhaus Cafe CIC

 

 

March & April at the Cafe

Spring is nearly back and the Cafe is getting busier with events, exhibitions and Thursday evening Live Music Sessions.

We start the week with ‘Double Identity’ an exhibition in the Back Room of Bauhaus Cafe & Art Gallery, 2 North Street, Ashford (what used to be the Merchant Chandler’s Building) by local artist Dee Taylor.  The exhibition runs from the 1st March to 11th March, with a Private Viewing, live music, wine and nibbles on Thursday 9th March from 6pm to 8pm. Dee comments:

‘I have drawn and painted prolifically all my life. I spent my early career in the commercial art business. However I have realised a lifelong and compelling ambition to be a successful Fine Artist. My specialty is painting and through this medium I strive to express and evoke a mood of dark and foreboding isolation. Vast and empty land and urban scapes offer the emotions I search for, as do looming structures under dark cloud masses and night skies. These elements and their dystopic scenarios and melancholic lighting within the darkness inspire me and offer the opportunity to comment on contemporary culture. Nevertheless I have a startling tendency to shift my genres and jolt my palette. This I do when I feel the need to refresh myself. However, even with the change of subject matter and genre, my need to comment on contemporary culture remains unchanged’.

Here are some of Dee’s beautiful pieces.  To see more, and find out more about Dee, please visit the Back Room at the Cafe.

Thursday night, 2nd March from 6pm to 8pm, Bauhaus Blues will perform some traditional and modern blues and rock for our Live Music Session so come and join us for an evening of music, have a drink or a cake,  and support this wonderful community Cafe & At Gallery.   To find out more about Bauhaus Blues click HERE.

The Doodle Man Valentine’s Doodle is still here for you all to see and take pictures of so bring the kids in, they will even get their own doodle to take home and colour.

And of course, don’t forget our art classes and workshops.  Details can be found on our calendar.  Remember, this is your space, the only cultural space in the town centre, and can only stay if it is used and appreciated.

We look forward to seeing you here.  The Team

Creative Workshops Coming Up

The Creative Collective creative workshops will be resuming from next week in the back room at Bauhaus Cafe & Art Gallery, 2 North Street, Ashford TN24 8JN.

Art workshops start on Monday 9th January, from 1pm to 4pm and are for all abilities.  Tutor David Ridgway has many years experience of teaching and is an artist himself.  He has been working with us since September last year and has had great success with learners some of whom have exhibited and sold work at the gallery.

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Our Life Drawing sessions are back from Thursday 19th January from 2pm to 4pm and will be taking place at the same time every week.  Our models are professional and experienced and artist Dave Martin will be at hand to give any advice should you need it.

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Doug Harman, best selling Kent photographer will be back on 20th January from 10am to 4pm, running a FREE photo clinic for budding photographers or for those of you who need to find out how to use your cameras better, even on your phones. Doug will also be delivering a masterclass on Saturday, February 11th from 10am to 4pm.

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Until next time, The Team.

New Year, New Beginnings

First of all, we would like to wish all of our readers, clients, supporters and volunteers a very Happy New Year.  May it bring you health, happiness and peace, new friendships, exciting new ventures and, of course, laughter and cheer.

The Bauhaus Cafe and The Creative Collective are pleased to be hosting an amazing all day event on Saturday January 7th at The Collection Ashford, 2 North Street.

The event is organised by Ashford Undivided – Creative Community Changemakers – Francesca Baker and Georgina Cooper.

January 7th – Save the date and change your future.  You can drop in any time.  There will be workshops, discussions, community lunch, artists, performance and more. You will be able to print T-Shirts, do some urban sketching, write postcards, blackout poetry, create collaborative art, make badges, play games,  produce a collage, and listen to music.  Our local MP Damian Green will be doing a Q&A session!

Learn new creative skills, express yourself, connect with your community, explore what you love about it and what you want to see more of…and apply all of these to creating the future outside of the EU.

The event is entirely politically neutral, neither pro or anti Brexit, and not affiliated to any party.

This is your space to connect, create, communicate and build positive change for the future – so come along and enjoy!

Please bring an old t-shirt or old material, to get involved with the environmentally friendly, upcycling workshop that will be held during the day.

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Blues Soiree a Success

On Thursday night, 22nd of December, Bauhaus Blues performed their first gig ever at Bauhaus Cafe.

The night was a great success and the cafe was filled with friends and supporters, as well as our very own favourite blues/rock band – Himali Blues – members, who got treated to some amazing guitar solos and a number of classic blues tunes.

We are planning the diary for our next few live music sessions and we will let you know what’s on and when so you can join us for more musical mayhem.

Meanwhile, here are some pictures of the night.  Enjoy.

Our little jazz soiree …

On Thursday 15th December, Bauhaus Cafe CIC hosted our first live music night with Dulcie May Moreno and Stephen Bridgland playing beautiful jazzy tunes to a full house.

This was the first of our live music events and we hope first of many.We’d like to give bands who don’t get much exposure in the area and opportunity to build an audience, as well as get media coverage whilst having fun and showcasing their talent.  The venue is smallish so we are looking for small bands who play mostly acoustics of all genres, jazz, blues, classical … So do get in touch if you are interested in playing here, pop in, call us or email us and we’ll work together to make sure your gig is well attended.  We will also broadcast you live, video and photograph your set so you have materials for your website or social media.

Tomorrow night, Bauhaus Blues will entertain you with some upbeat blues tunes.  It will be their first performance together as a very new band so come and support them.  Bring your own drinks but we ask that you either have some food or make a donation so that we can continue to organise more events.

Here are some pictures of last Thursday’s performance for you to enjoy.  We look forward to welcoming you tomorrow.  All the best.  The Team

Art & Coffee in a new venue

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Well, it’s been a long while since our last blog and we do apologise for that.  We were busy planning our new venture and moving out of our premises in Park Mall.  We’re now all settled and are open for business.

The gallery in Park Mall, although a wonderful space for art and creation, was never really the right venue for us.  We felt we needed a space that would allow visitors to enjoy tea or coffee, have a bite to eat and be able to take time to view the lovely work by local artists without having to rush to the door.  Well, we believe we’ve achieved just that with our venture, Bauhaus Cafe & Art Gallery.

The Cafe/gallery is situated on the first floor of the old Merchant Chandler’s building in Ashford (2 North Street).  The whole building has gone through a lot of loving care and is looking fabulous.  We are one of a number of tenants in what is now called The Collection Ashford.  The art has moved in with us too and many of our artists are the same but we also have new artists who’ve joined the gallery to display their work.

The Cafe is a CIC (Community Interest Company) and is a hang out for artists, musicians, techies and budding entrepreneurs.  Wi-Fi is free, but Saturdays are our Wi-Fi free days so we leave our phones behind and, instead, make new friends and work on ideas and projects together.

As I am writing this blog, Bisal is playing his bass, and Michael is designing our very first quarterly magazine.  They are both part volunteers. part paid staff.  We’re just had our first live music evening with Dulcie May Moreno in this awesome space. The event is one of many we will be running, and is funded by The National Lottery Celebrate programme.

Here are some pictures of our new space.  We’ll be back soon and tell you more about our evening, our menu, special offers, events and ArtiGras, our May festival.

We look forward to welcoming you here.  The Team