Creatives Unite

On Thursday 1st August, from 6pm to 8pm, Doug Harman Photography will be hosting the first of Creative Meet ups – Creatives Unite – at Stag Coffee on Ashford High Street.

The meet ups are for like minded creatives of all disciplines and the aim is to create a platform for making connections; to share information; offer expertise; collaborate; learn what’s out there; find out what’s lacking and what we could do to make it easier to communicate and find information, including funding streams, exhibitions, competitions, etc.

The cost of tickets is £5 and you will be offered a light buffet. Stag Coffee serves alcoholic drinks as well soft drinks and teas and coffees.  Please buy your tickets as soon as possible from the link below.

We look forward to meeting you all there and finding out more about the work you do and how we can help each other grow.

Tickets for the event can be purchased HERE.

 

 

Doodle helps young artists

Bauhaus Cafe CIC was pleased to be donated a doodle by none other than local celebrity Mr Doodle, Sam Cox.  The doodle was created live in public and is entitled ‘Doughnut Dance’.

Sam said: “I was very pleased to be able to take part in the art auction.  I created my doodle live so that people could see the process of my piece from start to finish.  When I was younger I sometimes doodled in the spaces that Betsy (Bauhaus Cafe CIC CEO) looked after young artists.  It was a helpful thing for me to have a space to practice some of my larger scale work.  I hope that this doodle can help create some funds for the young artists in Ashford to have opportunities in the future”.

Mr Doodle’s piece is now on display at Stag Coffee in Ashford High Street and will go to the person who donates the highest amount to our fundraiser.  Your money will help Ashford Young Artists organise more exhibitions, frame their work and invest in promotional and art materials.  Our long term aim is to highlight the quality of art in our town.  Young artists are often not taken seriously at the start of their careers, but more often than not, they are extremely talented and have great potential.  Ashford no longer has an art gallery to represent this talent so we are working towards creating one.  At the very least, we want to have pop up exhibitions appearing around the town centre and public art to engage and involve local residents. We can’t do that without your help.

Here is the link to our fundraiser so please be generous and help us achieve our target.

https://www.facebook.com/donate/824140877918924/10156375293260897/

Ideally, the young artists are looking for someone with a passion for the arts who could be a patron, a champion of the arts locally and work closely with Bauhaus Cafe CIC to create opportunities that aren’t presently available.  If you are that person, and are passionate about our cause, please email us info@bauhauscafe.co.uk.

If you would like to see some of the work by young artists, please pop into Stag Coffe Ashford High Street until 22nd June.  If you are free on 20th June from 5pm to 7pm, please join us at the Private Viewing of the art and meet the artists, talk to them and maybe even buy one of their pieces.

Identity Crisis – The Exhibition

Identity Crisis – Private Viewing

 

 

 

Identity Crisis

Ashford Young Artists Lou Hardy, Holly Burton, Lezacart, Rovaneche, and Thomas Sharrock will be exhibiting their work at Stag Coffee, High Street Ashford, from 1st to 22nd June.  There will be a couple of pieces of doodles by Mr Doodle too.

Mum help 2

Please take the time to visit our work which will be for sale, and enjoy a lovely tea/coffee. If you are free, you could join us on the afternoon of 20th June to meet us and maybe stay for an evening of Jazz.  Discounted tickets will be available from Stag Coffee to the jazz evening for those of you who attend the Private Viewing.

If you are interested in any of our work, would like to commission one of us, or would like to see any more of our work then please contact info@bauhauscafe.co.uk.

We look forward to seeing you there and please don’t forget to sign our guest book and leave your comments.

Ashford Young Artists

 

Local young artists show their talent

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Come join us for the opportunity to buy some work by Mr Doodle and emerging local artists, and support the arts in Ashford. Thanks.

Ashford Young Artists

 

Georgia on our minds …

Bauhaus Café CIC were thrilled to realise their dream of a youth exchange to beautiful and little-known Georgia for young creatives, again generously funded by Erasmus+.

The name was ‘Mind My Art, Would You?’ and was aimed at youths aged 18 to 30 from disadvantaged backgrounds to help support them to take their creative talents into employment.

Excited, yet dubious they came together as groups across eight countries; Georgia, Azerbaijan, The Ukraine, Cyprus, Turkey, Armenia, France and of course the UK and many met their participants the first time just before the trip, forging what they didn’t know then, would become some significant and lifelong friendships.

The French and UK team met on the plane and shared a hair-raising bus journey from the airport to Kobuleti. Strong bonds started forming immediately. The two groups arrived in the small hours in darkness to a lovely hotel on The Black Sea (that wasn’t black at all!). Each participant was allocated to a single sex room for three, each from a different country, so the interculturalism started from the outset.

Next morning, the new friends awoke to a miserable wet day but were astounded at the breath-taking views from the roof top dining room of The Black Sea to one side and snow topped mountains to the other. Waiting for the groups from the other countries to trickle in from near and far, the French and the English (later affectionately known as the ‘Frenglish’!) had the opportunity to explore the town, its markets, its multitude of thrift shops and of course the bars and cafes. The Georgian locals were absolutely delighted to come across the Western Europeans in their little town, eagerly taking selfies with them and inviting them for free shots of Cha-cha, the national brandy. Dances and music were even performed to the young people in shops, markets and bars amongst great hilarity and laughter.

In dribs and drabs the other groups arrived at all hours of the day and night and the job in hand was ready to begin. We had lots of icebreakers and energising games and everyone was encouraged to mix with different nationals fully. The lingua franca was English, but some participants struggled with this in the beginning, but as confidence grew and inhibitions dropped, the language barrier broke down. The talent grouped together in that building in tiny Kobuleti in modest Georgia was jaw dropping. There were artists, poets, photographers, musicians, actors, writers and much more. To have them all together in one space, especially as the inhibitions broke down, was truly electrifying.

The sun suddenly came out, the streets dried up, flipflops replaced boots, jetlag was slept off, the mood hit sky high, the sound of laughter, music, pen scratching, lenses clicking, and poetry filled the air and the youth exchange was well underway.

Workshops were diverse, interactive, creative and fun. They were run by different countries and were adapted to the needs and the wishes of the participants. Once everyone had integrated and talked about their fears and expectations, we launched into a wonderful day learning about social inclusion and multiculturalism especially in the creative arts. This was led by the Armenian group and it was fascinating to hear from all the different countries and the different approaches there towards the creative industries. Comradeships were quickly being formed and in between the activities there were regular impromptu trips to the close by beach where the common sounds were of waves crashing, laughter and music.

Every country was expected to put on a ‘cultural night’ where they were to immerse the other groups in their home land’s traditions, beliefs, costumes, history, dance, politics, art, music and of course food and drink. We were not disappointed and indulged all our senses night after night with delights and experiences from Armenia, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Cyprus, The Ukraine, the Frenglish and of course Georgia. Georgia’s night was the climax as host country and we were taken to a local traditional restaurant where different dishes were continually brought to us and we were plied with Georgian wines (one of their major industries) and drinks. There was a toastmaster who led the feast known as a Tamadar and the eating and drinking was very structured by him.  The atmosphere was celebratory and then we were wowed by a young Georgian girl who floated around the dance floor like a swan as a Georgian young man danced around her in what seemed like a seduction ritual. Imagine our surprise when another young man leapt onto the dance floor out of nowhere and competed with the first for the attanetion of the ‘swan’!

Other workshops included how to attract the media, successful social media use, PR and marketing, vlogging, blogging, making vision boards and so much more delivered by Bauhaus Café CIC trainers. Everyone learned a lot from them, but they were not the most valuable of the whole experience, it was the networking and interaction between the different creatives from all cultures and all walks of life. Friendships were made for life, confidences were boosted, resolutions made, and lives were changed.

As young Naomi Houlton, photographer from Ashford said, “I was nervous in the beginning, but we had a few days to bond; we were all there for the same reason albeit from different cultures.  I have grown hugely in self-confidence. When I went back to my day job, they said I was a ‘changed woman!’ “

Bauhaus Café CIC is planning another exchange in the Spring with the same participants called ‘Six Months On.’ Here we will see how everyone has progressed in their chosen creative career following ‘Mind My Art, Would You’ climaxing in an exhibition and concert. Each member is already receiving ongoing support from Bauhaus Café and we know for example that Ashford based Naomi is doing some voluntary photography work, entering competitions and so on; definitely moving towards a paid career in photography. She has also appeared in local media. Boris MVD, from France has set up social media to platform his art and has had a successful exhibition. The success stories are pouring in and we are expecting many more. This exchange really has had a huge positive impact on so many.

If you are interested in getting involved in Bauhaus café and/or youth exchanges, we would love to hear from you.

Please contact us on info@bauhauscafe.co.uk and prepare to change your life!

We are grateful to all photographers present at the project for all the wonderful photos here and on our social media sites.

By Helena Maltby, Project Coodinator

More from Betsy, our CEO, in the next few days.  She will be talking about Georgia and why you may want to consider visiting and how our Georgian visit changed so many lives for all the partners involved.

 

How Sweden Conquered Us …

From the 20th May to the 29th May, I accompanied a group of 6 young girls aged between 13 and 15 to a Youth Exchange on the subject of sports, to Orkelljunga in Sweden, funded by Erasmus +.

The Exchange was organised by Hello Youth Sweden and involved young people from France, Italy. Turkey and Sweden.  The venue was the stunning Standhem in Orkelljunga.

 

Our time consisted of workshops, sports, making friends, learning about different cultures and lots of time to explore and make use of the lake for swimming and canooeing, playing basketball and table tennis in the sports hall, playing beach volleyball as well as a visit to Helsingborg.

 

So we made new friends, had a wonderful time, learnt a lot and experienced sunrise at 3:30am and sunset at 10pm.  The weather didn’t let us down, it was warm and sunny most days, making it warmer than Ashford and some other European cities, which was pretty surprising.  I am sure that the young participants will always remember their trip with fondness.  We would like to thank our hosts Hello Youth Sweden, and Charlotte in particular, and all the young people in Sweden who helped, organised and worked with us on the project as well as the youth Leaders from France, Jerome; Italy, Goivanni; and Turkey, Esra. It was great to spend this time getting to know you.

To finish off, here’s an interview of the UK team. It was shot at Copenhagen airport in a very limited space so beware.  Hope it will inspire you to go on a Youth Exchange this year, it may be that we won’t have any opportunities after Brexit so make the most of it, you won’t regret it.

Interview of UK Team Sweden May 2018

Thanks and maybe see you soon on an Exchange.  Betsy

Youth Exchange Opportunity in Sweden

Bauhaus Cafe CIC have an opportunity for 13 to 17 year olds interested in sports for a Youth Exchange in Orkelljunga in Sweden, in partnership with Hello Youth Sweden.  Hello Youth (HeY) is a Swedish NGO which would like to promote active citizenship and participation of young people in all aspects of society. They encourage young people to participate in European projects as they recognise the immensely powerful way they are able to help young people people to improve themselves.

The Exchange will take place from the 20th May to the 29th May and young people will pariticipate in sports activities outdoors and indoors.  If you or someone you know likes canooeing, horse riding, creative drama, circus skills and other meaningful activities please share this with them.

The project will;
– Empower young people through sport;
– Increase young people’s awareness of the importance of actively participating and
increasing a healthy lifestyle.
– Increase the knowledge of gender barriers in sports and segregation towards the
participation of young people in certain sports.
– Increase young people’s knowledge of refugee young people through inclusive sports
activities.
– Participants will learn how to organise their own learning, how to communicate, plan
and work in a team with people from different backgrounds and experiences, improve
their soft skills.

The project will involve young people from France, Turkey, Italy, the UK and Sweden from diverse and challenging backgrounds.

The young people will be staying in Orkelljunga for the duration but a cultural visit is organised.  This is where participants will be staying:

All travel, accomodation, food and activities are covered but a participation fee of 25 Euros per participant is required for the project.

Bauhaus Cafe CIC are the co-ordinating organisation from the UK and we are open to applications now.

For more information please contact us HERE.

Thanks. The team at Bauhaus Cafe CIC