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.

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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.

 

New workshops coming soon

FREE Photo Clinic

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The FREE Photo Clinic with Doug Harman is the place to visit for anyone that has questions about photography.
If you have problems with your camera, you need advice on photography techniques or you have a set of images you’d like Doug to have a look over, assess and advise on, then do pop in for a chat.
Or you might want guidance on purchasing a new camera or lens or camera accessory, Doug will be on hand to help. Or if you simply want to come in, have a chat over all things photography, then we will see you between 10am and 2pm on 20th January 2018.

Just pop into Ashford Volunteer Centre.  Doug will see you on a first come first served basis.

Fore more details please email info@bauhauscafe.co.uk or call 07904 849600

 

Life Drawing Sessions

Every Thursday from 2pm to 4pm, Bauhaus Café CIC hold a life drawing class at Ashford Volunteer Centre.

We provide a professional model and the room; all you have to do is bring your own materials.

We offer refreshments and support to develop your drawing skills.

The workshop is for those who are familiar with drawing.

The cost per session is £10.  Students only pay £7.

Fore more details email info@bauhauscafe.co.uk or call 07904 849600

Taster Art Class

On Monday 5th February, Bauhaus Café CIC is offering a taster art workshop from 2pm to 4pm at Ashford Volunteer Centre.

We will supply all the materials and refreshments, just come and try your hand at drawing, watercolours, and acrylics and have fun.

The cost of the session is £5.

Fore more details email info@bauhauscafe.co.uk or call 07904 849600.

French Conversation Class

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Did you study French at school but have not had the opportunity to practice?  Do you love visiting France but find speaking difficult? Would you want to learn to converse in French and be able to get by when you visit France?

Bauhaus Café CIC is holding a French conversation taster class on Wednesday 31st January from 7pm to 9pm at Ashford Volunteer Centre.

The cost for the class is £5 and refreshments are available.  Just bring a note book and yourself.

For more details please email info@bauhauscafe.co.uk or call 07904 849600.

Photography Workshop with best selling Photographer Doug Harman

Do you want to learn more about photography and how you can improve your camera skills and photo-technique? Yes? Then why not sign up for the one-day photo workshop today for just £55 per person.

Workshop Learning Aims
The aim of the workshop is to help you get to grips with some of the more advanced features on your camera and improve your general photography skills and all are welcome. While the course is aimed at the beginner to intermediate in terms of experience, we cater to those that want to improve their snapping skills on any camera or device, yes, even your smartphone. You’ll have a familiarisation session where you’ll go through the camera settings and which are going to help your photography progress. Then you’ll be shown some tips and tricks that will help you to get better shots too.
Then you’ll go out and do a practical shoot using the tips and techniques discussed earlier on putting into practice the things learned, all the while being expertly guided by best selling photographer, Doug Harman.

After the Shoot
Once the shoot is over, we will return to base and look over your photographs and then do some basic image editing on PC or your smart device and finally, print out your best image. The workshop starts at 09:30 and finishes at 16:30.What is included in the day:• Expert guidance and tuition• Refreshments are included throughout the day.• Printing facilities
What you’ll need to bring:
• A camera or smart device• Your laptop (or suitable tablet or smart device)• A packed lunch (refreshmants such as teas and coffees are included)• Notebook, memory card with plenty of space.
The Workshop Agenda
09:30 – Introduction:1/ Talk over your camera2/ Camera and photo basics3/ Controlling colour and white balance5/ Handling and menus and camera set up
Creative Effects:
• Apertures and Shutter control: Why and what do they do?• Aperture priority for depth of field control• Shutter priority for motion/blur control
Composition:
• Framing – Fill the Frame.• Portrait or landscape format• Composition• Focal length, how it affects the shot and avoiding camera shake.
11:30 – Practical Location shoot:
• Street Photography and Candids
13:30 – Half hour for Lunch (not included)
14:00 – Image Download and Editing with “how to’s” on:
• Sharpen your images• Brighten your images• Convert images to black and white• Filter effects• Printing
15:30 – Picture assessment, Q&A and print a couple of your favourites from the day.
16:00 – Ends.

Buy your tickets here: http://www.dougharmanphotography.com/product/bauhaus-cafe-photography-workshop/

For more details email info@bauhauscafe.co.uk or call 07904 849600

Cyprus here we are

Georgina and I were in Larnaca for ten days taking part in a Youth Exchange project with @stressballCY #improveyourself, and we couldn’t contain our excitement. Cyprus was beautiful and we enjoyed warm weather. Our accommodation was on the sea front, we were really lucky. The Flamingo Hotel and Resort was a great place to be spending time learning and enjoying Larnaca.

The project idea was to share cultural skills, knowledge and attitudes in order to have a rich common experience.  A number of volunteers from the UK and other European countries were there with us.  We were keen to share our experiences and knowledge and learn from other participants what makes a valuable volunteering journey. We met participants from Roumania, Spain, Macedonia, Estonia, Georgia and Cyprus. The group’s youngest was 16 years old.

We shared our days together participating in structured exercises that promoted reflection, creation and sharing of ideas and knowledge which helped with development and growth. Evenings were set aside for outings and enjoyment. The town of Larnaca had many bars and restaurants to enjoy a night out. Frozen yoghurt seemed to be pretty popular, it would be interesting to find out why?

As luck would have it, we were invited to meet the President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, at the Presidential Palace where he took time to speak to representatives from a number of NGOs in Cyprus.  We were then treated to a presidential buffet and had the opportunity to migle and speak to very interesting NGO representatives.  We had the pleasure of seeing some very interesting works of art at the Palace too.

We took part in exercises for first days to learn more about each other and our cultures.  The project aimed to address youth employment and mobility by teaching communication, entrepreneurship, life and basic skills, digital and social competence, communication skills and cultural skills to motivate young people and help them become more employable. Our research showed that only one other organisation that we could locate in Kent participates in Youth Exchange projects, and Georgina and I aim to change this. Although the future of funding for the UK after Brexit is uncertain, we are keen on developing and participating in as many Youth Exchange projects as we can, and encourage Kentish youth to take part. We’re particularly keen on finding out how NGO’s abroad tackle youth unemployment. Youth unemployment in Cyprus is among the highest in Europe along with Spain, France, Italy and Turkey.

We were amazed at the amount of creativity that we saw and learnt a lot about how youth in different countries perceive and express themselves in everyday life, what their dreams and aspirations are, and how they go about learning skills. We hope to be able to do a comparative study of Youth Exchange take up between the UK and other countries in Europe (showing how participants experience the exchange, what they feel they have gained and how it helps them with education and careers) and create a number of  creative Youth Exchange projects, predominantly using music, arts and creativity,  inviting youth from around Europe to visit and learn in Kent. After all Kent has so much to offer in that respect, and is only an hour away from London, which could be very appealing to creative young people from abroad.

It’s been really wonderful to hear different languages and experience other cultures, learn new words, find out about some truly extraordinary careers and work that people around the word do (I met a young lady who is at university studying for a Masters in crypto currency law/regulation, how interesting).

We would like to thanks Yiannis Kanaris of Stressball CY for hosting the project and making our trip a very enjoyable and educational one and we hope to participate in future projects in Cyprus.

We left buzzing with ideas of projects we would like to deliver here in the UK and abroad and we are now working on a number of them.  If you’re interested in helping, or in traveling and learning new skills, please contact us to find out how HERE.

More about our projects and plans later.  For now, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and ask you to spare a thought for those who will be out in the cold or alone this time of year.  Love and blessings. Betsy and Georgina.