ArtiGras Stall Competition

61 days to festival and everything is coming along as planned.  More bands and venues have been booked and our parade is getting bigger by the day.ArtiGras! LogoSo many people have generously donated items and time to make this a very successful festival.  We do miss the volunteers who worked with us last year but who couldn’t be here with us this year and are very grateful for the hard work of all volunteers who give their time to make this fun and colourful.  Our thanks also go to the ladies at our Tuesday evening Craft Club: Melissa, Barb, Christina, Jane, Heather, Mary, Karen, Deborah and Luana, and all of those who have come, done lots of work and gone when they could.

Artigras 2014 (Friday)-4327We have decided to hold a competition for best stall this year.  We will ask a number of independent local business owners to judge the contest.  The winner will receive an amazing ArtiGras certificate, a refund for the cost of their stall, and a £50 Amazon voucher.  We had some beautiful stalls last year and hope they will come back and join us this year.  So Book your stall HERE NOW to be in with a chance of winning and getting some publicity.

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Looking forward to the party in the street, see you here.  The Team

 

 

 

A New Year, a New You?

A new year, a new you?

We hope your holidays were fabulous and that you have begun the year with amazing goals and plans for self growth and business growth.  So how about taking up a new hobby or doing something that’ll change your life?  We have a number of great workshops coming to you from this month.  All materials and refreshments are included and you’ll be learning from professionals with lots of experience. Here are some of them:

From the 13th January, 10am to 1pm, we start our Sewing Lessons for Men. So if you’re stuck with holes in your socks, have ripped your trousers and don’t know what to do, or you simply want to learn to make your own cushion covers and mend your own tears and holes, we will teach you just that and a lot more in 5 weekly sessions. Continue reading

ArtiGras 2015

ArtiGras @Centre for Creativity and EnterpriseWell friends, colleagues, crafters, artists and festival aficionados … planning for ArtiGras 2015 has now begun and we have some exciting projects and people who’ll be involved with the 2015 celebrations.

You may remember the giant urinal in Herne Bay, who could forget, it did cause quiet a stir and was mentioned both in the press and on television.  The triple award winning Marcel Duchamp Festival commissioned Nagual Creations  to produce a giant replica of Marcel Duchamp’s iconic urinal for the centenary of his historical sabbatical to Herne Bay in Kent.  Phillip Long, the artist who designed and built it will be working with us to create the ‘piece de resistance’ of the festival to honour a famous Kentish resident from the 16th Century.  Here is one of his sayings just to give you a hint: “Would you be the man who should recommend me to quit the peaceful haven where I now pass my life and launch again upon the faithless sea? You know full well what a storm my former lucubrations raised. Much better is it oftentimes to grow wise at home and in private, than by publishing what you have amassed with infinite labour, to stir up tempests that may rob you of peace and quiet for the rest of your days”. Continue reading

Special events @ The Gallery

On Thursday 13th November, the Gallery hosted an intimate evening with Steve Bloom, world renown photographer and essayist.

@ The Gallery with Steve Bloom

@ The Gallery with Steve Bloom

Through a slide presentation, Steve took us around the world, showing us animals in their habitat, the fragility and beauty of nature through his lens.  The guests for the evening had an opportunity to speak to Steve about his work and ask questions.  Steve generously donated 15 signed copies of his book, ‘Spirit of the Wild‘, to be sold to raise funds for the Centre for Creativity and Enterprise’s work in the community.  We have 5 copies of the book remaining.  It would make a lovely Xmas gift so, if you know anyone who loves photography and you don’t know what to get them, come and grab a copy at the Centre before they sell out.  If you can’t get here, for an extra £2.99 we will send the book to you.  Contact us via info@cce-ashford.org for more details.  Steve and Cathy have also donated greeting cards so if you’re looking for Xmas cards with amazing wildlife pictures, the CCE now stocks them.  We would like to thank everyone who came and supported the event and donated very generously: Doug Harman for a signed copy of his new book, the members of Ashford Photographic Society for the delicious home made finger foods, and Steve and Cathy Bloom for their time and generosity.  It was a great success.

On Saturday November 29th, we are hosting an open day.  Join us for the day to meet tutors and artists and see what courses and workshops are on offer.  Try our taster workshops and book to attend one, or buy gift vouchers for friends or relatives you think may want to attend.  The Centre will be offering a 20% SALE on items of craft for the day.  And as a thank you, we will give the first 30 visitors a voucher for buy one get one free coffee at Cafe Nero.

c253d13e-964d-45a6-85e6-66ac6a29b153A number of new workshops are now on our calendar so do take a look and see if there is anything that may interest you.  If not, you may want to buy gift vouchers as a Christmas gift for someone who may want to try something creative.

In the new year, we are attempting a Guinness word record. We will post more details about it when we’ve worked out how and where we will be working from.  We are looking for Kentish artists who may be interested in being part of this word record, working with the theme ‘The Garden of England’.  The final work will be displayed in a public space so there is an opportunity, or even opportunities to show off your work and your talent. Call us on 01233 421197 or email us on info@cce-ashford.org to find out more.

Finally, the gallery is hosting new work from the 15th December so if you are an artist and would like your work to be exhibited, pop in with a sample or email Becky@cce-ashford.org.  And if you aren’t an artist but like art, come and visit us and see the amazing work by our local artists.  Ashford has so much creative talent, and it would be great to offer them the support they deserve.  Don’t take our word for it, just come and see for yourself.

Until next time.  The Team at CCE.

Painting the town, litterally …

Melissa’s blog ‘Why I Love Ashford, Kent’ (you can read it HERE if you haven’t already)  inspired me to look at some of the positive things that the Centre for Creativity and Enterprise has brought to Ashford.  There are days when we’re all a little tired because running a charity isn’t an easy task, and negativity takes over.  But there are better days when we are confident about the future and, the projects and plans we have, and all we’ve achieved in the last 7 years and it makes me proud to be a part of this creative movement.  It’s given me the opportunity to meet some wonderful and talented people who really love this town and are working with us to make it fun, artistic, colourful and happy.

The CCE started trading from St John’s Chambers almost a year ago.  A stunning mural on the wall of the back entrance, designed and drawn by three very talented ladies – Ascension Lorente Huguet, Glynis Thomson and Jennifer Hedley – was only the start of a number of murals we have delivered, and continue to deliver, since last year. Continue reading

New Workshops and masterclasses coming to the CCE

CCE Castle Buildings

CCE Castle Buildings

The Centre for Creativity and Enterprise has now moved to new premises and we aim to bring you workshops and courses that are second to none.

From September, a series of arts and crafts masterclasses aims to develop your creativity and teach new skills. Our tutors are all professional artists so you’ll learn from the best local talent.

From Saturday September 20th, a 4 week course in porcelain jewellery making will teach you all the techniques you need to make your own original pieces, designing and delivering patterns, glazing and decorating to finish the pieces. We will also be running photography, drawing, painting, mosaics, enameling, clay, ceramic and glass workshops so keep an eye on our calendar for more details. Continue reading

The Future of Creativity

Recently, the Guardian published an article about arts centres and their role in social care.  The article said: “Arts centres are not only havens for artists developing work, they also deliver cost-effective social impact and creative education”.  This was not a revelation for arts organisations such as the Centre for Creativity and Enterprise here in Ashford.  In fact, we see the impact that arts and crafts are having on people’s lives every day and receive many letters from past users to tell us of how their lives have been changed for the better.

We don’t do the work we do for the gratitude but we feel appreciated and know that the arts, and creativity in general, have a positive effect on mental well being and health.  Occupational therapists recommend it to all of their service users, and so do mental health teams and counseling services purely because creativity brings people together and out of isolation, builds confidence and resilience, and communities who understand each other and have empathy for each other. Continue reading