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.

Business networks help local business growth

 

 

Betsy working late

Me working late on a Saturday

Sitting here late at night, doing work and updating social media content, I see from my chat tab, and the many posts coming through, that my fellow self employed are working late too.  Whether it is a wise thing to do or not – and some time management gurus may suggest it’s not – more and more of my fellow creatives, makers and home run business are up all hours of the day in the spirit of driving our businesses forward.

OK so we’re starting our own revolution and it is all about making local and handmade what people buy into in our towns, or at least some people anyway.  What I’m witnessing is that it’s working, however slow and painful it may be. And what’s even more amazing is that we’ve all become each others’ helpers and marketeers … and, by definition, support networks. Continue reading

A Festival is brewing

An awesome festival is brewing in Ashford, Kent and you can be a part of it. It is taking over the High Street from 10am on Friday the 16th May to 6pm on Saturday 17th May, with a small break for dinner, sleep and breakfast of course.

So what is the festival about, you ask?  Well, it seems there is a large group of creatives hiding in all corners of Ashford.  Some are more boisterous and visible than others, and some just go about creating wonderful and amazing art and crafts and, on occasion, if we are lucky, we may get a glimpse of them. Well, this festival is looking for both types of creatives to make their mark on Ashford, and the planet altogether, by displaying, and most certainly selling, those wonderful creations. Yes, home made with love may be a little more expensive than the mass produced goods we purchase in town from time to time but someone put their heart and soul into making it, looked at it and thought ‘I made this’ and you buy a piece of that love, of their soul, not just a product.

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ArtiGras

ArtiGras @Centre for Creativity and EnterpriseWell, it’s the New Year and time for festivals and fairs fast approaching.

ArtiGras is a new festival coming to Ashford High Street – Kent – in May (16th and 17th May, Lower High Street).  It will be delivered by the Centre for Creativity and Enterprise and an army of volunteers, creatives, artists and makers.  The concept is somewhere between Mardi Gras and a street festival and will bring to town live music, arts and crafts stalls, street artists and performers, and a whole host of amazing and dazzling colourful displays.

To make this happen we need help! We’re looking for crocheters and knitters, makers, designers, volunteers to man the festival, local artists to display their work and, most importantly, Ashfordians and visitors to come and enjoy the event with us.  So if you have any ideas you would like to discuss, if you are a voluntary organisation or an individual in Ashford and would like to contribute or you would like to help in any other way, do get in touch by emailing us at info@cce-ashford.org or join us on Facebook www.facebook.com/creativityenterprise or Twitter https://twitter.com/info_cce.

Let’s just hope that the weather Gods favour the event. We’ll have fun in any weather anyway so let’s get started …

The Team at the CCE

Marketing 101

On Thursday 23rd January from 6pm, the Centre for Creativity and Enterprise is hosting a Marketing 101 workshop.  The workshop will be delivered by Natasha Aidinyantz who’s Digital Marketing Manager at Smart Designs UK.  Natasha will help you turn your passion into a career. You’ll learn how to make money from your creative work by building a brand and using blogs and social media for an online presence.

Among the benefits of using social media for your business is the increased exposure of your product beyond your geographic location for a very small investment.  Social media also allows you to interact with current and potential customers, as well as allowing you to generate leads and target your audience.

So if you have a couple of hours to spare, join Natasha for this valuable workshop and leave with lots of ideas to start your marketing campaign.

To find out more, or book, visit http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/marketing-101-tickets-9882228010?aff=efbevent.