ArtiGras 2015 news in pictures

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As you may all know, we have been busy merging the Centre for Creativity and Enterprise with a new Gallery and Studios – The Creative Collective – in Ashford’s Park Mall so we do apologise for the delay in posting so late after the festival.  We are busy putting a festival photo book together and we will let you know when it’s here so you can come and have a look. The Heart of Ashford has now been taken away but we are campaigning to keep it in Ashford so get behind us for this.  It was extremely popular when it was in Park Mall and we are happy to say lots of people used the crank to see the heart beat.

We would like to once again thank Phillip Long of Nagual Creations and Wren Jones for creating this amazing piece.  Phillip disappeared into the heart to make some essential repairs, it was fun watching …

We have closed the door to our building above Cafe Nero and we are now permanently based in Park Mall.  The Gallery looks amazing and filled with work by local artists of all ages so do pop in and have a look.  The opening event brought together over 100 guests and it was extremely successful.  Bear with us whilst we are putting together a calendar of events, workshops and courses to suit everyone. We are already beginning the planning for next year’s ArtiGras festival and have an amazing new theme so, if you have any ideas and/or would like to be part of it, please contact us by emailing info@thecreativecollective.gallery and we will be in touch. Hope to see you all here soon.  The Team

Celebrating Creative Ashford

ArtiGras @Centre for Creativity and EnterpriseBefore organising a festival, I never thought about the work that goes into it.  Last year’s Ashford Festival of Arts and Technology was an eye opener. For those who have never organised one, let me tell you that it is work that requires military precision and nerves of steel.  But we learnt a lot and I’m really glad we chose to do it.  The festival was a first, and despite not having done much promotion because of lack of enough organisers, funding and time, we managed to attract hundreds of visitors and have lots and lots of fun in the process.

So we decided to do more of them this year and the first one coming your way is ArtiGras which will take place on the 16th and 17th May in Ashford High Street.  Because we love Ashford and think it deserves the baddest festival ever, we’re throwing the biggest and best one ever yet.  But we can’t do this without you of course, residents of Ashford, community organisations, businesses and supporters.  There are already 20 or so stalls booked, amazing bands and performers on board, and lots of guys and gals making lots of amazing things to brighten the street. Continue reading

Rebels with a Cause

Giving to a good cause need not be a hassle in this technological era.  Yet not enough people engage with the tools on offer because we think it is perhaps not time best used.  With good causes struggling to survive, especially the smaller and more local ones, there are ways to give that reward with special gifts and others that don’t involve money at all.  So why aren’t we signing up to them? 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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