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.
If you are a local band and would like to play at the festival, get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 07837 896122 as there are two venues and daytime and evening slots still available.
This year, we’ve made a whole lot of new friends, forged new partnerships, discovered amazing new artistic talents, and are about to open a new Gallery & Studios on Park Mall. There was some sad news for our town too, when the recently opened Cafe Cloud on Bank Street decided to shut their doors due to lack of custom. It’s always sad when a new business closes its doors so soon after opening and it does cause some concern as we’re getting ready to embark on our own new venture.
The Worshipful Mayor and Mayoress of Ashford, Councillor John Link and Mrs Jill Link will be with us in Park Mall at 3pm on Saturday 16th May to open our Gallery and unveil our commissioned piece for the festival. The piece is presently being made – and with great effort as it is gigantic – by the triple award winning, wonderful and talented Phillip Long of Nagual Creations. We won’t tell you more about the project because we’d like you to come over and find out for yourselves. But we promise it will be bigger than you imagined, huge in fact, and it will be happening in Park Mall over the festival. I lied, can’t keep a secret so here is a sneak peak of what it may look like: Continue reading →
Before 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 →
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 →
It’s that time of the year when we are all rushing around, trying to get all the gifts for family and friends. Never has it been a better time to support local traders and makers. Ashford is now a hub of creativity and, with the presence of Pop Up Ashford, the Stour Valley Arts pop up Gallery at Park Mall and the monthly happenings of Emporia Craft Fairs which see a number of local makers gather up in empty shops in Park Mall, and the opening of the Centre for Creativity and Enterprise of course, there was no shortage of choices. But it doesn’t end there …
We’ll all be back from January, doing what we do best, making. So if you would like a piece of art, a handmade with love item to give, a voucher for a creative workshop or course as a gift, then there are plenty of reasons to be, and shop, in Ashford. A simple parking fee should not even be an issue. Of course there are also networking events, business and creative workshops coming to you courtesy of Emporia Fabric and Crafts and, again, the Centre for Creativity and enterprise. Our very own Emma Jane Faulkner will be hosting crochet workshops, Jennifer Hedley and Ascension Lorente Huguet will be delivering creative workshops, and Keighley Jane will be doing more of her sewing workshops and producing amazing cushions and other sewn goodies. And there’ll be lots more other interesting things to look forward to in our town centre.
Meanwhile, let me wish you all a merry Christmas and a New Year filled with healthy choices, joyful laughter and abundant opportunities.