New workshops coming soon

FREE Photo Clinic


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 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 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 or call 07904 849600.

French Conversation Class


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 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
• 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:

For more details email or call 07904 849600

Happy New Year

Dear friends,

We would like to wish you all a happy New Year filled with love, happiness and health.

This year has been a difficult one on so many levels.  We’ve had to move yet again and leave so much behind us, say goodbye to so many of our lovely artists and makers, and start again, but we have taken so many great memories with us.  Here are some of the moments we cherished.

Throughout the years, we have worked with so many talented local people.  We hope we have helped many of you and that you have taken some good memories with you too, as we have.  We’ve seen so many of you go on to do extraordinary things with your life, and we’re proud to have been part of that journey.  We’ve also grown and learnt a lot from you all so thank you.

We’ve made new friends, we’ve travelled and have grand plans for the year to come.  We will be planning more arts and photography classes, we’ll be involved in many more youth exchange projects abroad, and we will be working with wonderful people here at Ashford Volunteer Centre with some amazing new projects planned.

We’re still here and are always happy to help if you need support and advice with your creative projects and businesses.  Just because we’re tucked away in an office doesn’t mean we’ve left the town. This town is as much part of us as we are are part of it.  Help and support each other as much as you can.  After all, no one can do it alone.  Be mindful as people are going through things you may not be able to understand.  Everyone has a story, be kind to each other.

Love and blessings to you all.  The Team at Bauhaus Cafe CIC


World in a Tent Festival

Dear friends,

We’re pleased to announce that we will be part of this amazing festival on Saturday 8th July with a stall, selling local art by young Ashford artists.  A young artist will be at hand to talk to you and will have everything you need to try your hand at drawing or painting so come and join us there.

For more details of who will be there visit the page HERE.



Bauhaus Cafe going pop up

Well friends, after a few years of us working in Ashford town centre, we have decided to go pop up.

As difficult as it may be to let go, it’s sometimes necessary to make some tough decisions. When the Cafe took a space in the old Merchant Chadler’s building, we believed that local businesses and small traders will be taking up space with us and we were very excited to be able to work with them to make the space really successful by offering live music events, teas, coffees, cakes, snacks and sandwiches and a number of local artists a space to exhibit their work.  Sadly, this was not to happen.  Despite all of our hard work, we were unable to continue delivering the projects that we had planned due to restrictions, our inability to obtain a license to serve alcohol independently of the building, and the difficulty in co-existing with what was on offer here.

In the seven months that we traded here, we delivered very successful weekly music events that, more often than not, were very well attended;  a number of exhibitions and sold a large number of pieces of local art; ran a number of creative writing and other workshops (including photography, arts classes and life drawing sessions); raised awareness of local issues; worked with a number of independent businesses and schools; hosted a number of school and university students on work placement; worked with 10 volunteers using the space to gain motivation and work experience for future careers and created an even larger creative community in Ashford by making introductions and holding networking events.  Here are pictures of some of them:


The Cafe will now continue as a pop up and we will be holding exhibitions, events, worskshops and courses.  We are teaming up with Ashford Volunteer Centre on Elwick Road and we’ll be using the meeting room to hold the workshops and courses.  So we’re not going away, just working in a different way.

We’ve also made the decision not to run ArtiGras Festival this year and have booked the weekend of 19th and 20th May 2018 to deliver an even bigger and better festival for the town centre so watch this space.  The theme for the festival will be ‘One Big Circus’.

For now, we’ll be out and about working in the community so watch out for Francesca Baker, Anthony Stiffell and the rest of team as they go about organising creative workshops, and music events alongside other spaces and organisations.  Subscribe to our newsletters or blogs to find out more and to know where we will be next.

We’ll be back with more news soon.  For now, our gratitude goes to those who have supported the project in any way, for the kind words and all the messages of support.

The Team, Bauhaus Cafe CIC



Live music at the Gallery

The Creative Collective is now an established arts venue in Ashford offering exhibitions, events, film and poetry nights, volunteering and work experience opportunities and a hub for creative networking and collaborative working.

More recently though, live music, or jam sessions, have become part of our daily lives.  This is essentially thanks to young musicians who grace the gallery with their talent on occasion.  Ashford has a magical music scene with a great number of bands who regularly play in pubs, bars and events.  From what we have seen, it is a tight knit community of talented musicians of all ages and they make Ashford more of a great place to live and be.

With regular live performances and Open Mic and Jam nights at a number of venues across the town such as the George Pub, The Windmill Inn,  the Auction House Bar, there’s plenty for every taste.

Recently, we were introduced to a group of five local young musicians.  They are Himali Blues and we’d like you to take the time to get to know them and  listen  to their music on their website because they have a lot to say and their message is about compassion, friendships and community.  They have just recently released their EP and are looking forward to bigger and better things to come.  The EP will be on sale at The Creative Collective from next week so come and buy your copy here and support them.


We’ve never seen a group of young men so energetic, so passionate and so keen to take their music to another level.  They’ve attracted crowds of supporters, volunteers to help with their journey, and lots and lots of fans around them.

Oh, and how about checking out the guitar that Anmol is using in the band. It’s been pimped by Stan Hollingworth so, if you fancy having your guitar get a makeover, visit Stan’s Page and send him a message or just pop into the Gallery and we will give you all the details you need.

So if you’re a local band and would like to jam in the gallery do get in touch. If you would like to join us and play at next year’s ArtiGras Festival in May, do let us know as we are starting to recruit. And if you need help with your journey, come and see us and we will help you as much as we can and steer you in the right direction.

Meanwhile, do pop in and say hello. We’re always keen to help.

Take care.  The Team

Summer at the gallery

It’s been a very busy year for the gallery with a number of exhibitions and two festivals – ArtiGras 2015 and 2016, an art fair in September last year, a Mad Hatters Tea Party, an exhibition to celebrate the music of The Beatles, and South East Open Studios for the first time, and much much more since we opened in May last year. We have decided to have a quite summer so that we can all recuperate and work on the amazing events coming up in the Autumn.

Since opening, we’ve had over 80 artists exhibiting art and photography; 100 or so volunteers working on a number of projects: have shown 8 independent films which have led to meeting wonderful, talented directors who’ve  joined us at the gallery and spoken about heir work; we’ve made many new friends in the community; have worked with talented musicians who have performed at our festivals; have collaborated with a number of local schools as well as Ashford college and been part of the success stories of some of our exhibitors.

We have also become part of a tight knit community of independent traders who have now joined us in Park Mall, namely Happy & Glorious, GlamRUs, Made in Ashford, Emporia Fabrics and Crafts, and very recently Snap Jewellery. We are very proud of the success of our projects and truly grateful for the dedication of our volunteers who are mainly young people; they’ve shown so much dedication, passion for their community and talent. We want to thanks them for being part of The Creative Collective family.

All of our marketing materials, posters, flyers, music stages, props, decorations, event and special photography are designed and produced by very talented creative young people so think about us if you’re starting a business or need materials for an event or project. We do offer value marketing and branding solutions to the community to help and promote the work and value of self employed creatives connected to the gallery. Here are some examples:

To make the summer a little more exciting, We are offering children’s Arty Sessions from 10am to 12am very Monday and Wednesday in August.  These are for children 8 years and over to produce projects over two days so they would need to attend the Monday and Wednesday of a week of your choice.  We also offer Saturday children’s art drop in sessions from 11am to 1pm, for children 10 years and older.

We have lots of exciting projects coming up from September so do subscribe to our newsletter if you’d like to know what is happening.

For now, a massive thanks to all of our volunteers, guests, followers, supporters and the very talented musicans and artists we work with. We wouldn’t still be here without all of you. We are now off to Ashford Festival in the Park to support a great cause and enjoy more local talent.  Have a lovely weekend all.  The Team

SEOS 2016 in pictures

This year South East Open Studios are celebrating their 20th anniversary.  A large number of artists in the South East open the doors to their studios and galleries to the public from the 3rd June to the 19th June.  Some even offer workshops and demos to try and interest the public in taking up creative workshops and courses.


The Creative Collective is pleased to be part of the SEOS for the first time this year, exhibiting work by four artists:

Milan Limbu – architecture student at UCA

Morag Newens – retired full time artist

Maria Khatchatourian – (posthumous work), silk painter.

And Eric Boadu

Our Private Viewing was held on Friday 10th June from 6pm to 8pm, although we stayed until 10pm and enjoyed the great music and the wonderful company of our visitors.  The Himali Blues, a group of 5 young musicians, entertained us with their blues tunes.  Visitors enjoyed the food and drinks. Altogether, the night was a great success.  Here are some pictures of the event for those of you who couldn’t join us …


Do come and join us for our next event.  We will keep you posted on our Calendar and future blogs.

Thanks.  The Team