March & April at the Cafe

Spring is nearly back and the Cafe is getting busier with events, exhibitions and Thursday evening Live Music Sessions.

We start the week with ‘Double Identity’ an exhibition in the Back Room of Bauhaus Cafe & Art Gallery, 2 North Street, Ashford (what used to be the Merchant Chandler’s Building) by local artist Dee Taylor.  The exhibition runs from the 1st March to 11th March, with a Private Viewing, live music, wine and nibbles on Thursday 9th March from 6pm to 8pm. Dee comments:

‘I have drawn and painted prolifically all my life. I spent my early career in the commercial art business. However I have realised a lifelong and compelling ambition to be a successful Fine Artist. My specialty is painting and through this medium I strive to express and evoke a mood of dark and foreboding isolation. Vast and empty land and urban scapes offer the emotions I search for, as do looming structures under dark cloud masses and night skies. These elements and their dystopic scenarios and melancholic lighting within the darkness inspire me and offer the opportunity to comment on contemporary culture. Nevertheless I have a startling tendency to shift my genres and jolt my palette. This I do when I feel the need to refresh myself. However, even with the change of subject matter and genre, my need to comment on contemporary culture remains unchanged’.

Here are some of Dee’s beautiful pieces.  To see more, and find out more about Dee, please visit the Back Room at the Cafe.

Thursday night, 2nd March from 6pm to 8pm, Bauhaus Blues will perform some traditional and modern blues and rock for our Live Music Session so come and join us for an evening of music, have a drink or a cake,  and support this wonderful community Cafe & At Gallery.   To find out more about Bauhaus Blues click HERE.

The Doodle Man Valentine’s Doodle is still here for you all to see and take pictures of so bring the kids in, they will even get their own doodle to take home and colour.

And of course, don’t forget our art classes and workshops.  Details can be found on our calendar.  Remember, this is your space, the only cultural space in the town centre, and can only stay if it is used and appreciated.

We look forward to seeing you here.  The Team

The Beatles event: A Volunteer’s perspective

Sebastian Lacey is a member of The Creative Collective’s team of volunteers.  He is currently studying for a Masters in Marketing and he is with us one day a week working on marketing campaign as well as writing funding bids.

Sebastian helped with the Beatles exhibition and this is his view of the event:

“The preparation for the exhibition started a full week beforehand.  Many friends, resident artists and exhibiters all came together to contribute their work. Two walls were covered with beautiful artwork from resident artists. The residents range from 18-80 their work was mainly portraitures, group pieces, a collage, a photomontage and alternative perspectives from The Doodle Man. Many mediums were incorporated including giclee limited prints, watercolour, oil on canvas and mixed media

Two walls were dedicated to the schools competition, we received 43 portraits from year 7 and 8 studentsat North School.  All needed to be judged and 1st 2nd and 3rd prizes awarded by the Mayor of Ashford, Councillor Geraldine Dyer.

Other contributions included the original company framed certificate of registration for the Beatles.  An acoustic guitar was donated as the main prize for the raffle other raffle prizes also included 2 hours music studio time, art from The Creative Collective, succulent in a glass and a necklace from GlamRUs Accessories. The gallery was lit up with a projector and sound system displaying a Beatles compilation DVD on loop, this was a re-mastered anthology with original film restoration of Beatles backtracks.

Doodleman (Sam Cox) the ‘Graffiti Spaghetti’ specialist had his own corner to do a live painting which was due to be filmed throughout the event. There was an A2 comments board festooned with cartoon characters to be filled in with visitor reflections.

On the day large quantities of nibbles and were purchased and a lovingly prepared spread of food was made up. Janet, our volunteer, prepared cheese, ham and chicken sandwiches with salad humus and crisps. From 6.00pm people started arriving and the gallery was buzzing with music.  Soon after 6.30pm the musicians took the stage, they announced the raffle and took any song requests. By 7.00pm the gallery was full.  Doodle Man was situated in his corner producing an artwork. The resident photographer was documenting the event and judging had started for the winners of the school competition. The atmosphere was electric, bodies were spilling out into Park Mall Shopping Centre and people were getting into the spirit of the occasion. The Beatles subject was a fantastic vehicle to achieving an entertaining night of revelry. Unsurprisingly, there was a lot of interest in the competition with children and their families eagerly anticipating the outcome of the judging. The raffle was also going very well with well over 100 tickets being sold, with the grand draw taking place at 8.00pm. Overall the evening was a roaring success with everybody leaving positive comments and feedback.”

If you were here on the night, please leave a comment, it really matters to us. If you are interested in volunteering for us, please call 01233 421589 or pop into the gallery.

Many thanks.  The Team

The Beatles – More than an exhibition

What an amazing and inspiring evening.  The open viewing of the Beatles exhibition attracted over 200 visitors, parents, artists and schoolchildren to The Creative Collective on Friday 25th March.

The Mayor of Ashford, Councillor Geraldine Dyer, congratulated the organisers, the artists and the North School teachers and students, for the hard work that they did to make this exhibition succesful and pledged her support for the Collective.  We are grateful to the Mayor and we will be donating Beatles themed art to be auctioned off at the Mayor’s Ball in May in aid of her two charities: Pilgrims Hospices and Find A Voice.  For more information about the event contact the Mayor’s Office HERE.

We would like to thank The Mayor of Ashford Councillor Geraldine Dyer and the Mayor’s Consort Brian Dyer who took the time to speak to everyone on the night, Ken and Mark for playing the music of the Beatles on the night, the artists of all ages, the teachers, students and parents of The North School, the visitors and supporters, and the volunteers who helped out to make the night a huge success and, without whom, the Collective would not exist.  A special thanks to The Music Shop – James and Keely – who donated the raffle 1st prize; Sam Cox, Ashford’s very own Doodle Man for his live doodle of the Beatles which is now being auctioned HERE;  Jeni Crowley who travelled on the legendary Magical, Mystery tour with The Beatles for being here and giving her time to talk to everyone: and John ‘Webbo’ Webster and Steve Monk of Radio Ashford for all of their support, interviews and music of the Beatles during the time of the exhibition.  The Beatles themed artwork will be in the gallery until 10th April so come and have a look and enjoy Ashford’s talent.  If you’re a musician and would like to play some Beatles tunes, The Music Shop have set up a drum kit and two guitars in the gallery, just pop in and play when we’re open.

We hope you enjoy the pictures of the night.  Do pop in and say hello, or join our community.  Many thanks.  The Team

 

 

Dystopia: The Exhibition so far

We’re happy to say that the Dystopia Exhibition has had a lot of positive reviews so far.  We are very proud and honoured to be exhibiting work by more local super talented artists and we hope you can all come and have a look before the 20th March when we will be replacing the work for the new Exhibition: The Beatles.

Our visitors have left some comments in our exhibition book and here are some of their views of the collection:

DC: “Thought provoking, rarely have I seen such thoroughly original work in an Ashford gallery”

DL: “A lot of hard work and talent on show”

D: “Great to see so much talent, long may it continue”

Here are some photos of our Private Viewing which was very well attended.  We sold a few pieces of work and hope to sell some more before the end of the exhibition.

Thanks to all of those who attended and who continually support the work we do at the gallery.  Don’t forget our next exhibition is The Beatles and starts on Monday 21st March. As usual a lot of work has gone into organising the exhibition and many of Ashford’s school children and Ashford College students will be exhibiting as well as local artists of all ages.  We have some surprises for you too so please put the date in your diary.  More about this later of course.

The Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Perspective by a Young Artist – ‘Weaselspit’

The Creative Collective is proud to work with a number of young artists in Ashford.  We wanted you to hear some of their stories and have asked them to be our guest bloggers, under the banner of Perspectives, over the next few months.

Weaselspit is a young artist exhibiting at The Creative Collective.  Pursuing a creative career is difficult enough for anyone but even more so for young artists because most can’t make a living from it and feel forced to take on jobs that have nothing to do with art or creativity to be able to pursue their passion.  Good quality art materials being so expensive, and the lack of inexpensive studio space doesn’t make things easier for them.  The Gallery is here to support these young artists and we do all we can to provide them with a place to work from and give them some of the materials they need to produce their work. We rely on the kindness of the public to keep providing this space and materials and always appreciate donations of art materials and sponsorship to help their career so contact us by telephone or email if you can help with anything.  We do appreciate the support we receive and are grateful for any help you can provide.

So here’s her Perspective. Continue reading