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

A great cause you can’t ignore

It’s the time of year when we all buy our Calendars so we have a special offer for you.

A group of young designers, photographers and local lads have come together and produced a naughty but nice Calendar in aid of the Pilgrims Hospice, a truly wonderful local charity and a very worthy cause.  Of course we’ve had a helping hand from our local star/celebrity too and can’t wait to share the finished product with you. Last month, we showed you a few before pictures.  Today we’re going a step further and sharing two of our finished pages with you for no particular reason than to tempt you: January and May.

So please spread the word, talk to your colleagues, friends and family and order your copies now.  The Minimum donation is £10 per calendar but feel free to donate as much as you like.  They are printed on good quality A3 paper.  The more you donate, the more impact our donation can have on the work of this amazing charity of course.  We are also selling individual photos of the shoot and any of the pages of the calendar if you know one of our local young men and would like a photo of them.  Pop into the gallery and have a look at our album.

So to pre-order, HERE is the link.  All you have to enter the amount you wish to donate and collect the calendar from The Creative Collective at 16 Park Mall, Ashford.  If you have any questions or would like to find out more, call us on 01233 421589 or email us HERE.   Thank you for taking the time to read us.

Charity Calendar in Aid of Pilgrims Hospice

Some of us have had relatives or friends taken away from us all too soon but have been blessed by the presence of truly caring and passionate people who have helped us care for them and cope with loss and despair  We at The Creative Collective wanted to give something back to these special people so what better way to do that than the only way we know how, through creativity and art.

A number of young artists and friends of the gallery got together, brainstormed and came up with an idea – not original by any means but with a bit of a twist – and worked very hard to produce a final piece. The collaboration resulted in a 2016 Calendar, and we now need your help to raise funds for our local heroes at the Pilgrims Hospice.

We brought together 12 of our own local male heroes to make it possible.  John, Scott, Mason, Natty, Tiger, Joe, Anthony,  Toby, Ben, Harry, Jordon and Dane bare it all – or almost all – for the benefit of the charity.  We had lots of fun and laughter putting it all together so we hope to make you smile when you turn the page at the end of every month for a whole year. To give you a taste of what’s inside, here are some photos of our shoot.

So now we’ve done our bit, we ask you to please do yours.  We leave it up to you to decide how much you would like to donate, but please bear in mind the MINIMUM DONATION is £10 to allow for printing and promotion. Make sure to leave your address if you would like the Calendar sent to you by post.  Or you can collect them from The Creative Collective Art Gallery in Park Mall and AHBS Community Radio at Platform 5 for now by showing your payment receipt.  More collection points and venues will be available from mid-September so we will keep you updated.  We can even post them to you but there would be an extra charge for that which will be added when you visit Paypal.   Click HERE and donate generously now.  Should you wish to buy a single photo of any of our lovely lads, email us for more details and prices simply visit the gallery on 26th September when they will be on display and easy to choose from a range of photos.

We would like to thank all of your lovely models, Chloe LeCarpentier our photographer, Maria Connolly for project Managing, and anyone who donated towards the props and the project, including some of our local charities and businesses.  A special thanks also to John ‘Webbo’ Webster of AHBS Community Radio for his support, now and always.

Well that’s it, let’s get the ball rolling and raise lots and lots of money.

Thank you all.  The Team

Pilgrims Hospice