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



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.