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.



Ashford has talent

All too often residents of Ashford talk about how so many shops are closing in the town centre and how there is no life left here.  On one occasion, a comment was made in the local newspaper that the heart has been ripped out of Ashford.  we’d like to disagree with that statement and say that, in fact, Ashford has a lot of heart, and a great number of caring, passionate and talented individuals. Talent’s not always expressed in a conventional and expected way but, then again, Ashford is by no means a conventional town.

So a number of shops are closing but Ashford has the ability to keep going and flourishing.  Despite some negative views of our town, there are a number of people who, openly or behind closed doors, are working hard to build up the creative scene, and creative means a number of things: film, theatre, dance, music, art and much more. Continue reading

Special Events at The Creative Collective

On Saturday 26th September, The Creative Collective is hosting an Art Fair in Park Mall from 9:30am to 4:30pm. The Art Fair is a platform for local and Kentish Artists to showcase their work in the heart of our town centre.  Art can include ceramics, glass, sculpture, etc.

We have 30 art stall spaces and will be hosting live music to entertain visitors.  We will have a raffle for arty prizes as well as the chance to be involved in the Gallery and the work we do.  If you would like to find out more please call 01233 421589 or email us at info@thecreativecollective.gallery.  To book a stall please click HERE.

Enjoy a day out with the family and bring your own lunch to eat whilst listening to some fabulous local bands.

After the fair, at 6pm, an amazing event will take place at the Gallery.  Take a look at our flyer for more details.


We are still looking for more young artists, young bands, volunteers, supporters and sponsors for the event so please do get in touch if you have a couple of hours to spare, would like to make a donation, become a mentor, donate a raffle prize or simply need more information by calling 01233 421589, emailing info@thecreativecollective.gallery or by visiting the Gallery in person.  A more comprehensive list of stallholders, bands and events will be published nearer the time.  We hope to see you here.

The Future of Creativity

Recently, the Guardian published an article about arts centres and their role in social care.  The article said: “Arts centres are not only havens for artists developing work, they also deliver cost-effective social impact and creative education”.  This was not a revelation for arts organisations such as the Centre for Creativity and Enterprise here in Ashford.  In fact, we see the impact that arts and crafts are having on people’s lives every day and receive many letters from past users to tell us of how their lives have been changed for the better.

We don’t do the work we do for the gratitude but we feel appreciated and know that the arts, and creativity in general, have a positive effect on mental well being and health.  Occupational therapists recommend it to all of their service users, and so do mental health teams and counseling services purely because creativity brings people together and out of isolation, builds confidence and resilience, and communities who understand each other and have empathy for each other. Continue reading