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

 

Art & Coffee in a new venue

facebook-profile-picture-01

Well, it’s been a long while since our last blog and we do apologise for that.  We were busy planning our new venture and moving out of our premises in Park Mall.  We’re now all settled and are open for business.

The gallery in Park Mall, although a wonderful space for art and creation, was never really the right venue for us.  We felt we needed a space that would allow visitors to enjoy tea or coffee, have a bite to eat and be able to take time to view the lovely work by local artists without having to rush to the door.  Well, we believe we’ve achieved just that with our venture, Bauhaus Cafe & Art Gallery.

The Cafe/gallery is situated on the first floor of the old Merchant Chandler’s building in Ashford (2 North Street).  The whole building has gone through a lot of loving care and is looking fabulous.  We are one of a number of tenants in what is now called The Collection Ashford.  The art has moved in with us too and many of our artists are the same but we also have new artists who’ve joined the gallery to display their work.

The Cafe is a CIC (Community Interest Company) and is a hang out for artists, musicians, techies and budding entrepreneurs.  Wi-Fi is free, but Saturdays are our Wi-Fi free days so we leave our phones behind and, instead, make new friends and work on ideas and projects together.

As I am writing this blog, Bisal is playing his bass, and Michael is designing our very first quarterly magazine.  They are both part volunteers. part paid staff.  We’re just had our first live music evening with Dulcie May Moreno in this awesome space. The event is one of many we will be running, and is funded by The National Lottery Celebrate programme.

Here are some pictures of our new space.  We’ll be back soon and tell you more about our evening, our menu, special offers, events and ArtiGras, our May festival.

We look forward to welcoming you here.  The Team

 

The first Collective Art Fair

The first ever Collective Art Fair took place in the beautiful Park Mall in Ashford on Saturday 26th September.  The sun was shining and it was a glorious day.  The stallholders enjoyed a great turnout, sold a few bits and made new friends, and this is what it’s all about.

We were joined by The Arkwrights, Apallachian Clogging duo, Rude Albert, Ashford Folk and the North Park Hillbillies who brightened up the Mall with their performances and music. There were a group of French tourists from Calais too, in Ashford for the day, who had a blast dancing and having a great time.  We’re hoping to keep the momentum going and organise monthly Art Fairs from the spring.  In the meantime we have a couple of amazing events coming up so keep an ears and eyes open for them, come and join us and make it even more fun.  Our Collective is growing too so if you know any artists, especially 16 to 25 year olds, tell them about us and ask them to come and see us with some of their work.

One of the highlights of the fair was our community canvas.  More than 50 young and younger people joined the art enthusiasts who wanted to leave their mark on the canvas, I even did my bit for it and so did Eric, our Chair of Trustees.  So here are some pictures of the wonderful children and adults who participated.

Altogether a fabulous day with fabulous people and artists, let’s do it again very soon.  If you want to get involved you know what to do, pop in, email or call us and we’ll have a chat.

Thanks to everyone who helped, all the young volunteers, the artists and stallholders, the young people who are exhibiting, the bands and entertainers and a special thank you to James Dawkins for organising the sound for the music and entertainment.

Festival returning to Ashford town next weekend

Ashford Festival of Arts and Technology is braced to hit the town on the Saturday and Sunday 27th and 28th September and we have lots of surprises in store for you.

The craft groups have been hard at work creating some amazing displays in line with our theme of water.  The wonderful makers at Wood N Ware are busy creating the most beautiful and original benches for you to sit on and enjoy the music.  The benches will be auctioned off to raise money towards the enterprise and our charity so check out our auction HERE and start bidding, there is only a week left..To find out more, visit our website HERE. Continue reading