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

Blues Soiree a Success

On Thursday night, 22nd of December, Bauhaus Blues performed their first gig ever at Bauhaus Cafe.

The night was a great success and the cafe was filled with friends and supporters, as well as our very own favourite blues/rock band – Himali Blues – members, who got treated to some amazing guitar solos and a number of classic blues tunes.

We are planning the diary for our next few live music sessions and we will let you know what’s on and when so you can join us for more musical mayhem.

Meanwhile, here are some pictures of the night.  Enjoy.

Summer at the gallery

It’s been a very busy year for the gallery with a number of exhibitions and two festivals – ArtiGras 2015 and 2016, an art fair in September last year, a Mad Hatters Tea Party, an exhibition to celebrate the music of The Beatles, and South East Open Studios for the first time, and much much more since we opened in May last year. We have decided to have a quite summer so that we can all recuperate and work on the amazing events coming up in the Autumn.

Since opening, we’ve had over 80 artists exhibiting art and photography; 100 or so volunteers working on a number of projects: have shown 8 independent films which have led to meeting wonderful, talented directors who’ve  joined us at the gallery and spoken about heir work; we’ve made many new friends in the community; have worked with talented musicians who have performed at our festivals; have collaborated with a number of local schools as well as Ashford college and been part of the success stories of some of our exhibitors.

We have also become part of a tight knit community of independent traders who have now joined us in Park Mall, namely Happy & Glorious, GlamRUs, Made in Ashford, Emporia Fabrics and Crafts, and very recently Snap Jewellery. We are very proud of the success of our projects and truly grateful for the dedication of our volunteers who are mainly young people; they’ve shown so much dedication, passion for their community and talent. We want to thanks them for being part of The Creative Collective family.

All of our marketing materials, posters, flyers, music stages, props, decorations, event and special photography are designed and produced by very talented creative young people so think about us if you’re starting a business or need materials for an event or project. We do offer value marketing and branding solutions to the community to help and promote the work and value of self employed creatives connected to the gallery. Here are some examples:

To make the summer a little more exciting, We are offering children’s Arty Sessions from 10am to 12am very Monday and Wednesday in August.  These are for children 8 years and over to produce projects over two days so they would need to attend the Monday and Wednesday of a week of your choice.  We also offer Saturday children’s art drop in sessions from 11am to 1pm, for children 10 years and older.

We have lots of exciting projects coming up from September so do subscribe to our newsletter if you’d like to know what is happening.

For now, a massive thanks to all of our volunteers, guests, followers, supporters and the very talented musicans and artists we work with. We wouldn’t still be here without all of you. We are now off to Ashford Festival in the Park to support a great cause and enjoy more local talent.  Have a lovely weekend all.  The Team

We got by with a little help from our friends

What a wonderful weekend it was.  The sun was shining and there was music in the air.

The idea to have a day of live music and entertainment in Park Mall Shopping Centre for Mother’s day came up at a meeting for ArtiGras festival. Of course, it was a last minute decision so it was difficult to put together our plan of having the event outdoors. It had to be done in the gallery so the wonderful James Dawkins of Humana Studio stepped in and made it happen.

Donations came in quickly for raffle prizes.  The Park Mall community pulled together and saved the day. Helen of GlamRUs Accessories, Katie of Happy & Glorious, Melissa of Aye Aye and other small businesses Flossy Watts, and Mini Medley (who are all selling their wares in the Made in Ashford unit at the moment), and Louis of Savers helped raised £40 towards ArtiGras Festival and future events in Park Mall.

Sadly, the business owners themselves could not be with us and enjoy the day because, like many self employed or small business owners, they run solo so can’t afford luxuries like days off although we did catch a glimpse of Katie (Happy & Glorious) dancing to the tunes of Bottles from our window, it was fun. We’re grateful for their donations.  If you’re ever in or around Park Mall do visit and support these lovely local treasure troves of handmade or British made goodies.

On the day, we were joined by Ashford Folk, The Arkwrights (Appalachian Clog Dancers), Jim McDonald and Bottles. Children and young people gathered around the table and made their own Mother’s Day cards, even some of the adults tried paiting (including Doug Harman, Ashford’s very own best selling photographer).  The atmosphere was amazing and everyone joined in for a bit of folk dancing too.  Here are some pictures of the day.

Our next event is The Beatles Exhibition and we are working hard to make it very special.  If you know any artists who would like to submit work, please give them our details.  The exhibition starts othe 21st March, with a private view and live music – songs by The Beatles – The Beatles Antology on big screen and some surprises in store for you on Friday 25th March from 6pm so do come and enjoy it with us then.

Many thanks, The Team

Exciting new happenings at the Gallery

We are excited to tell you about two new monthly events that will be hosted at the Gallery.  We’ve worked very hard to make them happen and we are now nearly there, and over the moon with the reaction and comments from members and friends.

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If you like poetry, our Poetry Jam Sessions are just the thing for you.  They will take place second Wednesday of every month from 6:30pm to 9pm at the Gallery.  For the first session, Wednesday 11th November, bring a poem you like by any poet you like and read it for us.  If you’re not used to public speaking and aren’t sure, we can help or someone will be here to read it for you.  From then on, we will have a theme every month and you could bring your own poems of course and read them with music in the background, or not, do it as you feel it.  These sessions are pop in so no need to book, just pop along, have a tea and biscuits, or bring your own drink.  We would appreciate a donation towards the refreshments.

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The Visual Treats sessions will take place the last Wednesday of every month starting on Wednesday 25th November from 6:30pm to 9pm.  If you like independent films and would like to meet critics, directors and others with great knowledge of film, come and join us for the adventure.

The first film we are presenting is We Are Many.  We Are Many is the story of the largest protest in history. On February 15th 2003, over 15 million people marched against the war in Iraq in over 800 cities around the globe. We Are Many is a historical document of a day that changed the world forever.  There will be free tea/coffee and popcorn.  The entry fee is £5 only and you will meet like-minded people and make new friends too.

Come and join us for an informal and interesting evening.  Hope to see you here soon.