Doodle helps young artists

Bauhaus Cafe CIC was pleased to be donated a doodle by none other than local celebrity Mr Doodle, Sam Cox.  The doodle was created live in public and is entitled ‘Doughnut Dance’.

Sam said: “I was very pleased to be able to take part in the art auction.  I created my doodle live so that people could see the process of my piece from start to finish.  When I was younger I sometimes doodled in the spaces that Betsy (Bauhaus Cafe CIC CEO) looked after young artists.  It was a helpful thing for me to have a space to practice some of my larger scale work.  I hope that this doodle can help create some funds for the young artists in Ashford to have opportunities in the future”.

Mr Doodle’s piece is now on display at Stag Coffee in Ashford High Street and will go to the person who donates the highest amount to our fundraiser.  Your money will help Ashford Young Artists organise more exhibitions, frame their work and invest in promotional and art materials.  Our long term aim is to highlight the quality of art in our town.  Young artists are often not taken seriously at the start of their careers, but more often than not, they are extremely talented and have great potential.  Ashford no longer has an art gallery to represent this talent so we are working towards creating one.  At the very least, we want to have pop up exhibitions appearing around the town centre and public art to engage and involve local residents. We can’t do that without your help.

Here is the link to our fundraiser so please be generous and help us achieve our target.

https://www.facebook.com/donate/824140877918924/10156375293260897/

Ideally, the young artists are looking for someone with a passion for the arts who could be a patron, a champion of the arts locally and work closely with Bauhaus Cafe CIC to create opportunities that aren’t presently available.  If you are that person, and are passionate about our cause, please email us info@bauhauscafe.co.uk.

If you would like to see some of the work by young artists, please pop into Stag Coffe Ashford High Street until 22nd June.  If you are free on 20th June from 5pm to 7pm, please join us at the Private Viewing of the art and meet the artists, talk to them and maybe even buy one of their pieces.

Identity Crisis – The Exhibition

Identity Crisis – Private Viewing

 

 

 

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

A Perspective by a Young Artist – ‘Weaselspit’

The Creative Collective is proud to work with a number of young artists in Ashford.  We wanted you to hear some of their stories and have asked them to be our guest bloggers, under the banner of Perspectives, over the next few months.

Weaselspit is a young artist exhibiting at The Creative Collective.  Pursuing a creative career is difficult enough for anyone but even more so for young artists because most can’t make a living from it and feel forced to take on jobs that have nothing to do with art or creativity to be able to pursue their passion.  Good quality art materials being so expensive, and the lack of inexpensive studio space doesn’t make things easier for them.  The Gallery is here to support these young artists and we do all we can to provide them with a place to work from and give them some of the materials they need to produce their work. We rely on the kindness of the public to keep providing this space and materials and always appreciate donations of art materials and sponsorship to help their career so contact us by telephone or email if you can help with anything.  We do appreciate the support we receive and are grateful for any help you can provide.

So here’s her Perspective. Continue reading

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.

EXPOSED a great first event

EXPOSED is a series of events organised and supported by young people for young artists. Since the opening of The Creative Collective in Park Mall, a large number of young artists from local schools and colleges, as well as Kent’s universities, pop in and ask to exhibit their work. We are happy and very proud to be part of it and be able to showcase local talent, as well as help these youngsters take their creativity to another level.

The first event on Saturday 26th was a great success and here are some of the photos of the evening:

If you would like to get involved with the project, just pop in and talk to us on a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon when there are a number of young people working in the gallery.

See you here.

The Creative Collective Art Fair & EXPOSED

A week left to our first Art Fair and EXPOSED launch event in Park Mall, Ashford, and we have busy putting the last bits together. The Art Fair is about showcasing the talent of local artists of any age.  The open viewing in the evening is the first of a series of events, EXPOSED, highlighting the work of young artists 16 to 25 years old in Ashford.  There will be live music and entertainment from 12pm and an opportunity to leave your creative stamp on a gigantic community canvas which will be displayed in the Mall.

The young artists have been creating original and one off posters to display around the town centre and they look amazing.  The Gallery came to life with lots of laughter but also serious exchanges of ideas and conversations about what impact art and creativity can have on people’s lives and health.  It’s clear that these young people really enjoy being part of Ashford’s art scene and they’re excited to see their work being exhibited for the first time in gallery settings.  To them, the most important thing is that the residents of the town support them and attend their events, and perhaps take one of their pieces home to enjoy.

Stevie, Milan, Louise, Jordan, Charlie, Matt, Emily, Esther, Hannah, Jayde, Chloe and Harry have worked very hard to produce pieces for the art exhibition and their work has already attracted a lot of attention.  They have had some help from Iratxe, Maria and Paul to develop some of the projects – namely our 2016 Calendar in Aid of the Pilgrims Hospice which you can view on the day, as well as other photographs.  Their aim is to create a platform for all young creatives in the town and beyond to work on collaborative projects and to help other young people in similar situations have a say in shaping cultural events in our town centres.  They are currently working on a number of projects and you will be hearing about them very soon.

If you are a young artist and would like to get involved, volunteer or show off your art, pop in and see us.  If you are a school, college or a higher education institution and would like to work with us, please email us HERE.

For now, please take the time to come and support this wonderful project.  It is here for you.  The Team

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