Centrepieces offers a regularly changing programme of workshops at The Lodge as well as a range of other activities and events.
Artists can also use the space at The Lodge to develop their own artwork.



This is our current programme of workshops. See below for more details.

Subject Day Where Time Leader
Drop in sculpture session (clay and other media) Monday The Lodge 10.30am-1pm Fiona Sewell
Workshops and taster sessions Tuesday The Lodge 10.00am-12.30pm Various
Photography Group Wednesday Hall Place Visitor Centre 10.00am-12.00pm Terry Longley
Mixed media sessions Thursday The Lodge 10.30am-1.00pm Merissa Hylton
Sculpture workshop Friday The Lodge 10.30am-1pm Christie Cassisa
Open Studio Friday The Lodge 10.00am-1.00pm Artist led
Creative Writing Friday The Lodge 1.00pm-3pm Jo Morris
Photography Field Trip Saturday Various Fortnightly Terry Longley
Various Workshops Saturday The Lodge 10.00am-1.00pm Various Artists

Mondays, 10.30am-1pm: Drop in clay/pottery sculpture workshops with Fiona Sewell, £3 per session. No booking needed. The theme for the Monday workshops will be “Journeys”, starting with Aboriginal Art and storytelling through Art.  Come along on Monday and join Fiona as she takes you on a Journey! Artwork produced from these workshops will be displayed at the AGM in July.

Tuesdays 15th, 22nd and 29th January, 10am-1pm: Spirit Animals with Christie Cassisa. Animals are used to symbolise peace, power and mystery and Christie will be teaching skills to honour your own ‘spirit animal’, painting opaque animal images over atmospheric backgrounds. These workshops are funded by a new William Kendal grant and are free, but you must pay a £5 deposit which will be returned if you attend all 3 sessions. Contact The Lodge for more details.

Tuesdays 5th, 12th and 19th February, 10.30am-1pm: Creative Markmaking with Sue Wieck. These sessions will show you how to use line, texture and colour and give you ideas and techniques to enhance your artworks. This workshop is part of the William Kendall programme so there will be no cost. However we will need a £5 deposit to secure your place, which will be returned when you have completed all three sessions.  Places will be allocated first to those who have not previously completed a William Kendall course. Contact the Lodge as soon as possible to put your name on the waiting list. More information HERE

Thursdays 10th, 17th and 24th January, 10.30am-1pm: Mixed media sessions with Merissa Hylton, £3 per session. Create a clay candle holder and cement bowl set. These are drop in sessions, no need to book.

Fridays 11th, 18th and 25th January, 10.30am-1pm: Outdoor Sculpture, Carving Skills in Wood and Stone with Christie Cassisa, £3 per session. Please book in advance.

Fridays 1st, 8th and 15th February, 10.30am-1pm: Outdoor Sculpture, Construction Techniques with wood, wire, upcycled items etc with Christie Cassisa, £3 per session. Please book in advance.

Every Friday 1pm-3pm: Drop in Creative Writing workshop with Jo Morris, £1 per session. All welcome! Jo will shortly be running a block of 3 workshops exploring Haiku poems with art and nature, as part of the William Kendal project.

Contact Centrepieces if you would like more information about current activities and workshops, or to book a place.



Artist members of Centrepieces can use the studio facilities at The Lodge during normal opening hours (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10am-4pm, Saturday 10am-1pm). Basic materials and resources are available, and often there is a volunteer artist present to help with your work.



Centrepieces holds an annual exhibition in the Stables Art Gallery, Hall Place. The next one will be from 16th March-14th April 2019.

Centrepieces also exhibits members’ artwork regularly throughout the year at venues such as libraries and cafés, and we loan artwork to Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust for display in various buildings.

There will be three solo exhibitions of Centrepieces’ artists’ work at Creek Creative in Faversham in August and October 2019.

We have work on display at Slade Green Community Centre and the Repton Connect Community Centre in Ashford.



Thank you to everyone who attended our successful auction at Erith Exchange on 1st Dec 2018.



Periodically Centrepieces acquires funding for projects such as sculpture in public spaces and workshops in schools and with community groups. Examples include The Worrier sculpture that previously stood in Crayford, and The Nest in Hall Place gardens.



Centrepieces organises trips to art exhibitions, sculpture gardens and other places of artistic interest, to help stimulate and inspire creativity amongst its artists. Recent visits were to the Canaletto exhibition in the Queen’s Gallery, the Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate, the Cynthia Pell exhibition at Bethlem Museum of the Mind and the Sculpture Park in Churt, Surrey.



Centrepieces participate in other events such as fairs and festivals where we can display and sell members’ artwork and promote and publicise the project and raise awareness of mental health issues. We also have greetings cards and other items available to buy at events and at The Lodge.