Workshops/Activities

 

ACTIVITIES

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.

 

WORKSHOPS

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 Lucy Thomas
Workshops and taster sessions Tuesday The Lodge 10.00am-12.30pm Various
Photography Group Wednesday See below 10.00am-12.00pm Terry Longley
Mixed media sessions Thursday The Lodge 10.30am-1.00pm Merissa Hylton/Lucy Thomas
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: Mixed Media Sculpture workshops with Lucy Thomas. Currently working with wire and plaster. £3 per session, no need to book

Dates to be confirmed: Creative Portrait Techniques with Merissa Hylton. You will learn and practice drawing techniques using different media including pen/pencil, acrylic paints and pastels. £10 for 3 sessions, advance booking essential.  More information HERE

The Photography Group generally meets on Wednesdays 10am-12.00 in Sainsbury’s in Crayford to discuss photography and plan field trips. Contact Terry Longley, Dawn Tomkins, Neil Butler or Alex Spendley if interested, as the venue for meetings can change.

Thursdays in July and August, 10.30am-1pm: Embellishment Art workshops with Lucy Thomas, £3 per session. Mixed media workshops using various media and embellishments. Drop in, no need to book. More information HERE

Fridays, 10am-1pm: Drop in Outdoor Sculpture workshops with Christie Cassisa. Christie will offer tuition, supervision and guidance with any type of carving which artists wish to explore including breezeblock.  Cost £3 per session.

Every Friday 1pm-3pm: Drop in Creative Writing workshop with Jo Morris, £1 per session. All welcome!

The Lodge is generally open on Saturdays between 10am and 1pm. Please note the opening times for upcoming Saturdays at the Lodge:

To be confirmed

Details of drop in workshops will be sent out via email or flyer by post or at the Lodge once confirmed.

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

STUDIO SPACE

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.

* Please note when workshops are running it can become extremely busy in the mornings – afternoons from 1pm are generally quieter.

EXHIBITIONS

Centrepieces holds an annual exhibition in the Stables Art Gallery, Hall Place. The most recent one closed on 14th April 2019. Thank you to everyone who visited the exhibition or bought pictures. The next exhibition will be from 12th September to 11th October 2020, although by then the space in the gallery be smaller than now because the Hall Place shop is being moved into the Stables.

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. We are currently exhibiting work in the waiting room of Bexleyheath Station, in Erith Library until 23rd July and in Sidcup Library until 1st August.

There will be three solo exhibitions of Centrepieces’ artists’ work at Creek Creative in Faversham in August and October 2019. Fatma Durmush and Fiona Sewell will exhibit from 6th-18th August, and Christie Cassisa from 15th-27th October.

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

AUCTION

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

PUBLIC AND COMMUNITY ART

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.

VISITS TO EXHIBITIONS

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.

OTHER EVENTS

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.