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 Fiona Sewell
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
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 “Journey”, 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 26th February, 5th and 12th March, 10am-1pm: Painting With Nature with Sharon Lewis. The three sessions will include foraging for winter plants suitable for dying; learning about the various drying techniques and planning your art piece including how to apply your natural materials. You must book in advance, contact The Lodge. 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.

-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. There are no workshops at the moment as we are finishing the ‘Broken yet still Beautiful’ mosaic sculpture. Workshops should resume at the end of March.

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 next one will be from 17th March-14th April 2019. See the poster HERE

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 about to exhibit work in the waiting room of Bexleyheath Station.

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.