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 (plaster of paris) Monday The Lodge 10.00am-12.30pm Karen Larkin
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
Drop in mixed media session Thursday The Lodge 10.00am-1.00pm Karen Larkin
Sculpture workshop Friday The Lodge From 10am Christie Cassisa
Open Studio Friday The Lodge 10.00am-1.00pm Artist led
Creative Writing Friday The Lodge 1.00pm-3pm
Photography Field Trip Saturday Various Fortnightly Terry Longley
Various Workshops Saturday The Lodge 10.00am-1.00pm Various Artists

Mondays, 10am-12.30pm: Drop in clay/pottery workshops with Karen Larkin, £3 per session. No booking needed

Tuesdays 11th, 18th and 25th September, 10.30am-1pm: Black and White Oil Painting with Christie Cassisa, £15 for 3 sessions including canvas and oil paints. You will learn oil painting techniques with black and white paints and the sessions will focus on the development of textures and greyscale shades. Contact The Lodge to book a place. More information here

Tuesdays 2nd, 9th and 16th October, 10.30am-1pm: Creative Markmaking workshops with Sue Wieck, £10 for 3 sessions including all materials. Experience different ways of drawing, enlarge your virtual vocabulary and gain some useful tips for your future drawing. Contact The Lodge to book your place.

Thursdays, 10am-1pm: Drop in mixed media sessions

Every Friday from 10am: Drop in outdoor Sculpture Workshop with Christie Cassisa, £3 per session. More information here.

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

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, 10.00am-4pm, Saturday 10.00am-3pm). 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 in Spring 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.

This year, we are trying to promote the artwork of individual and small groups of Centrepieces’ artists.



Centrepieces normally holds an annual auction of members’ artwork. The next auction is for scheduled for late November 2018, and we hope to be able to hold it in the Exchange in Erith.



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 the Canaletto exhibition in the Queen’s Gallery, and the Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate.



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.