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.
|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. £3 per session, no need to book.
Tuesdays 24th September, 1st and 8th October, 10.30am-1pm at the Pop Up Studio, not The Lodge as stated on the information leaflet: Abstract Expressionism workshop with Peter Kent, £10 for 3 sessions. Using the work of Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Frank Bowling as inspiration, participants will learn about these artists and the unique methods they use to create art. Over three workshops you will have the opportunity to create your own personal reflections of these artists’ styles. Each week will focus on a different artist. Contact The Lodge to book a place. More information HERE
Tuesdays 15th and 22nd October: Use of Wood Tools to make a Birdhouse with Lucy Thomas’ Dad Tony. Learn the basic use of wood tools in creative construction. Cost £8 for the 2 classes, to be paid in advance. More information HERE
The Photography Group generally meets on Wednesdays 10am-12.00 at different local venues to discuss photography and plan field trips. Contact Terry Longley, Dawn Tomkins, Neil Butler or Alex Spendley if interested, for details of venue.
Thursdays, 10.30am-1pm: Drop in Mixed Media workshops with Lucy Thomas, £3 per session. The current topic is weaving and textiles. No need to book
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!
Saturday workshops are now taking place in the Pop Up Studio, Bexleyheath Broadway, from 10.30am to 1pm. The Lodge is closed on Saturdays until further notice.
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.
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.
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.
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 exhibited from 6th-18th August, and Christie Cassisa will exhibit from 15th-27th October.
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.
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.
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.