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|
SPECIAL EVENT ON WEDS 29th MAY: Trip to the Royal Albert Hall to see ABBAphonic. The show will celebrate ABBA’s greatest hits in all their sparkling, show-stopping glory, and West End stars Abbie Osmon and Emma Kershaw will perform an amazing line-up of the Swedish pop group’s timeless classics. With the amplified Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, a spectacular light show and sensational backing singers, ABBA’s hit songs will be performed with the RPO’s signature symphonic twist! Tickets are £5 each if you make your own way there, or £10 if you would like to travel by car from The Lodge. More details HERE or contact Karen Larkin at The Lodge.
Mondays, 10.30am-1pm: Drop in mixed media workshops with Lucy Thomas, £3 per session. No booking needed.
Tuesdays 21st and 28th May and 4th June, 10am-1pm: Painting Landscapes with Fiona Sewell, using Turner’s paintings of sunsets, sunrises and water illustrations as inspiration. Advance booking essential, £5 deposit refundable after the 3rd workshop. More details 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 23rd May to 30th June, 10am-1pm: This Is Your Life, with Merissa Hylton, £3 per session. You will make small modroc sculptures which can be covered in collage, painted, decoupaged or decorated with words, pictures, quotes etc so that you can tell your own story. No need to book in advance.
Friday mornings: Outdoor Sculpture sessions with Christie Cassisa, £3 per session. No booking needed.
Friday 7th June, 10.30am-1pm: Maquette Workshop with Christie Cassisa. The workshop will teach you how to sculpt a maquette using grogged clay. It will take place outside using a life model. More information HERE Advance booking essential, £5 deposit.
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:
25th May – 10am – 1pm (drop in workshop / outside session mosaic)
1st June – 10am – 1pm (drop in workshop)
8th June – 10am – 1pm (drop in workshop)
15th June – 10am – 1pm (drop in workshop)
Details of the 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.
As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, we are putting on a show at the Drill Hall in Sandwich, Kent until 31st May with the theme of ‘How We Think and Feel About Our Bodies’. This space is an art gallery within a renovated warehouse, which is also a community-based pizza restaurant. More details HERE
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.
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 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.
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.