Vibrant and creative new Art House launching in South Brent

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A new creative space is being launched at the Old School Community Centre in South Brent.

Set up as a Community Interest Company (CIC) this year, Art House is an arts, making and mending space at the Old School Community Centre, half of which is being restored into two beautiful studios suitable for art and craft. The new enterprise will be offering regular classes in printmaking, ceramics, life drawing, bookbinding and textiles, plus many more one-off and weekend events and courses.

Other subjects include mosaics, woodwork, creative writing, sculpture, and bike repairs. The classes and open sessions are for people of ages, abilities and experience to get inspired and learn news skills; make a mess; have fun with new friends, and clear up afterwards! There will also be family events, masterclasses and exhibitions.

A new ceramics studio is being set up in the ‘Clay Barn’ by Imogen Taylor Noble. Imogen is currently gauging interest in pottery classes from January 2021 to find convenient times – visit www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VZBVJB8 to fill out her survey if you are interested.

The open day and launch is on Saturday, 12th December from 10am to 4pm.

Besides short taster workshops from Isabel Coulton (drawing), Imogen Taylor Noble (ceramics), Louise Scammell (printmaking) and Abby Schaeffer (textiles), there will be demonstrations from Gaynor Williams (bookbinding), wreath making from Rachel Rafiqi and more besides. Visit the project’s website for more information on tutors.

A low-key, socially-distanced event is planned, to give a flavour of the possibilities and atmosphere of Art House. The organisers will be well-prepared, with a covered outdoor space and two spacious and well-ventilated rooms, which will allow for one-way circulation and social distancing. Visitors are asked to wear a mask, use the hand gel provided, observe social distancing and stick with their ‘bubbles’.

In order to control the number of people in the building at any one time due to COVID-19, bookings are required for some things – such as the taster workshops – but people can still come along and take in the atmosphere and watch demonstrations, and join in a workshop if there are free slots.

Refreshments will be available and there will be music. Gifts and kits will be on sale. Some of the tutors have card readers for payments but do take cash with you as well. Visit www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/art-house-open-day-tickets-130556051665 to book workshop places.

Art House will be relying on Friends’ subscriptions and membership to help fund and support its activities, and as a not-for-profit Community Interest Company (CIC), any profits will be ploughed back into the venture.

Visit www.arthousesouthbrent.com for more details on this rapidly developing project and the most up-to-date information, or to join Art House by becoming a ‘Friend’, ‘Member’, ‘Patron’ or ‘Volunteer’. There is also a ‘Donate to Art House’ button on the website if you would like to help fund the project. Email arthousesouthbrent@gmail.com or visit the website to make contact with the organisers. Also look out for the Art House on Facebook and Instagram.

Karen Chapman Newton

Author: Karen Chapman Newton

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