Centrepieces Open Exhibition 2016

Poster: 

Centrepieces Open Exhibition 2016 Poster

From: 

Saturday 13th August 2016

Until: 

Sunday 11th September 2016

Place: 

Visitor Centre Stables Gallery, Hall Place and Gardens, Bourne Road, Bexley DA5 1PQ

About: 

The Centrepieces Open Art Exhibition 2016 will be opened by The Mayor of the London Borough of Bexley, Councillor Eileen Pallen, on Saturday 13th August at 1.00pm.

Saturday 13th August will also provide an opportunity to meet artists exhibiting this year.

This Open Exhibition represents an opportunity to buy original artworks at reasonable costs because many exhibits will be for sale.  Any purchases help support and encourage both Centrepieces and its artists.  

Please refer to the Exhibition Catalogue, obtainable at the exhibition, for prices and availability information.  

The exhibition will remain open until 11th September 2016.

4th Sculpture Workshop - Casting

From: 

3rd July 2015

Until: 

3rd July 2015

Place: 

The Lodge Hall Place Bourne Road Bexley DA5 1PG

About: 

The sculpture workshop, taking place on Friday 3rd July 2015 between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm, will be on casting. People can join in as they please within the time available.

Christie Cassisa will be demonstrating how to make a plaster cast of someone's face before people get to have a go themselves.

So far, the record number for spaces while sculpting in our small outside area has been 9. We will fit in as many people as I can for this workshop, those not taking part would be welcome to watch, and have a turn as others finish.

The workshop is open to all. If you are interested in attending this workshop you can contact Christie directly via email

3rd Sculpture Workshop 26th June 2015

From: 

26th June 2015

Until: 

26th June 2015

Place: 

The Lodge Hall Place Bourne Road Bexley DA5 1PG

About: 

Thank you to everyone who turned up for the second workshop on Friday 19th June.

8 people managed to fit in at one time, quite a squeeze, but everyone enjoyed it and did some fabulous work which was put on display and photographed by Rob Fairclough on the day. Rob, who was sitting quietly and observing that day, will be writing up a wonderful blog, which will also be printed out and shared on the noticeboard.

The same workshop will be repeated on Friday 26th June 2015, for anyone who didn't make it on the 19th and would like a go at creating some 3d work with the materials that we have. Please remember to email Christie, so that she can prepare for how many will be coming.

Bring any interesting recyclables or junk that you feel you would like to use to good effect in your sculpture; milk bottle lids, potpourri, paper, card, coloured gravel, sticks, old knitting and broken pottery were used in the second workshop all bound together with the clay, glue gun, and plaster that Centrepieces provided.

A huge thank you for the money that has been donated in our first two workshops, already we have £10 to go towards our materials!

The next workshop is on Friday, 26th June 2015, starting at 11 am and finishing at about 1 pm.

Remember to bring any imaginative additions to this sculpture making event, such as old books, clothes, even dried food can be used, preserved or painted, also toys, or collections of things such as lids, Plastic bags etc. Think big! ;)*

Here's a link for the sculpture of one of my favourite artists David Mach, who uses a lot of recyclable or throw away materials, take a look! :)

http://www.davidmach.com/sculpture-2/

Sculpture Workshop starts Friday 12th June

From: 

Friday 12th June 2015

Until: 

Friday 12th June 2015

Place: 

The Lodge, Hall Place, Bourne Road, Bexley, Kent DA5 1PG

About: 

I am very happy to be able to send out information for the first Sculpture workshop.

This workshop is open to everyone, so please invite any friends or family who might be interested.

The first workshop will start on 12th June at 11am until 2pm and will be called, 'Understanding Form'. This workshop will be the first of two in this project which will span over 3 weeks, in June.

This workshop 'Drawing as a Sculptor' will be a guided drawing exercise, where the members of the group will be able to enjoy the
grounds and buildings of Hall Place, exploring form with drawing.

The workshop will start at 11am in the sculpture area of the lodge with a 15-30 minute talk and introduction to the drawing exercise, what we will be looking for and exploring through drawing.

The group will then be able to freely walk around the grounds and buildings of Hall Place to draw what they see, and I will try and visit everyone over the two hours that we will be out drawing.

We will then all come back to the Lodge at 1.30pm for a half hour seminar, to talk about the drawings and the feelings, memories and thoughts that Hall Place grounds and buildings have inspired while we have been drawing.

You will need:
Paper or drawing pad, pencils/sharpeners/erasers, or charcoal and
mastic or erasers.

I will have as much material out on tables as I can find at The Lodge for people to use if there is any difficulty in bringing your own.

You may also like to bring lunch.

If it is raining we will still be going ahead with the workshop, but the talks will be inside the lodge.

Art Exhibition At The Stables

Poster: 

Centrepieces CIO Art Exhibition at The Stables Gallery

From: 

Saturday 25th April 2015

Until: 

Sunday 24th May 2015

Place: 

The Stables Gallery, Visitor Centre, Hall Place, Bexley, DA5 1PQ

About: 

This Centrepieces CIO Art Exhibition at the Stables Gallery in the Visitors Centre, Hall Place, Bexley, DA5 1PQ runs from the 25th April 2015 until the 24th May 2015.

This is the first exhibition with Centrepieces CIO in its new status as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.

Work from many artists, including Barbara Cotter, John Exell, Dawn Tomlin and Barbara French are showing at this exhibition and many works are for sale at prices to suit different budgets. There are various styles of painting and various forms and sculptures to enjoy.

Pop in and take a look.

Centrepieces Annual Art Auction

From: 

Saturday 14th November 2015 12:30 onwards

Place: 

The Meeting Place, The Orchards Shopping Centre High Street Dartford Kent DA1 1DN

About: 

Preview Dates This year’s Auction previews from Thursday 12th to the morning of Saturday 14 November, and visitors can make advanced bids for any work they are interested in buying, if unable to attend the event itself.

This November sees the 15th Annual Auction of artwork created by artists from Centrepieces Mental Health Arts Project, a registered charity based in Bexley. The event raises money to help keep the organisation running, with 50% of sales going to the artists who are members of Centrepieces, all of whom have experienced mental health problems. This year’s Auction is at the Meeting Place in the Orchards Shopping Centre in Dartford, on Saturday 14th November, from 12.30pm.

Centrepieces was founded in 1999 by a group of artists with mental health issues, living in Bexley and the surrounding areas. Originally established with a £5,000 Millennium Award from the National Lottery, Centrepieces was for many years supported by the Crayford Centre, which was part of the local mental health services. It moved in June 2014 to new premises in the Lodge at Hall Place in Bexley, financially supported by Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust. Today, Centrepieces consists of around 100 artists, many of whom volunteer to help run the project. Centrepieces became a Charitable Incorporated Organisation in Feb 2015 and is currently looking to fundraise to secure its longer term future.

Centrepieces exists to promote mental health recovery through the arts, creating opportunities for people to take part in art activities, and to exhibit and sell their work; it also tries to promote a better understanding of mental health in the wider public. With that aim in mind, the charity promotes public art in the local community, such as ‘The Worrier’ previously sited by the river Cray in Crayford Town Centre, and the ‘The Nest’ sculpture at Hall Place, projects which have been led by Centrepieces artists.

Members offering their art for auction have overcome severe mental health difficulties, largely by being empowered through artistic pursuits. Barbara Cotter acknowledges Centrepieces has helped her ‘lose myself in doing art [which] I find very relaxing. It takes my thoughts away [from my problems] and I’m very happy when a picture is finished.’

Georgina Bowen says her depression has been alleviated by her painting, revealing that ‘it has been very therapeutic for me, and very beneficial for my health and wellbeing’, while Barbara Anne French’s art ‘fills up my time and via my paintings I am transported into another world. A happier one’. Joan Sher comments that ‘in times of stress and worry I find it quite uplifting splashing around with very bright colours’, while Trevor Whiting sums up the whole ethos of Centrepieces by observing, ‘working alongside such a diverse and friendly group of artists… is helping me become more confident in both my own ability as an artist and my self-esteem.’

Copy by Rob May 2015

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