A creative space…near you?

 

I was contacted a few weeks ago by a lovely lady, Debra, who runs a place nearby in East Sheen, called the Artyard, asking if I was interested in running some mosaic workshops. I clicked on the Artyard website and immediately started doing internal skips and hops of excitement! One real time visit yesterday with my little Toby and I am now hooked.

Artyard is a space that every community should have. It is a creativity zone for children, for children and their families and for adults. The physical environment is evidence of the much fun that has clearly been had over the years, as well as a testament to clever design and the spirit of re-purposing and upcycling. The programme of creative work offered, from Family Making sessions (popcorn provided!), box art workshops, print making and seasonal events to mother and tots craft sessions and “Cocktail and Canvases” on Friday evenings (mmmm….make mine a mojito!).

Artyard is going way beyond ‘Paint Your Own Pottery’ cafe’s for children. It is combining the community spirit of Stitch and Bitch with creative classes in a fantastic, centre of town setting. Do you have anything like this in your community? Please do share…

Imagine if every community had a  creative space like this – where using your hands and your heart  where a normal way of spending your free time, socialising,  developing as a person and dealing with the ups and downs of life. Think arty parties for grown ups (not just for children!), a place to help to you celebrate and mark big events (with a special creation to take away at the end). Think self-help for individuals and groups. Think soothing of the soul during tough times. An alternative to the TV, the bottle, the anti-depressant – all those things we as a society use to numb our souls instead of making them come alive and sing.

Yes, I think the Artyard and other places like it are more than just a bit of fun (well, a lot of fun by the looks of it!). I think they can be the kind of places that create community, well-being and a whole bunch of humans that are fully alive, skilled-up and developing.

If you are in London or in the Southern home counties, why not consider Artyard as a place to go, not just with children, but for yourself – for some ‘me time’. Artyard is having an Open Day between 11am- 8pm on Thursday 4th November. Check it out and if you are a London blogger – please do spread the word.

11 Responses to “A creative space…near you?”

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  1. Jude says:

    Sounds fantastic – I'm not aware of anything quite the same near us, but sometimes it's difficult for these places to promote themselves. There should definitely be more of them!

  2. Louise Gale says:

    Oooh super cool place to find! We have a couple of spaces similar, but this seems to have so many fab things to try out. Enjoy. xx

  3. Emma says:

    Looks fantastic!!! One of those unique places!! 🙂

  4. blue sky butterfly studio says:

    I have some friends who have been to a couple of kids parties here and have said how good they were, and their children really enjoyed them. Really nice having a creative outlet on our doorstep. I will have to check it out with my daughter, she would love it. I also want to check out the Papered Parlour in Clapham, but perhaps without little ones as seems a little grown up.

  5. AG Ambroult says:

    OH MY GOODNESS I need an Artyard in my neighborhood. Quick! That looks amazing. Congrats on your new opportunities!
    ps I saw your feature in Family Fun at the dentist last week. I was so proud!

  6. Concetta says:

    Maybe we should meet there for a coffee blue sky! And Amy, so cool that you saw the article. Dana saw it in the dentist!!

  7. Jenny Lee Wentworth says:

    I just love London, what a fabulous place! We don't have anything like that in my area. Have fun, wish I could join in. 🙂 Thanks for the blog love my friend!
    ?Jenny

  8. Amelia says:

    sounds thoroughly amazing Concetta and just up our communal street 😉 You are a busy bee at the mo!

    Amelia.x

  9. Jo says:

    Looks fantastic!! Yes, I wish there were more creative spaces like this… such an inspiration and an opportunity for building RL creative communities. My hubby's best mate and his family live in East Sheen… I wonder if they've been there…must ask!
    Hugs xxx

  10. Concetta says:

    Oh do tell them about it Jo! Hope you are doing good. x

  11. Suzanne says:

    What a fun place. Be sure and post photos of your class.

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