We also launched several firsts for Dursley, the first Maternal Journal sessions with artist Athene Greig, Dursley’s first Diwali celebrations (which was so good) and included live music from DanceGuru, Dursley’s first Record Fair with Vinyl Daze Record Fairs and we brought Drag to Dursley for all ages! Cake, Neon, Salt, and Sofira all put on an unbelievable show (especially considering the heat as it was the hottest day of 2022!) More Drag to Kingshill House Creative Centre come soon!!
2022 saw us launch Let’s Create, an unstructured monthly activity session for all young people, a Classical Series which hosted baroque chamber ensemble Passacaglia as they perform as the Passacaglia Duo, internationally renowned Anglo-Irish Carducci String Quartet and the much anticipated award winning classical guitarist Renata Arlotti.
Of course we had our annual show with Tyndale Art Trail who presented a wonderful talk from Aardman Art Director Richard Edmunds. And we are hoping that we are going to do more with Aardman in the future, watch this space.
2022 was the year of collaboration and making new friends, which we love! Projects including Foraging for Food & Art, a walk, talk, sketching and soup which was a collaboration with Wild Acres, Dursley Welcomes Walkers and Jo Beal. It was a day to slow down the pace, learn, explore, and taste whilst creating a wonderful nature map. We were also part of a wonderful project supported by the NHS and partnership with Prema, Under the Edge Arts, Create Gloucestershire, the Quarry Chapel and GL11 which provided a programme of creative activities designed to boost confidence and assist with well-being. Activities included printing with blocks, creating nature sketchbooks, Taiji and Qigong- and the feedback was great. In fact we have received further support to continue the project this year too (watch this space).
Throughout 2022 we have been so lucky to host 3 of our own exhibitions. Kicking off the year with ‘Mind - be here, present / be here’ now co-curated with Athene Greig which was an Open Call asking for submissions that considered the creative mind and mindful practice after several years of a pandemic. Then we hosted ‘Nature, Our Environment’ with artists Jo Ball, Maria Barbu (Marsh&Moor), Jo Beal, Izzy Bridgland, Ella Burling, Joss Cole, Ellie Hawkes, Julia Pomeroy, Kathryn Stevens & Georgie White who all explored the importance of our environment through their practice. Final we finished the year with ‘Food for All’, with artists Olivia Brazier, Jayne Dickinson, Lucy Duke, Karen Glover, Claire Graves, Catherine Hill, Elaine Hunt, Henrietta MacPhee, Kate McDonnell, Qing Pud, Emilia Symis, Shahar Tuchner, Emily Vanns, Clicky White, Michelle Yun-jeong Choi, Madina Zholdybekova who all show the importance of food through their artworks. In this show we also share a collection of public submissions in response to our question "Do you have a fond food memory you’d love to show?” Photos of birthdays, handwritten recipes passed down, and personal stories of fond food memories are shown in the Purnell room, capturing moments that we can all relate to. It is on until 28th February and has a fun activity sheet to complete as you explore the show.
Further still our workshops have been epic this year with activities such as Wendy Murphy producing beautiful rings, Kate King creating Penguin Badge Framed artworks (they are gorgeous), Katy Kebbell making ceramics with leaves and flowers, the fantastic Lisa Lavery creating cyanotypes, and Eloise Gordon immersing us all in a beautiful gong bath workshop.
To finish the year of Mind, Body, Nature and Food we had our Festive Fortnight of workshops from Natural Soap Making with Meghan of SEAL, Christmas Table Centerpieces with Eve Squire of Daisy Belle Floral Design, and screen printing tote bags with Andy Kinnear. And if you're not exhausted then we finished the year with our Christmas Market which saw a wonderful selection of sellers including Kelly Eldridge, Lyn Ang and Anna Jones, Katy Kebbell, Geg Fayle Ceramics, Elaine Hunt, Claire Failes and Cherie Rimmel-Faulds. We had some creative fun with festive family activities including printing cards, and writing a letter to santa (which received a reply fyi).
So that was 2022 (phew), and we have not stopped since (apart from a little break at Christmas of course.) This year is set to be just as wonderfully creative, community focused and open for all. Come join the fun at Kingshill House Creative Centre! And if there is anything you want to see at Kingshill House then tell us, we would love to know.
Come join the fun at Kingshill House Creative Centre!
Author; Georgie White Winter
Business Development Manager at Kingshill House, with a passion for creativity and a big believer that art is for everyone.
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