Eccleston George



Posted by Eccleston George Team on February 9, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Photo: Valentines craft workshop 2014

As part of its current outreach projet, Arts Council of England are working with our friends at Quay Arts and ourselves to find ways to support and encourage creativity and talent on the Isle of Wight.

'OPEN UP' is an engagement project that aims to:

· explore a ‘co-creation’ model to contribute to a diverse programme at Quay Arts.

· work with and learn from others by putting practitioners and professionals together.

· support creative talent by giving opportunities to produce new work.

· make better use of and expand Quay Arts’ sites and facilities.

Photo: Cardboard Challenge 2013

So we've got together with Quay Arts to create an arty outpost nextdoor to our own studio in Sandown Bay. Browns Cafe is currently operated by the Isle of Wight Zoo (our nextdoor neighbours on the other side) and together the three of us are building a programme of community art & craft workshops and other cultural events in the cafe space. Browns Cafe is a brilliant 1930's building and is proving to be a superb spot for events and workshops. Our own Hannah George who's been organising and running the family craft workshops there said "It's amazing how many people have never been to Brown's Cafe before, and when they see the place for the first time they love it".

Photo: Christmas workshop 2013

We're now hoping that these early events will be the first of many similar workshops and happenings to take place at Brown's Cafe and that by working closely with the brilliant Quay Arts we'll be able to showcase their fantastic work to a new audience on the south east coast of the Island.

Valentines workshop 2014

"So far we've delivered three family drop-in craft workshops at Browns" said our Nige "There's also a regular spoken word event called Chorderize taking place their too which is just brilliant. Our next family drop-in craft workshop will be on the 15th March and will be inspired by the animals from the Isle of Wight Zoo."

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