Community-based events for all walks of life

Our ongoing series of community engagement events aims to encourage creative development in those who have unrealised potential, or artistic interests that they would like to explore further. Our learn-by-doing approach emphasises participation in creative enrichment regardless of experience, ability or age.

We encourage socially and ethnically diverse arts audiences by showcasing aspiring, emerging and professional artists alike, who respond to the same creative theme which is set and independently curated by Mel Barry. Themes and partnerships for productions are typically focused on societal and environmental outcomes and attracting participation from within the grassroots of communities.

Free or very low cost events that are highly accessible to the wider public are extremely time consuming and therefore costly to produce and promote. We rely on art sales to help continue our work. Please show your support with an art purchase.

 

24th and 25th June from 10am until 6pm at Thrive Battersea Park Main Garden. Find us on East Carriage Drive, next door to the sports arena and nearest to the Chelsea Bridge Gate entrance to the Park.

24th and 25th June from 10am until 6pm at Thrive Battersea Park Main Garden.

Find us on East Carriage Drive, next door to the sports arena and nearest to the Chelsea Bridge Gate entrance to the Park.

Showcasing locally inspired art

Sculptures, prints and paintings inspired by nature, seasons, Thrive gardens and the wider local area will be available to purchase at Locals Art Hut. The work is by a group of artists ranging from aspiring to professional, and representing many ages. Prices start from around £50.

Find us in Thrive's Main Garden in Battersea ParkEast Carriage Drive (nearest to Chelsea Bridge Gate entrance) SW11 4NJ. From 10am until 7pm daily. Thrive is the leading UK charity that uses gardening to bring positive changes to the lives of people living with disabilities or ill health, or those who are isolated, disadvantaged or vulnerable.

Locals Art Hut continues an ongoing series of public events to widen enjoyment of and access to creativity, deep within the grassroots. All children, young and vulnerable people must be accompanied and supervised at all times by a parent or adult guardian who is responsible for their care.

With special thanks to our host, Thrive Battersea Park and for ongoing support from The London Framing Studio in the Battersea Business Centre, London SW11.

Tactile Sculptures by Yiorgos Bouteris Working with reclaimed natural materials, Yiorgos’ sculptures in stone, ceramic, copper and wood embody what he visualised on first discovering the raw objects.

Tactile Sculptures by Yiorgos Bouteris

Working with reclaimed natural materials, Yiorgos’ sculptures in stone, ceramic, copper and wood embody what he visualised on first discovering the raw objects.

Battersea Park Reportage by Illustrator, Glyn Goodwin New drawings based on Thrive gardens, Battersea Park and the wider local area, inspired by Glyn's 2017 residency at Thrive Battersea Park Main Garden.

Battersea Park Reportage by Illustrator, Glyn Goodwin

New drawings based on Thrive gardens, Battersea Park and the wider local area, inspired by Glyn's 2017 residency at Thrive Battersea Park Main Garden.

Profound Objects Presentation by Sophie Marsham Learn about sculptures made from found and vintage materials. Putney Artist, Sophie Marsham will present a photographic selection of her work since 1993 created from reclaimed objects - demonstrating the creative magic that is possible when working with items that are ordinarily discarded. This two hour event was held in May 2017 at Thrive Battersea Park Main Garden for the Chelsea Fringe and Wandsworth Fringe Festivals..

Profound Objects Presentation by Sophie Marsham

Learn about sculptures made from found and vintage materials. Putney Artist, Sophie Marsham will present a photographic selection of her work since 1993 created from reclaimed objects - demonstrating the creative magic that is possible when working with items that are ordinarily discarded. This two hour event was held in May 2017 at Thrive Battersea Park Main Garden for the Chelsea Fringe and Wandsworth Fringe Festivals..

Mixed Media Portrait Box Workshop with Art Therapist, Charlie Rollo-Walker Charlie is an art therapist and mixed media artist, specialising in botanically inspired textiles. During the Chelsea Fringe Festival in May she ran a workshop at Thrive Battersea Park Main Garden to demonstrate that creativity is an accessible tool for everyone to use throughout everyday life. She also hopes to encourage participants to recognise or alleviate inner criticisms of their artistic abilities as they go about their own creative explorations. Taking inspiration from her recent period of creative exploration around Thrive Battersea Park gardens and the wider area, the workshop incorporated natural materials.

Mixed Media Portrait Box Workshop with Art Therapist, Charlie Rollo-Walker

Charlie is an art therapist and mixed media artist, specialising in botanically inspired textiles. During the Chelsea Fringe Festival in May she ran a workshop at Thrive Battersea Park Main Garden to demonstrate that creativity is an accessible tool for everyone to use throughout everyday life. She also hopes to encourage participants to recognise or alleviate inner criticisms of their artistic abilities as they go about their own creative explorations. Taking inspiration from her recent period of creative exploration around Thrive Battersea Park gardens and the wider area, the workshop incorporated natural materials.

Hilaire reading poetry in Battersea Park During the Chelsea Fringe in May 2017 at Thrive Battersea Park Main Garden, Battersea resident and writer, Hilaire read her garden and nature themed poems inspired by Thrive gardens and the art at Locals Art Hut. Hilaire was poet-in-residence at Thrive Battersea Park for Chelsea Fringe 2017 and Open Garden Squares Weekend 2016. Her poems and short stories have been published in several anthologies and various magazines, including Brittle Star, Under the Radar and ARTEMISpoetry. Her novel Hearts on Ice is published by Serpent's Tail.

Hilaire reading poetry in Battersea Park

During the Chelsea Fringe in May 2017 at Thrive Battersea Park Main Garden, Battersea resident and writer, Hilaire read her garden and nature themed poems inspired by Thrive gardens and the art at Locals Art Hut.

Hilaire was poet-in-residence at Thrive Battersea Park for Chelsea Fringe 2017 and Open Garden Squares Weekend 2016. Her poems and short stories have been published in several anthologies and various magazines, including Brittle Star, Under the Radar and ARTEMISpoetry. Her novel Hearts on Ice is published by Serpent's Tail.


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Nature inspired sculpture trail with sculptor, Sophie Marsham at Vauxhall City Farm

Participants worked with Sophie to create outdoor sculptures from vintage and other found objects. This event took place on Friday, 2nd June, kindly supported by @vauxhallone.


Locals Exhibition

Resilient communities and common good

Urbanisation, collage on board. First shown to the public at the inaugural Locals Exhibition in London

Urbanisation, collage on board. First shown to the public at the inaugural Locals Exhibition in London

Urbanisation was made during a community and societal purpose workshop facilitated by Mel Barry and hosted by a sheltered accommodation provider.  Work made by residents and neighbours from ages 5 to 55 was selected for a group exhibition and shown to the public for the first time as part of the 2016 launch of Locals Exhibition during two London festivals: Chelsea Fringe and Wandsworth Fringe. Families from at least six boroughs enjoyed 50 free places in collaborative workshops run by professional artists.

The body of work highlighted views about neighbourhood improvements needed to address excessive urbanisation, personal space problems, dog mess and other pollution. 

Locals may be hosted by any community and has excellent touring potential.  Please enquire with the curator producer, Mel Barry.

With thanks for support from The London Framing Studio.


Move Collection

Inspired by movement and performance themes in dance, music and theatre.

The inaugural Move Exhibition launched in 2014 with a four day group show in London, followed by a tour of public venues in London and Bath which is ongoing.

Beautiful Movers - based on art made during a collage and drawing workshop for ages 4 to 14

Beautiful Movers - based on art made during a collage and drawing workshop for ages 4 to 14

In the making of the Move collection, individuals aged between 3 and 84 enjoyed hundreds of free places in art workshops run by 10 professional artists over a period of eight months. These enrichment activities were hosted by charities, social enterprise, primary schools and public venues and culminated in a group exhibition with a private view opening for artists and their families.

The inaugural Move Exhibition opened at a London youth charity during an arts festival

The inaugural Move Exhibition opened at a London youth charity during an arts festival

Stride - Move sketch

Stride - Move sketch

Our students often talk about having little to do during school holidays so enrichment activities are crucial.

Our Move workshop helped everyone to explore their talent in an alternative way. It was wonderful to see participants so engaged with the concept and materials, as well as their own artistic ideas.

An important objective was to successfully complete a mixed media piece to a tight deadline, and the celebration of that achievement fed into the sessions. The workshop created a buzz in our centre and we all enjoyed exhibition private view.
— IntoUniversity Lambeth
Move drawing and collage mash-up with Sophie Marsham, hosted by Hebe Foundation youth charity

Move drawing and collage mash-up with Sophie Marsham, hosted by Hebe Foundation youth charity

Together, the collective inspiration of aspiring and professional artists alike has produced distinct and lively Move art from scratch, all based on their own observations of music, dance and theatre. For stories and images please visit Move Exhibition.

Loop - Move sketch

Loop - Move sketch


Art in a Five Star Urban Garden

Collaborative art workshop in RHS registered primary school garden

Hosted by Christ Church CE primary school Battersea, sculptor Sophie Marsham worked alongside parents, teachers, students and their siblings making art to adorn a log cabin nestled at the back of the wonderful garden, used by teachers and pupils for learning within the garden environment.

The summer event was a great opportunity for all walks of life to enjoy a group process of creation and self-expression. Sophie guided participants to create people figures, from wooden picnic cutlery, reflecting the diversity of the local area.

Photo courtesy of Christ Church CE primary school, Battersea

Photo courtesy of Christ Church CE primary school, Battersea

The school’s vision was to develop a community garden that would change thinking by inspiring local families to grow fruit and vegetables. Since 2009, the school and their local community have worked hard to transform the once disused allotment, ensconced between buildings on the local estate which borders the school, into a thriving and productive garden educational resource. With help from the RHS Campaign for School Gardening, the Capital Growth Scheme and Covent Garden Sprouts Project they give pupils, staff, parents and local families a hands-on experience of sustainability. It is one of 100 gardens to have achieved level 5 which is the highest category in the RHS campaign for School Gardening with over 17,000 schools registered.

We were thrilled to host an art workshop to welcome new and familiar faces to our garden.

Our pupils and their families need outdoor challenges. The majority live in flats with small balconies, and as many parents have long working hours their children can be restricted to sedentary indoor activities. Parents and staff would otherwise have limited access to opportunities for outdoor learning.
— Headteacher

Nearly 90 per cent of pupils at the school are from differing minority ethnic heritages, with the largest proportions being Black African and Black Caribbean. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language and who are not fluent in English when they enter the school is treble the national average. The proportion known to be eligible for free school meals is also three times higher than the national average.

Moving Figures is a collective sculpture of cutlery people made by ages 5 to 56 in free public workshops run by Sophie Marsham during a 2015 London arts festival

Moving Figures is a collective sculpture of cutlery people made by ages 5 to 56 in free public workshops run by Sophie Marsham during a 2015 London arts festival


Emerge Exhibition

Rupert and the Bird: an original puppet theatre, with characters and props set in a found drawer

Rupert and the Bird: an original puppet theatre, with characters and props set in a found drawer

A four-day group exhibition in 2013 at a youth club in Battersea, London during a local Fringe Arts Festival. Emerge at Devas featured sculptures and mixed media, paintings, drawings and film by aspiring and professional artists; a range of ages and walks of life.

With support provided by an Unltd Star People Award