Community-based, for all walks of life

Our ongoing series of community engagement productions aims to foster 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, as well as attracting participation from deep 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.

Showcasing locally inspired art

Visit Locals Art Hut in Thrive Battersea Park Main Garden

Locals' Art Hut Weekends at Thrive Battersea Park

Buy sculptures, prints and paintings inspired by nature, seasons, Thrive gardens and the wider local area. The work is by a group of artists ranging from aspiring to professional and various ages. Prices range from under £50 up to £300. Opening times vary - please check beforehand by email to buy@popsyset.com.

Kindly hosted by Thrive Battersea Park in their Main Garden. 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. With special thanks for ongoing support from The London Framing Studio in the Battersea Business Centre, London SW11.

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.

Locals' Art Hut  will be open especially for Communmity Business Weekend from 5th to 8th October.  Over 200 community businesses are opening their doors for Community Business Weekend. It's an opportunity to find out more, show your support and get involved. w: communitybusinessweekend.org/event/popsy-set/

Locals' Art Hut  will be open especially for Communmity Business Weekend from 5th to 8th October. 

Over 200 community businesses are opening their doors for Community Business Weekend. It's an opportunity to find out more, show your support and get involved.

w: communitybusinessweekend.org/event/popsy-set/

Reportage by Illustrator, Glyn Goodwin Drawings by Glyn, based on Thrive gardens, and the wider local area, are available to purchase from Locals’ Art Hut. They were, inspired by his period of creative exploration earlier in 2017. Glyn lives in south west London.

Reportage by Illustrator, Glyn Goodwin

Drawings by Glyn, based on Thrive gardens, and the wider local area, are available to purchase from Locals’ Art Hut. They were, inspired by his period of creative exploration earlier in 2017.

Glyn lives in south west London.


Chelsea Fringe & Wandsworth Arts Festivals

Profound Objects Presentation Hosted by Thrive Battersea Park and Locals' Art Hut, sculptor Sophie Marsham gave her tine to present a photographic selection of her work since 1993 - demonstrating the creative magic that is possible when working with items that are ordinarily discarded. During the two hour event attendees learnt about the making of sculptures from found, reclaimed and vintage materials. Sophie's sculptures are available to purchase from Locals’ Art Hut. She lives and works in south west London.

Profound Objects Presentation

Hosted by Thrive Battersea Park and Locals' Art Hut, sculptor Sophie Marsham gave her tine to present a photographic selection of her work since 1993 - demonstrating the creative magic that is possible when working with items that are ordinarily discarded. During the two hour event attendees learnt about the making of sculptures from found, reclaimed and vintage materials.

Sophie's sculptures are available to purchase from Locals’ Art Hut. She lives and works in south west London.

Mixed Media Workshop Local artist, Charlie Rollo-Walker is an art therapist and mixed media artist. She also specialises in botanically inspired textiles. Hosted by Thrive Battersea Park and Locals' Art Hut, Charlie ran a workshop to demonstrate that creativity is an accessible tool for everyone to use throughout everyday life. She encouraged participants to recognise inner criticisms of their artistic abilities as they go about their own creative journey. Taking inspiration from the garden, her workshop incorporated natural materials. Original paintings by Charlie can be purchased from Locals’ Art Hut. They were inspired by a period of creative exploration around Thrive gardens and the wider area.

Mixed Media Workshop

Local artist, Charlie Rollo-Walker is an art therapist and mixed media artist. She also specialises in botanically inspired textiles.

Hosted by Thrive Battersea Park and Locals' Art Hut, Charlie ran a workshop to demonstrate that creativity is an accessible tool for everyone to use throughout everyday life. She encouraged participants to recognise inner criticisms of their artistic abilities as they go about their own creative journey. Taking inspiration from the garden, her workshop incorporated natural materials.

Original paintings by Charlie can be purchased from Locals’ Art Hut. They were inspired by a period of creative exploration around Thrive gardens and the wider area.

Hilaire's readings in Battersea Park Locals' Art Hut features poems by Battersea resident and writer, Hilaire. Nature themed, they are inspired by Thrive gardens and art at the Hut. She was poet-in-residence at Thrive Battersea Park for Chelsea Fringe 2017 and Open Garden Squares Weekend 2016. Hilaire's 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's readings in Battersea Park

Locals' Art Hut features poems by Battersea resident and writer, Hilaire. Nature themed, they are inspired by Thrive gardens and art at the Hut.

She was poet-in-residence at Thrive Battersea Park for Chelsea Fringe 2017 and Open Garden Squares Weekend 2016. Hilaire's 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 workshop at Vauxhall City Farm

 

Participants worked with sculptor Sophie Marsham to create outdoor sculptures from vintage and other found objects. This event took place druing the 2017 Chelsea Fringe, kindly supported by @vauxhallone.


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Nature inspired drawing workshop

 

For Thrive's Autumn Open Day, south west London based artist Amanda gave her time to run a drawing workshop for all ages and levels of experience. Participants observed and drew from still life in the tranquillity of the autumn garden.

Amanda's prints and original art can be purchased from the Locals’ Art Hut.


Local Voices

A creativity workshop for the visual expression of ideas about resilient communities, collective needs and common good.

Facilitated by Mel Barry, any group in any community looking for a new way to discuss and explore community matters is invited to host this session for up to 20 participants.

 

Participants in this creativity session - hosted by a community garden during their annual harvest event - were asked to visually express their thoughts about abundance and scarcity with relation to collective needs. Younger and older created drawings and collages reflecting issues and concepts involving food waste, nature, politics and families.

Participants in this creativity session - hosted by a community garden during their annual harvest event - were asked to visually express their thoughts about abundance and scarcity with relation to collective needs.

Younger and older created drawings and collages reflecting issues and concepts involving food waste, nature, politics and families.

Locals Exhibition

Communities, of any type or size, looking for a new ways to showcase local talent or local voices about community needs - please enquire with the curator producer, Mel Barry about hosting Locals' Exhibition.

Urbanisation, collage on board. Urbanisation was made during a community and societal purpose workshop facilitated by Mel Barry and hosted by a sheltered accommodation provider. First shown to the public at the inaugural Locals Exhibition in London.

Urbanisation, collage on board. Urbanisation was made during a community and societal purpose workshop facilitated by Mel Barry and hosted by a sheltered accommodation provider. First shown to the public at the inaugural Locals Exhibition in London.

At the 2016 launch of Locals Exhibition during the Chelsea Fringe and Wandsworth Fringe Festivals art made by locals residents and neighbours from ages 5 to 55 was shown to the public for the first time. The body of work highlighted views about neighbourhood improvements needed to address excessive urbanisation, personal space problems, dog mess and other pollution. 

Families from at least six boroughs enjoyed 50 free places in collaborative workshops run by professional artists.

Kindly supported by The London Framing Studio.


Move Exhibition Collection

Move visual art is 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. Produced and curated by Mel Barry. For stories please visit Move Exhibition.

Our troupe of 25 people - younger, older and all levels of dance performance experience - is now rehearsing for a City Hall performance on 7th November.

Our troupe of 25 people - younger, older and all levels of dance performance experience - is now rehearsing for a City Hall performance on 7th November.

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. For stories please visit Move Exhibition.

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 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