Creative enrichment for all walks of life

We pride ourselves on encouraging broad participation in creative enrichment, and creating grassroots opportunities to showcase work by aspiring, emerging and professional artists alike.

Community-based

Since 2013 we have welcomed all ages and all walks of life with free and very low cost creative enrichment opportunities in community settings during Chelsea Fringe Festival, Wandsworth Arts Fringe, Community Business Weekend and Get Creative UK.

Events that are highly accessible to the wider general public are extremely time consuming and costly to deliver. To continue this important grassroots work, year-round we rely on art buyers and group workshop bookings.

Please show your support with a purchase from the paintings, prints or mixed media online gallery, or buy directly from Art Hut at our London Battersea Park base. Group private workshops are held at the beautiful garden venue, or we can go to you.

 

Book a Creativity Workshop

Nature inspired CREATIVE SESSIONS

All work made during these sessions will be considered for entry into the Art Hut, at the curator’s discretion.

General Creativity - 6pm Mondays and 4:30pm Sundays until 30 June. Plus, for Chelsea Fringe Festival on Saturday, 18th May at 12:30pm

  • A fresh way to explore and express your views about community/environmental themes;

  • Experiment with drawing and collage while you contemplate the theme;

  • The hope is that you gain a sense of confidence from using practical skills to try new ideas, and a sense of accomplishment having made something in your unique style from scratch in a limited amount of time;

  • Work made that comments on endangered flora or fauna will be considered, at the discretion of the curator, for entry into Rarely Seen - an initiative to help raise awareness about endangered species conservation;

  • Please bring a smock and thin gloves;

  • Facilitated by the Art Hut curator;

  • Ideal for adult beginners. Ages 14+ are welcome provided they are accompanied and supervised at all times by a participating parent;

  • £20 per person, minimum of six participants. Sessions with fewer than six people will be held outdoors, weather permitting, or postponed until the following session.

Picture-making - Sunday, 12th May at 10am

  • An exploration of critically endangered insects and other animals through sketching and drawing;

  • Facilitated by a professional illustrator;

  • Work made will be considered, at the discretion of the curator, for entry into Rarely Seen - an initiative to help raise awareness about endangered species conservation;

  • Please bring a smock and thin gloves;

  • For adults. £30 per person, minimum of six participants.

Water colour focus for adults - Sunday, 26th May at 10am

Enjoy two hours with painter Michael Warren - resident artist at Battersea Power Station - to discuss and develop up to three of your unfinished water colour paintings, inspired by nature or a feature of the local area. For intermediate to advanced. In a group setting you will hear and share feedback to help progress your work on from any stage. If you wish to paint during this indoor session please bring a very small amount of your own water colour materials. Please no acrylics, oils and easels. £30 per person in advance, minimum of six participants.

Words - Sunday, 26th May at 2pm

  • A creative writing exploration of endangered flora and fauna in Britain;

  • Facilitated by a professional poet and writer;

  • Work made will be considered, at the discretion of the curator, for entry into Rarely Seen - an initiative to help raise awareness about endangered species conservation;

  • Please bring a notepad and pen;

  • For adults. £30 per person, minimum of six participants.

Rhythms - June and August dates to be announced

  • Gentle movement, led by a professional choreographer and dance artist;

  • Please dress for the weather, your comfort and free movement and bring a small towel;

  • For adults. £15 per person, minimum of 10 participants. If fewer, held entirely outdoors - weather permitting;

  • Please send an email to express your interest: buy@popsyset.com

All workshops are held at our beautiful Battersea Park venue, unless we go to you.

  • Bookings and enquiries: buy@popsyset.com

  • For carious levels and abilities, including beginners;

  • Payment in advance, not refundable;

  • Limit of 20 people per session. Minimums apply per session;

  • Two hours per session plus a ten minute break;

  • No animals or bicycles inside the workshop building or left in the garden;

  • No phones, cameras, food, music, gum, smoking or vaping during any workshop.

Bookings and enquiries: buy@popsyset.com

 

Buy from Art Hut

Art Hut pops-up for open days and festivals in partnership with    Thrive Battersea Park Main Garden   .     Locals' Art Hut  is kindly hosted by    Thrive Battersea Park    to showcase creativity based on nature themes and the wider local area. A range of sculptures, prints and paintings are available to purchase, made by various ages and levels of experience from aspiring to professional. This initiative aims to promote intra-community connections and offer accessible creative enrichment - in particular for vulnerable, isolated or marginalised adults of various abilities, backgrounds and experience.   Thrive is the leading UK charity that uses gardening to bring about positive changes in the lives of people living with disabilities or ill health, or who are isolated, disadvantaged or vulnerable.   w.    thrive.org.uk/battersea    Prices from around £20. Free entry when open and all visitors asked to please show their support with an art purchase. Opening times vary and are weather dependent. Please check beforehand by email to  buy@popsyset.com  allowing 48 hours for a reply. Children, young, vulnerable people must be accompanied and supervised at all times by a parent or responsible adult guardian. Please read the footer of this website for full terms.  Special thanks for ongoing support from  The London Framing Studio .

Art Hut pops-up for open days and festivals in partnership with Thrive Battersea Park Main Garden.

Locals' Art Hut is kindly hosted by Thrive Battersea Park to showcase creativity based on nature themes and the wider local area. A range of sculptures, prints and paintings are available to purchase, made by various ages and levels of experience from aspiring to professional. This initiative aims to promote intra-community connections and offer accessible creative enrichment - in particular for vulnerable, isolated or marginalised adults of various abilities, backgrounds and experience.

Thrive is the leading UK charity that uses gardening to bring about positive changes in the lives of people living with disabilities or ill health, or who are isolated, disadvantaged or vulnerable.

w. thrive.org.uk/battersea

Prices from around £20. Free entry when open and all visitors asked to please show their support with an art purchase. Opening times vary and are weather dependent. Please check beforehand by email to buy@popsyset.com allowing 48 hours for a reply. Children, young, vulnerable people must be accompanied and supervised at all times by a parent or responsible adult guardian. Please read the footer of this website for full terms.

Special thanks for ongoing support from The London Framing Studio.

Locals’ Art Hut, hosted by Thrive Charity Battersea Park in their Main Garden, continues an ongoing series of creative enrichment events in SW London curated by Mel Barry since 2013, This initiative:

  • Offers accessible creative enrichment to all walks of life and all abilities

  • Promotes connections within and between communities and generations

  • Is located in the grassroots to help reach vulnerable, isolated or marginalised adults

Locals' Art Hut  at    Thrive Battersea Park Main Garden    returns for Chelsea Fringe 2019    w.    chelseafringe.com/Creativity Workshop

Locals' Art Hut at Thrive Battersea Park Main Garden returns for Chelsea Fringe 2019

w. chelseafringe.com/Creativity Workshop

 
Locals' Art Hut  at   Thrive Battersea Park Main Garden     returns for Community Business Weekend    w:    communitybusinessweekend.org/Locals Art Hut

Locals' Art Hut at Thrive Battersea Park Main Garden returns for Community Business Weekend

w: communitybusinessweekend.org/Locals Art Hut

 
Locals' Art Hut  at    Thrive Battersea Park Main Garden    returns for Wandsworth Arts Fringe 2019    w.    wandsworthfringe.com/Art Hut

Locals' Art Hut at Thrive Battersea Park Main Garden returns for Wandsworth Arts Fringe 2019

w. wandsworthfringe.com/Art Hut

 
Reportage    Illustrations by Glyn Goodwin, inspired by his period of creative exploration around Thrive gardens and the wider area in 2017, are available to purchase from  Locals’ Art Hut  and The Popsy Set.

Reportage

Illustrations by Glyn Goodwin, inspired by his period of creative exploration around Thrive gardens and the wider area in 2017, are available to purchase from Locals’ Art Hut and The Popsy Set.

 
Profound Objects Presentation    Hosted by Locals' Art Hut at Thrive Battersea Park Main Garden,   sculptor Sophie Marsham presented 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 from Locals’ Art Hut and The Popsy Set .

Profound Objects Presentation

Hosted by Locals' Art Hut at Thrive Battersea Park Main Garden, sculptor Sophie Marsham presented 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 from Locals’ Art Hut and The Popsy Set.

 
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  Locals' Art Hut  at Thrive Battersea Park Main Garden, Charlie ran a workshop demonstrating 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 are available from Locals’ Art Hut and The Popsy Set.   They were   inspired by a period of creative exploration around Thrive gardens and the wider area in 2017.

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 Locals' Art Hut at Thrive Battersea Park Main Garden, Charlie ran a workshop demonstrating 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 are available from Locals’ Art Hut and The Popsy Set. They were inspired by a period of creative exploration around Thrive gardens and the wider area in 2017.

 
Locals' Art Hut  features poems by   Battersea resident and writer, Hilaire. Nature themed, they are inspired by Thrive gardens and some of the work shown the Art Hut.  Her most recent poem responds to the 2018 Art Hut theme of quiet.   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.

Locals' Art Hut features poems by Battersea resident and writer, Hilaire. Nature themed, they are inspired by Thrive gardens and some of the work shown the Art Hut. Her most recent poem responds to the 2018 Art Hut theme of quiet.

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 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, a south west London based printmaker 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 originals can be purchased from the Locals’ Art Hut and The Popsy Set.


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. It was 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. It was first shown to the public at the inaugural Locals Exhibition in London.

For the inaugural Locals Exhibition in 2016, art made by residents and neighbours from ages 5 to 55 was shown during the Chelsea Fringe and Wandsworth Fringe Festivals.

The body of work highlighted views about neighbourhood improvements; excessive urbanisation; personal space on the street, dog mess and other pollution. 

During this public event, families from at least six boroughs enjoyed 50 free places in collaborative workshops run by professional artists.

Kindly supported by The London Framing Studio and The Magic Garden.

A similar event can be hosted by any community anywhere. Enquiries: buy@popsyset.com


Move Exhibition

The Move Exhibiton collection of visual art is inspired by 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 central London and Bath.

The Collection is curated by Mel Barry. Please click here for Move Exhibition stories.

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 Exhibition 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. Please click here for Move Exhibition stories.

Move Exhibition art is available to purchase from The Popsy Set.

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 the exhibition private view.
— IntoUniversity Lambeth
Move  exhibition drawing and collage mash-up with Sophie Marsham at Hebe Foundation youth charity

Move exhibition drawing and collage mash-up with Sophie Marsham at Hebe Foundation youth charity

Together, the collective inspiration of aspiring and professional artists alike has produced distinct and lively Move Exhibition art from scratch, all based on their own observations of music, dance and theatre. Please click here for Move Exhibition stories.

Loop  - Move Exhibition sketch based on the private view dance performance by Dance United

Loop - Move Exhibition sketch based on the private view dance performance by Dance United

 
In 2017 the Move Exhibition collection welcomed ‘Radiate’ - an intergenerational dance performance inspired by three Move Exhibition paintings. Radiate was choreographed by Jo Leahy of Bodmoves and performed at London City Hall by WoW Mums, WoW Kids and dancer friends.  “ Uncharted ” is a poem by Hilaire that artfully describes our experience in making the Radiate performance. It was an informal commission by Mel Barry for the Move Exhibition collection.

In 2017 the Move Exhibition collection welcomed ‘Radiate’ - an intergenerational dance performance inspired by three Move Exhibition paintings. Radiate was choreographed by Jo Leahy of Bodmoves and performed at London City Hall by WoW Mums, WoW Kids and dancer friends.

Uncharted” is a poem by Hilaire that artfully describes our experience in making the Radiate performance. It was an informal commission by Mel Barry for the Move Exhibition collection.


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