Community-based productions for all walks of life

An ongoing series of creative enrichment events to foster community engagement

With a learn-by-doing approach in a community-based setting, our productions emphasise participation regardless of experience. We further encourage creativity from all walks of life with exhibitions that showcase aspiring, emerging and professional artists alike.

Free and 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 buyers and workshop hosts to help continue our work. Please show your support with an art purchase, or by hosting a creativity workshop for your local community, colleagues or friends.

Host a creativity workshop

Visual expression

A creativity workshop is ideal for any group seeking new ways to discuss and explore their community and societal interests, from local to global issues.

This  is an opportunity for your target audience to contemplate, draw and collage their thoughts in response to a set theme, the results of which you can use to continue the discussion with a wider audience.

Two hour workshop at a venue of your choice

The first hour involves warm-up drawing exercises, most of which are quite fast-paced. These help all to build towards spending the second hour creating a drawing or collage, or some combination. The aim is for all to create a visual representation of the workshop theme, in their unique style.

The hope is that all participants gain a sense of confidence from using practical skills to try new ideas, and a sense of accomplishment having made something from scratch in a limited amount of time.

  • Ideal for ages 12 years plus, and for absolute beginners - though all levels of talent are welcome
  • Up to fifteen participants per session
  • Held at your preferred location and time
  • Workshop fee applies
  • Email enquiries to: buy@popsyset.com
 In response to the theme  Abundance   and Scarcity , participants in this creativity session created drawings and collages addressing food waste, nature, politics and families. Held in a community garden during their harvest celebrations.

In response to the theme Abundance and Scarcity, participants in this creativity session created drawings and collages addressing food waste, nature, politics and families. Held in a community garden during their harvest celebrations.

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Locals' Exhibition showcases locally inspired art

A creativity initiative:

  • to offer accessible creative enrichment to all walks of life
  • to promote connections within and between communities or generations
  • to widen enjoyment of and access to creativity from deep within the grassroots
  • in particular for vulnerable, isolated or marginalised groups

Locals' Art Hut hosted by Thrive Battersea Park continues an ongoing series of Locals' Exhibition public events. A similar Locals' Exhibtion can be hosted by any community anywhere. Please enquire by email to buy@popsyset.com

   Popping up over summer and     for open days and festivals at      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 groups.    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 £20. Opening times vary and are weather dependent - please check beforehand 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 other responsible adult. Please read the footer of this website for full terms.  Special thanks for ongoing support from  The London Framing Studio .

Popping up over summer and for open days and festivals at 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 groups.

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 £20. Opening times vary and are weather dependent - please check beforehand 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 other responsible adult. Please read the footer of this website for full terms.

Special thanks for ongoing support from The London Framing Studio.

   Locals' Art Hut  returns to  Thrive Battersea Park Main Garden  for Chelsea Fringe 2018.   @ChelseaFringe    w.  chelseafringe.com/Creativity Workshop 25 May

Locals' Art Hut returns to Thrive Battersea Park Main Garden for Chelsea Fringe 2018. @ChelseaFringe

w. chelseafringe.com/Creativity Workshop 25 May

   Locals' Art Hut  returns to  Thrive Battersea Park Main Garden  for the Wandsworth Arts Fringe 2018 from Friday, 4th May.    w.  wandsworthfringe.com/Locals Art Hut

Locals' Art Hut returns to Thrive Battersea Park Main Garden for the Wandsworth Arts Fringe 2018 from Friday, 4th May.

w. wandsworthfringe.com/Locals Art Hut

   Locals' Art Hut  at  Thrive Battersea Park Main Garden  returns for Community Business Weekend 2018 from Friday, 4th May. #Cbwkd18   Over 200 community businesses opened their doors for Community Business Weekend in October 2017.   w:  communitybusinessweekend.org/Locals Art Hut

Locals' Art Hut at Thrive Battersea Park Main Garden returns for Community Business Weekend 2018 from Friday, 4th May. #Cbwkd18

Over 200 community businesses opened their doors for Community Business Weekend in October 2017.

w: communitybusinessweekend.org/Locals 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, 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 and The Popsy Set.


Locals' Exhibition

Ideal for communities looking to showcase their creativity, talent and ideas.

  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.


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.

 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 by WoW Mums, WoW Kids and friends at London City Hall.  ‘Uncharted’ is a poem by Hilaire that artfully describes our experience in making the performance.

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 by WoW Mums, WoW Kids and friends at London City Hall.

‘Uncharted’ is a poem by Hilaire that artfully describes our experience in making the performance.

  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


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