CALM Art Collective Workshop Series


We are excited to be working again with our Charity Partner CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) to present the CALM Art Collective. 

CALM is leading a movement against suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK. The CALM Art Collective aims to bring together artists and art lovers to explore life issues, wellbeing and mental health through the medium of art, building a supportive community online and in the real world. Together this community of art lovers will support each other, celebrate the power of artistic-self expression, and create great art works that explore difficult issues and push the conversation forward.

To push forward the conversation on mental health and self-expression, this October the collective will be exhibiting artwork made by members, with 100% of the sale proceeds donated to CALM. 

The CALM Art Collective will also present a series of creative workshops at the fair, to encourage visitors to get involved and get creative. See below for more details!

THURSDAY, 6-9 PM

PINK & HANCOCK EMBROIDERY WORKSHOP

Enjoy the therapeutic benefits of embroidery, whilst Pink & Hancock help you embroider something you’ll be proud of! With all items supplied, just bring yourself along for a relaxing time! 

Artist duo Pink & Hancock blossomed from an innocent insta DM complementing Sammy's work, and within the past 2 years, have since done multiple art swaps, ate lots of chips & hummus and hosted many embroidery workshops together, ranging in places from Tate Modern to The British Museum.

They have a mutual love for embroidery, activism towards mental health and women's rights and have a passion for making embroidery more accessible; whether its a financial issue, language barrier or skill level - they strive to have your back!

The workshop is a free, drop-in session.  Donations are welcome, all proceeds go to CALM's amazing cause. 

FRIDAY, 6-9 PM

POSTER COLLAGE WITH NAOMI VONA 

Naomi’s work combines different interests like photography, collage and illustration. Her research is focused on altering vintage and contemporary found images, creating a new interpretation of the original shots. Using pens, paper, coloured tape and stickers she gives to every image a new life.

Join Naomi Vona for a drop in session of collage fun! The event will be focused on altering by hand vintage print portraits on a large scale, or bring your own photograph or print to reimagine in Naomi’s style! 

The workshop is a free, drop-in session.  Donations are welcome, all proceeds go to CALM's amazing cause. 

SATURDAY, 2-5 PM

BENJAMIN THOMAS TAYLOR : DIY SCREEN PRINTING 

Armed with an old table top, a vacuum cleaner and some very inky fingers, artist Benjamin Thomas Taylor will demonstrate how to create your own DIY screen printing set up, whilst guiding you through making your very own limited edition screen print.

Benjamin Thomas Taylor is known for his bright, Pop Art inspired landscapes. Fuelled by a sense of joy, his detailed paintings and prints open up hyperreal spaces, crossing from reality into a parallel world of limitless possibility, full of colour and creation. Having studied painting at the University of Brighton, he has since gone on to exhibit with a number of galleries both in the UK and internationally.

Only £5 to book this workshop (it's worth it!).  Spaces are limited so BOOK NOW.  All proceeds go to CALM's amazing cause. 

SUNDAY, 2-5 PM

"THIS IS THE REAL ADVENTURE ISLAND" WITH GOMMIE

Come and be part of a largescale visual poem with Gommie. Ask your country a question, share a secret, scribble without thinking. Gommie needs your words on his island.

CALM Art Collective Ambassador Gommie is currently on a 365 day artistic pilgrimage walking around the edge of England. Follow his journey and find out more @myofflinecommunityofone

The workshop is a free, drop-in session.  Donations are welcome, all proceeds go to CALM's amazing cause.