Art Playground Cheltenham: Business Start Up

The thrills and spills of a social enterprise start up

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“It’s Christmas!” (as Slade says)

I’ve been a little quiet on the blogging front. Mostly because I have been living at The Brewery running the recycled Christmas craft workshops. It’s easy to say, but I was genuinely overwhelmed by the number of people who came along and the positive response we had- over 300 people in total which is far more than I was expecting.

A wonderful group of people came and helped set up, welcomed visitors, made snowflakes and shared crafts. Thank you!

Here’s a little “Happy Christmas from Art Playground” video, which also shows you what we’ve been up to…



Christmas Craft workshops at The Brewery

Art Playground’s first project. We’ve taken over an empty unit at The Brewery and have created a steampunk/ Narnia-esque/ winter wonderland world to run recycled craft workshops in. Free drop in sessions for all ages:

Sat 14 and 21 Dec, 12-4pm all ages

Tue 17 Dec, 6-9pm grown ups only.

Any help publicising these would be very much appreciated as it’s been a non-stop scramble and labour of love to get it all ready!

Thanks and we hope to see you there. Christina x

Making Christmas_free recycled craft workshops at The Brewery. Sat 14 and 21 Dec 12-4pm all ages, Tue 17 Dec, 6-9pm grown ups only

free craft workshops at The Brewery, Cheltenham

Our window display…almost complete


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Pop-up Art Playground for Christmas

Creating our first public event, incorporating the company and invites to the ideas meeting.

Creating our first public event, incorporating the company and invites to the ideas meeting.

Art Playground is coming to town. Far sooner than we had anticipated!
We were going about our usual business; incorporating the company, sending out invites to the ideas meeting (this Tuesday- hope to see you there), when an exciting opportunity flew out of the sky.

Well not quite. I had a meeting with The Brewery to discuss the idea of a pop-up event at Easter- a small scale version of the Art Playground, just to test the water and see what the response was like. The brilliant staff at The Brewery were enthusiastic and asked if we could start tomorrow. I laughed thinking they were joking. They weren’t.

So slightly against my better judgement, given the timescale and my current attachment to my sanity and to sleep, we are creating a magical workshop in the space which used to be Habitat, to be open in December. Think recycled crafts, steampunk influences, a fireplace in a forest and a snowstorm in the window…

Art Playground presents…

Making Christmas

A Christmas workshop like no other.

Little elves and grown up elves alike are welcome.

Free drop in activities

Sat 7 Dec/ Sun 8 Dec 1-4pm
Pop by and see the workshop being created, make a snowflake or two and add to our window display

Sat 14 Dec & Sat 21 Dec 12-4pm
Recycled Christmas Crafts
Re-using beautiful materials from unwanted items to create tree decorations, wreaths, gift wrap and cards.

Tue 17 Dec 6-9pm
Grown ups only. Catch up with friends before Christmas and exchange gifts over a craft activity or two.

Drop in and join us in making Christmas

It would be brilliant to see you there. Before we even get to that though, this Tuesday, 3rd December, is our first open meeting to share plans so far, see what you think and chat through possibilities. Again adults and children alike welcome. It’s a drop in event so pop along any time between 4.30 and 8pm. Full details here.

I’m off to make a hot air balloon out of an old map.
Hope to see you soon