Art Playground Cheltenham: Business Start Up

The thrills and spills of a social enterprise start up


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Cake & Crafts – ‘Making Christmas’

xmas cake and crafts collage
Yesterday we held our second Cake & Crafts workshop: ‘Making Christmas’.
(For those of you who are unfamiliar, Cake & Crafts are civilised Sunday afternoon craft sessions for grown ups with tea and lots of cake!)

With Christmas music on in the background, we created wreaths, cards and decorations using beautiful recycled and vintage materials, and had a very festive afternoon.

This workshop sold out, with 12 lovely people in attendance which made for a cosy and very sociable crafting session.

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The Big Draw

We worked with Cheltenham based illustrator, James Dighton, to create a huge image of the Pittville Pump rooms for The Big Draw – the World’s largets drawing festival!

We set up camp at Cheltenham Library and divided a big projection of James’ Pittville Pump Rooms illustration up into sections. People then drew a section each and we put all of these together to make a very interesting, colourful version of our own. BBC Radio Gloucester came along to speak to us, and Yoda even made an appearance in the final picture!

James has recently been commissioned to create an illustrative mural for Cafe Nero in Cheltenham – it’s fantastic.
You can see more of his illustrative works by clicking here.

big draw collage

radio Christina speaks to Jo Durrant of BBC Radio Gloucestershire

James Dighton: Illustration in Cafe Nero, Cheltenham

James Dighton: Illustration in Cafe Nero, Cheltenham


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Halloween Crafts

We continued the Halloween festivities with a free drop-in spooky arts & crafts session at Axiom Arts, Cheltenham.
Families and young people came along and made paper plate masks and Halloween cards.
It was a great drop in session because there aren’t always lots of free things for families and young people to do at half term.
axiom halloween


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Spooky Mask Making

This Halloween, Art Playground held a free drop-in mask making event at The Brewery, Cheltenham (who kindly let us use the empty Habitat unit). Lots of children and adults came along and made spooky masks to take home, from wicked witches & petrified pumpkins, to zombie chickens! It was very creative, mildly messy and a whole lot of fun.
mask making collage


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Cirque de Spooké

Roll up! Roll up!
From Tues 28 – Thurs 30 we worked with Cheltenham Youth Theatre to create Cirque de Spooke (a genius title, we know!) – a zombie circus performance. 7-18 year olds created the acts, costumes, gory stage makeup and props and the performance had everyone in stitches.
A definite highlight were the UV skeletons appearing from the darkness to dance to the Strictly Come Dancing theme tune(!) and the blood spattered popcorn.

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