Thanks to everyone who came, saw and bought at the DAN Christmas Art Fair.
It was great fun to chat to people, show our work and sell some pieces to the lovely Dartford public. A huge thank you to the Priory Centre for hosting us and for being such a great continued supporter and collaborator.
Every DAN member with a stall sold something at the fair, with Pete and Mihaela selling a full painting each and Pete getting a portrait commission! Sam’s balloon animals were a hit with the kids, Sue and Nicola’s crafts went down a storm and Kate’s abstract works gathered some interested visitors.
We had a number of people who asked when we would be back, so we’re hoping we can do another Priory fair before next Christmas…watch this space..
A huge thankyou to everyone who saw us on Sunday in Dartford High St and an even bigger thanks to those who bought postcards and art works.
We made £300 for the Ellenor Hospice so as well as owning fabulous local original art, you also helped a great cause!
A final thankyou to everyone who contributed to the Lowfield Street project and auction, from start to finish ❤
Nicola, Sue and the team have been busy bees, progressing the project to its current halfway point. So far, we have had both a workshop for the Dartford Science and Technology (DSTC) College Community Day and a public workshop in the Priory Centre, where passing shoppers and their families joined us in constructing the Tree of Life and producing decorations for its leaves.
Coming up this weekend is the next instalment of the public workshops on Sunday 11th August, followed by the final day of creating and a public opening on 17th August.
The DTSC Community Day took place on 18th July and kicked off the project with a hive of activity. The 12 students from the college split into groups to begin working on different areas of construction. One group began formulating strategies for constructing the body of the tree, while others created bark, leaves and decorations. These themes continued through the next two workshops, with DAN artists and volunteers sparking discussion with participants about the importance of clean air and constructing branches to develop the body of the tree.
The next two workshops will continue and then complete the sculpture, with further branches added to heighten and expand the overall shape, as well as installing the bark, leaves and embellishments created by the public. Following the final workshop on 17th August, the finished sculpture will be unveiled in the Market Hall by the Mayor of Dartford, as an example of environmental education and raising awareness through art; something we at DAN feel strongly is of key importance in moving forward as a society.
The next public workshop is this Sunday 11th August 10am – 4pm…
..followed by the final workshop on 17th August 10am – 4pm and a public opening at 5pm on the same day.
If you would like to get involved please do come along on the day, or feel free to contact us for more information about getting involved or becoming a member at email@example.com.
This summer we are supporting DAN Lead Artist Nicola Claxton in her Tree of life project, with art workshops at the Priory Centre across the coming months to create a sustainable sculpture raising public awareness of environmental concerns.
These events follow on from previous DAN projects, including last year’s Drastic Plastic Action which was also run by Nicola. This utilised free public workshops in the centre to facilitate the community build of 3 large hanging bird, fish and jellyfish sculptures which were hung from the roof of the Market Hall area in the Priory Centre in September last year.
This year, Nicola will be hosting 4 workshops in order to build a ‘tree of life’; members of the public can make bark ‘scales’ and decorations for the tree, which will be on display after completion. The workshop building and subsequent exhibition aims to highlight the plight of our natural world and raise awareness of the importance of sustainable behaviour in everyday life.
The first workshop will be on 18th July and is for Dartford Science and Technology College students to help begin building the ‘tree’ on their annual community day. We work with the college each year, making the most of their volunteering offer to help us get our projects off the ground.
The next 3 workshops will be open to the public and will take place in the Priory Market Hall area. Do come along on the following dates, where adults and children can join us in bringing our Tree to life!
FREE workshops, no artistic skill needed!
10am – 4pm on…
Saturday 27th July
Sunday 11th August
Saturday 17th August
Saturday 17th August