Jacqueline Newbury (Studio 1)
I started painting in India in 1991. I had always been in awe of artists but after painting for the first time I was hooked and have only stopped for moments for my hand to catch up with my brain. The way I see painting is that it is something that can be used to express and exercise the subconscious, as well as an opportunity to see the world, life and souls in many forms and colours.
Paul Mitchell & Nina Shilling (Studio 2)
Originally from Shropshire, I settled into Kent nearly 20 years ago. I have always been creative and had needed to expand my working space for a while. When the opportunity came up to work at Beach Creative I was on board from the start. It offers me the perfect working environment which I need, and has positively inspired and affected my work over the last few years. I mainly work in landscapes, rural and urban. I also produce Sci-Fi and transport themed work.
I have lived in Herne Bay all my life and am really happy to be part of Beach Creative. It is a positive thing for the town and is instrumental in raising its profile. I am greatly influenced by the coast, the wonderful skies, the changing seasons and local wildlife. My paintings and drawings are a direct response to nature and the living world.
Carlo Monticolombi (Studio 3a)
Carlo Monticolombi is a collector/archivist of old glass plate and celluloid negatives dating from the late 1800’s through to the early 1960’s, often buying up collections to prevent them from being split up or, even worse, destroyed or thrown away. What started off as an absorbing hobby has now become an expensive, although very rewarding, responsibility. Carlo uses his professional role as a successful toy and games designer with many products to his name (his most notable success being ‘Splashy the Whale’) to help fund the preservation of these negatives. Carlo aims to exhibit sections of his collection at Beach Creative – a collection which covers a vast range of periods and topics together with images that just make him smile!
Max Sheppard (Studio 3b)
My work is inspired by architecture and uses found material as a starting point, its arrangement and manipulation being key to creating structure in relation to architecture. I work with a variety of media and material ranging from man-made plastics and fabrics to more natural materials such as wood.My wall based constructions push the limits of what can be considered 2-D in the sense of drawing and painting by using found material to create structural reliefs.
Rachel McCabe (Studio 3c)
Emily is a Fine Art Photographer based in Kent. Emily graduated from Kingston University in 2014 with BA (hons) Fine Art Photography and has since set up a black and white darkroom here at Beach Creative where she holds workshops for adults and children of all abilities.
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Angela Pressley The Sewing Club (Studio 4)
We're an established sewing school of professional tutors with industry experience and have been tutoring adults and children since 2007. We run courses, workshops and private tuition in dress making and soft furnishings and we can accommodate beginners to advanced levels. On our termly courses you really can make anything you like and we encourage our students to be creative and original through their designs.
We also run screen printing birthday parties for children and organise fun crafty hen parties.
The Sewing Club venue is an inspirational design studio in the seaside town of Herne Bay, Kent which you can visit for a enjoyable 2 hour workshop by the sea or come regularly for a 6 week course.
All sessions are run by qualified and friendly tutors with over 20 years experience working in the fashion & textile industry both in London and abroad.
Bright Shadow (Rhiannon Lane & Katy Hirst) (Studio 5)
Bright Shadow is a creative social enterprise whose mission is to enable people with dementia and those affected by it to live well and to thrive. They have a vision of a brighter quality of care that they want to see delivered across the UK, where creativity is used to provide opportunities for self expression, social interaction, fun and a celebration of the present moment. They deliver workshops with people with dementia, training for professionals in creative approaches to activities and produce activity resource kits to help people have fun together.
Mike Harrison (Studio 6)
My work is an interpretation of my influences and past and present life experience. A developing set of symbolic devices and underlying semantic model that merges my software engineering background with my painterly or associated creative practices. Not easy, as I quite like to include an element of foolery in this quasi-serious process also.