City Arts is a place where people can come together and enjoy Art in a friendly community.
It is designed to be truly inclusive in bringing people together and supporting the creative wellbeing of our community.
It is an independent community art hub in the heart of Newbury was created in 2015 by Claire Struthers-Semple and Isabel Carmona with the aim of providing a friendly and welcoming place to learn, share, teach, collaborate, and exhibit art.
They are proud of their involvement in the community and run seasonal free and low-cost events.
Their flagship Chalkfest event takes place every August –they take over the Market Square in Newbury and enjoy brightening up the pavement!
A competition of the chalk drawings is judged by a local artist with prizes for different age groups.
With their commitment to the community, they have a strong ethos of equality and inclusion.
This is reflected in the work they are involved in and why their fundraising is so important:
- They support vulnerable youths in the community by providing community work for them
- They run low cost and free events like Chalkfest, Applefest, Mandala Day, Graffiti Mural Competition and Wall Hanging Day
- They provide a space for local artists, craftspeople and students to exhibit their work
- They work with people encouraging communication through art and creativity
- They work with and support local independent small businesses
Their Community Hub Cafe is open regularly Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm, with cakes baked by local bakers alongside great barista coffee and a selection of high-quality teas.
City Arts Newbury Community Art Hub Cafe is normally open Fridays and Saturdays every week offering:
- Fresh barista coffee
- Quality teas
- Cakes and pastries
- Art exhibitions by local artists
- Friday art/craft sessions are back from 3 March 2023 – free to participants
- Renovated facilities with a fully accessible toilet
- Free WiFi
Visible Mending Wool Garments | This short workshop will briefly cover principles of sustainability,up cycling,zero waste and highlight some of
Art Course for Kids Mondays This course is for children 8 years old and over This course is suitable for
Clay Skills for Kids Jan -Feb 2024 This course is for kids 8 years and over In these classes you’ll
Play with Clay Jan - Feb 2024 Explore the wonderful possibilities of creating with clay. Find your centre through learning
Intro to Watercolour Mixed Media | This workshop is suitable for adults.
Friday Art | Friday Art @ the Art Hub Café February 2024
Free Form Patching and Darning | Take mending and upcycling to the next level
Craft & Coffee at City Arts | They hope to involve all attending and utilise the group skills to help
Monthly Drawing Club | A monthly gathering for students who have done one of Isabel’s drawing from observation courses
Botanical Glass Framing | Join Karen in this Botanical Glass Framing workshop.
Spring Bud Vases | Hand build a ceramic Spring bud vase
Be my Valentine | Create a glittering relief heart artwork using a glue gun, beads, stones, found/recycled objects.
Connect with Clay | This workshop is suitable for children, teens & adults, beginners, and more experienced students alike.
Childrens Easy Printing | This workshop is suitable for children of any age.
Sculpt a Hare from Clay | This workshop is suitable for Teens and Adults (18+)
Little Layered Landscapes | Create a multi-layered mixed media piece of work in this fun and informal workshop
Simple and Fun Art Bookbinding | This workshop is suitable for Teens and Adults (18+).
Fish Soap Dish | This workshop is suitable for children over 5, teens & adults, beginners, and more experienced students
Drawing with Wire | Celebrate the first signs of spring by making a posy of delicate snowdrops
Clay Skills for Kids | This course is for kids 8 years and over
Nature Art Course | This course has been created to explore art in a relaxing ,simple way, connecting , observing
Friday Art at the Art Hub Café | Free Art sessions at the Art Hub Cafe. 11am to 12:30 pm
Mothers Day Print and Card | This workshop is suitable for children of any age.
Mum is the Word | This workshop is suitable for children 8 and over
Craft and Coffee | COMMUNITY CREATIVE CLUB