Claire Struthers-Semple is passionate about the community and building interactions between people of different ages through art

 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.

 

Intermediate Acrylic Pouring Workshop Evening 2023

Intermediate Acrylic Pouring Workshop Evening 2023

Patchwork Table Runner

Patchwork Table Runner | This workshop is for adults.

Intermediate Acrylic Pouring Evening

Intermediate Acrylic Pouring Evening  | In this hands-on, intermediate workshop in abstract fluid acrylic pouring, Caroline will demonstrate how to prepare acrylic paint for pouring...

Ceramic Torso Figure

Ceramic Torso Figure | Morning workshop making a Ceramic Torso with Rebecca Maynard

Sew a Super Tote Bag

Sew a Super Tote Bag | Learn to cut, prepare and machine sew a beautiful tote bag

Easter Printing

Easter Printing | This workshop is for children of all ages. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Childrens Easter Linoprint

Childrens Easter Linoprint | This workshop is for children 8 years old and over

Drawing in Black and White Course

Drawing in Black and White Course | In each session youwill explore one drawing medium in earnest: graphite pencil, charcoal, ink dipped pen, drawing pens and biro.

Linoprinting Colour and Layers

LLinoprinting Colour and Layers | Learn all the basics of this simple printing process and produce a set of single and multi-colour prints in this structured but relaxed workshop

Printing Practice Sessions

Printing Practice Sessions | Use City Arts Newbury as a printing studio where you can get together with other friends to print together.

Wonderful Woodblocks

Wonderful Woodblocks | This workshop is for children aged 8 and over, teenagers and adults.

Pastel and Paint

Pastel and Paint | Abstraction and expression abound in the colourful work of these two artists, where the landscape is represented in pastel and paint.

Play with Clay

Play with Clay | Join Pots of Hope Susie to explore some of the wonderful possibilities of creating with clay.

Through the Cameras Eye

Through the Cameras Eye | They are excited to announce that there will be a series of Open Exhibitions on various themes throughout 2023 at City Arts Newbury.

Spring into Summer

Spring into Summer | A Plant Sale and Seed Exchange. Come along to talk to like minded people about planting, growing and what’s going on in the ground.

Friday Art at the Art Hub Cafe

All are welcome but please be aware that because these sessions are primarily funded to support the well-being of older or vulnerable people in our community who may experience loneliness, they will be collecting feedback on the positive benefits of the workshop on your sense of well-being.

Nature Art Course

Nature Art Course | This course has been created to explore art in a relaxing ,simple way, connecting , observing and recording nature by making and using natural materials for simple, mindful projects that you will start during the weekly class and expand at home in your own time.

Clay Skills for Kids

Clay Skills for Kids | In these classes you’ll explore a range clay modelling techniques and ways of creating decorative and textural surfaces.

Gelli Printing into Summer

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6 Week Art Course For Kids

6 Week Art Course For Kids | This course is suitable for children with an interest in all forms of art.

Acrylic for Beginners

Acrylic for Beginners | This workshop is designed to explore the absolute basics of acrylic painting; from colour mixing using just the primary colours, to different ways of applying the paint (thick, thin, opaque, transparent) and the use of basic mediums.

Chalkfest

Chalkfest | A free community events for all ages.

Acrylic Pouring Beginner Evening

Acrylic Pouring Beginner Evening | In this hands-on workshop in abstract fluid acrylic pouring, Caroline will demonstrate how to prepare acrylic paint for pouring

Art Course for Adults

Art Course for Adults | Release your inner child and play to create some imaginative pieces with Sarah Moorcroft.

Art Course for Kids

Art Course for Kids | This course is for children 8 years old and over

Atmospheric Skies in Watercolour

Atmospheric Skies in Watercolour | Atmosphere can be created in a number of ways in watercolour, and you will be experimenting with a variety of techniques that convey different moods, from the enigmatic to the dramatic, and from the hot to the cold.

Botanical Dyes From Kitchen Waste

Botanical Dyes From Kitchen Waste | This workshop has been designed with both sustainability and botanical dyes in mind.

Chair Yoga with Meditation

Chair Yoga with Meditation | Chair Yoga allows time and space to feel more relaxed and calm, exploring gentle, pain-free ways to mobilise the body’s major joints.

Clay Skills for Kids

Clay Skills for Kids | In these classes you’ll explore a range clay modelling techniques and ways of creating decorative and textural surfaces.

Collagraph with Isabel Carmona

Collagraph with Isabel Carmona | Have a go at this versatile printing process that uses collage as its starting point.

Easter Animals Ceramic Workshop for Kids

This workshop is for children 8 years old and over

Easter Suncatcher for Kids

Easter Suncatcher for Kids | This workshop is for kids of all ages.

Fathers Day Print & Card

Fathers Day Print and Card | A fun introduction to printing suitable for all ages.

Fun Art Bookbinding 

Fun Art Bookbinding  | Learn some fun art bookbinding techniques and take away a selection of books of different shapes to fill in later with artwork or writing. 

Gelli Printing into Summer

Gelli Printing into Summer | Monoprinting using a Gelli Plate is simple and fun without the need for a printing press.

Grattatge

Grattatge | Grattage is a process of scratching into fresh (wet or dry) paint with a sharp implement to create an image or texture.

Hearts Desire 2D/3D Relief

Hearts Desire 2D 3D Relief WORKSHOP WITH JACKY PURTILL The definition of the term relief can be described as the creating, moulding carving or stamping to allow a design to stand out from a surface

Lino Printing Reduction

Lino Printing Reduction | Learn how to go beyond the basics of the linoprinting process and venture into the world of reduction plates to produce a series of coloured prints in this structured but relaxed workshop, exploring colour, layering and simple registration.

Multiple Section Bookbinding

Multiple Section Bookbinding | This workshop is for teenagers and adults (18+). Progress your bookbinding to add various sections to the book and make it hardcover. There will be various options for covers and you will get ideas for further exploration. You’ll go home with a beautifully bound hardcover book. All materials provided. If you have any special papers that want to use for the covers bring them along.

Open Exhibition The Longest Day

Open Exhibition The Longest Day | The Longest Day – they are looking to exhibit local artists works celebrating the summer and the summer solstice in any media.

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