The Arthouse Meath

Welcome to the ARTHOUSE Meath charity blog- a non profit Centre of Excellence celebrating the artistic talents of adults living with learning difficulties and severe Epilepsy.

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

East London Design Show

Tonight  Thursday, December 1 at 6:00pm at Shoreditch Town Hall is the opening of the East London Design Show. It is open tonight to 9pm, tomorrow 12-9pm, Saturday and Sunday 10-6pm.The East London Design Show (or ELDS) is an annual event that brings together the best of the UK's independent product, interior and jewellery designers, all under one roof, in Shoreditch, just before Christmas. Visit us at stand 75

Download a 2 for 1 voucher, bring it with you and you'll get 2 for 1 entry.

New Christmas Card Designs by Mandy Lyne

Mandy is introducing you to her new Christmas card range.

Mandy's artwork is delicate and soft, which she achieves by multiple tiny lines. 

A Christmas Camel , Reindeer 
Rockin' Robin and Christmas Donkey.

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Getting Ready for Learning Disability Today, 2011

 Yesterday we were setting up for today's (29th Nov) Learning for Disability Today 2011 exhibition at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London. Learning Disability Today is about extending choice and control for people with learning disabilities. It is visited by over 3,000 people it’s the largest event for the learning disability community in the UK. Doors open 9.30am, Seminars Start at 10am and Events end at 4.30pm. 

Please come and visit us, Arthouse Meath on Stand 44.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

A Wonderful Christmas Festival

Martina and Nikki had a great day, busy selling our cards, brooches, mugs, notebooks, tea towels, wrapping paper and silk screen prints at the Godalming Christmas festival. 

It is always nice to meet our customers, new and familiar faces. Some also got to see Peppa Pig at the Pepperpot as she turned on the Christmas lights of glittering icicles which illuminated the whole Town. If you mist us visit our online shop here.

Friday, 25 November 2011

ARTHOUSE Meath won the Surrey Care Award 2011 for Most Innovative Activity Programme of The Year!

Becky Sheraidah our Executive Director, Hannah Mills an instructor and designer, Pat Beswick Meath care worker, Nikki Medhurst our business administrator with one of our artist's, Regan Parish in the centre collecting our award.

The Most Innovative Activity Programme is awarded to a team who devises and delivers an innovative programme for service users that makes a positive difference.

Of the evening, Regan Parish said:

'I really enjoyed the evening, I thought it was a wonderful night. Arthouse really deserved the award for helping us with our art work. I enjoy working with everyone in the Arthouse very much and I'm happy that my art is improving all the time. The food was delicious and the disco was enjoyable too except I kept tripping over my posh dress.'

Back at Arthouse our artists are delighted with their new award.

Helen, Regan, Elenor, Janine, Maria and Steven.

Laura, Grace, Peter, Lyn, Sarah and Marjorie

New Christmas Card Designs by Janine Gourong

Janine is introducing you to her new Christmas card range. 
Janine's art is delicate with a great eye for detail, her words spontaneous and to the point.

'This is a design of a Christmas Pudding with cream and a candle lit up. On a plate usually eaten at Christmas which I like and so do most other people.'

'This is a turkey I know it is cruel to kill them, but I know someone will enjoy eating you when they are sitting at the Christmas table.'

'This is a design of a Christmas tree in a pot decorated with balls, tinsel and a star on top.'

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Say Hello

We will be at Godalming Christmas Festival this Saturday 26 November with our cards, mugs, notebooks, brooches, coasters, placemats, tea towels... perfect Christmas gifts and stocking fillers! We will be located at Crown Court.
If you're visiting, make sure you come and say hello and if you mention you're our blog reader and you'll receive a little gift :)

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The Christmas Festival Market will start at 10.00 am, with the Christmas Lights switch-on happening at 5.00 pm.

Monday, 21 November 2011

Team Work Printing and Packing!

Christmas Card Designs by Karen Brown.

Karen Brown
My favourite thing about Christmas is the turkey with stuffing and a large Christmas Pudding. 
I also like to visit my family. 
Below are Karen's new designs.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Getting Ready for Christmas.

 It's a busy time in the Arthouse, with non stop printing, getting our cards and goods out for Christmas.
 This year our Christmas cards are screen printed by hand in black and then hand drawn details are added in gold. 

Friday, 11 November 2011

Remembrance Day 11.11.11

Helen Franks

Lest we forget.

We are on the front page of Surrey Advertiser.

Highlighted text: The team at the Arthouse Meath were entered for a group award, and were praised for their efforts in turning an on-site activity into a successful project that has received acclaim from across the country, including from BBC presenter Mary Portas, who works as a retail consultant.
Meath residents with a range of complex disabilities work alongside professional artists to create humorous and unique items, from greetings cards to gifts, and gives them a creative outlet.
"The opportunities and experience they get from creating art gives them a real pride," said Mike (Keigley, chief executive of the Meath). "They have exhibitions and shows, and it gives them the chance to experience important roles within a business as a result of the professional activity."

And We're Drawing New York!

Wednesday's group's have been busy drawing and inking in Central Park, New York.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Things British

Our display at the Things British shop in Kingly Court, Carnaby Street, London.

our products
wrapping paper behind the counter and our donation box
We would like to thank the Things British team who offered us this space free of charge.

Things British , Shop 1.11 Kingly Court, Carnaby Street, W1B 5PW
Our Stuff will be displayed until Tuesday 15th November, 7pm.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Things British!!

THINGS BRITISH was created to support and promote a community – a thriving network of designer makers from all corners of Britain. THINGS BRITISH is more than a shop - it’s a gallery, a museum and a fun place to socialise and learn about British craft.

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 Arthouse Meath products will be available exclusively in the Things British Shop in Carnaby Street  from 8th - 10th Nov. 
Drop by and buy!

Monday, 7 November 2011

Godalming: Drawing In Our Town!

 Work in Progress.....

Can you find these familiar buildings? 

In the beginning.....
We worked around the edge

 and in our sketch books

Roughly 70% is drawn free hand directly onto the picture.
The other 30% has been drawn in a sketch book and is then transferred.
 This enables us to play with the composition, to get it just right. 

What about the centre?
We thought about a lake, but somebody pointed out that it could look like a giant eye. Then we considered the band stand. Finally we decided to have a band playing with dancers. 

Celebrating both the town- and our hard work!! 

 Well done to both Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon groups for all their hard work.

It's all drawn, we just need to fill in the details and block parts out to get a bit of depth. 

We hope to finish it before Christmas.