Ashford Visual Artists is a warm, inclusive and supportive group of professional artists that meet, collaborate and exhibit together.
Located in and around Ashford, Kent in United Kingdom.
It is an artist-led, voluntary organisation.
Objective: to promote, encourage and enable:
Ethos is to execute work to a high standard, where attention is given at every stage of our processes.
Our artistic range is diverse from traditional skills, representational artforms to conceptual artwork.
Members continually explore and develop their practices, often working with and for the wider community.
Members also can provide talks, workshops, participating performances and site specific installations.
Out of an excitement and buzz at the first meeting in 1998, Ashford Visual Artists (AVA) was formed. It arose from a call-out initiated by Ashford District Council to all professional artists in the borough. What emerged was a constituted body of fee-paying, professional and semi-professional creative members, including graphic designers, a silversmith, metal workers, painters, photographers, printers, sculptors, textile, video and installation artists, to a furniture designer maker.
Today, it is a group of artists/makers working together generating opportunities to exhibit, creating artists initiatives, and residencies. We gain knowledge and experience by sharing the varying skills members bring to the group.
AVA is now an active part of Ashford life, with members working in and with the community, in schools, with commuters to wellbeing projects, which have ranged from the Queens Jubilee, the annual Carnival, and the Big Draw. There have been artists in residence in the town centre, studios opened to the public, exhibitions to workshops at the Coachworks and more.
As a member since 2008, with Chris Furse, I have seen and been a part of AVA’s growth and development. Vikky Furse 2022
Ashford Visual Artists members meet up several times throughout the year to discuss ideas, group projects and proposals that are taking place as well as reviewing opportunities and commissions offered through corporate and the public domain.
If enquiring about a project, please email Peter East-Hall
If the enquiry is relating to a particular artist, then please contact them directly, their details can be found on their featured page.
And should you like to join us, please email Mary Sampson