Creatabot

Creatabot is a project that connects, promotes and supports creativity. Based in Medway, UK.

Being a Writer in the 21st Century

photo by futureme50 The community and adult education programme at Canterbury Christ Church University are running some fabulous day schools and short courses in 2015 – covering a huge range … Continue reading

01/01/2015 · Leave a comment

Free creative workshops for young people in Swale

Ideas Test has been out and about over the last few months promoting their Six Ways to Wellbeing Swale project.   They’re offering an exciting programme of workshops for young people 13-19 (25 … Continue reading

21/10/2014 · Leave a comment

Transmit:Project – Are you the next big thing?

Are you a musician/filmmaker/artist/photographer/organisation etc who would like more people to know about your work and what you do? Perhaps you always wanted to know what musicians/filmmakers/artists/photographers etc live and … Continue reading

25/01/2014 · 1 Comment

Cybermen and Clay: objects and emotions by Jane Ayres

  We invest objects with emotional significance.  Although they are simply things, they can represent something that connects us to a person or a time in the past.  I have … Continue reading

11/10/2013 · Leave a comment

We are stories by Jane Ayres

The concept of stories, storytelling and narrative fascinates me and is a constant source of discovery.  I’ve also explored the idea of writing as therapy for depression and grief.  In … Continue reading

28/09/2013 · 1 Comment

The Vision and the Voice: Part 2 by Jane Ayres

Photo by Roger Hyland How do you see the world? Is it ugly, beautiful, evil, good, exciting, depressing? A mixture?  None of these?  The mind’s eye is a strange expression. … Continue reading

21/08/2013 · Leave a comment

The Vision and the Voice: Part 1 by Jane Ayres

If I admire a writer, it will be for two reasons.  Firstly, their vision and the ideas expressed and explored.  I came to sci-fi late in life but I am … Continue reading

13/08/2013 · 3 Comments

The Value Triangle and measuring the value of culture by Jane Ayres

The Big Cheese  (Photo by Jane Ayres) Earlier in the month I attended a conference about using the arts to regenerate East Kent coastal towns, a topic dear to my … Continue reading

29/07/2013 · Leave a comment

Learn More about Medway’s Secret Island During Medway Visions Film Festival – 12th September

A film documenting the experiences of an artist living on Darnet Island for 6 weeks last summer is being screened at Gillingham library on the 12th of September as part … Continue reading

22/07/2013 · Leave a comment

A poem dedicated to the memory of Hilary Halpern

I moved to Medway some time ago This place inspires me, as you well know I wanted to help with the amazing creativity To help it be seen by more, … Continue reading

20/07/2013 · Leave a comment

Make a Website In A Night – 8th July 2013 – Rochester

Order tickets via Eventbrite: http://websiteinanight-efbevent.eventbrite.co.uk/ In one evening Natasha Steer will help you create a simple website and show you the basics of how to maintain it. There are just … Continue reading

27/06/2013 · 1 Comment

Chatham Mural Project Workshop Dates Announced – All Welcome

Would you like to be part of an exciting community art project to paint a big mural showing scenes from Chatham’s past present and future? The site is next to … Continue reading

05/06/2013 · Leave a comment

Free Talk – The Creative Process: Words and Music – June 17th 2013 at 2.30pm – University Centre Folkestone

When composers and writers collaborate, what comes first – the words or music?  UCF hosts a conversation between Mariam Al-Roubi, singer, songwriter and librettist for the opera Mirabai, and its … Continue reading

20/05/2013 · Leave a comment

Half Term Creative Family Workshops – Sparky Project – 30th and 31st May 2013 – Rochester

  The Sparky Project is hosting hands on making workshops in order to create a series of parade structures as part of this year’s Opening Parade for Fuse Festival 2013. … Continue reading

20/05/2013 · Leave a comment

Be Part Of Medway’s New Art Vending Machine – CreataboX

An art vending machine, CreataboX, is being launched at Fuse festival on the 15th of June in Chatham, and the project needs help from local creatives to produce miniature creations … Continue reading

20/05/2013 · 5 Comments

“Twenty dollars worth of art, please.” By Jane Ayres

Growing up in the 60s and 70s it was a treat after school to stop by the corner shop and buy a penny’s worth of sweets.  Lemon bonbons were my … Continue reading

12/05/2013 · 3 Comments

Work Your Way With Words – The Word Shed – Various Dates – Medway

ME4Writers present their collective, collaborative project ‘The Word Shed’ at Fuse Medway Festival! Come and visit The Word Shed, where inside, instead of seeds, pots and a lawnmower, and that … Continue reading

02/05/2013 · Leave a comment

The Art of Crowdfunding: Presented by Crista Cloutier – 22nd May 2013 – Folkestone

The Art of Crowdfunding: A one hour workshop for artists, writers and creatives presented by Crista Cloutier. Crowdfunding is fast becoming one of the most popular ways for artists and creatives … Continue reading

20/04/2013 · Leave a comment

Art Vending Machine For Medway – Lets Do This!

So…Leeds have recently been featured on the BBC news website  regarding their new art vending machine, and fellow creatives here in Medway think it is only fair Medway and Kent have … Continue reading

15/04/2013 · 12 Comments

Get Your Application In For Medway Open Studios 2013 – Deadline 26th April

Registration for the Medway Open Studios and Arts Festival closes on Friday 26 April. All artists and makers from the Medway area are being urged to sign up quickly and … Continue reading

15/04/2013 · Leave a comment

Hello? Is this thing on? – The People Fighting Your Corner

It’s been a while! Too long, in fact. So it’s about time for another article, methinks This time, I’m going to try and shine a light on the weird and … Continue reading

11/04/2013 · Leave a comment

Survived – Chatham Clinic – Open 19th May 2013

The clinic will be open in Chatham on May the 19th 2013. Book at http://www.survived.eventbrite.co.uk A unique theatre experience is taking place at Sun Pier House, Chatham, on the 19th … Continue reading

07/04/2013 · 3 Comments

Fresh Look For Fuse Festival 2013 With New Artistic Director

Fuse festival, a free outdoor festival held yearly in Medway, is back for 2013 with a new artistic director. The festival is also supporting some new exciting projects by local … Continue reading

29/03/2013 · Leave a comment

Chinese Brush Painting Workshop With Ann Fairchild – 26th March 2013 – Strood

Artist Ann Fairchild will be running a workshop about Chinese brush painting in Strood on the 26th March. She will be demonstrating how she creates her paintings and then participants … Continue reading

20/03/2013 · Leave a comment

Soldering Workshop – 26th April 2013 – Rochester

Creatabot have organised a beginners soldering workshop for those wanting to learn the handy skill. Soldering is useful for any creative, from artists to geeks, and it is hoped that … Continue reading

20/03/2013 · Leave a comment

My Noise – A New Experimental Music Festival – 14th to 18th March 2013 – Medway

An experimental new music festival arrives in Medway this March, which will focus on connecting musicians through various ways of noise making. Spread out over a few days, the festival … Continue reading

04/03/2013 · Leave a comment

Medway Writer Wins Award and Commission From BBC Radio 4

Playwright and poet Sarah Hehir, from Rochester, Kent, along with published author Mark Wallington and first-time writer Simon Topping, have been announced as the winners of the first BBC Writer’s … Continue reading

27/02/2013 · Leave a comment

Creative People and Places Swale and Medway – Events – February to March 2013

An enterprising group with a £1.5million plan for the arts in Swale and Medway is inviting residents to a series of events to share ideas on how the money should be used. … Continue reading

15/02/2013 · Leave a comment

Every picture tells a story and every story paints a picture – by Jane Ayres

We are drawn to images (excuse the pun!). People respond more readily to images than words.  They have a more immediate impact on the emotions.  They transcend language and literacy. … Continue reading

15/02/2013 · Leave a comment

Strood Robots And Other Medway Stories – Art Exhibition – Nucleus Arts Gallery Chatham – 16th to 28th February 2013

Myths and Legends of the Medway Towns from BAN THE MIND READER, to the Walderslade Sprite, plus more pragmatic tales from modern Medway. Artwork will be exhibited by peninsular exiles Shaun … Continue reading

30/01/2013 · Leave a comment

George RW Cutts – Archive from 1980 – Exhibition – 15th to 20th February 2013 – Margate

A show of over 100 new drawings from George RW Cutts, featuring abandoned towns, Antarctic explorers, ACME whistles, badges, birds, brogues, buttons, clay pipes, clocks, coins, cycling jerseys, Delph tiles, … Continue reading

30/01/2013 · Leave a comment

Call For Traders For New Outdoor Market In Chatham! – Sun Wharf Market – Sunday 24th March

Pitches are available to take part in the first Sun Wharf Market, a new quarterly outdoor market in Chatham. The market is new for 2013 and pitches are available for … Continue reading

28/01/2013 · Leave a comment

Creative Minds Literary Potlatch – A Feast of Inspiration – 23rd March 2013 – Strood

Creative Minds Literary Potlatch. Interested in art and creativity? Feeling a little stuck? Come and mingle with like-minded individuals and share coffee and ideas. Open to everyone interested in creativity, … Continue reading

27/01/2013 · Leave a comment

Call for Artists! Registration is open for Medway Open Studios and Arts Festival – 13 – 21 July 2013

Medway Open Studios and Arts Festival is a community arts festival celebrating the wealth of creativity in Medway. Now in its second year, applications are open to all Medway based … Continue reading

23/01/2013 · Leave a comment

Cake International – 12th to 14th April 2013 – London

Has your secret passion for pastry or craze for cake decorating taken over your day to day life? If the answer is yes, then Cake International – The Sugarcraft, Cake … Continue reading

16/01/2013 · 4 Comments

Creative Stitches and Hobbycrafts – 4th to 6th April 2013 – London

Embrace the handmade and personal trend that is sweeping the nation by visiting Creative Stitches & Hobbycrafts taking place for the first time at the ExCeL, London from the 4-6 April. With … Continue reading

16/01/2013 · Leave a comment

Writing, therapy and positive outcomes by Jane Ayres

When I was younger, writing poetry which described and explored my state of mind during major depression may have saved me from a nervous breakdown.  Artists and writers can, and … Continue reading

16/01/2013 · 5 Comments

Medway Photo Festival – January 11th to 15th 2013

The Medway Photo Festival happens once a year in January and takes place in Rochester and Chatham. The photography exhibitions will all be open during the third week of January. … Continue reading

10/01/2013 · 1 Comment

Get Into The Creative Industries With Creative Industries Pathways Programme – Medway

Icon Theatre in Medway are running a special programme for people who are looking to get into the creative industries. The programme offers anyone who is unemployed (working less than … Continue reading

10/01/2013 · Leave a comment

My Favourite Things – Free Creative Inspiration Event – 18th January 2013 – Rochester – PLUS Competition! Win a copy of Paintshop Pro X4

“My Favourite Things” is an opportunity to discuss your favourite “things” to other people in a relaxed atmosphere over tea. Talk about things that inspire you, inspire others and build … Continue reading

10/01/2013 · Leave a comment