Saturday 30 July 2011


The Common Academy will be opening it's doors this coming Thursday. Here's a flyer that I've been dispersing.

Really nervous about it all now, fingers crossed!

Friday 8 July 2011

Website goes live!

Take a look at the brand spanking new website:

On there you can see the timetable, as it currently stands, and all the information you'll need to visit and participate. And it's my first ever website. A momentous occasion.

Tuesday 5 July 2011

Sneak Peek

I am working at the moment on fabricating a website that will give you all the information you need to know about visiting the CAA. Here is a quick preview of what's to come:

Click here for Big View

I'm only a beginner at all this web design malarkey, but for all the skills I do have I must thank the web design course at Brighton City College run by Kevin Halsall. If you want to learn the basics it's a reasonably priced introduction.

(I've just noticed the mistake in the 2nd paragraph on the site, it is corrected now)

Wednesday 22 June 2011

Riding the wave

Some things I've seen recently that are good:

Image: Dan Thompson
An article on the BBC website showing just how good social projects in empty shops can be, featuring wise words from Dan Thompson, leader of the Empty Shops Network and Workshop 1a.

Image: Piccadilly Community Centre
A temporary Community Centre in Piccadilly, seemingly turning an empty office into a community centre, but all is not what it seems. The community centre is running until July 30th with loads of free classes and activities every day. Take a look at the website to book a place or just pop in to see what it's all about.

Image:  Folly for a Flyover & Assemble CIC
A pop-up space that is literally popping up- that which was empty is now full. Making use of an unused space underneath a flyover in Hackney, Folly for a Flyover is hosting loads of interesting things throughout July.


Tuesday 21 June 2011

What might be happening?

Here are a few of the things that could be taking place at the Common Academy of Art in August:

'I Can't Draw' Drawing Class

Pin-Hole Cameras: Make, Expose, Develop

Tie-Dye Tea-Party

Quick and Easy Mono-Printing

Life Drawing: for beginners and beyond

Youth Drama Workshop

Film Nights: feature films, local film making talent and unusual surprises

Flavour-Tripping Cocktail Bar

Magical Puppet Theatre + Worskshop

... and? Got any ideas? You don't need to have done it before, the project is all about making opportunities and we welcome anyone and everyone.

Wednesday 8 June 2011

Floor Plan

I popped over to Workshop 1a last week and took a few measurements. Here is a plan of the space. It's pretty big. They have 50 chairs and lots of trestle tables. So many possibilities...

The garden is also rather spacious (it extends beyond the edges of the square suggested in the plan).

Thursday 26 May 2011

Propose to me

Amazing! Wow! Jeeze-Louise!

Here is the form with which you may submit ideas to the CAA.

Application Pack and Form (please download it to view and fill out. It looks odd on Google Docs)

There is information in there about what we're looking for and tips on places you can source materials from. Please pass it on, around and everywhere.

Please note the following things:

  • The CAA is a not-for-profit event. All events will be free of charge for participants.
  • The CAA is predominantly an art school, with the emphasis on interaction and participation. However, installations and exhibits that will make it a more exciting venue are very welcome. 
  • You don't have to be from the Shoreham area to take part, though if you are travelling from somewhere else you will have to pay for your own expenses.
  • Don't be afraid to suggest something. No idea is a bad idea.
Application deadline: 10th July 2011

Seems that bullet-pointed lists are trés de jour on this blog.