Mandala Day at City Arts

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**Mandala Day with Donna Lewis & Isabel Carmona**

Saturday 22nd July, 10am – 3pm

Mandala Day is a celebration of the Buddhist and Hindu spiritual symbol for the universe.

This is a community-led event for all the family, using a mixture of mandala designs. We will be planning, designing and then painting part of the floor and wall at City Arts.

So, bring the family along for a great day at City Arts – designing and creating a beautiful mandala.

We will be using the work of artist Suzan Drummen as inspiration for our design, check out her page:

~ Age: All Ages (with supervision)
~ Entrance Fee: £1 per person
~ Refreshments will be on sale
~ No Booking Required

For more information, just email us:

*Mandala designs and images by Suzan Drummen*

Exhibitions at City Arts

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Newbury Art Collective

A three day exhibition of work by artists, Isabel Carmona, Ben Honisett, Kate Steele & Emily Parker

~ Exhibition: Friday 14th, Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th July 2017

~ 10am – 6pm

~ Free Entry



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A collection of work from 1940’s – 1970’s

~ Private View: Friday 6th October, 6pm – 8pm

~ Exhibition: Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th October 2017

~ 11am – 3pm

~ Free Entry




Caroline Moore

A collection of abstract paintings

~ Private View: Friday 27th October, 6pm – 8pm

~ Exhibition: Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th October 2017

~ 11am – 3pm

~ Free Entry



Past Exhibitions


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Open Studios 2017

Artists Ben Honisett, Bonni Southey & Lorna Goldsmith will be exhibiting their work at City Arts this year, as part of Open Studios 2017.

~ Private View: Friday 12th May, 6pm – 7.30pm

~ Exhibition: Saturday 29th April – Sunday 21st May

~ 11am – 5pm

~ Free Entry

Courses at City Arts

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DrawingMediumDrawing Mediums for Adults with Isabel Carmona

30 May, 6, 13, 27 June, 4 & 11 July 2017 10 am to 12:30 pm for six days

£180 (£150 concessions)


Each day we will explore one medium in earnest: pencil, charcoal, drawing pen, ink pen, biro, colour pencil. Practice working with line and tone, hatch or scribble. A fun, practical workshop for those who want to have a go with normal drawing tools and do more. You will receive a sketchbook to collect your drawings and other materials needed will be provided for the class



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1, 8, 15, 29 June, 6 & 13 July 2017

10 am to 12:30 pm – for six days

£180 (£150 concessions)



Find different ways of portraying people, ourselves or others, in various media:pen, pencil, watercolour, marker pen. Lose the fear of not doing it right. We will seek expression, fun, loose lines, tone and colour. You will receive a sketchbook to collect your portraits and other materials needed will be provided for the class



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3, 10, 17, 24 June & 1 July 2017

10 am to 12:30 pm – for five sessions

£100 (£80 concessions)


A five week course covering Manga drawing, techniques and pens. This course is designed for beginners and children with experience of drawing Manga. Each week, we will focus on different features and characters, and then apply these to your work-in-progress. In the final week you will create a cartoon storyboard, using all of the elements and skills you have acquired during the course



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‘Poetry in Print’ with Donna Lewis and Isabel Carmona

Firday 7 July: 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Sat 8 & Sun 9 July: 10 am to 4.30 pm

£180 including all materials (£150 concs)

Refreshments inc, but bring lunch

A three day exciting and dynamic workshop, in which you will write poems based on your own ideas, make Concertina and Japanese bound books and decorate them, and create linocuts to illustrate the poems in your book.

You then get to take away your own “Poetry in Print”.

All materials provided. Bring your own love of words.


Poetry Gathering No9

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Sunday 28th May, 3pm – 4.30pm

City Arts Poetry Gathering.

This is a very informal and friendly gathering for people who enjoy poetry, in all its forms.

There isn’t a strict format to the event – participants may share their own poetry, the work of another poet, or simply listen to the readings.

~ Cost: Free
~ Age: Adults
~ Refreshments & Good Conversation

**No need to book, However, please email us for location info:

Donate to City Arts via The Good Exchange

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We are now registered with the Good Exchange to raise funds for our exciting refurbishment plans.  You can donate to us on the following link: Donate here


Great news – we have received Match-Funding from the Greenham Trust…

Which means, for every £1 you donate, the Greenham Trust will match it. So, your £10 becomes £20, £100 becomes £200 and so on! We are also eligible for Gift Aid.

You can leave a message with your donation, or remain anonymous – but we’d love to hear from you!

By donating, you will become part the City Arts vision for an Independent, Community Arts Hub in Newbury. A place for all ages and abilities – whether you are coming along for a workshop or just popping in for coffee and a chat.

We greatly appreciate whatever you decide to donate!

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Poetry in Print: Three Day Workshop with Donna Lewis & Isabel Carmona

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And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.

William Shakespeare (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

~ Friday 7th July, 6.30pm – 8.30pm


~ Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th July, 10am – 4.30pm


A three day unique, challenging and dynamic workshop, with Donna Lewis & Isabel Carmona…


Day One: POETRY: The poetry session is in the evening 6.30pm – 8.30pm.
We will write poems based on our own ideas, shared thoughts and discussions – using a variety of topics for inspiration. You can also use the words of other poets.

Day Two: LINO: plan and create linocuts to illustrate your book and cover. You will recieve step-by-step guidance from the tutors on how to cut the lino, which tools create which mark and how to get the most out of your designs.

Day Three: BOOK BINDING: design and make two books:

~ Concertina Style & Japanese Binding

You will be using a variety of papers for your book block. There will also be specialist papers available for your covers, or you can design you rown cover using a lino-stamp you make during the session.

It’s then time to add your poetry to your handmade books!

At the end of the third day you will take home your ‘Poetry in Print’

~ Age: Adults
~ Cost: £180 (all materials included – concessions £150)
~ We also provide a payment plan – get in contact for more details

**To Book Your Place, Just Email Us:

Kizzy Lou & Friends – Vintage Fair at City Arts Newbury

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Time each day: 10am to 4pm

Kizzy Lou Vintage specialises in 1930s-1950s clothes jewellery and accessories, some original and some new items made from vintage and retro materials.

We have other stalls that will be selling vintage and retro items from the 60s, 70s and 80s as well as some craft items with a retro feel.

Entry to the event is free for buyers and there will be a small pop-up retro tea room selling tea, coffee and cakes.

We hope, in bringing this event to a totally new venue, lots of people will experience the Vintage scene for the first time and have a fun shopping experience, with a vintage vibe.

It will also give people, who haven’t yet visited City Arts, a chance to drop in and look at the plans for transforming the building, and pick up a programme of workshops & events.

For more info, please email: