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I'm back to the drawing board!

Looking lovely!

Yesterday was the start of the latest exhibition in TheCurve at Hungerford Hub & Library and it’s looking amazing!

The show features the drawings and sketches of seven local artists – some of them framed or mounted for sale, others in sketchbooks for you to browse and enjoy. For many artists, drawing is where the creative journey starts – for some it is the whole purpose of the exercise; to produce a finished piece relying entirely on the process.

The range of work is impressive and the sketchbooks are particularly absorbing – from Arty Pumpkin’s graphic exploration of metaphor and image to Diana Barraclough’s collages from broken crockery and more. Shirley Cartey and Arran Miles capture landscapes and figures in sweeping strokes of glorious colour while Mandi Brainbridge produces sketchbooks and image through stitch and fibre. Shona Wheeler’s creative energies are poured into meticulous, photo-realistic drawings with biro while Andi Mulholland is compelled to draw everything she sees in a variety of media.

This exhibition is open over the next two weekends plus Wednesday 25th (market day in Hungerford), from 10am-4pm, so there is plenty of opportunity to see this very eclectic collection of work. Don’t miss it!

Happy Birthday!

It is one year already since we opened the doors on Hungerford Hub and look what a year it has been!

We have more visitors!

Not only has the Hub seen a growing programme of events and activities, the latest figures from WBC Library Service* show an encouraging 19% increase in library visitors and an 8% rise in book loans, reversing trends in previous years that had seen usage falling.

Improvements to our space

We are very pleased with our progress in making the Hub a space for the whole community, whether a library user or not. This year we have installed a new kitchen – thanks to Tesco’s Groundwork Community Fund. We have also purchased additional seating, giving a capacity of up to 100 people, plus new mobile book-shelves for the library service, enabling a more flexible use of the space.

Successful fundraising and increased revenue

Fundraising for the Hub goes from strength to strength via a variety of sources – from the generosity of the community through Sponsor a Brick to the support of Hungerford Town Council and The Good Exchange. We also receive revenue from the West Berks lottery fund and most recently, the Amazon Smile initiative.

This means that although running costs continue to grow, we are cautiously confident for the Hub’s future.  Bookings are growing, with events such as author signings, music and language lessons, art workshops and more regularly filling the calendar.  

TheCurve blossoms as a multi-use space

And now, with the development of TheCurve exhibition and retail space at the front of the building, we can offer local artists a platform for showing their work. Launched last December with an exhibition followed by a pop-up shop, TheCurve immediately proved successful both in terms of raising funds for the Hub and visitors it attracted. In between exhibitions the space can still be hired for workshops or as a private working/meeting space, and continues to be used as an outreach office by Citizens Advice, The Registrar, etc.

Join our team of volunteers!

None of this would have been achieved without our amazing volunteers who have given so much time and energy to making the Hub an asset to the town. If you would like to be involved – perhaps just a few hours helping at events or as one of the team that makes it all happen – please contact our Hub Manager (details below).  

And of course, we must also acknowledge the support of the people of Hungerford who have visited our pop-up shops, attended workshops and generally cheered us on. Thank you!

Useful stuff to know –

Need a venue? The main space within the Hub can be outside of library operating hours; charges start at £30 for a three-hour block. TheCurve is available to hire every day of the week; charges start at £15 for a three-hour block; weekend hire (Friday – Sunday) is £80. Click here to find out more.

Want to know what’s on in the Hub? Click here to find out or pick up a leaflet in the Hub or speak to a member of the WBC library team.

For bookings or for more information about Hungerford Hub, please contact Andrea, Hub Manager, on 07512 076150 or at hungerfordhub@gmail.com.

* figures for the second quarter (April-June) of 2019 compared with same period in 2018.

Don’t forget !

Every month!

This month’s Crafty Girl’s Night Out is skipping to the second Wednesday of the month (10th July) because the bees are taking over the Hub!

Jan Doyle from Newbury and District Beekeepers’ Association will be coming to talk about all aspects of honeybees from pollinators, to providers of medicine and honey.  Find out the ways in which the beekeeper looks after them and what we in turn can do to help.

There will be a Q&A at the end of the talk and, best of all, honey tasting!

This is an event arranged by Hungerford Summer Festival and tickets are free, although there will be a retiring collection.

Honeybees are Amazing! Wednesday 3 July, 8pm

New workshop!

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To book, click here and use the contact form to reserve a place. Booking in advance advisable. Payment in advance by BACS transfer to account number 33761614, sort code 20-65-20. Please quote ‘monoprint’ alongside as the reference. Alternatively you may pay by cheque, made payable to Hungerford Library & Community Trust (please allow a week for processing before the event).

ArtSpace kicks off the new year!

Thank you everyone who came to the new ArtSpace in the Hub yesterday, our monthly drawing workshop – and thank you to Shirley Cartey for providing such a beautiful and varied collection of pots and vases to draw. The group dabbled with pencil, charcoal and even collage, working from different angles and producing both quick, spontaneous sketches and longer, more considered drawings.

The next ArtSpace is on Sunday 3rd February, 2-5pm, when we will be drawing organic shapes – plants and driftwood. Everyone is welcome – even those who say they can’t draw! Bring your own materials if you wish but there will be plenty of paper, pencils, charcoal etc to try out. Tickets are £10, including refreshments.

TheCurve is open!

 

The perfect space to showcase art and crafts!  TheCurve@HungerfordHub opened this weekend for its first exhibition, selling works by local artists.

Next weekend, TheCurve will be hosting a pop-up shop. If you are looking for something a little different this Christmas, TheCurve could provide the solution with affordable and unique gifts handmade by local crafters, artists and artisans. Everything sold in TheCurve is original so not only will you be supporting a local crafter, you will also be supporting the Hub, the roof over our library.

Opening times: Friday 7th, 10am-7pm and Saturday 8th December,  10am-5.30pm.

10% commission on all sales (20% on cards) going to Hungerford Library & Community Trust, a registered charity.

 

Just in time for Christmas!

We are very pleased to announce another step forward in the development of Hungerford Hub – we have created a permanent exhibition space – The Curve@Hungerford Hub – for local artists and artisans to exhibit and sell their work, and we will be launching the space next month with two events.  

The first is a Christmas Exhibition of work by local artists on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th December curated by Shirley Cartey and Andi Mulholland. The Curve will be open from 10am to 6pm on the Friday and 10am to 4.30pm on the Saturday.

The second is a Pop-up Shop showcasing beautiful gifts, hand-made by local artists and crafters. The shop will be open on Friday 14th December, 10am to 7pm and Saturday 15thDecember, 10am to 5.30pm

Everything sold in The Curve will be original and unique, with 10% of sales (20% on cards) going to Hungerford Library & Community Trust, the charity established to support Hungerford Hub. As well as raising funds, the Hub team are committed to engaging with the community and hope that this will be another reason for people to visit the Hub. 

If you would like to exhibit in the Christmas Exhibition, contact the organisers via info@hungerfordhub.com for more information. Similarly, if you are a local artist or crafter and would like to hold your own exhibition or pop-up shop in The Curve, contact info@hungerfordhub.com.