Category Archives: Behind the scenes

Reduce waste and food miles by meal planning!

Our regular menu changes, usually seasonally, and our specials menu changes daily here at The Art House. This takes some planning, as you can imagine! With so many mouth to feed, randomly ordering supplies and then playing ‘Ready, steady, cook’ … Continue reading

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From these Three Monkeys, you will hear no evil.

Great things have come of standing in our doorway and having random chats with delightful people. One of those chats was about four years ago with a chap called Steve Lowis. Steve is a bit of a local legend as … Continue reading

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“There are people creating things just outside your window.”

<rant> We have huge admiration for the comics (and a musician) who came and performed last night to an audience of… two! (Who had a very surreal and exclusive show.) Despite the crowd being outnumbered by the performers, they put … Continue reading

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Old man in my house.

In one form of Pidgen English, a piano is called “Old man in my house, you hit him white teeth he laugh, you hit him black teeth he cry.” One of the first items to enter the Art House, even … Continue reading

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The “last slice of cake” rule for selling crafts!

The Art House has a crafty shed which is often full of handmade goodies by the craft group at Tools for Self Reliance as well as other makers local and further afield like Dave Hubble with his Rebejoo range of recycled … Continue reading

Posted in Advice for artists, Behind the scenes, Tutorials, advice, how-to

Why The Art House? Good question!

I popped in on Sunday just as we were opening to make this short film about The Art House and about my personal reasons for being involved in founding and running this lovely place. The video is a submission for … Continue reading

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Volunteer Jen demonstrates ways to wear your chef’s hat!

Volunteer Jen takes some time out from preparing lunches to show the options for wearing a chef’s hat! Our hats are made from recycled fabric (this one used to be a shirt) by Libby, who loves to embellish them with … Continue reading

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Everything you ever wanted to know about volunteering at The Art House (but were afraid to ask)

We are recruiting 12 new cafe volunteers and 7 new kitchen crew this month, to give us a boost into a fabulous 2014! Things you may not know about volunteering at The Art House: * You don’t need experience, training … Continue reading

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A response to being called ‘A Business’

The Art House is not free to use, not publicly funded and is based on a business model. This leads some people to think we are just in it for the money – and it is a tightrope we have … Continue reading

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On financial honesty…..

Most businesses play their financial cards very close to their chests.It’s common business wisdom to be super-cagey about the money stuff, pretending all is well when it isn’t or pretending all is bad when it’s great.Aside from the accounts we … Continue reading

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