Cafe – Past Exhibitions


The Ideas Hub has gone completely arty this summer with a new exhibition by Russian born British artist Zhenya Syman and a multitude of art workshops for 0 to 100 years old. Our cardboard fun and messy art play table is available everyday throughout the summer. Mondays between 3 and 4, we have a special workshop, this week “easy abstract” and Wednesday at 1pm, Manga drawing workshop ( popular with teens) all for just £1 each. Finally, on Tuesday, at 7.30, we will have our monthly adult colouring meet up!

Feature Artist July 2016 – Zhenya Gershman

13920894_661256324030466_4195038133607329200_nZHENYA GERSHMAN is an internationally renowned ARTIST. She was born in Moscow, Russia and held her 1st solo exhibition in St. Petersburg at age 14. She was selected as a subject of the TV Documentary Film “Our Generation”, a project dedicated to searching for the five most talented teenagers in Russia, showing hope for the cultural future of the country. The youngest student to be admitted to Otis Art Institute, Zhenya graduated with Honors and later received her Masters of Fine Arts degree from Art Center College of Design. Today, Zhenya’s work is featured in such preeminent private and public collections as Donald Simon, Richard Weisman, and Woody Allen.  Zhenya participates in important international exhibitions including Art Aspen, Art Miami, and Art Chicago. She was selected to create iconic portraits of Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan for the MusiCares GRAMMY Foundation. Zhenya is a recipient of numerous awards including the ALEX Award in Visual Arts, presented nationally to honored scholars and artists. Her recent exhibition Larger Than Life was broadcast by Entertainment Tonight, Extra Television, and The New York Post. A documentary film highlighting Zhenya’s career was released in the summer of 2011 by ICN Television Network.



The February 2016 Art Cafe Exhibit is all about Colour. Colour is the substance that pervades our everyday existence. The world we inhabit is an interesting clash of colours that we take for granted and yet the spaces we create are often drab and mono-thematic. But colour is incredible, when combined in strong vibrant ways it can create amazing imagery that energises the eyes and mind.

Green Imbued

IMG_1538Green Imbued at first impresses a sense of waves and motion but upon longer viewing it begins to reveal further depth, with the coalescing and contrasting shades allowing other imagery and impressions to form. The exploration of the many hues of jade green here makes it also simply a joy to take in as an exercise in colour.

Painted by local artist

Lost In Colour

This unusual painting seemingly draws inspiration from infra-red videography, with sombre blues contrasted with sharp bright oranges, yellows and greens, but as these heat signatures form the scene the very real person who is the focus is lost and reduced only to the elements of her heat presence, her identity being ‘lost’ in the scientific mode of viewing the world.

Painted by local artist



The April 2016 Art Cafe Exhibit is all about Nature. A classic art subject, the study, reproduction and interpretation of the wonders of nature has long been the focus of amateur and master artists alike. From close-up studies of insects and flowers to the painting of beautiful vistas or striking scenes of natural intensity, such as storms and dangerous seas, there is a wonder wide world of nature to capture and draw inspiration from, it truly is a marvellous world out there!


Here is a series of paintings devoted to the second time of day where the sun takes on a magical air as it touches the horizon and releases a kaleidoscope of colour. These images give a sense of aridness with there dark plains foregrounds and bright blinding sunlight, the bottom two of the images having strong features of blue making them feel cooler and more like a calm summer night on some warm hill somewhere on the summer solstice.

Painted by local artist


The humble sunflower is the subject of these series of paintings by pupils from local school Hylands. A classic summer plant for which the mere site of it evokes images of large fields of the yellow and brown flowers swaying in the wind on a warm summer day. A plant with personality that seems to be like many of us, content to simply lap up the sun and take it easy!

Painted by Pupils from Hylands School