I promoted and hosted the virtual #createinkent Tweetup for 54 weeks from 18th September 2013 until Monday 6 October 2014. I’ve had some fantastic feedback and hopefully have helped some people to collaborate and others to think about visiting Kent for a creative break.
I was able to donate my time thanks to sponsorship from the very creative Spacemaker Architects who offer one hour consultations in East Kent for a donation of £40 to 1 of 6 Kent based organisations doing good things.
People who joined in were;
- creative people wanting to meet like-minded people
- people wanting to share news about a creative event in Kent that they had organised or were involved with
- organising creative happenings e.g art exhibitions and festivals, theatrical events, art, cookery, dance workshops and wanted to share their news with people considering visiting Kent and local and national journalists
- people who had been to see a creative event in Kent and wanted to share their views about it
- interested in visiting Kent to enjoy a creative or cultural event or activity
- working in the tourism industry in Kent and interested in finding out how to collaborate with creative people (who run art, craft, cookery workshops etc) to attract more visitors to their accommodation, attraction, museum, restaurant, shop etc.
- running a venue in Kent where creative events take place and wanted more vistors
- wanted to run a creative event in Kent but were not sure if there was a market for their idea
People often say to me that they’re not creative but I believe most people are. I use the word creative to describe visual and performing artists; crafters, designers, architects, sculptors, cartoonists, animators, musicians, writers, dancers, singers, actors, chefs, cooks, gardeners and florists.
I’d love you to visit Kent to enjoy a creative pursuit with a local creative person in a distinctive venue and to stay overnight in good quality accommodation, whether it’s a luxury hotel, apartment, B&B or more modest setting.
If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll know that I am a passionate advocate for creative tourism. I’ve been doing my best to encourage people to visit Kent’s coastal towns to enjoy a creative pursuit; by regularly tweeting about creative happenings, writing the occasional blog and e-newsletter. I’ve also organised successful creative events, through Escape to Create and for Kent’s Coastal Week. In 2014 I was involved in helping to organise and promote the one day Museum of Fun in Whitstable event, inspired by the national Fun Palaces campaign . Almost 1,000 people turned up and you can see some of the photos here. The next Museum of Fun takes place on 3/4th October and if you’d like to get involved please sign up here.
As well as encouraging others to be creative, I enjoy being creative too, and want to spend more time creating my own art in 2015. I’ve recently returned to painting and had my third exhibition at Creek Creative in Faversham in July 2015. You can see some of my work at Colour By Catriona and buy my work on-line or from the shop at Creek Creative.