Pause for Thought with Ray Dadswell: A renaissance in the creative arts

The new season has already started and, from what I understand, everything is going well.

Catalyst Arts, recognisable by its striking blue logo, organises a wide range of workshops every year for people of all ages and abilities.

Still to come are ‘Adventures in Acrylics’ (Saturday 14th May) and ‘Painting on Tiles’ (Saturday 21st May).

As part of the Eastbourne Festival there are ‘taster’sessions on ‘Patterns in Embroidery’ (Saturday 30th April) and ‘Mixed Media’ (Friday 6th May), designed especially for people who are not exactly sure of what they want to do.

‘Painting for Children’ (Saturday 7th May) will attract the 7-12 year-olds as they experiment with colour and a variety of media, creating their own works of art.

All these workshops take place in the Frenchgate Christian Centre, Hampden Park, Eastbourne.

More may be added to the 2011 programme in due course. For up-to-date information, fees and contact details, visit

Helen Mc Cabe, Project Manager, reports: “There is good feedback from participants so far. The visual arts days cater for adults, but youngsters may attend in addition to their own workshop.”

New tutors, Helen says, have offered their services this time round. “They tell us that they like what we are doing, and how can they help. We are forward-looking, with new topics from year to year. But still we need more money, time and people to meet our remit to ‘encourage a renaissance in the creative arts.’ We would like to take the arts to schools and churches as well.”

Scripture says: ‘Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for man’ (Colossians 3, 23). The context is different from the above, but the principle is still good.

PS: ‘Jesus My Boy’, a play by John Dowie, is due to be presented at St Elisabeth’s Church on Saturday 9th April at 7.30 pm.

‘With humour and tenderness, this is a moving account of the greatest story ever told, given through the perception of Joseph.’

All proceeds from ticket sales, £3 each, will go towards the church’s development and improvement fund. (01323) 502911 is the number to call.