History


1991

Opened in private garage in Evesham (hence name) by Brenda Staines and Jan Evans.

5 students and 2 volunteers.

1993

8 students.

1994

Classes 2 days a week.

1995

A committee was elected and our first AGM was held.

1996

Visits to galleries in London and Paris. Exhibition in Merstow Green Health Centre.

1997

Developed links with Schools and Health Centres.

1998

Exhibition at Oat Street. Workshop at Eastbourne.

ACHIEVED CHARITY STATUS

1999

Opened a charity shop and art studio in Crown Court Yard, Evesham

Jan Hall took over from Brenda

2000

Charity shop changed to sell art materials, as more appropriate for the Group

2001

Tutor, Pam White, joined the Group in collaboration with Evesham College and the Group introduced students with recovering mental health problems.

30 students, classes four days a week.

Professional artists for workshops providing ideas and variety for students.

Celebrated 10 years with exhibition.

2003

Receiving students referred from Waterside Hospital and Social Services.

2004

Sideways move to take over larger room, closed shop.

Extensive renovations, closed for 4 months.

2005

Two studios, 11 classes a week.

Successful summer exhibition.

2006

Begin annual August bank holiday exhibition.

2007

Sculpture classes.

2008

Started group in Malvern.

Life drawing classes.

2009

Sadly lost our dear Chairperson Jan Hall.

2010

Pam White elected as Executive Chairperson.

Waterside rotating permanent exhibition.

Creative writing classes.

2011

To celebrate the Group's 20th Anniversary a film was commissioned about the work of Garage Art Group with the support of Wychavon Council.

70 students, 3 tutors and 10 volunteers.

Jan Hall and Brenda Staines Memorial Exhibition.

Exhibition at Droitwich library.

Vale art trail.

Rotary Club dinner event, networking.

Film Exhibition ‘Connects’ at Amber café.

Exhibition at Abbey tea rooms.

Trips to Nature In Art and Ashmolean Gallery.

Permanent exhibitions at Waterside Psychiatric Day Hospital and Amber Café.

Waterside Day Hospital table top fundraising sale.

Christmas card competition with Lifelinks.

Christmas Fayre.

Christmas party learning disabilities Groups.

Christmas meal social event, Evesham.

2012

Created our own website.

Rotating Exhibition at Amber Café who adopted us as their named charity.

Had our own Christmas cards printed.

Involved in successful community project for the local Police.

Community project in Malvern.

Jan Hall and Brenda Staines Memorial Exhibition.

Exhibition at Beacon Dentist Malvern with Malvern GAG group in association with Lifelinks.

Permanent rotating exhibitions at Waterside Psychiatric Day Hospital and Amber Cafe.

Evesham Christmas party for learning disabilities Groups.

Christmas meal social event, Evesham.

2013

Started Garage Art Group choir and Sewing Group.

Held a Creative Writing group in association with Wychavon Council.

Started Droitwich art and craft Group.

Members start a Brunch Club for people feeling lonely.

Made Xmas decorations for Worcester Cathedral and decorated the tree.

Uploaded student work to Outside In website.

Work included in video touring Outside In Exhibition.

GAG Calendars printed for sale.

Exhibition at Evesham Arts Centre.

Prospect exhibition, Malvern.

August Exhibition at the Evesham studio.

Emporium exhibit two paintings.

Students Bob Smith and Pat Saunders exhibition at ImaGine, Market Square Evesham.

Waterside Day Hospital exhibition ongoing.

Christmas meal social event, Evesham.

Christmas party, Evesham learning disabilities Groups.

2014

Fundraising at Badsey Flower Show.

Two huge advertising flags for Gheluvelt Park.

Exhibitions at Showell Gallery, Pershore and ImaGine, Evesham.

Ongoing exhibition at Waterside Day Hospital.

Prospect View, Malvern exhibition.

Trips to Oxford Ashmolean, Cezanne exhibition and Nature in Art.

Choir linked with Alice’s Choir.

Garage Art Group's calendars printed for sale.

Completion of 4 large mosaics at the Cube representing Malvern by the Malvern Group.

Decorated 7ft flags for Gullovert Park Worcester.

Malvern Group students involved with large roof mosaics for St John’s Worcester high rise flats.

Won the Christmas tree competition in association with Onside at Worcester Cathedral.

Made large flowers for Onside.

Artwork produced for firework night at Beacon House.

Decorated giant squirrel, rabbit, badger and other animals for travelling exhibition coming to Cube ‘Living Forest’.

Christmas party, Evesham learning disabilities Groups.

Christmas meal social event, Evesham.

2015

Kathryn Wickson workshop.

Started choir for special needs students.

Fundraising quiz night.

Created a Facebook page.

Nigel Huddleston MP visits our Evesham studio.

Badsey Flower Show fundraising stall.

Ongoing exhibition at Waterside Day Hospital.

Art In Action Trip.

Independent trip to Nature In Art.

Work exhibited as part of the ‘Bell Tower’ Evesham Arts Centre.

Visit to South Worcs College Art Exhibition, Malvern Group.

John Martins celebration at Hampton Church.

Sarah Dugan, NHS Chief Executive of Mental Health, visits our Evesham studio.

Fundraising skittles evening.

Fundraising at Wallace House Xmas Fayre.

Meet regulary as part of ‘NHS a New Prescription for Commission’.

Health and Well Being Stakeholders Event, Worcestershire County Council.

Stand at Future Lives event, Worcestershire County Council.

Worcester Arts Partnership Community Catalysts event stand

Your Life Your Choice e-marketing set up.

John Martins celebration at Hampton Church.

Christmas party, Evesham learning disabilities Groups.

Christmas meal, Malvern.

Christmas meal social event, Evesham

2016

Ongoing exhibition at Waterside Day Hospital.

Fundraising skittles evening.

Dogs Trust stall at Ragley Hall.

Evesham Carnival stall and Rio walking float.

25th Anniversary celebration evening with live music at Evesham Rowing Club.

Exhibition at County Hall, Worcester.

Art in Action trip.

Badsey Flower Show fundraising stall.

Malvern Hills trip, Malvern Group.

Hampton Ferry Fete fundraising stall.

Boat trip and picnic in Abbey Park for Evesham learning disabilities Groups

Sondra Halliday collage workshop and sessions.

Joy Haywood watercolour workshop.

Stand at Wychavon Ageing Well 55+ event, Evesham Town Hall.

Invited to run an NHS Christmas card competition.

New 'Social Art Group' Saturday sessions.

John Martins celebration at Hampton Church.

Worcester Guildhall Christmas Craft Fayre table.

Christmas party for both Evesham and Malvern learning disabilities Groups.

Christmas meal social event, Evesham.

NHS New Prescription Group meetings throughout the year.

2017

Exhibition at Worcester Cathedral.

Vale of Evesham School stand at Life After School event.

Fundraising Skittles Evenings.

New art group for those affected by sight loss in collaboration with Sight Concern.

Visit to Malvern College art exhibition.

Malvern Group made bunting for a Buddhist wedding.

Stand at Worcestershire NHS Well Being Hub's exhibition and local community event at Worcester Guild Hall.

Ongoing Waterside Day Hospital rotating exhibition.

Participated in 'Moving In Moving On' installation shown at Evesham Library.

John Martins celebration at Hampton Church.

Summer Fayre at Evesham studio.

Art exhibition by the Malvern Group for a community performance 'Route to the hills'.

Malvern Group boat trip and afternoon tea.

Evesham Group picnic and boat trip.

Badsey Flower Show fundraising stall.

Hampton Ferry Show fundraising stall.

Twyford Co-op information display.

Tesco information display and store collection.

Gary and Danny's fundraising Mud Run at Hereford.

Birthday celebration meal for Pam, Belinda and Sue, social event.

Stand at Wychavon Ageing Well 55+ event, Evesham Town Hall.

Trip to Worcester Art Gallery Museum with Malvern Group.

Winning Malvern Soup presentation and stand.

Showell Gallery exhibition, Wychavon District Council, Civic Centre, Pershore.

Christmas party for Evesham and Malvern learning disabilities groups.

Christmas meal social event, Evesham.

2018

Evesham Arts Centre exhibition.

Ongoing Waterside Day Hospital rotating exhibition.

Fundraising skittles evenings.

Vale of Evesham School stand at Life After School event.

New Garage Art Kids group started for children.

Entry for Worcester Stands Tall public art event shortlisted and shown at The Hive exhibition.

Michelle's ink tile art workshop.

Stand at Rotary Club's Tree of Life presentation evening.

Thank you to Malvern Soup presentation, Malvern Vale Community Centre.

Information stand and fundraising at Tesco store, Evesham.

Art activity and information stand at #Love Evesham, Town Plan celebration event.

Artist, Bridie Austin, hired our Evesham Studio to run art workshops.

Presentation about Garage Art Group at Evesham Springfeld Mind.

Artist, Rosemary Frith workshop.

Cllr Richard Jones and Penny Jones, Mayor and Mayoress of Evesham visit our Evesham studio.

Permanent information stand at Evesham Volunteer Centre's Riverside Shopping Centre 'one stop volunteering shop'.

Danny's bingo fundraising events at Ferry View housing complex.

Art workshops at The Valley and The Almonry for the Wychavon District Council Enlighten project.

Stand at the Evesham College Life After College event.

Tesco visit to award Bags of Help cheque.

John Martins celebration at Hampton Church.

Sedgeberrow CE First School fete stand and art activity.

Began running children's art and craft parties.

Colwall Festival fundraising stall by Malvern group.

‘Artists’ themed walking float and craft stall at Evesham Carnival.

Badsey Flower Show fundraising stall.

Garage Art kids exhibition at Evesham library.

Wychavon District Council's Enlighten animation workshops at Garage Art Kids sessions.

Garage Art Group's World Mental Health Day event at Evesham Town Hall.

Story sticks community project.

Exhibition at Evesham Volunteer Centre's Riverside Shopping Centre 'one stop volunteering shop'.