May 2024 Stand at the Wallace House open day

May 2024

Our information display at Evesham Medieval Market, St. Lawrence's Church

17th November 2023 Facebook SpeakEasy N.O.W.

19th September 2023 Mark Williams' Award-Winning 'Frankel at Royal Ascot'

The walls of Garage Art Group are adorned with the whole spectrum of its members’ creativity: from collages to sketches, from surreal to the hyperreal. On one wall sits a unique portrait of the late Queen Elizabeth formed in abstract shapes and bold colours. The artist behind the piece is Mark Williams, a member of Garage Art, whose most recent artistic endeavour has been recognised by more than those who pass through the charity’s doors.

As well as the Queen, Virgil Van Dyke and Bruce Springsteen have both been the subjects of Mark’s work; the former was a gift for his grandson, whilst the latter was entered into Bretforton Show  – and won! Mark’s pieces may vary in subject but they all lean towards the abstract, and his painting ‘Frankel at Royal Ascot’ is a stellar example of the form. Inspired by a love of horses and the shape of the new grandstand at Royal Ascot, Mark employed kaleidoscopic shapes and colours to depict Frankel, a champion thoroughbred credited with being the highest-ever-rated racehorse by the RPRs. It is with this piece that Mark caught the attention of the SAA, a hub for artists that offers tuition and materials to its growing community. The organisation, founded in 1992 (only one year after Garage Art Group!) stands for Supporting All Artists, and hosts the SAA Artist of the Year Competition. Already a member of SAA, Mark decided to throw his hat in the ring with ‘Frankel at Royal Ascot’ in the amateur category, and the piece won the Best Experimental Abstract!

‘Frankel at Royal Ascot’ is to be proudly exhibited at Espacio Gallery in London in October, one of the largest venues in the heart of the East End art scene. It is a delight to behold all of our members’ artworks, but it is truly special to see it treasured and appreciated beyond Garage Art Group as well. Congratulations Mark!

9th September 2023  Stand at Evesham Volunteer Fair, celebrating their 40th anniversary

8th September 2023 The Observer 

July 2023

malvern cube press.pdf

6th July 2023  Evesham Journal

29th June 2023 Living Well event, Evesham Leisure Centre

8th June 2023 Evesham Journal

20th - 21st May 2023

Our information display is at Evesham Medieval Market, St. Lawrence's Church this weekend

March 2023

Malvern group and Evesham's Tuesday morning and Monday & Friday afternoon groups have been working on a project for Kate, who works for BILD.  Congratulations to Stuart and Rachel whose artwork has been chosen to be included in Kate's book chapter!

15th September 2022, Evesham Journal and 9th September 2022, Evesham Observer

The Vale Active Art project we decorated a bike for.

6th August 2022

Battle of Evesham Festival. Our stand will be at the festival on Saturday!

21st - 22nd May 2022

St. Lawrence's Church, come along to see information about our group

19th May 2022

Come and meet us at the Living Well event!

10th May 2022

Stand at WCG Evesham for mental health awareness week

25th April - 6th May 2022

Come along to our Evesham studio to see our group's self-portrait exhibition!

August 2021 Evesham Journal

July 2021 Longest member award presented to Janet - who has been with the Group from the very beginning

July 2021

January 2021

January 2021

Charity of the Month landscape.pdf

Dec 2020/Jan 2021 The Vale magazine

16/10/20 Evesham Observer

3/6/20 Severn Arts Newsletter Worcestershire

Garage Art Group 

Normally based in Crown Courtyard, off Bridge Street in Evesham, Garage Art Group aims to promote health and well-being for all members of society through the visual arts.

Whilst we’ve been locked down we’ve set up a Facebook Messenger group to keep in touch with each other. We’re encouraging each other to get out of the house and enjoy fresh air, where permitted, and to pick up our pencils or paint and continue our artwork. We’ll be having an exhibition at the end of lockdown which will be put up on our website and Facebook page. See here for our art work so far.

Mary Keeling

Garage Art Group

Click on the link below to see the Severn Arts Newsletter,

17/10/2019 Evesham Journal

10/10/2019 Evesham Journal

3/10/2019 Evesham Journal

Our mural at Citizens Advice Bureau, Evesham

2019 Story stick Project

The Native North American people used the ‘talking stick’ to sort out any problems with each other or with different tribes. It was used as a mark of respect as whoever held the stick could not be interrupted. Aboriginal tribes used ‘message sticks’ before language, to convey information and transmit messages through marks and designs.

Garage Art Group, a Community based charity, are developing their own story sticks involving the wider community, eventually creating an art work that will be one installation symbolising unity and togetherness.

The project involves collecting found objects in nature and personal objects to create unique story sticks. We are involving our adult mental health, learning disability, general public, Malvern and childrens’ groups along with the community of Evesham. Through the social inclusion of everyone we aim to break down stigma.

We have already created story sticks in the community at places such as Badsey Flower Show, Evesham Carnival, local groups and our World Mental Health Celebration. We aim to continue our project by involving children in local schools.

We will finally hold an event, ‘Picnic in the Park’, to celebrate all the Community’s work. The story sticks will be combined and displayed in a spiral as one art installation outdoors, symbolically representing the Community as one!

Malvern Gazette

28th May 2019

Cube plaque honour's Rachel's achievements

By Robert Hale

A COMMEMORATIVE plaque to celebrate the achievements of a young woman with a learning disability has been unveiled at the Cube in Malvern.

The plaque is in recognition of the hard work of Rachel Barrett, who has won a Respectability Award for her work with the Worcestershire Transforming Care Partnership and the self-advocacy group, Speakeasy NOW.

Helen Gill, The RespectAbility Project coordinator said: "Rachel helps to change services in a way that will make a real difference to the lives of children, young people and adults with a learning disability and/or autism, who display behaviour that challenges, including those with a mental health conditions.”

The plaque was unveiled on Friday by The High Sheriff of Worcestershire, Edward Holloway, and will be permanently on display at the Cube.

The unveiling took place during a reception at the Cube, attended by VIPs, colleagues and friends of Rachel's.

Karen Humphries, a trustee of Malvern Cube, said, “We will be delighted to host Rachel’s plaque at Malvern Cube. We are an accessible, inclusive and diverse community centre and are happy to celebrate and share Rachel’s achievements."

The RespectAbility Project celebrates the achievements of people with learning disabilities from Worcestershire in fields including local government, art, fund-raising, sport, leadership, independence and employment.

Respect Ability.  A film about Rachel Barrett - a leader, self-advocate and advocate for all people with learning disabilities. 

Rachel has been coming to Garage Art Group for around ten years and has achieved so much. Well Done Rachel. 

Please click on the link below to view the film.

  Film featuring Rachel

2019 Congratulations to our CEO, Pam, winner of the Inclusive Award, Judges Choice at the Pride of Malvern Hills Community Awards.

2019  Worcester News

2019 Stand at Life Beyond School event at the Vale of Evesham School

2019 Workshops and stand at 'Living Well' event, organised by Abbey Medical Practice, at Evesham Town Hall

2018 Evesham Journal

Garage Art Kids make lanterns for and take part in Evesham's Lantern Parade

2018 Workshops for Wychavon Enlighten project shown at Evesham Library Enlighten exhibition 

2018  The Evesham Observer and Evesham Journal

2018 World Mental Health Day event

Poster kindly created by Rosemary Frith

2018 A big thank you to our work experience student, Jess, for creating our newsletter.

2018 Stand at the Evesham College Life After College event

2018 Come along to take part in our art workshops at The Valley and The Almonry for the Wychavon District Council Enlighten project

2018 Permanent information stand at Evesham Volunteer Centre's Riverside Shopping Centre 'one stop volunteering shop'.

2018 Cllr Richard Jones and Penny Jones, Mayor and Mayoress of Evesham visit our Evesham studio

2018 Art activity and information stand at #Love Evesham, Town Plan celebration event

2018 Evesham Journal, Rotary Club's Tree of Life presentation evening

2018 Stand at The Vale of Evesham School

2018 Get Creative Festival

2017 Art sessions as part of Wychavon Wellbeing Week

Worcester GuildHall

2017 Art and craft sessions in collaboration with Sight Concern for adults with Sight Impairment.

2016 Vale Magazine article

2015 Nigel Huddleston MP visits our Evesham studio

2015 Sarah Dugan, NHS Chief Executive of Mental Health, visits our Evesham studio

Evesham Journal

2016 Congratulations to Carol Hallam, winner of NHS Christmas card competition

2016 Wychavon Ageing Well 55+ stand Evesham Town Hall

2015 Congratuations to our CEO, Pam White, for being nominated for the Wychavon Community Recognition's Enabling Healthy Lives Award.

Pam certificate.pdf

Evesham Journal