Celebrating art and adult learning in Coulsdon
10/07/2014 20:50:00......Posted by Mario Creatura
It was an absolute pleasure to be able to attend the launch of Coulsdon CALAT's summer art exhibition this evening.
There was some incredible work - from ornate wood sculptures and delicate jewellery to impressive pastel sketches and detailed oil paintings.
I spent a lot of time talking to the students, and one view came through very strongly: adult education is highly valued by them all. Many were just looking for a new hobby, but some had started attending after having lost a loved one, but all of them had become very good friends after many years of attendance.
It was great to see the Mayor of Croydon in attendance - her presence meant a lot to all those there and I know they'd want me to pass on their appreciation.
The staff and teachers at the centre deserve a huge amount of praise for the work they’ve done to improve the offering. I asked what the best way is for me to help the centre, and they asked me to plug their work which I’m more than happy to do!
There’s a lot more that you can do at the CALAT besides art, so if you're looking for a new qualification or even something new to do of an evening, why not visit their website and see what they have to offer? http://www.calat.ac.uk/