Art Bank

The Horsebridge Art Bank launched on Monday 11th October.

The Art Bank is open on Mondays between 2-4 pm every fortnight (excluding public holidays).

This is a new initiative that we have developed in partnership with Whitstable artist Catriona Campbell. We have been collecting unwanted arts and crafts materials (and books) and will offer these on a “pay what you can basis”. We also will use some of the materials in free, or affordable, creative sessions for adults and children.

Some particularly high value items will be priced, like unopened oil paint sets, however all money raised will be ring-fenced for the Art Bank, to buy more materials and to enable us to offer “pay what you can” artist led workshops, to show people how to use the arts and crafts materials.

Local artist Nicole Bates will lead Art Bank Live! sessions demonstrating how some of the different art materials could be used. These are fortnightly drop-in sessions from 2 - 4pm and you can book to secure your free place. Everyone is welcome.

Catriona instigated the Art Bank after realising that many people want to be creative but don’t always have the means to do so. It’s also very important to us at the Horsebridge that no-one is excluded from being able to access and use art materials. We know how important being creative is for people’s well-being, particularly in these challenging times. The Art Bank is also an important part of supporting environmental responsibility by ensuring that more materials are re-used and not thrown away.


We have already received some fantastic donations but welcome more! If you, or anyone you know, wish to donate art or craft materials (including art books) donations can be dropped at the Horsebridge reception during opening hours.



Art Bank Live is a chance to find out how you can use the different materials we have in our art bank.  

Have you always wanted to use water colours, acrylics or pastels but never had the chance to?  Perhaps you would like to learn the basics of printing or using new papers?

This is your opportunity try something new in an informal, supportive session.  Each fortnight we will be doing something a little bit different to give you a chance to try out new techniques and create something unique at the same time.

Each session is free, but donations are welcome to help support the Art Bank project. 

25th October and 8th November
Make a simple sketch book and experiment with new materials. Spaces are limited so book your free place now.

Book 25th October Book 8th November 

22nd November and 6th December 
Try out lino print or screen printing using a Christmas theme. Spaces are limited so book your free place now.

Book 22nd November Book 6th December