An Art Sanctuary

OUR STORY & PHILOSOPHY

How the journey began…

In a world that is so frantic, so digitally connected, so often full of stress, we often find ourselves making little time to reconnect our minds with our body and soul. Sounds a little ‘out there’ I know, but actually it’s so important. Allowing yourself time to be creative has been scientifically proven to help with mental health and even medical conditions like dementia.

Being creative – gives you purpose. It allows you to express yourself in a non-conformist way. It opens your mind to new ideas. It connects people, whilst also allowing time for self-reflection.

Run by mother & daughter duo and professional artists Sue & Tamalia Reeves, MADEbyTamalia (the creativity) & Creativ.Spaces (the venue), is a small family creative business born in the midst of the COVID19 pandemic to help promote wellbeing, stimulate creativity, and spark innovation. However the idea was born years before during a time when Tamalia was facing an incredibly difficult time in her personal life. As a professional Artist, Tamalia turned to her own art for solace and healing, as she knew the value of creativity for mental health and wellbeing. Her dream was to share this with the wider community.

A creative challenge…

Since leaving University Tamalia had worked as an Illustrator, Designer and School Teacher – but felt she was never truly happy. She crammed as much art, crafting and DIY makes into her evenings and weekends but it never felt enough. Slowly as life started to get in the way, her passions started to be put aside for another day. After facing an incredibly difficult time in her life she turned to her art to help her find balance, calm and inspiration.

Freshly armed with the realisation that she wanted to live a more creative, mindful life and share her creative skills and knowledge with others, she decided to create MADEbyTamalia – A colourful, warm and welcoming art studio, where others could escape the rat race and indulge in some well deserved creative ’me time.’ And hence the dream started to come to life!

Tamalia and Sue Reeves Small Business Award

Once the COVID-19 pandemic hit, her new business was forced to close so she spent time thinking of new ways to be able to connect and share art with her local community.

During the first COVID-19 lockdown Tamalia took part in a project funded by the National Lottery and Art Council UK delivering a series of videos connecting artists with the community. Her project, called ‘Mindful Mini Makes,’ specifically aimed to help children and isolated adults navigate the loneliness of the pandemic, by connecting them safely through the power of art. You can see the full project here.

After this project she and her Mum, Sue Reeves, who runs an online art gallery called Creative Locale, worked to build a community of artists with the aim of bringing creatives together to support each other, collaborate and share their creativity with the wider local community.

…creates a rather whimsical solution

Alongside this Tamalia and Sue expanded the studio space and created a set of whimsical and playful art studio and event spaces called Creativ.Spaces – open for public and private use. Having being closed for the best part of a year though they had to be creative in how to furnish the art spaces.

Pretty much everything, has been made from scratch by Tamalia and Sue. Most of the furniture has been donated, bought second hand, upcycled or made from scratch. They painted the wall murals together and even the wood for the trees and dried flowers were foraged, dried and the created into art pieces. Each space has been curated with a collection of handmade, foraged, second-hand, upcycled and repurposed useful objects and eccentricities. Click here to see our video tour

There is now a large workshop space for participatory art and creative classes for all ages and abilities, meeting space complete with the latest technology for team building/business events/training, a small meeting room for breakout sessions, and an intimate courtyard garden. Each space is an immersive experience that engages all your senses.

Tamalia and Sue believe in a world where creativity and wellbeing go hand in hand. By facilitating interaction through creativity, they hope to encourage purposeful activity, resilience, social inclusion, self-expression and personal and professional growth, so that creativity becomes not only part of daily life but also in the workplace.

MADEbyTamalia is very much a creative space but that doesn’t mean it just for ‘creative’ types. It is about bringing community together. About reconnecting with people, whilst doing something holistic that’s beneficial to your wellbeing, as well as helping you learn a new skill. We’ve even won an award!

Why not see for yourself…come and let your mind wander, experiment and unleash your inner artist over friendly conversation in one of our creative workshops.

Our values…

We are driven by 8 core values that underpin everything we do. They are about working with:

Being ethical means to have respect for yourself, others and the environment. Upholding values and ideals that create a positive, honest and fun place to be, both here and beyond the studio.

Means to create space for adults and children to understand themselves and their world, helping them learn in a safe and reflective way, and create an environment for them to be authentic and true to who they are.

Means flexible thinking in an environment that offers decision making, coming to conclusions, second-guessing decisions and evaluating your results. It is about discovery, imagination and innovation.

Means to experiment, to make mistakes and try new things. Our workshops, courses and classes are non-judgmental and provide opportunities to experiment, self-expression and personal growth.

Means to stand by something that you believe in. By igniting individual passions, we aim to energise the adults and children to influence change, have an open mind, and just enjoy themselves in truly immersive environment.

Through an exploratory and open approach people can connect over common interests. Based on an ideal of creative calm and holistic activity, the studio environment promotes a safe space to foster personal and social growth.

“The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.”

Neil Gaiman