Beautiful fabric creations will decorate the Ashford Bandstand as part of Fabric of Ashford; an installation created by and for the Ashford community. 

Fabric of Ashford is hosted by Loveashford and Emergency Exit Arts and is supported by Ashford Borough Council and local businesses.  

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What is Fabric of Ashford?

Fabric of Ashford is a community co-creation art project which will see the bandstand and the town centre beautifully decorated with colourful fabric squares, created and designed by the local community.

There will be three days of free workshops where you can create fabric-based artwork to contribute to the installation. Over the course of the summer, the fabric squares will be brought together to form a poignant tribute, making it a living, growing piece of art!  

In the spirit of the padlock tradition seen across many bridges in the world, you can also create your own ‘Memory Knot’ to tie to the bandstand.   

Alongside the workshops you'll see The Recovery Poems; inspiring, illuminated, poems written collaboratively by poets Deanna Rodger and Robert Montgomery.  We are delighted to welcome this prestigious art installation which is currently touring and inspiring communities across the country. 

With phrases from the poem like At what point do we fall into each other’s arms and dance again loosening our shadow? we hope these words will help inspire and capture your thoughts after this difficult year, but also help us look ahead with hope and positivity.  

How can I get involved?

This is your chance to be part of something truly special and unique in Ashford!  


Get Crafting! 

Come and create a piece of art in one of the free, family friendly workshops taking place in July and August. Choose from a selection of different fabrics, materials and stencils and capture your thoughts and creativity on to your square of fabric. 

The fabric pieces will be sewn together and displayed proudly on the bandstand and the town centre. You can also take a blank piece of fabric to decorate at home, collect a piece of fabric from Monday 19th July at Made in Ashford

Where can I donate materials?

If you have spare fabric you’d like to donate towards the project, simply drop it off to Made in Ashford. We would love to know the story behind your fabric! Post it on social media with your story with the hashtag #fabricofashford and tag @loveashford  

Workshop times & locations

The workshops are free to attend and there is no need to book.

Saturday 14th August    
Flag Workshop | Victoria Park (by the Hubert Fountain) | 1pm-4pm   
Flag Workshop | Elwick Place | 5pm-8pm  

Share your story on social 
We would love to see your creations! Snap a picture and post on social media with the hashtag #fabricofashford. Tell us what inspired your creation, what your memory knot means or the story behind your donated piece of fabric. 

How long is Fabric of Ashford running for?

Fabric of Ashford kicks off on Saturday 17th July by the Ashford Bandstand with the first of the free Flag Workshops. The fabric creations will be added over the following weeks, and the final workshop will take place on 14th August. 

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