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Flagship Art Club

Our Art Club in West End which started at the end of January 2015 is for people who have a real interest in art and in improving their skills. Club members are expected to focus on the artistic tasks that the group are set by our tutor, Caroline Rackham. All who have a serious interest in art are welcome.The cost for the Club is £5 per session; this includes tuition, refreshments and all materials.


Please contact Michelle on 023 8048 3471 or by email (, if you wish to attend.


Our services are open to anyone with a learning disability who lives in the borough of Eastleigh or in Romsey.

Our constitution limits the offer of our services to people with learning disabilities living in this geographical area. Much of our funding is raised locally for the benefit of local people with learning disabilities.


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Flagship Art Club 2019


Plans for 2019


Carnival Day - Saturday 15 June 2019. Theme - Childrens’ Television

The Art Club will be inviting more people to join them for their West End Carnival Project in 2019. People who are not members of the Flagship Art Club can join with our regular members for the weeks before the Carnival to design and prepare their own costumes.


Flagship Art Club members are entering the St James’s Church Christmas Tree Festival this year. Make sure you go along in December to see their entry


Spring Exhibition: Tuesday, 2 April


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Flagship Art Club Exhibition 2019

This year’s Exhibition was held at the Coffee Morning on 2 April so that more people could see our work.


Our artists produced another stunning collection of work from their meetings over the last eighteen months.


There are eleven members and each person has developed an individual style.


The exhibition showcased individual pieces but also work completed collaboratively by the whole group.


Activities since 2015!

Flagship Art Club Christmas Tree project The design stage - no clues here as to how the tree will be built

St James's Church Christmas Tree Festival

Flagship Art Club members' 1950s Christmas Tree!


St James Church, Church Hill, West End, SO30 3LT. Go along to see the Flagship Art Club members’ designed Christmas Tree!


The Flagship Art Club members worked hard throughout November thinking about the “1950’s Christmas” theme they had chosen. They used old sheet music books to supply material for the “Make do and mend” idea, making mouse ladders and linked paper chains. The result was beautiful!

The trees in the festival were in the church over a weekend in early December for the public to admire.


Flagship Art Club Exhibition

Centenary Hall, Chamberlayne Road, Eastleigh

Thursday, 19 October 2017 - 1015 to 1445

  • Art Workshops at 10.30 – 11.30 and 13.00 to 14.30
  • Café with home-made cakes
  • Art Market – an excellent chance to buy unique Christmas gifts
  • Postcard picture Exhibition

Everyone welcome – please come and join us!


Competition- My Favourite Thing

This is a date for your diary but also a call for action!


We are holding an art exhibition of postcard pictures on the theme of “My Favourite thing”. This is open to members, non members, carers, staff, just about anyone who has anything to do with Eastleigh Borough & Romsey MENCAP.


  • Anyone can draw or paint a picture and submit it as long as it is on a plain postcard or on card the size of a traditional postcard. All submissions will be exhibited on the day of our exhibition.
  • The picture can be in crayon, pencil, ink, pastel, charcoal, acryllic paint, water colours or oil paint. 
  • The picture must be of something that you consider Your Favourite Thing or one of your favourite things. If you have more than one favourite thing, please feel free to submit more than one picture. You can enter as many times as you like

 Submissions must reach Michelle by Friday October 13.  You can post them to the office address or hand them over to a member of EBR MENCAP staff.


There will be prizes, particularly for effort and creativity.  So if you are a good artist but only draw a simple circle on a card to show “football” you are unlikely to be a prize winner. Please try your hardest to make a fabulous picture and one that you are proud of!


Please write your full name, the title of your favourite thing and your phone number on the back of the card. We will not be showing the name of the artists in the exhibition.


Post card


Size: roughly 4 x 6 inches (or 105 x 147mm)

On the reverse side please write your name, title of your picture and your phone number, for example:


Name: Fred Bloggs

Title: Saints Football Club

Phone number: 34162 799660


Returning the pictures

  • If you want your picture returned at the end of the exhibition you will need to write “PLEASE RETURN” on the back of the card. 
  • If you are not a regular member please submit a stamped addressed envelope with your picture so we can send it back to you after the exhibition.
  • If you are a regular member and we see you most weeks at one of our clubs, then a staff member will give you back your card(s).

Flagship Art Club 3rd Annual Exhibition 2016 - Zebra Crossing

Flagship Art Club members were pleased to welcome the Mayor of Eastleigh and his wife to their third annual exhibition at Centenary Hall on 3 November. The event went well with many friends and family members coming along to support our artists. Their work was well received and several pictures sold.


There was also a chance to see a photographic exhibition of the making of our ZEBRA  “Zebra Crossing” from the bare white cast through to the finished product displayed in the summer sunshine at Town Quay Park.  Members of the Flagship Art Club ran workshops for visitors to produce decorated cards and envelopes using marbling oils. People from Launch pad came along to try out these techniques.


The Zebra Café, run by Will and Michelle Wheeler, did a brisk trade in home made cakes and hot drinks. Thanks to everyone who baked for us. Kate O’Connell ran a wonderful art market selling a range of affordable but unique artistic gifts ranging from felted soaps to knitted scarves and fused glass bowls, the work of six local artists.


The Flagship Art Club entered Marwell Wildlife’s Design a Zany Zebra competition in 2016. This was to create a design that could be transferred to a life size zebra model and all the zebras will be exhibited in public places around Southampton City Centre – you may remember the Rhino competition from a few years ago.

Flagship Art Club members were delighted that one of our designs was accepted. Members painted their zebra in April (a big model and a small one) and the zebras were placed at Marwell and in Southampton from July 16 to September 25. This is a huge achievement for the Club members and hopefully gave us lots of publicity.




On 5 February 2015, members of the Art Club visited the Southampton City Art Gallery to view two exhibitions, PLACE by Kurt Jackson and the Louise Bourgeois show called A Woman without secrets. Art Club members particularly liked the Kurt Jackson Show and each chose a canvas or sculpture that they particularly enjoyed and identified with. They explained the reasons for their choice to the rest of the group. 


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