Love Art workshops has been created in the Lake district by local lass Lana Grindley. Community artist Lana for the past 8 years has worked with local groups and individuals, encouraging the use of artistic activities to support their development and improve their quality of life. Generally, she has worked in areas where there are social, cultural or environmental issues to be addressed. Lana’s background is working with people with learning disabilities and mental health issues as well as children and older adults.

Please feel free to contact us with any queries regards to the services we can provide. We are flexible to most events, festivals and projects.


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Free summer art workshops in Kendal  

We are back this summer please share!

FREE SUMMER ART WORKSHOPS FOR KIDS🎨⭐️🌸☀️🌊🌲At the Westmorland shopping Centre starting next Wednesday ! 

Every Wednesday and Friday 

11-3pm (from the 25th of July) #loveartworkshops #wsc #freeArt #summerholidays

Summer workshops with Lakes Alive

For the past few months Love Arts have been working with some amazing people, organisations and groups across Kendal. 

This has been in preparation for the lakes alive festival gathering your stories, designs and art to include in the art installation Home made by the artist Michelle Wren.

The groups we’ve worked with this year include Summer hill care home working with people with dementia. Manna house a charity for the homeless and isolated. Space 2 create a mental health art charity. The creative arts hub a art space for people with learning disabilities and Riversiders an amazing social club for people with learning disabilities. 

We’ve captured some amazing stories and imagery and we can’t wait to share with you the outcomes at the festival !! 

A “Crafty” Beer Night

At the new union pub!


Come join us at the New union Pub to learn how to make felt mandelas, meet new friends and of course have a beer. So bring your friends, creativity and have a laugh!

Tickets: £10
Price includes one free alcoholic drink, nibbles and all materials. Only 12 spaces available to book your ticket today.
To book call in at The New union or Contact Lanagrindley@outlook.com to pay online.

Hope to See you all there!

Lakes Alive 2018


Love Arts Workshops are really excited to be involved with the Home project again this year with the Lakes Alive Festival. Our mission is to collect your stories, images and designs to add to another home art installation made by Michelle Wren from Liverpool. We will be working with groups in and around kendal including brilliant organisations like Space 2 create, Peoples cafe and The Creative Art Hub. We hope to explore questions around the idea of, What do you want from home?

So stay tuned I will keep you all up to date in how you can get involved, we will be doing some summer workshops for the public were you can help design the final amazing art installation.

If you want to get involved, volunteer or know more please email me. Lanagrindley@outlook.com


Love Arts At Lowther Castle!


What a fantastic night we had for bonfire night at Lowther castle. Love Arts were making art bonfire leaf crowns and even with the cold we had loads of people getting involved. The kids loved the glitter, lights and loved adding leafs to there crowns what great event to be a part of.

We can confirm we will be there this coming Christmas too! How exciting it will be to see the castle at Xmas time!

Love Arts Workshops At Riversiders trust


What a brilliant workshop Love Arts had at Riversiders trust over summer. They took to the art process really well and made some beautiful house pictures. Lots of people drew there ideal home and some interesting discussions about home was discussed.

Allison who has learning disabilities and mobility issues was discussing how her home was inadequate and hard to access  being at the top of Kendals steepest hill. She spend lots on travel to access the town and struggles with space. Her ideal scenario she said was to get a bungalow near her sisters house. Here she is pictured with her sister and her family and the house she designed that is like her sisters.

Thanks for having us I hope we can return soon!





Love Art Workshops at Space 2 Create

Over the summer Love Arts held a Home? workshop at Space 2 Create. Shown below are just some of the amazing outcomes from the workshop. I can honestly say that group are very talented and there artwork is brilliant. The charity is based in the Factory in Kendal and provides workshops for people with mental health issues. They have grown from the grass roots of the community headed by Mat. Its a real honour to be able to work with the group they are so friendly and welcoming. Get yourself down if you have a creative itch you need scratching.

The stories that came out from the workshop were interesting one lady spoke of how she felt isolated being so rural and how the waiting list to come into Kendal was high. Another lady talked about her art was about the items within the home like her books, plants and pets were what home means to her. It made sense to me that your home is just a vessel to your life and the items that you collect which can be full of meaning.

Someone also said and i quote “home is where you love and be loved”. Try spot below the house that was made from this workshop below….


Lakes Alive 2017 Home?

What an amazing summer Love Arts had working in partnership with installation artist Michelle Wren for Lakes Alive Festival.22851929_1510870529006880_7673524683382515845_nIMG_6101

Love Arts worked with the local Kendal community to establish art work in the reply to the theme “what does home mean to you?”. Love Arts then provided a workshop in Lino printing and line drawings. Michelle wren then used these outcomes to create these fantastic cardboard house sculptures. I want to thank you all so much for supporting the project some amazing stories came out from the project that I would love to share with you.

We worked with Summer hill Bupa nursing home with people with dementia. People loved talking about there homes from when they were younger and “back in the good ald days of kendal” Annette shown above designed this house which she said was her home from when she was young. The house she designed is now being displayed in the Summer Hill care home where she lives.



Lakes Alive Festival – Home? Project


Love arts workshops is working in collaboration with artist Michelle Wren and you, the community of Kendal to develop community arts project ‘Home?’ which will be presented at The Lakes Alive Festival between 9th and 10th September.

It is time we talk about home. Across the UK and Europe there is a huge housing crisis with no rent caps and little to no social housing. Homes seem to be becoming more and more unaffordable. Secure and stable housing is becoming a thing of the past and the necessity of safe housing is becoming something of a luxury. With house prices significantly higher than the national average and rural wages being significantly lower the issue of housing in Lake District is even greater than other places.

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While we celebrate the area we live and welcome tourists areas such as the lake district have become a place for second home ownership and holiday homes along with Air B and B rental houses. Although we welcome new people to the area it often means houses are being taken off the rental market and purchase and rental prices are being pushed up for locals. It’s a double edge sword as tourism industry is the Lake District main employer, but locals find it hard to afford to live here because tourism is taking lots of the housing stock. A local head teacher pointed out that in Langdales Close 70% of homes in one village are not regularly occupied. While people leave them empty till they come on holiday other local people in the area struggle to find a place to live. With a lack of community present local services like doctors, transport and schools are shutting.

Locally here in Kendal it is also evident that some families still haven’t recovered from the impact of storm Desmond. Some Families are still displaced and unable to return home. Kendal has good facilities but lots of people are denied a relocation here in social housing because of low housing stock. This means people can become rurally isolated with increasing transport being cut. Young people from Kendal struggle to buy within Kendal so are forced to relocate to neighbouring county’s.

This specific situation to Kendal can be seen in different forms across the UK with families being forced out of London. The high-speed rail connections between London and Bristol are causing a high rise in rental prices and pushing locals to the outskirts, people suffering from the floods not being given the proper provisions and the horrific sights of Grenfell Tower safe housing is becoming a thing of the past. As Air B and B creeps in more landlords look to make profit over secure housing and with little public housing left and nobody capping rental prices the possibility for many to get on ‘the property ladder’ becoming harder and harder. The issue of housing is ever increasing. It can often be hard to join the gaps between our individual circumstances and that of a national crisis but many others are sharing in the struggle for safe and affordable housing.


We think the first step is to share our experience of housing.

With all this in mind we want to know….

What does home mean to you?

The ‘home?’ Project

Please get involved with this project by filling in the postcards which will be placed all over Kendal and come join us in the public workshop at the Peoples café in the foyer, Kendal.


19th August 12:30-2:30pm

The lino drawings and creations you make will be used by Michelle Wren to create a cardboard town based at Abbot hall park over the Lakes Alive weekend 8-10th September. We will have live lino printing workshops at the abbot hall park. Over the Lakes Alive Festival.



What does home mean to you?

 Affordable, safe and secure housing is becoming more and more inaccessible, and for many people there is nowhere to go.

Love arts workshops want to present to you the community arts project home? In partnership with Michelle Wren and in association with lakes alive. The U.K. Is facing a housing crisis in terms of affordable homes for the masses. This issue in the lakes district is is even harder for people to own there own homes. This is due to House prices being significantly higher than the national average while rural wages are significantly lower.

Come explore this topic with us at Peoples Cafe on the 19th of August. Design your idea of home and create art that could be made into a sculpture as apart of the lakes alive project.

Peoples Cafe