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Talented Local Artist Supports CCDT Projects in Exciting New Pop-up Shop

Artist Mandy McKenna is coming to Chichester to open her new shop – Mandy McKenna Designs in Crane Street Chichester through the Chichester District Council ‘Pop-Up’ small business scheme 2021, and will be helping to raise funds for our community projects throughout her time there. 

During the 8 weeks Mandy will be in Chichester she has chosen to support the Chichester Community Development Trust.  Customers can win a luxury hamper filled with products from Mandy McKenna Designs and from her special guests by entering a draw when they visit the shop.   In doing so she will be helping us to empower people by developing skills and supporting projects that create local opportunities, employment and build community spirit, so please do go along to see her wonderful collection and enter the prize draw to be in with a chance of winning this amazing prize.  

Opening on 30th May for 8 weeks, Mandy will be offering an exciting collection of her hand made floral range of pottery, artwork, painted furniture and gifts for your home and business.

The shop will be more than just a shop.  Mandy is running an 8 week programme of events to create a wonderful experience for customers to pop in and watch how she paints, creates and designs her beautiful products.  Her projects include:-  Easel Action, Powerful Pottery, Watercolour Wash, Potty Pottery Wheel, Ultimate Up-cycled Chairs & Furniture,  Clay Flowers, Floral Hearts and Christmas Decorations.

Mandy believes that art is very therapeutic and has linked her work by inviting several Special Guests who all live in locally to Chichester and have worked with Mandy on several occasion in business and fund-raising projects showing how her art can add rest and relaxation to all ages.

Meet Author Colin Butcher and The Pet Detective Rescue Dog Molly  Friday 18th June between 1 and 3pm signing his international best selling book ‘Molly the Pet Detective Dog

Meet Annette Gardner from Feeling Gorgeous and Hepburn at Home Tuesday  6th – Sunday 11th July Demonstrations on how essential oils can work with ceramics, colour and home-staging.

Meet Molly McKenna Singer/Songwriter live music sessions in the shop June/July  

Meet Sarah- Louise Cragg The Mindkixx Mentor Tuesday 13th-Sunday 18th July Business, Success and Personal Mindset Coach.

Mandy says: “I am so looking forward to adding my ‘Taste of Colourful Art’ to Chichester and meeting local residents adding my passion for floral art in a variety of mediums.  I am at my happiest when I have a paintbrush in my hand!”

Find out more about Mandy’s pop-up shop and beautiful pottery, artwork, furniture and gifts at her website – The shop is located at 8, Crane Street, Chichester OPENS – 30th May – for 8 weeks to 29th July 2021  -Tuesday – Saturday 10.30 – 4.00pm  – Sunday 11am – 4.00pm – Open Bank Holiday Mondays.

Full Programme of Events

Week 1  Easel Action    31st May – 6th June 

Come & watch Mandy paint on canvas her floral designs

Week 2  Powerful Pottery 7th – 13th June 

Come and watch Mandy create & hand paint her colourful bowls in bright, bold floral designs,  ready for the kiln 

Week 3 Watercolour Wash 14th – 20th June   

Come & watch Mandy paint floral watercolour & fairy art. Learn some techniques to encourage beginners to pick up a brush & get creative!

GUEST  Colin and Molly book signing Friday 18th June 1-3pm

Week 4  Potty Pottery Wheel 21st – 27th June 

Come & watch Mandy throw clay bowls on the pottery wheel ‘ Mandy’s Own Pottery Throw Down Challenge ‘

Week 5 Ultimate Upcycled Chairs & Furniture 28th – 4th July 

Come & watch Mandy paint, create & turn old pieces into new. Functional furniture but with her artistic floral twist.  Bright colours with rich floral artwork. You will love this!

Week 6  Pretty Pressed Clay Flowers  5th – 11th July  

Come & watch Mandy imprint flowers collected from garden & countryside,  combined with ceramics. Learn about the added benefits of essential oils to my pottery

GUEST Annette Gardner Feeling Gorgeous and Hepburn at Home with Essential Oils and Colour in the home

Week 7   Red Poppies, Roses & Daisy Clay Flowers 12th – 18th July 

Watch Mandy hand make & mould flowers to make clay flower bouquets to decorate your cakes. Add to vases & flowerpot arrangements

GUEST Sarah-Louise Cragg Business, Success and Personal Mindset Coach

Week 8  Floral Hearts & Christmas Decorations  19th – 25th July

Come & watch Mandy paint the different ranges of hearts & seasonal Christmas decorations Decorate your home, business & special occasion 

Plus End of Range Product Sale in selected end of line ranges 23rd  – 29th July