Sensing Culture

The Beaney is part of an HLF-funded RNIB project Sensing Culture (also happening in Oxford, Portsmouth and Brighton), to improve the museum and gallery experience for visually impaired visitors. In 2016 The Beaney ran textile and mixed-media artist-led workshops with blind and partially sighted people creating work inspired by the...

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Conversations with Fluorite

The latest blog from Daniel Tollady,  Resident Armchair Artist at The Beaney in Canterbury.   To coincide with Grayson Perry’s exhibition The Vanity of Small Differences, the Beaney launched their Cabinet of Small Differences as a companion piece that questions the role of objects and consumerism in today’s society. The cabinet showcases...

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Documentation and the Sense of Becoming

The latest blog from Daniel Tollady,  Resident Armchair Artist at The Beaney in Canterbury. As part of my residency, Friday 14th October saw me hold my first live drawing event in the Beaney’s Learning Lab. By projecting footage of the Beaney onto the wall and drawing on top of that, I was...

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Canterbury Tales

A very special artwork was created especially for Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small by students from the University of Creative Arts. The project offered people the opportunity to showcase their work alongside one of the most important contemporary artist of our time.  Local people were given the opportunity to...

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Human Remains: departed souls and severed parts.

When reading about the Canterbury Philosophical and Literary Institution (the institution that the Museums and Galleries are founded upon), I learnt that the collection once boasted a lock of Napoleon’s hair. Napoleon’s hair was being collected and traded from as early as the time of his exile in 1814 but...

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Bagpuss REACTS to Grayson Perry

Now Bagpuss has comfortably retired to Emily’s shop window in our Heritage Museum, it’s fair to say he doesn’t get out much. With our new Grayson Perry exhibition opening just down the road at The Beaney, we thought this would be an opportune moment to send Bagpuss out for the...

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The Vanity of Small Differences Opening!

Last Friday night we celebrated the opening of Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences in The Beaney. The exhibition was official opened by Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England, followed by a fantastic dance performance by the Leo Dance Company. A massive thank you to everyone who...

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Grayson Perry’s Tapestries have arrived!

The lead up to any new Special Exhibition opening is a lot like Christmas; it couldn’t feel further away, and then suddenly its Christmas Eve and you’re sitting cross-legged on your bedroom floor frantically wrapping presents.  Obviously we like to think we are a bit more organised than that, but from something...

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