The Garden Room and a Fissure in Spacetime

The latest blog from Daniel Tollady,  Resident Armchair Artist at The Beaney in Canterbury. This September marks the tenth anniversary of the first time that I had ever walked into the Beaney. It was 2006 and I had just started my BA in Interior Architecture at the University for the Creative Arts. Our first...

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Give Grayson a Chance

If you think Grayson Perry’s work isn’t your cup of tea, I urge you to give this artist a chance. The exhibition is free, so if you walk away and we haven’t managed to convince you otherwise, then you’ve lost nothing but a little time. However, I sincerely believe everyone...

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Stitched drawings in detail

Stitched drawings is a uniquely affecting and compassionate work of artist and occupational therapist Georgie Meadows, who encourages us to rethink the way we regard our older population. Using a domestic sewing machine, she translates delicate line drawings into tender and tactile stitched portraits of people she knows or has worked...

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The Photography Exhibition and You

With a month left to see the free exhibition Only in England: Photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr at The Beaney, Visitor Services Officer Sam Hurn assesses another possible eccentricity particular to the English – always thinking you can do the same as the professionals. Photography exhibitions are a peculiar thing....

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Endings are Just New Beginnings

The latest blog from Adam De Ville,  Resident Armchair Artist at The Beaney in Canterbury. That’s it. My residency has come to an end, and what a journey it has been. I thought I knew the Beaney reasonably well before I started, but a number of doors have now opened that were...

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Showtime: For One Knight Only!

The latest blog from Adam De Ville,  Resident Armchair Artist at The Beaney in Canterbury. My residency is coming to an end so I thought I’d go out with not one, not two, but three installations! I have been exploring how the Beaney’s collection of artefacts make me feel and what associations...

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Only in Kent & Hometown [Visual Blog]

Kent-based photographers have responded to the  theme of Only in Kent for a selling exhibition in The Front Room gallery in The Beaney. Working in parallel with The Beaney’s Special Exhibition, Only in England, this body of work explores the unique nature of Kent’s landscape, people and customs. ‘Home Town’ at...

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Not Tony Curtis: Reflections of an Unidentified Man

The latest blog from Adam De Ville,  Resident Armchair Artist at The Beaney in Canterbury. We brought him here for us to wonder, along with all the possible versions of his history and more in imagined flashbacks, glimpses in our mind’s eye, conjured realms, and a daydream or two. The Unidentified Man...

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The River Monster: An inquisitive interpretation

The ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’, or Wunderkammer, was a personal collection of unusual items from around the world. Many of these collections existed in private homes throughout Britain and Europe throughout the 19th Century. As they were the forerunner to the modern ‘museum’ they are of great interest to historians and...

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A Glittering New Acquisition: Susan Bertie, Countess of Kent

It’s fair to say any new acquisition is exciting, but occasionally an item enters the building creating a stir amongst staff; something so good you can’t quite believe you’re lucky enough to get to work alongside it, and so beautiful you can’t wait to tell everyone. This month that item...

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