Post cards from the Beaney: The Living Museum

The latest blog from Adam De Ville,  Resident Armchair Artist at The Beaney in Canterbury. For my second visit I am met with sounds and sweet airs that give delight: something chicken based is on the stove and the aroma of a particularly delightful coffee sensation tries its best to tempt me...

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Have writing exercises, will exercise writers

Sonia Overall is currently the Resident Armchair Artist at The Beaney in Canterbury. It’s nearly the end of my armchair residency at The Beaney. I’ve spent the past four months dipping in and out, sometimes on official duty with orange-ribboned lanyard, more often under the radar, snatching moments between other commitments. I’ve pressed...

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Shrines, illusions and heterotopias

Sonia Overall is currently the Resident Armchair Artist at The Beaney in Canterbury. The magic lantern exhibition Stories in the Dark is open, and it’s my first chance to spend some time there. Lights dance on surfaces. Apparatus cranks and whines. There are shutter clicks and repetitions, sounds emerging like chants...

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UPSTART CROW

Sonia Overall is currently the Resident Armchair Artist at The Beaney in Canterbury. One of the chief attractions of the armchair artist opportunity for me was meeting previous residents Jill Holder and Bob Lamoon. Their oversized homage to the rook in the red coat, exhibited in the Front Room, continues to...

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INTRODUCING… STORIES IN THE DARK

In the 17th Century a device was invented to transform the projection of light into incredible shows which took people’s breath away. This device was the magic lantern. For many people it was the first time they saw projected moving images – what a spectacle it must have been! Aware...

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SECRET MESSAGES AND HIDDEN TEXT

Sonia Overall is currently the Resident Armchair Artist at The Beaney in Canterbury.  The loudest message I receive from the Beaney Collection when I visit is: LOOK CLOSER. As a writer I am always playing with words and tuning in to text, so it’s no surprise that I’ve started to notice...

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