Creativity is fundamental in making The Beaney a vibrant and exciting place for everyone. Whenever possible we offer opportunities for artists to create, explore, engage, share and challenge using our collections and building as a resource for inspiration.


Museum of You: Call for Submissions

Would you like to have your artwork showcased at The Beaney? Do you have an interesting story to from during lockdown to tell? Or perhaps an object at home that you would like to share a story about?

We are inviting you to help us co-create our ‘Museum of You’ exhibition, celebrating your creativity, diversity, stories and experiences during the Coronavirus to go on display at The Beaney when we reopen.

We welcome any creative responses to the themes and invite you to be as imaginative as possible, using any medium – paintings, drawings, photographs, textiles, prints, mixed media and written responses are all welcome.

Every fortnight we have been releasing a new theme to inspire you and give you ideas of art work you could make.

Who can submit?

Entries are open to children, adults, community groups and everyone in between. Regardless of whether your a new creative, continuously curious, or a domestic Picassos – we want to her from you!

We encourage contributions from the whole community and want the Beaney to reflect everyone’s voice.

Current and Final Theme: Be Inspired

Inspiration comes in many forms – we can be inspired by other people, by music, art and nature. Often it drives us to create something new.

We want to see what’s been inspiring you recently. You could choose an artwork from our collection to inspire you, for example by picking your favourite colour or animal in The Beaney to inspire your artwork. Or maybe you’ve been inspired by the people you’ve come across, the experiences you’ve had or the world around you. Whatever it is that’s inspired you, we want to see it!

Previous themes you can still submit content for include…

Be Green
How have recent events impacted our environment and what could you do to Be Green? You could create artwork using materials in your home that might otherwise go to waste, or even make an artwork about the recent positive news about the environment.

Be Active
Create artwork about your fave sport, an activity you miss doing or even the new ways you’re staying active, whether that’s physical activity or being active in your community!

Be Mindful
We want to see your artwork inspired by the present moment! This could be a painting of how you feel or a poem about your house, anything that shows where you are right now.

Be Connected
We want to know how connecting with others has changed for you in these extraordinary times.

Be Kind
We want to see your creative responses to the acts of #Kindness you’ve experienced during these challenging times!

How to submit:

You can share your work with us on social media by tagging us @TheBeaney on Facebook, or @The_Beaney on Instagram and Twitter. Please us the hashtag #MuseumOfYou.

You can submit your stories and artworks by emailing them directly to Jemma.channing@canterbury.gov.uk

In your submission please include:

  • A photo or scan of your artwork
  • The title of your artwork
  • A description of your work. This could include a description of how the work relates to the theme, how you felt while you were making it and what was happening while you were making it. (Word limit – 100 words)
  • Your name
  • Plus a contact email or phone number 

Submissions must be received by Midday on 10th July

Additional Guidelines:

Artists are invited to submit work for one, some or all of the themes.
Artwork can be in any medium including painting, drawing, print, photography, textiles or written.
Due to gallery restrictions we are unable to accept video submissions.
The maximum size we can accept for submissions is A2 (42 x 60cm).
Dates of exhibition to be confirmed.
Artists are responsible for dropping off and picking up artwork from The Beaney. Dates TBC

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