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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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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