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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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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DRAMA IN THE DOLLS’ HOUSE

Sonia Overall is currently the Resident Armchair Artist at The Beaney in Canterbury.  Today I am drawn to the display of dolls houses and furniture in the Materials and Masters room. The bottom shelf of the cabinet is packed with household items, a bric-a-brac array of plates, serving dishes, cups, glasses,...

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GRAVE GAMES AND SERIOUS PLAY

Sonia Overall is currently the Resident Armchair Artist at The Beaney in Canterbury.  I’m a frequent visitor of the Beaney collections, often notebook in hand. On my first residency visit, I returned to some items that have caused me to pause, ponder and want to scribble: three small Anglo-Saxon gaming counters....

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CHAIRFUL – SIGNING OFF

Halla Hannesdottir is currently the Resident Armchair Artist at The Beaney in Canterbury.  Hello there, today I am writing from my hometown of Reykjavik, Iceland and this will be my last blog post about my residency at the Beaney. Those three months went by so quickly – but I tried...

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CHAIRFUL – THE FINAL WEEK

Halla Hannesdottir is currently the Resident Armchair Artist at The Beaney in Canterbury.  Hello again! This was my last week at the Beaney as well as in Canterbury as I will be leaving to go back home to Iceland soon. I have had such a great experience here – both...

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CHAIRFUL IN PROGRESS

Halla Hannesdottir is currently the Resident Armchair Artist at The Beaney in Canterbury.  Hello again! It’s been a great week during my residency as the Chairful Project launched last week and I have already collected quite a few very inventive drawings of chairs. Last Saturday was a ‘Meet the Artist’...

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CHAIRFUL PROJECT

This past week I have been making miniature models made from some of the drawings I shared with you on the last blog post. While drawing I really let go of any thoughts of function and utility and let the creativity run free and as a result the sketches were...

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CHAIRFUL

Halla Hannesdottir is currently the Resident Armchair Artist at The Beaney in Canterbury.  This week I´d like to share with you some of my drawings of chairs and furniture pieces that I have been sketching during my residency at the Beaney. Some of them are drawn as possible collectors pieces...

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