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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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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PANCAKES AND THE PAST

Today is Pancake Day. It is a day in which four basic ingredients – eggs, flour, salt and milk – find expression in a glorious combination that accompanies celebrations all over the world. But Shrove Tuesday, also known as ‘Fat Tuesday’ in continental Europe, is more than simply gorging on carbs....

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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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