A Synthesis of Forces

When, in 1915, Kazimir Malevich unveiled his latest painting, the Black Square (above), a new way of art-thinking was revealed. Art was to no longer be based on impressions of reality but instead become something more sublime. “The new artist expresses not an illusion, but a new reality… modulations of...

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Event, Line, Alignment

Having completed my second live drawing performance on Friday 16th December, I find myself thinking again about temporality and the sense of becoming – two notions that I’ve referenced in my previous blog posts and throughout my ongoing practice. At the end of my first live drawing event back in...

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A New Christmas: Return to the classics

A lot of people begin to feel the pressure at this time of year, for a whole variety of reasons. Sometimes we just need a little time to ourselves, to just shut the door and just take comfort in the pages of a well-loved classic. There are few that compare...

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Two Systems and an Evolving Language

The latest blog from Daniel Tollady,  Resident Armchair Artist at The Beaney in Canterbury. I have become increasingly infatuated with the biofacts and geofacts that are on display in both the Masters and Materials room and the Colour and Camouflage room (biofacts being biological objects, and geofacts being geological objects). As I...

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Sensing Culture

The Beaney is part of an HLF-funded RNIB project Sensing Culture (also happening in Oxford, Portsmouth and Brighton), to improve the museum and gallery experience for visually impaired visitors. In 2016 The Beaney ran textile and mixed-media artist-led workshops with blind and partially sighted people creating work inspired by the...

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Conversations with Fluorite

The latest blog from Daniel Tollady,  Resident Armchair Artist at The Beaney in Canterbury.   To coincide with Grayson Perry’s exhibition The Vanity of Small Differences, the Beaney launched their Cabinet of Small Differences as a companion piece that questions the role of objects and consumerism in today’s society. The cabinet showcases...

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Challenging our perception of class, taste and British Society

The Vanity of Small Differences, a series of six exuberant tapestries by the Turner-Prize winning artist Grayson Perry, is now on display at The Beaney. The large-scale tapestries were created alongside the BAFTA award-winning Channel 4 series, All in the Best Possible Taste, which follows Perry as he embarks ‘on a safari...

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Documentation and the Sense of Becoming

The latest blog from Daniel Tollady,  Resident Armchair Artist at The Beaney in Canterbury. As part of my residency, Friday 14th October saw me hold my first live drawing event in the Beaney’s Learning Lab. By projecting footage of the Beaney onto the wall and drawing on top of that, I was...

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What will you find in the Cabinet of Small Differences?

Ancient Japanese people believed objects had souls. When an object became unusable it was never thrown away, it was safely kept in a special storage room. Now that belief has vanished, not only do we believe objects don’t have souls, but some of us even question whether we do. We...

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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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