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.

Artist Opportunity! Call for entries: The True Meaning of Christmas – an invited artists selling show.

Saturday 09 November 2019 – Sunday 12 January 2020

The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge is inviting submissions from Kent-based 2D artists and photographers to be part of the forthcoming exhibition The True Meaning of Christmas – a selling exhibition where artists are asked to consider ideas around customs, traditions and rituals, embracing the melancholic, the absurd and the uplifting.

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Deadline for applications: 8am on Wednesday 9 October 2019.

Art in Museums commission for The Beaney Health and Wellbeing project

Canterbury Museums and Galleries are looking to appoint a creative delivery partner for the Art in Museums project.

Fixed Fee: £2,000 inclusive of travel, expenses and materials

Start Date: December 2019

Completion: May 2020


Canterbury Museums and Galleries are interested in exploring the benefits of arts and heritage on people’s health and wellbeing. Over the past five years, the Museums’ team have been trialling various creative interventions in order to understand how a Museum can offer a range of unique experiences to support healthier and happier lifestyles. This work has been recognized locally, regionally and nationally. And, as a result, Canterbury Museums and Galleries are the lead partner for the health and wellbeing strand of the Kent and Medway Museums Partnership project, funded by Arts Council England as part of the National Portfolio.

This year, the team is undertaking a series of creative experiments inspired by the museums collection to test the hypothesis, that access to arts and heritage can positively impact visitors health and wellbeing.

More information about health and wellbeing at The Beaney can be found here:


2020 marks an important dual anniversary for the extraordinary figure of Thomas Becket. It will be 850 years since his dramatic murder on the 29th December 1170 in Canterbury Cathedral, and 800 years since his body was moved on the 7th July 1220 from a tomb in the crypt of the cathedral into a glittering shrine. The events of 1220 were orchestrated to relaunch the cult of Becket, and ensured that Canterbury became the principal pilgrimage destination in England and one of the major pilgrimage sites within Europe.

Becket2020 is a programme of events developed by partners from across the UK, a platform to commemorate the remarkable life and death of Thomas Becket. As part of this series of events The Beaney will be curating a Special Exhibition from May – September 2020. The exhibition, focusing on mental and physical health and wellbeing, will present a major community creative project in the context of Becket’s story and Canterbury’s pilgrimage. Miracles after Becket’s murder, recorded in stained glass (see images of the Trinity chapel windows below), led to a Europe-wide spread of relics and images, making Becket a world celebrity. As well as presenting this story, displays will explore Becket’s fame as a symbol of conflict between Church and state, conscience and duty.

Commission details:

We are looking for a community artist to:

  • Work with vulnerable adults and young people to create and produce 3 ‘stained glass’ paper windows. These stained glass window designs will be incorporated into the Special Becket 2020 Exhibition.
  • Create the artwork using the theme of ‘Hope’  and utilising items from the museum’s collection as inspiration.
  • Devise, deliver and facilitate a minimum of 6 Art and Craft making sessions at The Beaney (or at partner sites in the Canterbury district area) (sessions min 2 hours long).
  • Work with participants to produce the work during December 2019  to March 2020. The project should include between 20-100 active participants taking part in the programme.  This could tie in with working with young people as it has links into PSHE and Wellbeing curriculum.
  • Gather all the participants’ content and, during March to April 2020 produce 3 cardboard/ paper exhibition ready ‘stained glass’ windows. The artworks need to be approx 2 metres high, translucent and be able to withstand backlighting to illuminate the final designs.
  • Deliver the artworks to The Beaney between 5 – 7 May 2020 ready for installation.
  • Work with the Beaney Health and Wellbeing Coordinator to provide participant data for WEMWBS evaluation (Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale) for each of the sessions from participants and a summary evaluation report of the project.
  • Attend 2-3 project meetings and provide updates when required.

Image of Trinity Chapel ambulatory, Canterbury Cathedral. These stained glass windows tell the story of early Beckett miracles. Designs can be abstract like David Hockney’s window celebrating HM Queen Elizabeth’s  reign in Westminster Abbey for example.

The successful candidate must:

  • Be able to demonstrate experience of devising/running a similar project preferably using collections as a stimulus for engagement.
  • Have an adaptable and creative practice and experience of working with a wide range of people and materials.
  • Have experience of working with and inspiring a wide range of participants, including those from marginalised/hard to reach/living with dementia groups.
  • Have public liability insurance and be willing to comply with safeguarding legislation as required.

Expressions of Interest:

If you are interested in this opportunity, proposals should include:

  • A statement of no more than 350 words (Please do include applicable weblinks) outlining your previous experience with similar projects and how you would approach this commission.
  • Provide the name and contact details of two references for similar work.

The Beaney is inviting applications from both individuals and organisations including freelance creative, experienced art and craft makers and suitably qualified artists who are interested in this commission.

Closing date:  Monday 30 September 2019.  

Informal questions and applications about this project can be directed to: Frances Chiverton, Health and Well-being co-ordinator on:  

Interviews: TBC Oct 2019