Would you like to have your artwork showcased at The Beaney? Or do you have an interesting object at home that you would like to share a story about?

We are inviting you to help us co-create our ‘Museum of You’ exhibition, celebrating your creativity, stories and experiences during the Coronavirus to go on display at The Beaney when we reopen.

We encourage entries from children, adults, community groups and everyone in between. Regardless of whether your a new creative, continuously curious, or a domestic Picassos – we want to her from you!

Every fortnight we will be releasing a new theme to inspire you and give you ideas of art work you could make. We welcome any creative response to the theme and invite you to be as imaginative as possible, using any medium – paintings, drawings, photographs, textiles, prints, mixed media and written responses are all welcome.



Our latest theme is ‘Be Mindful’.

Being mindful is the act of being aware of and present in what you are doing, whatever that is. It can be something creative or an everyday activity. The only thing you have to do is to notice how you feel while you are doing something. Mindfulness has been proven to have benefits for wellbeing – not only does it enhance our experience of positive activities, it has also been shown to help us build a greater capacity for managing adverse events.

Suggested activity: Use creativity to ground yourself in the present moment. Create an artwork which represents where you are. This could be a painting of how you feel, a poem about your house, anything that shows where you are right now.

We welcome any creative response to the theme and invite you to be as imaginative as possible, using any medium – paintings, drawings, photographs, textiles, prints, mixed media and written responses are all welcome.



How to submit:

You can share your work with us on social media by tagging us @TheBeaney on Facebook, or @The_Beaney on Instagram and Twitter. Please us the hashtag #MuseumOfYou.

You can submit your stories and artworks by emailing them directly to Jemma.channing@canterbury.gov.uk

In your submission please include:

  • A photo or scan of your artwork
  • The title of your artwork
  • A description of your work. This could include a description of how the work relates to the theme, how you felt while you were making it and what was happening while you were making it. (Word limit – 100 words)
  • Your name
  • Plus a contact email or phone number

Closing date: Midday on Friday 29th May


Additional Guidelines:

Artists are invited to submit work for one, some or all of the themes.
Artwork can be in any medium including painting, drawing, print, photography, textiles or written.
Due to gallery restrictions we are unable to accept video submissions.
The maximum size we can accept for submissions is A2 (42 x 60cm).
Dates of exhibition to be confirmed.
Artists are responsible for dropping off and picking up artwork from The Beaney. Dates TBC

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