Transition

The ‘Gathering’ exhibition in Faversham is now done and dusted, but its closure was swiftly followed by the opening of ‘Transition’ in Canterbury (see the Exhibitions page for details). Running through until October, it’s showing in one of the oldest buildings in the city, Conquest House in Palace Street, which is an amazing venue with a very beautiful half-timbered late Tudor exterior. But this conceals a much older interior, boasting a Norman Undercroft and a C14th galleried hall, as well as a decorative C17th fireplace. 

The building is reputed to be where, in 1170, the four knights infamously plotted the vicious murder of Arch Bishop Thomas Becket! And if all that isn’t enough to whet your appetite, in addition to hosting art exhibitions in the gallery, at Conquest House you can also see plays, concerts and comedy nights, or join in the regular art courses and specialist workshops that happen there. All in all, well worth a visit, wouldn’t you say?

 Conquest House, Canterbury

Conquest House, Canterbury

A BUSY TIME...

 The Way Of Things

The Way Of Things

I've been busily working away on quite a few different things over the past few weeks. Firstly, I've completed three more commissions and they are now safely residing with their new owners. Secondly, I've been creating some new pieces - mainly glass, but a couple of small sculptures too -  for my upcoming exhibitions. The first of these will be 'Gathering', showing in July at Creek Creative in Faversham. Following on very swiftly from this is 'Transition' which will be in place from early August through to early October at Conquest House Gallery in Canterbury. See the exhibitions page for details.

And then I'm also currently working on pieces for an installation titled 'The Red Hot Chilli Pokers' as part of the Godinton House 'Sculpture in the Gardens' show, which happens between 22 July and 13 August. If you don't know Godinton House, then I highly recommend a visit! It's a lovely old mansion just 2 miles from Ashford in Kent (Godinton Lane, TN23 3BP). The house (guided tours available) is interesting and the tea room is lovely. But the gardens are simply magnificent! They've got formal gardens, wild gardens, walled gardens, lakes, ponds, anything you could wish for, all beautifully tended by a wonderful team of both professional and volunteer gardeners. Just a little word of caution - their opening hours are 13.00 to 18.00, so don't try to go along in the morning! 

'Passage' Exhibition : Linden Hall Studio Deal

 Linden Hall Studio Deal

Linden Hall Studio Deal

I’m getting really excited putting the finishing touches to new kiln fused glass works and sculptures for my upcoming exhibition ‘Passage’. It opens on Saturday 7th May, so not long to go now!

I’m exhibiting with three very talented print makers – Helen Brooker, Maggie Kelham and Catherine Robinson. We go way back and have exhibited many times together in the past because, as well as being great friends, we think our work complements each others very well. I’ve seen a few images of prints they will be exhibiting and I think between us we are going to have a really exciting and rather lovely exhibition. It will run Wednesdays to Sundays throughout May, plus Bank Holiday Monday 30th May, when all four of us will be in the gallery for a ‘Meet the Artists’ day. Please, do drop in and see us if you can.

All this is taking place in the Linden Hall Studio, in St Georges Street, Deal. This is a beautiful old building that dates back to 1775. For many years it was a chapel, but it fell into disrepair and it took a four year restoration by current owners John and Heather Corley, to create the fabulous light filled space it is today. It opened as a gallery in November 2014, and is perfect for exhibiting the best of contemporary British Art. Do check it out if you’re ever in Deal, it’s well worth a look.

And if you don’t already know Deal, it’s a great little town to visit. As well as the gallery, there are a number of wonderful independent shops, a pier and a long pebble beach where, if you time it right, you can buy freshly caught fish straight off the fishing boats! And it has many quaint historic old streets which are very pretty. There’s a lot of nice cafes and eateries too, and lovely old pubs, so it has everything you need for a jolly day out.

Hope to see you there!

For more information, have a look at my Exhibitions page.