Art news from around Kent

PUBLISHED: 20:54 19 September 2010 | UPDATED: 17:50 20 February 2013

Art news from around Kent

Art news from around Kent

The latest exhibitions, shows and news from the cream of Kent's art world

Art news from around Kent

Antique of the month

With Tony Pratt of The Canterbury Auction Galleries

Coins, canon and cooking pots are just three of the uses that bronze has been put to over the centuries. The collector, however, is interested in the wonderful sculpture made from it. But if the work of Matisse, Degas, Picasso and Braque, to name but four is financially out of your reach, then take a closer look at the 19th century animal sculptors - the Animaliers, whose golden years were between 1830 and 1890.

The hunter might chose to have his favourite gun dog modelled with its quarry, while the racehorse owner might celebrate a victory by commissioning a study of the victor. This no doubt accounts for the splendid model of the Arab stallion Ibrahim, which sold for an above-estimate 4,200 in a recent sale.

One of the leading sculptors of the French Animalier School was Pierre Jules Mne (1810-1877). Born in Paris, the son of a metal worker, as a sculptor he was largely self taught and by 1838, he had opened his own foundry and went on to win a number of medals, culminating with the Legion d'Honeur in 1861.

Mne's exhibited in London at the Great Exhibitions of 1851 and 1862 and such was his success that the Coalbrookdale Company made copies of his work, signing them 'Coalbrookdale Bronze', while Staffordshire potters such as Copeland cast copies in unglazed, white porcelain intended to resemble marble and known as Parian.

Marilyn framed

An exhibition of previously unpublished Marilyn Monroe limited edition portraits by world-renowned photo-journalist Eve Arnold is proving a sell-out at The Art Room at Fenwick in Canterbury.

Its just one of a select number of UK galleries chosen to unveil the new photographic art collection, which is published by Washington Green Fine Art Publishing.

Simply called Marilyn, it features eight limited edition gicle prints taken from photographs first captured by Eve Arnold when Marilyn Monroe was at the peak of her fame in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Each of the eight limited editions has a worldwide edition size of just 495, making them highly collectable, with prices starting from 350. Also available is a beautiful 160-page art book which gives great insight into the career and personality of one of the most famous women of the 20th century.

● The Art Room at Fenwick is on George Street and opens 9am-5.30pm Mon-Fri (late night Thu until 7pm), 9am-6pm Sat and 11am-5pm Sun. For further information, tel: 01227 454840.

From playing field to battlefield

Five Kent-based photographers are joining forces to put together an exhibition of images in Whitstable that journey from the playing fields of sporting conflict to the battlefields of Afghanistan.

The group consists of Kent Life regular Ady Kerry, from Wingham, whose sporting clients include England Hockey; John Gichigi, who recently retired from Getty Images after 30 years which included covering 10 Olympic Games and many world title fights in his specialist field of boxing; Barry Goodwin, who spent 14 seasons covering the Formula One Championship for magazines and newspapers around the world; Mark Jones, a serving professional photographer with the Army and Tom Lloyd, who retired after 30 years as worldwide head of photography for his corps in the British Army - travel and land/seascapes are now his preferred subjects.

● The exhibition takes place at Horsebridge Gallery, Whitstable, 29 September-5 October, 9am-6pm Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm Sun email:

The Real Deal

In 1956, budding Deal photographer Harold Chapman, after a respectable start as grandson of the town mayor, moved to a grubby Left Bank hotel in Paris, later known as the Beat Hotel, home of William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky, Gregory Corso and others of the American Beat poets.

Chapman, the Beat photographer, captured the life and times of the Beat as no one else could. Now 83 and living in his childhood Deal cottage, he is a major figure in photography who defies categorisation.

For the first time, Chapman has allowed his fragile Beat negatives to be developed as Silver Gelatin prints, which will be showing at TopFoto Gallery, 1 Fircroft Way, Edenbridge, TN8 6EL from 4 Oct-16 Nov, tel: 01732 863939.

Have a heart

Tunbridge Wells Bluemoon Gallery is just one of 15 galleries in the UK chosen to exhibit a portfolio of 15 limited edition silkscreen prints by a group of Britains leading contemporary artists.

The portfolio it is part of the Mending Broken Hearts Appeal to raise awareness and funds for the British Heart Foundation through the use of contemporary art.

Some of the major names from the British art world have donated works to the project, which asked them to create an original artwork based on the theme mending broken hearts. They include Sir Peter Blake, John Hoyland, Patrick Hughes, Maurice Cockrill, Barbara Rae, Duggie Fields and Storm Thorgeson.

● A portfolio is 10,000 or individual pieces can be purchased from 650-1,500 at Bluemoon Gallery, 18 Camden Road, Tunbridge Wells TN1 2PT, tel: 01892


Hamish Fulton Walk: Three

The third in the series of walks by walking artist Hamish Fulton will take place in Boulogne harbour, France in November.

Turner Contemporary commissioned Hamish to make a series of three walks leading up to the opening of the gallery in 2011. Because Hamish lives and works in Canterbury, his links to the local area and the involvement that the local community can take in the project is a key element to the walks.

Hamish first came to prominence in the late 1960s as one of a number of artists - including Richard Long and Gilbert & George - who were exploring new forms of sculpture and landscape art. A central characteristic of their practice was a direct physical engagement with landscape.

Fulton's time as a student at St Martin's College of Art in London and his journeys in South Dakota and Montana encouraged him to think that art could be 'how you view life', and not tied necessarily to the production of objects. He began to make short walks, and then to make photographic works about the experience of walking.

Hamishs first walk took place in January 2009 where 40 people walked around the outside perimeter of Canterbury's city walls. The only stipulations to participants were that the walk must be undertaken in silence, in single file and maintaining a distance of approximately four metres between each person.

The second walk saw 200 people walk around the Marine Bathing Pool at Margate beach in March this year. Seen from the promenade, the walkers appeared to trace a continuous line on the beach while for those taking part, the experience was described as being peaceful, meditative and serene.

Participants for the walk were recruited from the University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury.


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