Art News from Kent Life - March
PUBLISHED: 15:31 23 February 2011 | UPDATED: 18:55 20 February 2013
A round up of the latest art and antiques news, exhibitions and evnts in Kent this month...
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Antique of the Month
With Tony Pratt of The Canterbury Auction Galleries
At first sight, this picture of a loving mother and her baby looks like a very fine oil painting but in fact, In Your Eyes Lies My Heaven is a pieceof porcelain, hence its luminosity. Collectors know them as KPM plaques, after German company Konigliche Porzellan Manufaktur, founded in Berlin in 1761. Two years later it was bankrupt and got taken over by Frederick the Great, and from about 1810 the factory recruited many artists from the Berlin Academy who both copied oil paintings and produced original works to be transferred onto porcelain. This example measured just 9x6in but sold for 1,400 in our recent sale. The idea is to find one of the plaques that has lain unrecognised; look for the impressed KPM and sceptre trademarks on the reverse.
Art in the DOCKYARD
Some of the best creative talent from Kent will be exhibited at The Historic Dockyard Chatham until 27 March in No. 1 Smithery: The Gallery.
Paintings, sculptures and mixed media artworks are all represented in this inspiring and diverse art exhibition. Works of art from a number of established artists from the region are on show, including Stephen Turner, plus Marissa Mardon, Fiona Watt and Jane Pitt from the NUCLEUS Arts Centre, the largest artists studio complex in North Kent.
The Historic Dockyard Chatham, ME4 4TZ. Open 10am-4pm.
Transport of delight
Transport, a new sculpture by Antony Gormley, has been unveiled
at Canterbury Cathedral. The 2m long work uses hand-made antique iron nails from the Cathedrals repaired south-east transept roof to construct a delicate filter-like membrane outlining the space of a floating body.
The work is suspended above the site of Thomas Beckets vestry place in the Eastern Crypt.
The Dean of Canterbury, the Very Revd Robert Willis, said: The sense of passage which the word Transport conveys tunes well with the constant movement of people through this place of prayer and creativity. It also suggests the way in which sacred spaces communicate a sense of time and eternity, of the finite and the infinite.
West End Girls
The West End House Gallery in Smarden has recently re-opened and is being run by local artists Karen Papworth and Patricia Hawkins.
Established eight years ago by Joel Arnstein, the gallery is now a vibrant, contemporary space showing a wide range of work by many different artists and makers.
Shows in 2011 include Ashford Visual Artists in June, headed up by renowned local artist Oliver Winconek and an exciting Black & White exhibition in September.
Studio 3 Gallery at University of Kent, in association with Ightham-based Pratt Contemporary Art, is showcasing major sculptural work by Brazilian artist Ana Maria Pacheco.
Shadows of the Wanderer is a multi-piece figure sculpture in polychromed wood. In it a group of larger-than-life, darkly robed figures witness the struggle of a young man to carry an older man on his shoulders.
Pachecos series of Dark Event prints will also be displayed alongside.
Studio 3 Gallery, Jarman Building, School of Arts, University of Kent, Canterbury CT2 7UG. Exhibition continues until 17 May, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, free admission.