Kent art and antiques round-up

PUBLISHED: 11:03 18 October 2010 | UPDATED: 17:58 20 February 2013

Kent art and antiques round-up

Kent art and antiques round-up

From elegant urns to an innovative cross-county museum project

Kent art and antiques round-up


Glassmaking was a long-established industry in several German-speaking states, but it was Bohemia (now Czechoslovakia) that was the most important region, where its glassmakers were able to combine gilding, engraving, painting and enamelling all on one piece.


The encouragement of technical experimentation during the Biedermeier period (1815 -1848) saw the rapid development of decorative coloured glass. Josef Lobmeyr, an entrepreneur with a glass factory in Slovenia, a workshop in Bohemia and a shop in Vienna, built up an empire which flooded the market with then cheap but today, highly desirable pieces.


He sold unfinished ware to self-employed craftsmen working from home, where they produced engraved and painted pieces as souvenirs for the tourist industry. The technique of applying coloured glass onto clear or opaque white glass produced complex designs and curious 3D pictures.


This elegant 19th-century urn-shaped vase and cover, decorated with deer hounds and a hare. It sold for 1,900 against an estimate of 700-1,000.



Kentish Delights


An innovative project designed to take museums to people who may never have set foot in one has been launched in Kent.


Kentish Delights is inspired and led by Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery, project managed by independent curators Polly Harknett and Suzie Plumb and has an education and outreach scheme run by Future Creative, who will work across nine towns in West, East and North Kent.


Involving 30 museums throughout the county, Kentish Delights will enable a wide public to enjoy exciting aspects of the heritage held in our museums by viewing it in places where everyday life is going on including pubs and shopping centres.


A free newsletter written in celebrity magazine style brings the objects (which are displayed in modern, attractively lit glass cases) bang up to date and accessible to all pick up a copy wherever you see one of the exhibits.


Look out for a straw Noahs Ark made by Napoleonic French prisoners of war housed at Sissinghurst Castle, a pair of Olympic running shorts worn by the Running Bishop, Christopher Maude Chavasse, Bishop of Rochester 1940-1960 or even a piece of the first telephone cable to cross English Channel.


● Kentish Delights runs until February 2011. For more information, tel: 01892 554 171.



A Million Miles From Home


Hew Locke, collage of installation in St Marys and St Eanswythes Church



The 19 international artists who have been commissioned to create new works for the Folkestone Triennial 2011, taking place from 25 June-25 September 2011, have been announced.


They have been invited to develop new works for Folkestones streets, squares, beaches and historic buildings to create a cutting-edge contemporary art exhibition in the public domain.


Andrea Schlieker, who conceived and curated the inaugural exhibition in 2008, will direct the second Folkestone Triennial, A Million Miles From Home, next summer.


The 2011 Triennial aims to bring the wider world to Folkestone, while highlighting its status as a gateway to and from Europe and its isolation on the edge of Britain. The focus will be on social and political issues, particularly those arising from migration and exile, colonialism and its aftermath, and questions of place and language.


● For more information, tel: 01303 245799.



Soul food


Art calms a stressful day, adds colour to a home and most importantly inspires a person to feel. My art is nourishment for your soul, says artist Iaysha Salih, who opened the Bluemoon Gallery in Tunbridge Wells eight years ago to showcase her own art, plus that of Sir Peter Blake, Barabara Rae and other well-known artist from the UK and Europe.


Now Iaysha, who has gained inspiration from her travels to Egypt, India, Peru, Mexico and America, is staging an exhibition of her own work at the gallery in Camden Road from 25 November-24 December.


For further information, tel: 01892 540100 Email: info@bluemoongallery.co.uk




The Sea Whisperers


Droit House will be transformed into Margates very own Curiosity Sea Shop this month. Here you can share your own sea stories at the Whispering Booth or bring along an interesting object related to your Whisper and see it added to the Curiosity Shop. It could be a button, a shell from the beach or even a photograph.


On 13 and 14 November, 10-4pm, you can create a page for Turner Contemporarys DIY publication Seazine. With the help of artist Polly Brannan, your stories, memories and thoughts about the sea will be explored using text, drawing, collage and photography.


Then on 27 and 28 November, 10-4pm, take part in artist duo Lone Twins large-scale public art project commissioned for the Cultural Olympiad. Bring whatever wood you can spare to Droit House, to help to build a sea-faring boat destined tol make a two-week maiden 'Olympic' voyage along the south coast to the Olympic site at Stratford, London in 2012.


● For further information please email: info@turnercontemporary.org














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