6 ISSUES FOR £6 Subscribe to Kent Life today CLICK HERE

Kent art & antiques round up

PUBLISHED: 15:51 10 October 2015 | UPDATED: 15:52 10 October 2015

Kent Painters Group: painting by Roger Fitzgerald

Kent Painters Group: painting by Roger Fitzgerald

Archant

From rare silver medals to a 14m high mural, find out what's happening in the county's art and antiques world

Antique of the Month

By Tony Pratt of The Canterbury Auction Galleries

This rare silver medal, awarded to heroic Folkestone fisherman Albert Moore, marks his bravery in the rescue of stranded seamen aboard the Benvenue sailing ship which ran aground and sank in the hurricane-force gales that devastated the Kent coast on 11 November 1891.

The medal was sent for sale by Moore’s family and I am delighted to say it will stay in the town and go on periodic public display after it was purchased in one of our recent auctions on behalf of Folkestone and District Local History Society. It sold for an above-estimate £620.

Watched by a crowd standing helpless on the shore, a scratch crew of men including Moore launched the lifeboat and ultimately rescued 27 survivors who had clung to the rigging of their stricken vessel for 16 hours.

Sir Edward Watkin and directors of the South Eastern Railway later awarded £20 for the lifeboat crew and he also decided that a medal should also be awarded to each of the 34 men. They were presented by the Mayor, S. Penfold, on 1 January 1892.

Now the society is hoping further research will help piece together a picture of Moore’s life. Anyone with any information or photographs of him or his heroic comrades is asked to contact the society at folkestonehistory@btinternet.com or by telephone on 01303 223337.

To learn the historical significance and saleroom value of your antiques and collectors’ items, call the saleroom on 01227 763337.

Kent Painters’ Group

The Kent Painters Group held its first art show in 1990 to raise money for local mental health and learning disability charities.

This year KPG is hosting its 25th annual art exhibition and sale at Sevenoaks School from 30 October to 1 November and entry is free all weekend.

On Friday evening you can meet the artists between 6.30 and 9pm, while on Saturday and Sunday the exhibition is open 10am-4pm and coffee, cakes and light lunches will be on sale.

Of the 60 artists and sculptors exhibiting this year, there are a mixture of leading professionals and gifted amateurs, all of whom have a close affiliation with Kent.

This year’s charities are Fynvola, Mencap, Rethink and MacIntyre.

● More information on 01732 810338 or visit: www.kentpaintersgroup.co.uk

Street art

A 14m high mural designed by Canterbury visual artist and curator Patricia Wilson Smith has been installed on a new apartment development near the Regent Canal in Shoreditch, Hackney.

“It’s difficult to design for a vertical surface, but I was inspired by the story of a wartime event I found on a local history website which told of a bombing disaster at the Wenlock Brewery during the Blitz,” says Patricia.

Some of the brewery workers were trapped and discovered their one escape route was through small glass gratings set in the pavement above.

“They formed a human pyramid to climb to safety. The image of the human pyramid caught my imagination: symbolising teamwork, co-operation and human strength. In recent years the human pyramid has been a symbol for celebration and cooperation. What better motif for a new building merging out of the recent years of austerity and financial insecurity?”

Patricia’s design was translated from a digitally rendered original into specialised mineral paints by mural and mosaic artist Gary Drostle.

Patricia’s other public works have been for the foyer of the new Marlowe Theatre and for the Wind Farm company Vattenfall at its Ramsgate offices.

IN BRIEF

At the races

After a long absence, a regular antiques, collectables and vintage fair is once again coming to Lingfield Park Racecourse on the borders of Kent and Surrey. With two dates in 2015, the first on 4 October and the second on 6 December, Love Fairs promises up to 90 indoor stalls offering antiques, collectables and vintage items.

Open: 10.30am-4pm, admission £3 (£5 for Early Bird entry), more information at: www.lovefairs.com or 01293 690777.

Bless this work

A selling art exhibition taking place at the church of St Peter and St Paul, Shoreham TN14 7SB from 9-11 October will feature works by 22 local artists across a range of disciplines, including paintings, jewellery, sculpture, glass, books and illustrations, wood carvings, cross stitch, silk paintings and an installation of moving image and photography.

Entrance is free, open: 10am-5pm daily.

Going solo

Kent Fine Artist Caroline Grant is holding a solo exhibition at the Somerset Maugham Gallery at The Horsebridge Centre in Whitstable from 9-20 October.

The gallery is open Mon-Sat, 9am-6pm (Sun 10am-5pm), call 01227 281174 or visit: www.horsebridge-centre.org.uk

Craft in focus

The Sevenoaks Contemporary Craft and Design Fair organised by Craft In Focus is returning to Sevenoaks School from 23-25 October. The event includes several local makers such as blacksmith Michael Hart from Horsmonden, jeweller Mantra Design from Sevenoaks and Moth and Mirror from Ightham, who produce gilded objects.

● Open: Fri 12pm-5 pm; Sat and Sun 10am-5pm. Admission £4, accompanied under 14s free. Venue: Sevenoaks School, Sevenoaks TN13 1HU.

Further information on 01622 747 325 or visit www.craftinfocus.com

More from Out & About

Yesterday, 16:21

Drink in the sight and smell of our native blooms on one of these wonderful wildflower walks

Read more

Wherever you go in Kent you'll find people just like us pounding the streets, parks and waterways. So why are we all running?

Read more
May 2019

Kent has a wealth of beautiful gardens to visit and throughout the open garden season you'll find an array of stunning choices. Here's a selection of our favourites

Read more
April 2019
Thursday, May 9, 2019

Kent has many villages that exude historical charm and a traditional village atmosphere beloved by locals and visitors. Here we pick 10 of the prettiest to explore

Read more
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Whether it's a castle, stately country manor house or seafront hotel, Kent has the perfect venue

Read more
May 2019

Close neighbours, one ancient, one modern - meet the very different West Kent neighbours

Read more
May 2019

With its quirky shops, Norman castle, ancient cathedral and riverside setting, even Charles Dickens would agree it doesn't get much better than historic Rochester

Read more
Monday, April 29, 2019

Kent is not only home to many stunning beaches but also has some of the safest and cleanest in the country, many with prestigious Blue Flag status

Read more

From a gentle stroll to admire the flowers to expert-led walks, there's something for every May garden fan to enjoy

Read more
May 2019

Margate has one of the closest sandy beaches to London, it's been packing in the day-trippers for centuries and now boasts added cultural regeneration

Read more
May 2019

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory
Kent Life Food & Drink awards. Open for entries.

Subscribe or buy a mag today


subscription ad


Follow us on Twitter


Like us on Facebook


Local Business Directory

Search For a Car In Your Area

Property Search

Most Read

Latest from the Kent Life