Our Operations Manager, Charlotte, shares her story of how a stranger helped her overcome her fears and get back to nature in her column ‘Social Media and the Kindness of Mermaids.’ Yes this tail does include a real life mermaid!  Social media. It sometimes feels like we can’t move these days for hearing about it. Yet […]

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Our Project Coordinator Becky shares her experiences of working with a youth group to achieve their Discover Arts Awards with a kindness theme. Newington’s Chill Club is a hub of activity. Every Monday night the young people who attend are encouraged to take lead on the kind of activities on offer. The group meet in […]

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The Philharmonia Orchestra are in residency at the Marlowe Theatre and this spring they will be bringing a six week (18 March – 28 April) digital and interactive installation of Holst’s The Planets to the Sidney Cooper Gallery in Canterbury, as well as hosting a performance of The Planets on 5 May 2019. As part […]

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Our 2018 Self-Identity commissioned artists Sarah Cole & Annis Joslin were invited to Brighton’s brilliant centre for Contemporary Art to continue their collaboration. Below they give us an account of what took place over the residency. In March we undertook a Making Spaces residency at Fabrica, in Brighton, entitled The Light & The Load. The […]

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Last year, we were contacted by Ian Farr a PhD student at the University of Kent who wanted help to attempt to break the world record for the largest amount of folded paper hearts to raise awareness and funds for the Molly McLaren Foundation and Cardiac Risk in the Young.   The project bought together […]

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We are delighted to announce that of our Artist Commission project Home will be shown next week on Monday 21 January 2019 on BBC 1 Inside Out South East at 7:30pm. Inside Out came to the opening of our exhibition in Ashford and interviewed artist Anna Ray and some of the amazing women involved with the project. Home, a project we delivered in […]

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At the beginning of the ‘Home’ project I purchased fifty metres of white cotton fabric to use in the workshops. Over the course of seven months this cloth has been torn up, written on, painted, stamped, drawn on, projected over, folded, hung, draped, layered, tied, punctured, stitched, appliquéd and gathered. We have expressed our feelings, […]

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People United and Joining Hands, Joining Hearts announce the completion of their commission, Self-Identity, with artists Sarah Cole and Annis Joslin. But this is not the end…

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During my visit to the University of Toronto, I explored some of the neighbourhoods in the city and even managed to squeeze in a trip to Montreal over the long Victoria day weekend in May. Montreal is the 2nd largest city in Canada and it has a completely different feel to Toronto. For one thing, […]

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We were thrilled to open an exhibition sharing the work of Home, an ambitious Artist Commission project we delivered in partnership with the Diocese of Canterbury and Ashford Borough Council. The exhibition was a celebration of work produced by award-winning textile artist Anna Ray with recently resettled Syrian and local mothers in Ashford, exploring themes of ‘home’ […]

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