An exhibition of artwork created by textile artist Anna Ray and a group of mothers living in Ashford – long term residents and recently resettled Syrian women. Over the course of seven months, Anna worked with the group to explore the theme of ‘home’. The aim of the commission was to bring a new community together, to discover commonalities and celebrate differences. Through weekly workshops, the participants worked with drawing, painting, print, felt-making, weaving and stitch. As they made artwork together, the women shared stories of their home-lives, speaking of the joys of motherhood and the challenges they face. Since the project drew to a close last year the group have continued to make artwork together as friends, drawing on the skills and confidence gained from this unique project.

To celebrate the exhibition opening there will be a FREE Stamping Workshop (Drop-in) where you can try out some of the techniques used to make the work.

The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, 18 High St, Canterbury, CT1 2BD

Saturday 14 September, 11am – 3pm, 2019

Saturday 14 September – Sunday 13 October, 2019

Opening times:

Monday : Closed
Tuesday – Saturday : 10am – 5pm
Sunday : 11am – 3pm

Home was commissioned by People United, The Diocese of Canterbury and Ashford Borough Council, funded by Arts Council England.

  • The Diocese of Canterbury stretches from Maidstone to Thanet, the Isle of Sheppey to the Romney Marsh and includes 334 churches, 103 schools and a University with a Church of England foundation. The work of the Diocesan Communities and Partnerships’ Framework focusses on strengthening communities and transforming lives.
  • When the government announced a Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement Programme in 2015, Ashford Borough Council pledged to receive 50 families. Since then over 27 Syrian families have been rehomed within the greater Ashford area, with a commitment to rehome approximately 250 individuals by 2020.
  • Anna Ray trained in Tapestry at Edinburgh College of Art, she has exhibited nationally and internationally over the last twenty-five years in both applied art and fine art contexts. In 2017 Ray exhibited in the high profile exhibition ‘Entangled: Threads & Making’ curated by Karen Wright at Turner Contemporary in Margate. This year, she has been commissioned to make work for Art in Manufacturing at The National Festival of Making, in Blackburn.

Photo: Anna Ray