Stamping Workshop (drop-in)

What does the word ‘home’ mean to you? Take part in our free, drop in workshop where we will be exploring the word ‘home’ through stamps and textiles, and making a unique piece of art that will be displayed as part of the exhibition. Suitable for all ages.

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


When: Saturday 14 September, 11am – 3pm


This workshop marks the opening of an exhibition of artwork created by textile artist Anna Ray with a group of women in Ashford including recently resettled Syrian women. Together they have explored the theme of ‘home’ through a series of art workshops.

In 2018, over the course of seven months, Anna worked with the group to explore all the ways in which ‘home’ can be signalled. The aim of the commission was to bring a new community together to discover commonalities and celebrate differences.

Through a series of weekly workshops, the participants drew, painted, stamped and sewed together. They shared stories of their home-life, choosing symbols and colours that represented home. Some of these were literal; plants, cups, hearts. But others were abstract; lines that connect people together, squares for tablecloths, shapes which represented an object or a memory. The resulting artworks were exhibited in Ashford in October 2018.

The group of women in Ashford have continued to make artwork together as friends, using skills and confidence learnt during the commission they have been meeting regularly to embroider and try out new artforms. For the first time, a selection of their new artworks will be shown at Platforma 2019 alongside the original pieces made with Anna.

Home was commissioned by People United, the Diocese of Canterbury and Ashford Borough Council in 2018, funded by Arts Council England.

  • People United is an arts charity based in Canterbury, Kent. It is our vision to create a more kind and caring society through the arts. We work with artists, academics and activists to explore the potential of the arts in making a difference in the world.
  • 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