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Gravesham Arts News 2017


Silk River Project (Working at Kinetikas studios in Purfleet)

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GRAVESHAM Borough Council is working on a new project with Kinetika, an organisation who is delivering the international Silk River project. It’s being run in India and the UK and focuses on communities living along the Rivers Hooghly and Thames.

10 locations have been identified in each country with each developing their own 10-mile walk to showcase their town. The ultimate aim is to achieve a 100-mile walk by the end.

Each community that has been chosen along the Thames is being paired with a community in India which sits on the River Hooghly. Gravesham Borough Council has been matched with Murshidabad, which is in the east of the country.


Joining Voices together in Concert with Medway choirs

Saturday 20th May 2017 – 6.30 for 7.00 pm
Pavilion Theatre, Mid Kent College
Gillingham ME7 1FN
Cash Prizes
All profits to: The Friends of the Wisdom Hospice

Tickets £10.00 from 07816 159668 or 07979 693205 or email JVtickets@outlook.com
Participating choirs: Marlowe Singers, Gillingham Male Voice choir, Kingfisher Singers, Rainham Ladies & Vision Signing Choir


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We are looking at a nice fancy day out for 10 snappers and a couple of models to a studio in maidstone.
We are looking to a half day in the studio with a model or 2, plus still life setups (flowers etc etc) .
The other half of the day would consist of a shoot with a model or 2 on the streets and parks of maidstone.
It would be limited to 10 photographers, of all levels. If this is something you may be interested in, please let us know below.

Shannon Donovan

Shannon Donovan, Gravesham Arts member & local Gravesend girl wins under 14’s airing Dancing Southern region Oireachtas title

Shannon Donovan, 14, has been dancing since she was 6, only competitively at Open Championship level for for just under 2 years. Those 2 years have been spent with The Claddagh Academy of Irish Dance.

Shannon’s commitment during this time has seen her gain some great results, culminating in her winning the title at the Oireachtas in Watford on Sunday November 13th.
It was a dream of Shannon’s to win this title and now she is looking forward to dancing at the worlds in Dublin in 2017.

Shannon practices 4 times a week with her dance school and uses a St Andrews Arts Centre every week for extra practice.

Active Artists

Dear artists and members,
We are currently reviewing our “Active Artists” events at the St Andrew’s Centre, and thought you would be interested in our plans. For those of you who are not familiar with us, we are a group of local artists and members of “Gravesham Arts” who hold exhibitions over a weekend – currently twice a year, in May and November. We can provide 6-8 artists’ spaces with 2 large display boards each and a table for displaying, and getting on with work during the show (£35 per w/e, reduced to £33 for GA members) We are also happy for two artists to share a space (£20 or £18 GA members) each per w/e.
Refreshments and publicity are included in the price and there is no commission on sales. All artists help set up and take down the boards, and take an active part in all aspects of the event, managing their own displays and sales. It has been a great success so far, but we think it could be even better!!
We have recently consulted our existing group of artists, and their suggestions include:

  • Attracting a wider bank of artists showing a range of approaches and skills
  • Improving publicity to encourage greater footfall
  • Providing taster activities for visitors/ children
  • Providing free refreshments
  • The possibility of some outdoor painting/ sketching by the river, followed by a display in the hall
  • Meeting up as a group before the event to share ideas
  • Look into improving lighting in the hall

If any of this appeals to you, we are now inviting both our existing artists and any others to apply for places at this year’s events. Reply to this email in the first instance, saying which date you would prefer. This year we are offering the w/e of May 20-21 and November 18-19. If you will be new to Active Artists, please tell us a bit about your work and maybe include one or two images.
We very much look forward to hearing from you, and welcome your questions.
Best wishes
Gloria, Liz and Fiona

Coming soon Something for the Weekend 2017!


Don’t miss out save the weekend of the 5th and 6th of August
for a fantastic weekend of arts, music, and food in and
around Gravesend Riverside and Town!

Pocahontas Commemoration


As part of the Pocahontas commemoration events in Gravesend on 21. March, St Andrews Arts Centre was filled with Rainbows. Brownies and Guides to celebrate the craft skills of the Virginian tribal people. The girls made Bead necklaces and bracelets: Feathered head dresses and stencil painting throughout the evening. Stories from their folk law were told by Liz and Brian Colley and songs sung. A candle burned all day to symbolise peace and unity and candle lamps were carried in a procession around St Andrews Gardens as the sun sank.

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