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Gravesham Arts News 2017

Forest of Dreams Dreams children’s art workshop

Thanks again to everyone who took part in our Forest of Dreams children’s art workshop.

A few images of the event are below.

InspiralLondon at GAC

Thanks again for hosting part of night walking north kent festival.
With the events in London and over weekend we had over 600 visitors and a great number of interested viewers in the Library (between 25-75 per day looking mostly at the Roherville model etc.)
It was a great a success.

Thanks to Gravesham Arts.

A few images that capture the spirit of event/S below.

Opportunity to teach Photography at Holy Trinity School, Gravesend.

Are you interested in teaching basic photography to primary age children, on a part-time basis (Wednesday’s and Thursday’s)?

Find out more by calling the school on 01474 534 746.

Something exciting is happening in Gravesham!

Children on the Autistic spectrum are busily creating pieces of Artwork to be shown at the Art of Autism Exhibition organised by the National Autistic Society Dartford and Gravesham branch, at the St Andrews Art Centre in Gravesend. All children on the Autistic spectrum are invited to take part in this Autism Awareness Event.
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Project 70273

North Kent Embroiderers Guild handed over a completed quilt of red crosses to project area co-ordinator Lucy Horner from Francis Iles.
Between January 1940 and August 1941 (before the Holocaust began), 70,273 physically and mentally disabled people – men, women, teens, boys, and girls – were murdered by the Nazis.
Though they never even laid eyes on the disabled person they were evaluating, the Nazi doctors read the medical files and, if from the words on the page, the person was deemed “unfit” or an “economic burden on society”, the doctor placed a red X at the bottom of the form.
Three doctors were to read each medical file, and when two of them made a red X on the page, the disabled person’s fate was sealed.
Most were murdered within 1-2 hours.
An international project to remember these victims started by Jeanne Hewell-Chambers set out to create 70,273 fabric blocks each with a red cross – one for each victim.
Our quilt remembers 104 victims.
The quilt will be displayed, alongside others from this area, in Rochester Cathedral in January.
It is hoped that all the quilts will be displayed in one of the concentration camps before being shipped to America where quilts from all over the world will be displayed together.
Visit our website for more details – north kent embroiderers

Something For The Weekend Prize

Munns Art Shop in Gravesend kindly donated a voucher to Gravesham Art’s Something For The Weekend in August, the winner of the raffle prize was David Stableford.

The closer we are to dying

A big THANK YOU to all who attended, performed, exhibited & helped make the Heart of Darkness Event @ St Andrews Church in Gravesend, a successful one.

I hope you were able to take something positive from the event. We had a great time. I hope you did too.

As well as money donated, we also raised £160 for MIND North Kent mental health charity.

Community Mural Painting

Help us to transform the foot tunnel between Prospect Grove and Raphael Road by creating a mural painting inside the tunnel and clearing up the entrance.

Please share with your friends and join us at the following sessions:
July 31st: 10-12pm Clean up day
August 8: 10-12pm Mural theme and sketch
August 15: 10-12pm sketch- stencils
August 22: 10-12pm preparation
August 29:10-12pmCommunity paint week.
September: Community art-workshop
The meeting place is St. Peter and St. Paul church Denton. E Milton Rd, Gravesend DA12 2JL. For further details please follow us on Facebook or contact Sonnia,

The Tunnel Project

Pictures from The Tunnel Project click images for large version.

Active Artists 2017

Pictures from the active artists weekend click images for large version.

This Weekend 8th & 9th July Art in Gravesham Competition 2017

The private view & prize giving were on Friday 7th July 7.00-9.00pm. The standard of work this year was exceptional, and Gravesham Mayor Harold Craske presented the prizes.

Suzan Metawea (pictured left)

The winner of Gravesham Arts Annual Art show is Suzan Metawea.
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Awards For All

As part of Gravesham Arts continuing expansion and diversity of events are delighted to announce they have been awarded a grant from Awards For All, to fund the purchase of gazebos, allowing Gravesham Arts to coordinate and participate in more outdoor events in and around Gravesham.

The first event will be the Thames Match on the 15th & 16th July, then Something for the weekend on the 5th & 6th August.

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
Participating choirs: Marlowe Singers, Gillingham Male Voice choir, Kingfisher Singers, Rainham Ladies & Vision Signing Choir

Images photographic

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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