A friendly art gallery in the heart of Dartford, Kent. Run by artists for artists.
67/69 High Street, Dartford, Kent, DA1 1DJ.
Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm
Charity No. 1111016
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THE WELLINGTON TRUST:
From 8th April until 19th April 2014
to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic at The What If …? Gallery
HMS Wellington was built at Devonport Dockyard in 1934. She was one of 13 Grimsby class warships built for service in the Commonwealth and Dependencies and from 1936 to 1939 she patrolled the waters around New Zealand.
At the outbreak of WWII she was recalled to perform convoy escort duties in the Atlantic. During six years of wartime service she rescued over 450 Merchant Navy seamen. She also shared the credit for sinking a U-Boat. Shortly after the end of the war she was retired and laid up at Pembroke Dock.
The Honourable Company of Master Mariners had been looking for a livery hall since 1939. After the war the chances of building a livery hall in London were remote. In 1947 HMS Wellington was made available by the Admiralty and the Company decided to buy her and convert her to a floating Livery Hall. HQS Wellington arrived at Victoria Embankment in 1948.
In 2005 ownership was transferred to the Wellington Trust, a charitable trust established to ensure the preservation of this historic ship.
In 2013 the Trust was fortunate in winning a grant from the HLF to fund an exhibition for 6 months aboard the ship. The CONVOY exhibition tells the story of the Battle of the Atlantic with a particular focus on the Merchant Navy and also on the role of the Wellington. It uses Oral History, a film and graphics to trace the development of the Battle from its earliest days, immediately after the outbreak of war in 1939, until the final surrender of surviving German U-boats in 1945.
Saturday 19th April (Easter Saturday)
from 11am till 4pm
Bring the children along for an Easter Art Workshop.
This event is FREE OF CHARGE but we are hoping to raise funds for DAISY DOODLES and a Sensory room through the sale of cakes and refreshments.
Please come along and support us, we ask you to email if you would like to reserve places, or just come along and take a chance on the day!!
Sing and Sign Sessions
Come and join the original, award winning, small music group that helps you communicate with your baby before speech.
Please contact Jenette Hawkes on 01322522790 or 07958455699 or email email@example.com for more information. There is also more information at their website www.singandsign.com and their Facebook page SingAndSignBexleyAndDartford.
Picture Framing Service
Anthony Elliott offers an independent picture framing service, providing hand finished frames of a high standard.
He is based at the What If…? Gallery and if you are a Friend of the Gallery, he will give you discount on any frames ordered.
Anthony is in the gallery most days and if you would like a price please pop in and see him or leave your details so that he can contact you.
There is more information on the other services we offer at the gallery on our Services page.
Calling All Art Students!
Would you like to exhibit your art work? We are here for YOU and can offer exhibition space for you or a group of artists at extraordinary low costs. You can exhibit art, sculpture, photography or jewellery. To display one item can be a little as £1 per week. If you would like to read more about the exciting collaborations we have worked on in the past please visit our Exhibitions & Events page.
New Arts and Crafts Session for Visually Impaired Artists
We offer an arts and crafts session for artists with visual impairments and can provide opportunities to exhibit the finished artwork.