LATEST NEWS 2020
WE HAVE MOVED!!!!!!
As from Tuesday 4th February 2020 we will be holding our Watercolour Workshops at
THE MEETING PLACE in The Orchards Shopping Centre – from 1pm to 3pm every week.
The cost will be £7.50 per person
We also run Art workshops at the Mick Jagger Centre in Shepherds lane every Wednesday evening from 6pm – 9pm
The cost just £5 per person
Please join us
We have now left our home at 67-69 High Street, Dartford
but the good news is – with massive help from Dartford Borough Council we are in the process of signing a new lease and preparing the new shop and as soon as its ready we will let you know.
We have had a great time over the past 13 years hosting workshops for artists of all ages and abilities and giving local artists the opportunity to exhibit their work – sometimes for the first time but not always! Lots of professional artists have supported our aims too.
So please follow us on social media so we can keep you up to date and keep in touch.
If you would like to help us set up the new venue and don’t mind a bit of hard graft – please let us know.
We need you………..
best wishes From Ruth and the team
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Trash and burn….
We are a hosting a group of third year Arts and Festival Management students putting on a exhibition as part of their final year project.
This exhibition called Trash ‘n Burn, will rung from 4th February to the 9th with a launch night on the 4th.
The exhibition will explore the themes of our changing environment and hopefully make a impact on the public and raise awareness of the ways in which we are destroying our planet.
Please email us if you are interested. Thanks
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Just to say…. Thank you so much to all those that have supported us during 2019.
Those that attend our workshops, those that buy our artist’s work, those that volunteer and give their time free of charge to help spread the love of Art to others.
Pop in and see us again soon
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S C R A B B L E
W H T A S S I T A L L A B O T U?
This games afternoon has been put on hold until the new year.
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WORKSHOPS – HALLOWEEN WORKSHOP
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From Ruth and the team :
We have a huge range of workshops to offer you this year – bigger and more often. Family arts and crafts workshops/Cartoon workshops/Silk painting and Resin art workshops.
Please book and reserve a place now. Telephone 07948 557464.
We we would like to thank the LAWSON ENDOWMENT KENT TRUST for providing funding for Art workshops we are currently presenting for people ‘Living with and beyond Cancer’and MESSY PLAY workshops.
May I take also this opportunity to thank Dartford Borough Council for funding our children’s workshops for 2018. Thank you Jeremy Kite and DBC.
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TANYA OUTEN – her abstract and colourful work.
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Thank you Perrys Exceptional Awards!!
We at the what if gallery…? were shortlisted for the Perry’s Exceptional awards in two categories.
I attended the Ceremony and dinner last night in Leeds Castle with Chris Stone (Chairman of trustees) and Elly Elcombe (Coordinator for Vision Art) and it was a wonderful evening!
There were exceptional charities represented and we did not win this time but it is lovely to get recognition for the work we have been doing for the last 11 years.
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MCMILLAN COFFEE MORNING
We raised over £125. Thank you all very much for your support.
What if…? Gallery
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Silk Painting / Batik workshops
@ Kinetika Studio Thurrock High House Production Park
Purfleet Essex RM19 1AS
New workshops coming – watch this space or email us for Please ring Ruth on 07940 836672 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to reserve a space
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DARTFORD FESTIVAL – Our Art competition in the park is now finished and I am pleased to announce that all winners have now been contacted and the awards have been made.
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SILK RIVER WALKS
Calling all Walkers – As part of the Silk River project, Dartford’s walk is to be on Wednesday 20th September.
Please join us – its free of charge and starts at the Thames Marshes and will culminate in Central Park, Dartford with a celebration of local community.
This is part of the Silk River Project where the organisers: Kinetika will be arriving by boat just west of the Dartford Bridge on the gravelly foreshore with 10 giant silk flags (the Silk River Scrolls- one of which is Dartford’s own designed and painted by local artists, including Ruth Howard and Tanya Outen).
Local rangers will take us down the old tramway past the site of the old smallpox hospitals before arriving at Ruby Tuesday Avenue. This is the home town of Mick Jagger, the birthplace of The Rolling Stones and artist Sir Peter Blake. Discover Dartford and the legacy from its pop culture past that still thrives in the town today. Please try and join us, any enquiries can be directed through the what if…? Gallery or direct through the Silk River webpage
Technical difficulty of walk: Moderate
Distance: 4.2 miles
Background Info: 2017 is the 70th anniversary of India’s independence from Britain and a host of events are planned to celebrate and explore our cultural connection with India, Silk River is one of these events. We are pleased to say that the ‘what if…? Gallery’ is working with Kinetika and Dartford Borough Council to undertake an arts project to highlight the history of the silk trade routes from India to London, with the Thames river being a key route.
Kinetika have invited 10 Riverside towns including Dartford, to take part in this project. Each town is ‘twinned’ with a corresponding town in India – Dartford’s twin town is Howrah. The aim of the project is to create a set of large banners – painted with wax, and made of silk (referencing the silk trade). These banners will then be walked through the town at an event in September this year. Kinetika are walking through each town involved in the project and so linking the independent events in each town to create one larger overall event. They will also be doing a parallel walk along the Hooghly River in India.
Ruth Howard is nominated as one of the Lead Artists on the production of the banner. During June the Silk Banners were produced at the Kinetika studio in Purfleet and the 10 banners will be used in the 10 walks in September. If you are a walker and want to take part please get in touch for further info please email email@example.com.
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CHILDRENS WORKSHOPS IN THE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS: For 2018 we have lots of exciting plans – including Cartoon workshop in the February half term.
Email for details
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Rembrandt – selfie.
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LIFE DRAWING – Please contact us to enquire about the next Life session.
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The Bluewater POP UP SHOP is now closed!
But look out for exciting news soon!
Every Wednesday evening from 6-9pm we hold our Open Arts evening at the what if…? Gallery. Come along and join in the fun. Bring something you want to paint/draw/make. It costs just £3.50 and you will be amazed how inspiring it is to be with other people whilst they work – although it is an untutored session. Over 16’s only.
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