What if…? Gallery

……in the heart of Dartford, Kent.

Welcome to the What If…? Gallery


This week:

Joy Philippou MBE is exhibiting her Atomic Universe works. Joy is a very interesting character and her work is very unusual.


Coming Soon

LIFE SESSION – Wednesday 2nd November 2016 between 6-9pm. We have a model booked and the places are filling up fast. Please email us if you want to come along! The cost is untutored and you will need to bring your own art materials.


ROGER MORTIMER exhibition is now finished but he was happy with his picture sales and good feedback about his work. Catch him at the Capital Gallery in Eltham.

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CAFE IN THE PARK – Central Park, Dartford has two of our favourite ‘What if…?’ artists: Ray Marshall and James Taylor, exhibiting NOW on the new Café Gallery wall.
I am sure you will agree it looks fantastic – so while the weather is still good pop into the park, have a cup of coffee and see the art.

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Puppet making workshop with Hayley Byfield.
Saturday 13th August 2016 for a FREE puppet making workshop.
All ages welcome and children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Our artists and students from the watercolour workshop on Tuesday afternoons assembled all their work and exhibited from 1st August until 13th August 2016.
They have made amazing progress.

Why not join us for a Life drawing Session?
If you would like to come along or want further information please register by emailing us direct.

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We are delighted to announce that the winner of the QUEENS REIGN COMPETITION in the Adults Section is:
Julie Woolnough – well done Julie. Your prize of £100 is waiting for you at the gallery
and the winner in the CHILDRENS SECTION is….
Evie Aged 5. Well done – keep up the good art work! Evie will be able to collect her prize of an ARTS BOX any time over the next two weeks.
Thanks to all those that entered, and to Eija Burrell (Mayoress of Dartford and herself an artist) and Patsy Thurlow (Dartford Borough Council) who were the judges.
It was generally agreed that the standard of all entries was very high indeed.
This competition was run with the support of Dartford Borough Council.

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Len Waghorn – the works sold during the exhibition totalled £1000 for the what if…? Gallery – we are very grateful to his family and most especially his daughter Tina Waghorn and his wife Marie who allowed us to exhibit his work for a final time and raise funds for the gallery that he loved.

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Please email whatifgallery@gmail.com for information.
See more on our Facebook page

The Bluewater POP UP SHOP is now closed!
We are extremely grateful to the Bluewater Management team who gave us another chance to raise funds and awareness of the good work we do in Dartford to support Art/artists and the community groups we support. The Pop up shop experience is a huge boost to our finances and the morale of our team. I have to extend my special thanks to Anne, Doug, and Ray who worked so hard continuously throughout the 6 weeks. Also thanks go to Pete Claire Laura and all the other volunteers and artists who contributed to the success we achieved. Lets do it again!
best wishes from Ruth Howard

Don’t forget
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 £2 and you will be amazed how inspiring it is to be with other people whilst they work – although it is an untutored session. Our Peter Auld is a kindly soul who will welcome you and ensure you get a cup of tea and a biscuit during the evening. Over 16’s only.

Just in case you wondered…… The what if…? Gallery is a Community arts project and registered as a charity. We provide workshops for those interested in painting and art and can accommodate your group meetings. Some of the projects we host are Carlton Resource centre, The Vision Art group, Dartford Art Group and Sing and Sign for young children. We welcome all artists and offer facilities for exhibitions and events.
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15 thoughts on “Welcome to the What If…? Gallery

  1. Hi,
    I am an artist printmaker, living and working in Beckenham, Kent.
    I am also part of a printmaking group who came to know each other through printmaking class in Lewisham.
    I / we are looking for opportunities to exhibit my / our work.
    Are you able to offer a space for hire and if so can you give me details of costs etc?
    I will look forward to hearing back from you.
    Lucy Cooper

    • I hope you received our email regarding exhibitions. In Dartford we are taking bookings for 2016-17 now and hope you will get in touch again if you want to reserve the gallery. We have not had many printmakers contact us, so it would be grand for us to see your work.

  2. Hi, how can I get involved in these exhibitions? They’re a great idea. I’d love to exhibit my work.
    Many thanks

  3. Hi

    Quick questio. I am a landscape photographer.

    I have done a few canvas prints recently. Would you be interested in displaying?

    Happy to pay etc…

    • Hi Dave,
      further to your enquiry in November 2015 I am now pleased to say that we are holding a LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHERS/ARTISTS exhibition which for you to take part – would be free of charge !! amazing isn’t it?

      We look forward to meeting you
      best wishes
      Ruth @ what if …? Gallery

      Please contact Anne on the what if…? Gallery website to enquire,

  4. Do you run printmaking workshops?

  5. I’ve been told I could get an item framed in the gallery. Is this correct?

  6. Hi I don’t know if you can help but I visited the pop up gallery in bluewater and purchased a picture I also say something else I liked but can’t remember the artists name. It was a pen and ink drawing of a fish bowl with blocks of flats in the background with what looked like junk dumped at the bottom of the bowl such as a trolly. Hope you can help me with the name of the artist and a website that I could buy one.
    Many thanks

    • Good morning Nichola.
      Thank you for your enquiry regarding our fine artist David Boughton (a.k.a. El Davo) his work is very collectable and I have passed your email address to him, so he can contact you directly.
      Please do not hesitate to contact me if there are any problems. Look out for us later in the year when we hope to be at Bluewater again where Dave will be exhibiting some more of his work – many thanks
      from Ruth @ what if…Gallery

  7. Hi, we have a painting by a DW Hicks, Dartford. Have you ever heard of this artist?

    • Hello there
      Yes D Hicks was a local Dartford artist who lived in the borough until he died in the early 80’s I think. He was a member of Dartford Art Group. I will try and find out more information for you.

  8. Hi

    I am a textile artist and tutor living in Bexley and wondering if you could show my work or have me as a tutor. Please contact me on the below info.

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