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 ceremony is to be held at the Civic Centre on Thursday 3rd August at 11am.
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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:
We are pleased to announce that the next 2 childrens workshop’s will take place on 2nd August and the 23rd August (both from 1-3pm)
Please sign up now to ensure you can get a place. Suggested donation £5 per session.
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Renoir – selfie.
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LIFE DRAWING – Please contact us to enquire about the next Life session.
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On Saturdays between 25th March and 29th April – Luna Travers will run THE ART OF SELF DISCOVERY art sessions.
The times are between 10.30 and 12.30 and the price £15. For more information please contact her on 07751 231616
Click on the link below for more details:
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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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