What if…? Gallery

……in the heart of Dartford, Kent.

Welcome to the What If…? Gallery

LATEST EXCITING NEWS!

Puppet making workshop with Hayley Byfield.
Join the Dartford Creative team in the What If…? Gallery on Saturday 13th August for a FREE puppet making workshop. Just pop in between 11am and 1pm – no booking required! All ages welcome and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Our artists and students from the watercolour workshop on Tuesday afternoons have assembled all their work to show you how they have progressed during the last year.
On show NOW in the gallery in Dartford we have some fine examples of work that you would be proud to have on your walls.
Pop in and see it before 13th August.

Why not join us for a Life drawing Session?
This is an untutored session on the evening of Wednesday 24th August from 6.30pm until about 9pm
The cost is just £7.50 per person and places are limited to just 6 people.

If you would like to come along and if you would like to see this session extended to a more regular basis – please contact us.
Payment must be made in advance. 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.

See images below.

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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Coming soon:
DARTFORD ART GROUP FROM 27TH June to 4th July. This group meets at the what if..? Gallery every Thursday evening – so why not pop along and see what they are up to?

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Len Waghorn – the works sold during the exhibition totalled £600 and rising 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.

len waghorn (2)

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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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evie

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.
    Sincerely,
    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
    Janet

  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
    Nichola

    • 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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