DARTFORD FESTIVAL – this weekend (15th and 16th July 2017)!
Join us in Central Park where we will be providing a Model or two in historical dress for you to sketch or paint – so just bring your art materials along and sit in the sun and do some art. You know it makes sense! We even have some art materials for the children to take part and then enter their work in an art competition.
SILK RIVER WALKS
Calling all artists/walkers – Dartford has its walk planned for Wednesday 20th September.
Have you heard about the Silk River Project yet?
We at Kinetika will be landing just west of the Dartford Bridge on the gravelly foreshore with 10 giant silk flags (the Silk River Scrolls),
where we will meet local rangers to take us down the old tramway past the site of the old smallpox hospitals before arriving at Ruby Tuesday Avenue.
We are visiting the home 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
Competition on Saturday 20th May in Central Park Dartford
The winners in the Adult category were Reg Melcalfe and Nicola Claxton.
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Monday 3rd July – 15h July – Ron Scutt will show his latest work on the theme of Italy
Why not pop in and see original artwork?
They are better than all these reproductions you get nowadays
SILK RIVER UPDATE
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. I am 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 to help gather design concepts for the production of the banner. During June the lead artists will take these designs and stories to the Kinetika studio in Purfleet and produce the banners which will be used in the walk in September.
There are artists workshops at the What If…? Gallery where local artists are invited to come along to produce sketches and designs to be incorporated into the final banners. Or if you are a walker and want to take part in the walking element please get in touch, if you are an artist interested in taking part in this project please contact Ruth Howard on 07940 836672 or 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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LATEST – NEW WORKSHOPS COMING UP:
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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