Message from Anne – our Events and Exhibitions Organiser
Hi – I have been working voluntarily as Primary Exhibitions Organiser for the gallery for the last 8 years. I have enjoyed being part of this project and have expanded my love of art. I love meeting a whole variety of people involved in gallery life. So please contact me if you want to exhibit or hire rooms. Just email me on whatifgallery.gmail.com
Here is a selection of previous events:
SEPTEMBER 2015 – NCS (National Citizens Service) this is a nationwide programme aimed at young people between the ages of 15-18 with the hope you decreasing social segregation and increasing community spirit. What if…? Gallery will be hosting our local youngsters for a fund raising event.
CHILDREN’S COLLAGE WORKSHOP
JULY 2015 Fiona Spirals – Collage workshop for children (£3 each child).
THE TUESDAY GROUP EXHIBITION 2015
DARTFORD ART GROUP 2015 – This local Art Group have a huge number of exciting new works on display at the gallery until 11th July 2015.
MAY DAY CELEBRATION 2nd May 2015 @ CENTRAL PARK DARTFORD – Organised by Ruth Howard and supported by members of the volunteer force from what if…?
This event was a traditional outdoor country fair for the Arts with bunting and colourful stalls and activities including:
Dartford Concert Band Sandra Boore and her singing groupVOCALISE; Wadard Morris Men Richard Slater – drawing Charicatures
Cake stall May pole dancers Handmade Popcorn stall Dartford Art Group – painting in the park – “en plein aire” £100 prize
Childrens Crafts Stall; Mini Theatrical production by Maypole School ;Dartford Floral Club; Arturo – authentic pagan Drum and instrument maker selling and demonstrating his instruments.
May 2014 Britta Von zweigbergk and Ron Scutt present a collection of recent works. Both are very well know local artists and you will enjoy seeing their work – so pop in and feast your eyes!
June 2014 Our Summer Exhibition – Kentish artists have been invited to display their work in the gallery – Perhaps next year you might like to take part?
30th June to 12th July MECHANICA
As featured on BBC TV South East, we are delighted to present this sculptural work made by an Artist of Tomorrow.
Many of this artists pieces have been sold already but if you hurry…….. you may be able to bag yourself a bargain or just come in and see what has taken the art world by storm recently!!
Email the gallery if you would like to be invited to the Reception/Preview evening on Saturday 7th June.
EASTER FUN 19th April 2014 (Easter Saturday)
Bring the children along for an Easter Art Workshop. This event is FREE OF CHARGE but we are hoping to raise funds for DAISY DOODLES and a Sensory room through the sale of cakes and refreshments.
Please come along and support us, we ask you to email if you would like to reserve places, or just come along and take a chance on the day!!
Dartford Creative Artists and Makers Market
The programme aims to highlight and develop the work of Dartford artists and creative organisations and encourage more young people and families to use Dartford High Street.
From August – December 2013 Dartford Creative are delivering a broad programme of creative activities and events working with a range of communities and artists. Activities will be situated at One Bell Corner on the High Street, every Saturday from 10am – 3pm. They will offer activities for families, updates, launches and opportunities to get involved.
Wilmington Girl’s Grammar School 6th Form Students 2013
This exhibition showcased work from A-level art students from the school. The tutor negotiated with us for the girls to instigate the exhibition from start to finish, this involved procuring the art and planning the whole exhibition themselves. A few planning meetings were carried out in the gallery prior to the exhibition. They designed their own leaflets and posters and even hung their own work, with some help. The girls had a most successful opening evening, for family and friends. The gallery enjoyed working with the students and were delighted with their standard of work.
Camberwell College of Arts 2009
In this exhibition, students were involved in showing a video arts installation – ‘peephole’ art.Students used seven volunteers to take pictures of their exhibition. They recorded the position of their iris’ whilst looking straight ahead and they measured the activity of the dilation and contraction. An enjoyable and unusual experience for all concerned.
North West Kent Fine Art Department 2013
Fine Art Students Students presented an exhibition of their end of year works. Students loved the opportunity to hold a reception and private viewing in the Gallery for their parents and friends to see their work and where their work was also offered for sale.
Photography Workshop 2012
What If…? Gallery obtained a grant from Dartford Council to commission Timothy Leek, a well known photographic artist to present community workshops producing portraits of their own community space through the medium of the camera. This class was provided for young people in Dartford and were free for all youngsters. The results were later exhibited in the gallery.
Children join us in the school holidays, for arts and crafts. The children can paint a canvas with a tutor, or join the crafts room where they can learn to create mobiles; butterflies, masks and other creative projects. We can also arrange for children to be taken to Holy Trinity Church to experience brass rubbing. All of these different activities will cost £5 for two hours. Parents can stay with their children if they are under six years old and even join in with the art. Dates for these activities will be posted on our Facebook page. We rely on our band of volunteers to help with enthusiastic children attending the gallery. We do our best to arrange acitivities especially during the school holiday – would you like to help at the gallery?
UCA University of Creative Arts 2012
Exhibition – What If…? What Next?
12 post – graduates from UCA specialising in Fine Art. One of whom was working as a volunteer for our gallery. Their work ranged from painting, sculpture and digital media.
Students at Longfield School had a fantastic opportunity to show their end of term work in a working gallery environment with lots of extra curricular learning experiences.
Leigh Technology Academy
Students at Leigh Technology Academy also had a fantastic opportunity to show their end of term work in a working gallery environment with lots of extra curricular learning experiences.
Temple Hill School
Children from Primary classes paid a visit to our Gallery to see a live art demonstration and were amazed to see a beautiful painting evolve before their eyes. Our tutor Doug Clarke can take up to 8 children for a 2 hour lesson with their teachers including a tour and talk about the gallery £6 per child. Perfect for year 6 and upwards.
We have organised various art trips, including day trips to Paris by Eurostar.
If there are any enquiries about what we do and what we can do for you, or if you have any suggestions at all – please contact me on 07962 978733 or firstname.lastname@example.org.