What if…? Gallery

……in the heart of Dartford, Kent.

Exhibitions & Events

Message from Anne – our Events and Exhibitions Organiser
Hi – I am Primary Exhibitions Organiser for ‘what if’. I have enjoyed being part of this project and have expanded my love of art.  I have loved meeting a whole variety of people involved in gallery life.

So please contact me if you want to exhibit or hire rooms. Just email whatifgallery@gmail.com

Working in collaboration with RBS and for those with eyesight problems we hold a monthly Arts workshop meeting. If you know someone that is interested just email us.

NCS (National Citizens Service) this is a nationwide programme aimed at young people between the ages of 15-18 with the hope of decreasing social segregation and increasing community spirit. What if…? Gallery have an on-going relationship and work in partnership with them.

THE TUESDAY GROUP EXHIBITION Annual summer Exhibition 

DARTFORD ART GROUP  – This local Art Group have exhibited with us for the last 11 years and have been in existence since 1946. They offer opportunities for local artists to continue with the tradition of local art exhibitions. Please contact Ruth for more details.

Our Summer Exhibition – This is an annual event / exhibition of work by our Tuesday Group.

As featured on BBC TV South East, we are delighted that Dan (aka Mechanica) exhibited first with us before he went on to be a successful Professional Artist with Castle Arts.

Dartford Creative Artists and Makers Market
We have always supported Arts activities within the Town and helped with the Creative Arts events on One Bell corner.

Camberwell College of Arts

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’s Workshops

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.

Longfield School

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.

Paris trips

We have organised various art trips, including day trips to Paris by Eurostar.

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  1. 20th August – 1st September

    Artist’s Studio Clearance Sale

    Visitors to the What if Gallery (67-69 High Street Dartford DA1 1DJ) have a unique chance of acquiring works by veteran artist Chris Francis in a Studio Clearance Sale – an exhibition from a lifetime’s output. Features seascapes, riverscapes, harbour scenes, still life studies, rail scenes many based on local SE London and North West Kent as well as exotic overseas locations. There are also fine art etchings and relief prints as well as the unique Canned Heat series of images

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