Material Instincts is a contemporary art exhibition that explores the idea of instinctual creativity, a group of female artists whose work is about the experience of making, who have an interest playing with materials. 2018 marks the centenary of woman’s suffrage; 100 years since the first general election in which women voted in the UK. Inspired by powerful woman activists who strive for equality, we are bringing together a show of both emerging and established female artists from diverse backgrounds working in the UK today.
The exhibition is curated by Nicole Mollett and Rosalind Barker.
Private view and meet the artists Saturday 25th August 3pm – 5 pm
In April 2018 Louisa Crispin and Leila Godden escaped to Cape Cornwall. “At the Edge” is their response to this opportunity.
Imagine, six days at the edge of the land with permission to immerse yourself completely in art. No phone, no internet, just the vast Atlantic ocean outside your window.
This is the promise that comes with a residency at Brisons Veor, a studio set up to enable professional artists to spend a focused period of time developing their work. Its purpose is to provide accommodation and workspace to practitioners in need of assistance and who are making a significant contribution in the creative arts sector. Located on the westernmost edge of Cornwall (Cape Cornwall), Brisons Veor provides a dedicated live-work space for self-funded residencies of between one to four weeks.
Tuesday 14th August 11am to 4pm.
Louisa will be in the Gallery working with graphite powder.
Thursday 9th August 6-8pm
Louisa and Leila talked about their experiences at the SVAF meeting. The PV and talk was open to non SVAF members.
Saturday 11th August 11am to 4pm
Louisa and Leila were in the Gallery working with graphite powder and acrylic respectively.
A postcript is: an afterthought, a thought occurring after a letter has been written, a note or series of notes appended to a completed letter, article or book, an addition to a finished story, account or statement which gives further information, a programming language….and so much more. It also alludes to the group of postgraduates exhibiting in this show, all ‘off script’ from any academic restrictions.
One only has to think of all the famous postscripts made by the infamous in letters and books to get the imagination spinning and this is exactly what eleven postgraduate students from West Kent’s University Centre’s FAPD (Fine Art Professional Development) course have executed in this contemporary art exhibition.
Studying their independent practices under the guidance of James Brooks and Sam Herbert each postgraduate student has interpreted the meaning of the word ‘postscript’ into a fine art visual language.
The group, which includes emerging artists, current tutors and ex-tutors of the college, has each taken inspiration from different sources including language; the historical, environmental and natural; news stories; motherhood and feminism; fashion, consumerism and objects of everyday use amongst other original interpretations.
Works on display will include glass-work, printing and collage, textile art, painting, installation work, sculpture and photography.
‘The Piece of Mind Wall’ all paintings £15 in support of West Kent Mind
This year Sevenoaks Art Clubwww.sevenoaksartclub.orgwill hold its 108th Annual Exhibition. Don’t miss this varied display of accomplished work by local artists.
The Town Mayor will be there at the Artists’ Reception on Thursday, 5 July from 6pm to 7.45. All are welcome.
Established in 1901 by Miss Elsie Druce, the club continues as a haven for amateur, semi-professional and professional artists. The Town Council has a permanent display of selected paintings from the SAC Annual Exhibition over the last decades in their Council Meeting room
Sevenoaks Camera Club Annual Exhibition 13th – 30th June
The 2018 awards have been judged and presented but the Public vote is open. Come in and vote for your favourite.
Members of Sevenoaks Camera Club, who range from relative beginner to very experienced photographers, are showing their favourite work at the Club’s 2018 exhibition. The pictures will include a variety of subjects that the members enjoy taking, from landscapes to abstract and many other types.
The show is a good chance to see the work of some of our enthusiastic local amateur photographers. Prints will be on display every day of the show.
On Saturdays there will also be a display of digital photos on a TV screen and members of the club will be in attendance to answer questions.
Final Sunday exceptional opening 2 – 5pm there will be no access to any other part of the Kaleidoscope building.
THREE WEEKS of ORIGINAL PRINTS – DEMONSTRATIONS- WORKSHOPS – ARTIST TALKS
Promoting the Art of Contemporary Printmaking
Celebrating the very best of printmaking in the UK today, from etching to lithographs, screen prints to collograph. Emerging talent and students will be exhibiting alongside distinguished guest artists. Demonstrations, workshop and a programme of talks offer visitors of all ages an insight into the magical world of printmaking.
Artist in Residence Days
Throughout the Festival 11am-4pm One or more of the exhibiting artists from the SVAF Salon des Artists will be working in the Gallery and engaging with visitors on an informal basis.
Sumi Perera RE. Margaret Ashman RE. Dawn Cole FRSA. Katherine Jones RE. Hugh Ribbans. Michael Kennedy. Brenda Hartill RE. Melvyn Evans.
SVAF Printmakers Salon des Artistes.
Sevenoaks Visual Arts Forum Artist Printmakers will be exhibiting work in a relaxed and informal environment, engaging with visitors and talking about their working practice.
Sarah Abercrombie Jones. Christina France FRSA. Alexander Johnson. Amanda Hopkins. Carole Robson.
Ann Bridges. Sarah Walker. Marilyn Kyle.Bill Hall.
In Focus with Brenda Hartill Thursday May 31st 6pm-7.30pm.
Brenda Harthill will talk about her particular approach to Contemporary Printmaking. Brenda is often regarded as one of the UK’s leading artists in Collograph, the book she wrote with Richard Clarke, Collographs and Mixed Media Printmaking will be available for sale. Welcome drinks, no booking.
PrintFest Inky Fingers Workshops for Adults on the 2nd and 9th June
Dry Point Etching with Bill Hall and Marilyn Kyle Fully Booked
Saturday 2 June 11 am- 1pm
Maximum 10 Participants An exciting opportunity to try out a modern version of the traditional printmaking process of ‘Drypoint’. Using transparent plastic sheet you’ll be shown how to transfer your image and print using oil based inks and a professional printing press. Bill Hall MA BEd and Marilyn Kyle MA MEd are artist printmakers with extensive experience of art education. Bill’s work is often iinspired by natural forms and abandonded buildings and is exhibited both nationally and internationally. Marilyn uses drypoint and collograph, sometimes incorporating other elements. The works both exist in their own right and lead to assemblages and installation works in galleries.
Please bring with you drawings you would like to develop. Be sure to wear suitable clothes and bring an apron as it’s an inky business! All equipment and materials provided
To book email email@example.com
Participation of £10 to be paid on the day.
Photocopy Transfer with Margaret Ashman Fully Booked
Saturday June 91pm -4pm
The workshop will offer participants the chance to make images from photocopy transfers.
Note that computer print outs do not work! The method relies on there being toner in the image. Suitable for young people and adults with or without previous printmaking experience.
Please bring with you a number of photocopies(A4 or less) of images they wanted to turn into prints. Not computer print outs. Paper, ink and sponges are supplied.
To book, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Participation of £10 for materials to be paid on the day.
Wall of Small Prints
Following a social media callout, work by Kent artists will be hung unframed, allowing collectors to see a large array of techniques and styles represnting Contemporary Original Printmaking.
Prints are available for sale at £100 per print, a great way to start your collection!
Estuary Moon by Steve Edwards and Breakfast by Jacki Baxter will be showing as part of the Small Prints Wall
Artichoke Printmaking Studio- PrintFest7 Prize. Awarded to Kirsten Van Shriven
Colin Gale, co-director of Artichoke Print Studio, will select one of the exhibiting artists to recieve the Artichoke Prize for Contemporary Printmaking 2018. The winner will be offered the opportunity to exhibit with Artichoke Print Studios at the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea, Autumn 2018.
Colin is co-director and co- founder of the Artichoke Print Studio which has established itself as one of the UK’s leading professional fine art printmaking workshops – making, selling and exhibiting etchings, lithographs and relief prints. The purpose of the prize is to give the prizewinner’s work exposure to a large audience of fine art print collectors.
London Print Studio. Awarded to Marilyn Kyle
London Print Studio award to the most promising emerging artist printmaker:
Selected by Valentina Biga, technician at London Print Studio. The selected artist will be offered a place on the short course of their choice during 2018/19.
The reason for this award is to enable the artist to develop or discover a technique that will enrich their practice.
PURE Arts Group PrintFest7 Prize. Awarded to Amanda Hopkins.
Lesley Samms – Managing Director of PURE Arts Group, will select one of the ten SVAF participating artists taking part in the Salon des Artists to receive the PURE Arts Group PF7 Prize for Contemporary Printmaking 2018. The winner will be given the opportunity to exhibit two pieces of work at the PURE Autumn Art Fair to be held at the PowderMills Hotel, Battle in October. They will also receive professional development and mentoring support from Lesley at a mutually convenient time to be agreed.
This prize is donated by PURE Arts Group. PURE is internationally renowned for discovering, mentoring and supporting talent in contemporary art. The purpose of the prize is to support the continued development of an artist who wishes to make their primary living by selling their art
KallKwik Prize for most outstanding Print of PrintFest7. Awarded to Jackie Baxter
Marc Doust – Director of KallKwik Sevenoaks, will select one of the prints from an artist taking part in the Wall of Small Prints to recieve the KallKwik Prize for Most Outstanding Small Print 2018.Marc trained as a Lithographic Printer and studied at the London College of Printing. He is well placed to spot a great image that will catch the eye and reproduce well in a small format. The winner will be given the opportunity to work with KallKwik’s design and print team to produce a run of greetings cards with envelopes.
The Angela Knowles Prize for Intaglio Etching at PrintFest7. Awarded to Antonia Eindhoven.
Max Knowles will choose one of the Small Prints using the traditional technique of intaglio etching. £100 cash prize will be given to the winner. This prize is offered in memory of Angela Knowles, whose understanding and practice of the art of intaglio etching stems from her exquisite draughstmanship and ability to capture the essence of the smallest of gestures, the most unpretentious of subjects, with a purity of line rarely seen.
Angela, who studied, lived and worked in Cheltenham all her life, sadly passed away in December 2017. This award is made as a tribute to her.
Selected artists will be notified and presented with their awards at the Prizegiving on May 26th at 2pm
Saturday 26th May 2018 was a Day of Events and celebration at Kaleidoscope
Coinciding with the French Day of Printmaking, a ‘Pot d’Amitié’ or French themed welcome drink was offered and a warm welcome given to all visitors. A ‘Wayzgoose’or celebration of all things to do with original print making took place.
A chance to talk to the exhibiting artists, there were demonstrations, visitor making and a Table Top Sale of Work, where artists and print studios sold all things inky.
A Wayzgoose was an entertainment given by a Master Printmaker to his workmen each year and is now often employed as an excuse for having a day of fun and festivity!
Verse: inverse, obverse, converse, reverse New Paintings by Paula MacArthur
10th April – 5th May
Preview and Artists Talk Thursday 12th April 6-8pm
Meet the artist 5th May 12 – 2pm
Installation Images curtesy of Paula MacArthur
Paula MacArthur’s paintings are a personal celebration of love & a reflection on the fragility of the ideals we yearn for. They are large scale, colour saturated memento-mori which aim to explore our desires & the fear of losing the object of our desire. The paintings encompass universal experiences & reflect upon the multilayered human responses within relationships. Painterly marks describing the light & luminescence of the objects are enlarged; ornate swirls morph into bodily gestures. The haptic quality of the brush marks & dripping paint give clues to the painter’s process & this ephemerality is suggestive of the short time we are here to experience the joy and pain of life.
The particular focus of these recent paintings is the balance between light and shadow, without the contrast of shadows we do not see the light. Each conflicting state within our lives and relationships is visible against its opposite.
Throughout her career as a painter MacArthur has worked with geometry in painting, in the Rococo series the ornamental curves conform to these precise mathematical patterns. These underlying structures give an innate harmony & a grounding connection back to Renaissance ideas of universal interconnectedness & understanding. This principle of inseparability & union reminds us of the balance in our relationships both personally, politically & universally.
Painter, Paula MacArthur trained at Loughborough College of Art & Design and The Royal Academy Schools and now works from her studio in Rye, East Sussex. Paula was a prize winner at John Moores 18 in 1993, first prize winner at NPG Portrait Award in 1989 & was shortlisted for WW Solo Award in 2014.
In 2017 Paula exhibited with Danish sound & performance artist Tine Louise Kortermand in ‘Resonance & Wonder’ at Rye Creative Centre & her work was part of the Priseman Seabrook Collection’s tour of four major museums in China. Group exhibitions include ‘Slippery and Amorphous’ which toured from London to Bushwick NYC in 2016, ‘Right Here, Right Now’ alongside artists Andrzej Jackowski, Chantal Joffe & Dave McKean, Creekside Open 2015 selected by Richard Deacon, The Zeitgeist Open 2015, 20 Painters – Phoenix Brighton 2014, Crash Salon – Charlie Dutton London 2014, Open West 2013 – Newark Park & Wilson Art Gallery Cheltenham, The Perfect Nude – Wimbledon Space, Exeter Phoenix & Charlie Smith London, What The Folk Say – Compton Verney 2011. Her work is held in several public & private collections including Jiangsu Art Museum – China, Baron & Baroness von Oppenheim, Priseman Seabrook Collection, RICS, & National Portrait Gallery, London.
Artists: Katie Hayward, Alison Swan, Jane Tyler, Jenny Dalton, Franny Swann, Judy Balchin, Amanda Hopkins,Rosalind Barker, Rose Brigand Colebridge,
Angela Carole Stocker, Sevenoaks Knit and Natter. The Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Museum.YOU
Katie Hayward Installation for FOOTFALL ‘Concrete Feet’
In 2017 Katie Hayward’s took concrete casts of over 70 pairs of student and teachers’ feet while she was artist in residence at Tonbridge School.
Hayward’s ‘A Sense of Place’ installation was exhibited in The Tunnel Gallery in Tonbridge School in December 2017.
Reimagined for ‘Embracing The Underdog’ in Chinatown, London in February 2018 with The London Group and Friends.
We are excited to welcome Katie and see them installed at Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery as ‘Concrete Feet’ 2018
‘Feet of Clay’ Porcelain shoes by Alison Swan
Alison Swan is an artist fascinated by objects with a patina of age and wear, the scarred surfaces and disintegrating forms of which give rise to imagined histories. This is reflected in her ceramic practice through an exploration of surface texture, muted tone and mark-making. Her work is entirely hand-built and fashioned from thinly-rolled, high-fired porcelain and stoneware paperclays, sometimes decorated with oxides, slips or glazes. Her porcelain pieces in this exhibition are ghostly reminders of our journey through childhood and adolescence. The connotations of ‘feet of clay’ – our all too human frailty and fallibility.
FOOTFALL a celebratory Art project for everyone
is all about YOU
FOOTFALL an inclusive celebratory Art project for everyone that will run from now until Christmas.
The remit for SVAF running the Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery as an artist led space has a focus on increasing numbers of the public and arts community visiting the Gallery space. Increasing its profile and visibility.
As we approach the end of our first year, we aim to do this with a project about shoes and feet throughout the Kaleidoscope building, Gallery and the surrounding streets of Sevenoaks.
We would like to invite residents; schools, organisations, businesses and members of the community to be part of FOOTFALL by making a fabulous creative shoe or footprint.
We aim to fill the Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope building and Gallery
FOOTFALL 1 19th March – closing Saturday 7th April.
Making Art shoes with YOU until:
FOOTFALL 2 3rd December – 3rd January
This project is yours:
Whatever your age if you are a resident or friend of Sevenoaks you can be part of FOOTFALL by making a shoe.
The shoe could reflect who you are, your interests or what you do.
Your shoe can be made of anything in any size: paper, textile, paint, plaster, metal, plastic, print, wood, wool, glitter.
We have hundreds of new soft shoes to use as a starting point. What will you do with yours?
You can cut into it, add on to it, paint it, sew it, print on it, sculpt onto it. Let your imagination run riot
Look at making ideas in the Gallery or you can do your own thing.
Call in to the Gallery and take a shoe.
If you run a business in or around Sevenoaks then we can make you a shoe that reflects your business for a small fee. Sponsored shoes will have the business name and card/website linked.
Rub the bottom of your shoe using wax crayon, pencil etc on card or thick paper. Cut it out and bring it to the Gallery.
Draw round your shoe and decorate it. Any media, style or subject. A self portrait ?
Cut it out and bring it into the Gallery.
We will add your shoe or footstep to the project, remember to leave your name.
Drop in and join us for the PV Thursday 5th April 4 30 – 7 30pm.
ALL AGES WELCOME to our FREE Easter Workshops
Wednesday 4th April Workshops
Join Artists Angela Dewar, Amanda Hopkins and Rozenn Gladwell to make paper shoes, felt shoe flowers or use arty sandals to draw with your feet.
Saturday 7th April Workshops.
Join Textile Artists Judy Baldachin, Angela Dewar and Susanne Beard.
It is also LIBRARY FUN DAY so lots of activities throughout the Kaleidoscope Building.