Sevenoaks Visual Arts Forum 2009 – 2019      


Celebrates our 10th Anniversary

Wednesday 11 – Saturday 28 September

SVAF has a membership of over eighty artists. The forum is based at the Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery, where Rosalind Barker and Susan Evans facilitate the Gallery as an SVAF artist led space.

Reflecting the variety of members’ practice ‘The SVAF OPEN 2019’ sees a showcase of 70 enticing drawing, textile, painting, print, installation and sculpture represented in work by fifty-four of our artists in this celebratory 10th Anniversary exhibition.

Private View and 10th Anniversary Celebration
Thursday 12 September 6 – 8 pm

Join us for Birthday drinks and to preview the show

Exhibiting SVAF Artists: Alison Berry / Alison Westcott /Amanda Hopkins /Andrea Coltman /Angela Carol Stocker / Ann Bridges / Anne Fontenoy / Bill Hall  / Carole Robson / Caroline Gould / Christa Corner / Christina France / Christine Highland / Colin Anderson / David Minton / Derek Medhurst / Diana Poliak / Donald Smith / Eddie van der Werf / Franny Swann / Frederique Jones / Gilly Lovegrove /Ginny Legg / Jackie Gwyther / Jane Sandoe / Jane Tyler / Jennifer Blackwell / Jill Goldsworthy / Jocelyn Bailey / Julian Rowe / Juliet Simpson / Kate Hasted / Louisa Crispin / Louise Sunnucks / Margaret Barrett / Margaret Devitt / Maria Turner / Marilyn Kyle / Melissa Hill / Niki Campbell / Peps Barkhan / Richard Heys / Rosalind Barker / Rose Bridgland Colbridge / Rozenn Gladwell / Ruth Dent / Ryan Poliak / Sarah Victoria Spence / Sonia Griffin / Sue Evans / Sue Vass / Susanne Beard / Venetia Nevill / Victoria Granville Baxter

The Diana Springall Embroidery Collection

21 August – September 7  

    Wren and Frog by Holly Hart

We are delighted to welcome Diana Springall to the Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery. This exhibition has been selected from her unique collection of over 150 pieces including drawings, design sheets and final works. On display will be her own work and that of  23 peers and colleagues.

“The Diana Springall collection provides a crucial contribution to modern textile history through the representation of work made with needle and thread in Britain from the mid 1970s onwards. As a collector, Springall has moved against the norms of the times, collecting with discipline, place and time very firmly in the forefront of her mind. The results provide us with a considerable record of recent material culture in stitch, a collection that may not have materialised if it had allowed itself to be defined by more mainstream collecting policies.”  Jessica Hemmings

Artists she has championed and whose work you will find in her private collection include Alice Kettle, Jean Littlejohn, Audrey Walker and Karen Nicol.

Alice Kettle ‘Eve Falling From Grace’

The full collection of some 150 pieces includes drawing, design sheets and final works. It mainly focuses on what was created after 1954 when embroidery was granted equal qualification status alongside painting, sculpture and illustration at Goldsmiths College. This initiative, led by Constance Howard, has led to the acceptance of embroidery as an art form in its own right.

Saturday 31st August 2 – 3pm in the Gallery

Inspirational International textile artist Diana Springall will be seeking to answer the question ‘What do you mean by Embroidery?’

Diana Springall working in her Kent studio Photograph by Simon Olley

‘What do you mean by embroidery?’ is a question Diana is often asked.  Referencing her own work and collection, come along and listen to her attempt to answer in front of her Kaleidoscope Gallery exhibition .

As part of the exhibition The Diana Springall Collection at The Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery 20 August – 7 September.

Free but seats are limited. Please book at the Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Library information desk or Book FREE tickets at EVENTBRITE  

Diana Springall

Diana Springall who still works on commissions in her spacious workshop in the Kent countryside is amongst the most well-known of all British textile artists. Her work is found in many private and public collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Embroiderers’ Guild.

In what could be described as the golden age of textiles Springall trained at Goldsmiths 1956 – 60. Initially she specialised in painting but the University had placed the subject of embroidery on a par with painting, sculpture and illustration in 1954.

In an artist practice spanning over forty years, she has taught and lectured in Universities and spent many years as a panel lecturer at the Victoria and Albert Museum. She is a former chairman of both The Embroiderers’ Guild and The Society of Designer Craftsmen. For the last forty years she has built and catalogued The Diana Springall Collection and remains a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.


Diana has written five books on the subject of embroidery: Canvas Embroidery (Batsford), Embroidery (for BBC ), Twelve British Embroiderers (Gakken Tokyo), Design for Embroidery (Pelham) and Inspired to Stitch -21 Textile Artists (A&C Black)

Books about Diana include ‘Diana Springall A Brave Eye’ by June Hill.

Working Drawing and Final embroidery. Erin Short ‘Primys Dog’  

The strengths and uniqueness of British contemporary embroidery is due to the fact that it is founded on drawing.‘ Diana Springall


This August Family ART Adventures in SPACE

Come in to the Gallery and play with our very own Moon Landings at Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery 🚀
Calling for arty crew members to build rockets and land on the moon.
Land your astronauts, rockets and aliens on the Gallery wall installation as part of the exhibition.

Workshops with Artist Commander Angela Carol Stocker. Drop In FREE

Build a Rocket
Wednesday 7th August 10 – 12

Make pop up Astronauts
Wednesday 14th August 10 – 12

Children must be accompanied by an adult


‘MORPHUN’ Makes Learning More Fun’ bricks are back in the Gallery.

Discover the amazing rockets and aliens that you can make every day.
Your designs will be displayed on the wall of the Gallery and you might win an awesome tub of ‘Morphun’ bricks.

The Mobile Planetarium Show

Monday 19th August  
Sessions from 10am – 1pm

Don’t miss the Mobile Planetarium Show in the Gallery.
Immerse yourselves in a show to stimulate your senses with movement, colour and sound.

Suitable for all ages
£3 per child per session


SACRED VESSEL: War Crimes Against Women in the DR Congo

24 July –  2 August

Forty-eight women are sexually assaulted every hour in the conflict zone of the Democratic Republic. The degree of brutality of these attacks, according to UN reports, is the worst known in the world. The shock, anger and dismay Melissa felt upon first hearing this statistic has been the driving force behind the creation of this new installation of smoke-fired ceramic vessels. Forty-eight pots, ranged in judgement, representing the true price paid every hour for a conflict perpetuated by the booming market for conflict minerals necessary for the clean green technologies the First World is desperate to promote. Will you come and stand among them?

Thursday 25 July  6 – 7 45

Conversation with the Artist Hosted by writer/filmmaker Amy Zamarripa Solis.

Learn more about the creation of Melissa Hill’s powerful new immersive installation of smoke-fired ceramics, SACRED VESSEL, in conversation with the artist and meet others in the area involved with and interested in refugee resettlement and international affairs. Hosted by writer and filmmaker Amy Zamarripa Solis. Admission is free and open to the public, though owing to the themes of sexual violence as a war crime it is not recommended for under-16s.

Tickets are FREE but seats are limited please book here Eventbrite link.

Sensory installation by invited artist Venetia Nevill
It was calming for visitors to participate in the interactive sensory installation and make their prayer flags with invited SVAF artist Venetia Nevill.
They moulded a clay ‘power figure’, created symbols with iron from an ancient spring, to be hung as peace flags and set intentions over a water medicine for peace in the region. We all take in information in different ways and experiential, haptic art can be a powerful way of changing our perspectives and allowing an embodied knowledge. More than anything it allows space for new connections and ideas to sink in beyond our often limited thinking’ Venetia Nevill
Melissa and Venetia’s work will be in the Gallery until 5pm Saturday August 3rd.

‘A Museum for Ennigaldi’

Marilyn Kyle & Franny Swann

10 – 20 July 

PV and artists presentation – Thursday 11 July 6 – 8pm

Marilyn Kyle and Franny Swann are multi – media artists with a shared interest in installations. Individually they have installed work in National Trust houses, churches, churchyards, castles, public gardens and galleries. This is their first joint exhibition.

Ennigaldi –Nanna was a 6th Century BC Babylonian Princess, a High Priestess who served the moon god Sin, a daughter, sister, teacher, archaeologist and the world’s first museum curator. A hugely powerful and unusual woman, very little was known of her until the 19th century when the archaeologist Leonard Wooley excavated Babylon and Ur.

Still little known outside the archaeological world she remains an enigma.

Ennigaldi and her long lost world are intangible and mysterious.

This exhibition attempts to bring her out of the shadows by offering work that references her world and pays homage to a woman who should be more widely acclaimed and recognised as the world’s first Museum Curator.



Saturday 20 July 2 – 3.3o  Exhibition Tour

An exhibition tour – both the artists will be walking around the exhibition, answering questions, talking about their work, their research and the Ancient Mesopotamian world of Ennigaldi.

Open to the public, this event is family friendly and non academic. Everyone welcome.

Marilyn Kyle and Franny Swann are multi – media artists with a shared interest in installations. Individually they have installed work in National Trust houses, churches, churchyards, castles, public gardens and galleries. This is their first joint exhibition.

Ennigaldi –Nanna was a 6th Century BC Babylonian Princess, a High Priestess who served the moon god Sin, a daughter, sister, teacher, archaeologist and the world’s first museum curator. A hugely powerful and unusual woman, very little was known of her until the 19th century when the archaeologist Leonard Wooley excavated Babylon and Ur.

Sevenoaks Heritage Exhibition as part of the 50th Sevenoaks Summer Festival.

Sevenoaks Heritage Exhibition as part of the 50th Sevenoaks Summer Festival.

19th June – 6th July

This community exhibition by the Sevenoaks Society is a stunning visual display of the 900 year history of Sevenoaks related through the medium of its heritage buildings, artefacts and iconic landmarks such as the Vine cricket ground.

Knole and the historic town centre, the old landed estates, farms, public houses, industry, schools, churches and the Town’s expansion following the arrival of the railway are all fully illustrated with photographs, paintings and original artwork.

Members of The Sevenoaks Society will be in the Gallery and happy to chat daily 10 -4 for the duration of the exhibition.

In the Kaleidoscope Gallery:

Bob Ogley talk on ‘Old Sevenoaks’

Tuesday 25th June at 4.30pm.

Open to all FREE

Max 60 seats, please book your place at the library help desk.

Bob Ogley was born in Sevenoaks, has lived in the county all his life and is proud to be a Kentish man. As author of more than 20 books he has travelled extensively in pursuit of information and photographs and is in great demand from organisations across the south-east to tell his unique story. A former editor of The Sevenoaks Chronicle, Bob was a journalist for more than 30 years before he left his newspaper to concentrate on writing books and giving his talks. He is also a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio Kent.

The Exhibition will be launched by the Sevenoaks Mayor, Councillor Nick Busvine

Wednesday 19thJune at 2pm (Invitation only)

This will be invited dignitaries, Society members and schoolchildren from St Thomas School and Sevenoaks Prep School who have work in the exhibition. 

1886 photograph of the Sevenoaks Cycling Club outside the Lime Tree Temperance Hotel, now Sevenoaks Business Centre, in Lime Tree Walk.

Private View  Thursday 20thJune from 6pm with a talk by the National Trust at 6.45pm on its recent archaeological project at Knole. (Sevenoaks Society members and their guests only)

Book cover image The Vine Cricket ground, a Sevenoaks iconic landmark by local artist Roger FitzGerald.

To accompany the  exhibition of the wide architectural and other built environment heritage of Sevenoaks District, the heritage exhibition book “Sevenoaks: A Remarkable Town” is now available to purchase – price £14.95 from Sevenoaks Bookshop.

Members can purchase direct from the Society at £10 per copy – the book will be available for sale at our meetings, at the Kaleidoscope Gallery exhibition and at our Charity Fair stall in The Vine Gardens on 29th June.

Knole Photograph by Roger Lee

Sevenoaks Camera Club’s Annual Exhibition

Sevenoaks Camera Club’s Annual Exhibition  

5th – 15th JUNE 

The 2019 edition of Sevenoaks Camera Club’s Annual Exhibition allows members to show the public more of their favourite work. Our members range from relative beginner to very experienced photographers and they will exhibit pictures of a variety of subjects that the members enjoy taking, from landscapes to abstract and many other types. 

This popular annual event is another 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.

‘Under the Bridge’ by Sevenoaks Camera Club member Paul s’Jacob

Club meetings usually take place on three Mondays a month between September and May and include talks about photography by members and visiting speakers, good-natured competitions, and also some workshops. The friendly meetings help the more than 60 members to improve their skills in various ways. The Club is open to photographers of all ages and abilities and if you would like to join us membership details can be found at 

‘Winter’s Walk’ by Sevenoaks Camera Club member Alison Brett-Hopper.




May 22nd – 1st June

A Contemporary Art Show by students from The University of Kent

Private View Thursday May 23rd 18:00 – 20:00

You are all welcome to join us for refreshments

Lidia Carda, Anna Goodwin, Gemma Hayter, Alex Jones, Jennifer Kingston-Lee, Annie Pryer-Coppins, Brooke Steadman, Libby Strutt, Zophani Watts, Lilly Weedon-Borg, Ali Westcott.

Lidia Carda
Carda’s practise makes bodily casts using delicate materials to explore the ephemeral nature of the human body.

Anna Goodwin
Goodwin deals with perceptions of the figure, exploring scale, shape and negative space.

Gemma Hayter 
Hayter works with recycling to explore colour expression and create an abstract landscape.

Alex Jones 
Jones’ paintings take motifs from the urban environment and reconfigures them within a language of abstract works.

Jennifer Kingston-Lee 
Kingston-Lee works with ideas of authenticity, taking isolated compositions from gestural mark making and translating them into delicate paintings.

Annie Pryer-Coppins
Pryer-Coppins uses the term ‘relational aesthetics’ as a basis for her interactive and immersive artworks.

Brooke Steadman
Steadman overtly uses a medley of symbolism from the digital world such as online games and social media and imbed it into her expressive paintings of women from contrasting eras. She reconfigures the ‘image’ of women.

Libby Strutt
The starting point of Strutt’s practice is language through an engagement with the materials into glass and paper relief.

Zophani Watts
Watts works with found motifs that are transformed into vibrant geometric abstractions.

Lilly Weeden-Borg
Weeden-Borg creates expressive contemporary portraits and manipulates emotions using colour and form. 

Ali Westcott

Westcott’s painting practice takes as its starting point bodies in motion and dancers to create abstract compositions.



Exhibition by the 19 Second Floor Studio and Arts Creatives from 96 High Street, Sevenoaks.

May 15th – 18th


An exhibition showcasing work by the artists and makers from Sevenoaks Second Floor Studio and Arts.

This exhibition gives a glimpse  into their individual creativity in the run up to their first Open Studios event.

Thursday 16th May

18:00 – 20:00

Private View  All welcome

Expect painting, drawing, weaving, printmaking, glass fusion, photography, illustration, textiles surface design, fashion design and fine jewellery from Artists at varying stages of their careers, ranging from recent graduates, emerging artists and makers to long established practitioners. They are looking forward to meeting you in the Gallery and opening their studio doors at 96 High Street, above M &Co.


Louise Sunnucks Sea Flowers at Kaleidoscope and her studio.

When you have visited an exhibition in Kaleidoscope Gallery have you ever wondered about what the artist studios where the work has been created and made is like?
This May you can find out:

96 The High Street Open Studios 

Saturday May 18th and Sunday May 19th

11:00 – 18:00

Ann Bridges


Rebecca Munday 

Franny Swann’s studio.      Christina France printmaking in her studio.  Sally Elders in her shared studio.  


‘Second Floor Studios & Arts have been delivering affordable studio provision to London’s visual arts community since 1997. In an exciting joint venture with Sevenoaks District Council we opened our project on the high street in September 2018. Over the 18th and 19th May we would like to invite you to meet the studio members in their workspace. We have a wide range of artists and makers’

PrintFest7 2019


1st – 11th MAY


Continuing the success of PrintFest7, launched in 2018 in partnership with France’s Manifestampe, this year’s PrintFest takes a Nordic twist.


1- 11th May Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery    17-22 September Ålgården konstnärernas verkstäder och galleri

Artists from Sweden’s prestigious Algården Workshop and Gallery will be exhibiting at the Kaleidoscope Gallery from the 1 – 11thMay 2019. The art of Printmaking is practised widely in the Nordic countries and an emphasis on non toxic methods prevail. The Ålgården workshop and Gallery is situated by the river Viskan in Borås near the west coast of Sweden. Consisting of four large buildings and two outhouses there is a beautiful Gallery hosting exhibitions by both national and international artists. The workshops are divided into three – one for lithography, silkscreen and glass – one for intaglio printing – and one for a digital workshop, kitchen and guest rooms.

Invited Artists, members and associates of Sevenoaks’s Visual Arts Forum will be exhibiting at the Algården Gallery from 17 – 22 September 2o19 Exhibition of original prints by some of Sweden’s finest Printmakers and Charity Auction of prints donated by printmakers including Dawn Cole, Margaret Ashman, Hester Cox, Christina France, Sonia Griffin, Kristina Thun (images below) and many more.

Kristina Thun

OPENING EVENT  Saturday May 4th 1 – 4pm

The exhibition and charity auction will be opened by Sevenoaks Mayor Councillor Roderick Hogarth. Timothy Shaw, founder of Hospital Rooms will be talking about the charity’s work and the impact it has on lives. Come along to Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery from 1pm-4pm to meet the artists, learn about printmaking techniques such as lithography, etching, screen printing, sample some delicious Smorgasbord and bid for an Original Print by some of the UK’s finest artist printmakers.

The charity Hospital Rooms. ‘Our vision is for all people in mental health wards to have the freedom to experience extraordinary artworks. We believe in the power of art to provide joy and dignity and to stimulate and heal’ Hospital Rooms is a mental health charity that believes in the enduring power of the arts to instil value, dignity and wellbeing in people. Their mission is to bring world class art to mental health hospitals

Kristina Thun

Meet the Artists on Thursday May 9th 6 – 8pm

All welcome to join us for talks by Printmakers Hester Cox and Christina Lindberg. No booking required. On Thursday May 9th 6-8pm as part of SVAF’s ongoing series of talks, Hester Cox, one of the UK’s foremost Printmakers will be talking about her collographs and her attachment to Sweden’s Algården Workshop.  Her colourful and richly textured limited-edition collagraph prints reflect her appreciation of the natural landscape and are often inspired by things that she sees whilst out fell running. Christina Lindberg Sweden’s eminent artist printmaker, author and sculptor will be talking about her work and the history of the  Algården Workshop and Gallery, of which she is director. Christina is also editor of Grafiknytt, Scandinavia’s printmaking journal. Using a wide range of materials and techniques, her elegant use of dry point and colour blocks define the principal of Less is More. Many invited artists including Christina France and Hester Cox have benefitted from Algården’s Artist in Residence programme which Christina oversees. PrintFest7  has been organised by SVAF artist Christina France who was invited to be Artist in Residence at the Algården Workshop in 2015 and has been returning ever since drawn to Nordic approach to printmaking where nontoxic methods prevail