Exhibition Archive



Come in and PLAY! Or join in one of the free SVAF events in the Gallery space.

December 12th – January 13th 2018

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PLAY! Features work by SVAF artists. Ann Bridges, Margaret Barrett, Melissa Hill, Sonia Griffin, Juliet Simpson, Andrea Coltman, Elisa Hudson, Rosalind Barker and guests Hugh Ribbans, Adam Green and Jack Gould

Thank you to the SVAF selectors, Marilyn Kyle, Elisa Hudson, Ann Bridges, Bill Hall, Rosalind Barker and Sue Evans.


Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child states 

‘That every child has the right to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.’ 

SVAF artists have responded to the theme ‘PLAY’ in engaging, extraordinary and challenging ways. Much of this exhibition, in the Kaleidoscope Gallery, Sevenoaks, is interactive. Children and adults will find objects and images to react to, to enjoy and to wonder at.

Paintings, prints, montages, sculptures and models await your presence: only then will they spring into life!

Play is the highest form of research. – Albert Einstein


Story time and PLAY!

Was 11am on Wednesday 20th December

With Museum curator Sue Gosling and artist Juliet Simpson.

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Stories in this Story time were based on the Noah’s Ark by Sevenoaks artist Juliet Simpson and the magical carved wooden cars and engines of the late artist Jack Gould.
Museum curator Sue Gosling told stories, Juliet Simpson opened up her beautiful Noah’s Ark and SVAF artists supervised a play session with these and toys from the Museum collection.

A joint Kaleidoscope Museum and Gallery event using both spaces.

The Ark was so successful it was opened again at the drop in on the 28th

PLAY!  Thursday 21st December
Drop in 9 30 – 12 30am or 1 30 – 3 30 pm.    

With artist and designer Ann Bridges and the ‘Morphun’ educational brick construction system.

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Ann Bridges is a painter/printmaker who also ‘plays’ with plastic bricks for an international toy construction system company. ‘MORPHUN Makes Learning More Fun’
Discover the amazing shapes that can be made using just Squares and Triangles.
Your designs will be displayed on the wall of the Gallery giving children the opportunity to win an awesome tub of ‘Morphun’ bricks.

Suitable for children over 3.
Parents must accompany children to this workshop.

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 PLAY!  28th December 10 – 12

All ages are welcome to join in and PLAY! with artists Melissa Hill, Elisa Hudson and Amanda Hopkins for ten minutes or two hours. Experience the energy and fun of playing with artists to create three different works of art.

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 Hang your art on the Gallery wall as part of the exhibition.

The workshop is part of PLAY! An SVAF community exhibition

 Ink, glue and paint will be used in this workshop so wear messy clothing!
Suitable for children 3+
Parents must accompany children to the workshop


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Kim’s game in the Gallery using the beautiful watercolour drawing of Ann Bridges.


Deborah Ravetz  27th November – 9th December


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Deborah Ravetz writes…

‘I work as a ​​painter, a writer, lecturer and practitioner of Social Sculpture. Last year I published a book called The Art of Being Human, in which these strands come together in synthesis. This event will concentrate on my social sculpture project, ‘The Search for the Deep Self’.

Issues of individuality and freedom will be explored. Joseph Beuys coined the phrase Social Sculpture because he wanted to widen the remit of art to include much more than objects. He famously said that everyone was an artist.   What he meant was that in each one of us there is the capacity to re-imagine the world. In this event these concepts will become concrete’.


 14th – 24th November                                                            images

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‘Making  my mark’

 Kent county Council’s Specialist Fostering Team supports children and young people with disabilities, alongside their foster and Short Break families throughout Kent. Thoughts and feelings about their lives and experiences can often go unnoticed or unheard so we invited these children and young people, as well as their foster and Short Break families, to make their mark on plain white canvas.

 The result is an exhibition of very different and contrasting images that capture their voices in a variety of different ways.  It is uplifting, heart-warming, touching and very personal to all those who have contributed to date and continues to be built on as new canvases come in.

 It reminds us that they are all individuals in their own right and when they come together they shine with a shared sense of belonging and positive self-worth.

 This exhibition will travel round Kent exhibiting at Folkestone Quarter House, Gravesend, Sheerness Library, Canterbury, Sessions House Gallery Maidstone and Thanet (Dates to be confirmed.

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1st – 11th November

 Annual Members Exhibition 2017

“Blurred Boundaries explores decisive moments when the traditional boundaries of fiction/nonfiction, truth and falsehood Blur”

‘Blurred Boundaries: Questions of Meaning in Contemporary Culture’ by Bill Nichols.

An exhibition by Maidstone based Arts co-operative Making Art Work, “Blurred Boundaries” will consider and investigate how the blurring of boundaries can be viewed from a multi-dimensional position and how these considerations can be expressed through contemporary and critical visual art practice.


Fleur Alston, Judith Balchin, Margaret Barrett, Sue Batt, Suzannah Saffron, Sharon Van Diepen, Elizabeth Dudley, Jenny Fairweather, Ali Farmer, Christina France, Shirley-Anne Galbraith, Mark Hayfield, Debbie Humm, Sarah Jones, Asli Shehi, Catherine Sibley, Linda Simon, Angela stocker, Susan Vass, Angela Wooi.


Private View and Artists in conversation Thursday 2nd November 5 30 – 7 30pm Hosted by SVAF


‘Drawing is a language’   Nicole Mollett

Gallery Residency  2nd – 28th  October 2017

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During October 2017 artist Nicole Mollett will be in residence in the Kaleidoscope Gallery, using the space as her studio during the week.

‘Drawn To The Light  Magic Lantern Workshop’

During October 2017 artist Nicole Mollett will be in residence in the Kaleidoscope Gallery, using the space as her studio during the week.

Situated above a library, the Gallery is well suited for an artist who regularly uses books and encyclopaedias as a starting point for her ideas.The artist will explore the idea of drawing as a language, using visual images to tell stories and make connections.

Inside the Kaleidoscope library there will be two sculptures on display. A Frail Happiness and Darkness Visible are a pair of show box dioramas made just before the 2017 election. The viewer is invited to peer into miniature worlds containing hand-painted scenes, suggesting the parallel existences of heaven and hell.

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The Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Museum collection contains a series of magic lantern slides painted in the 17th century by local artist William Knight.These glass slides were projected onto the walls of a darkened room to conjure up fantasies of beasts and exotic lands. Mollett also paints her own magic lantern slides, and works collaboratively with artist Frog Morris to repurpose these Victorian theatrical devices to perform contemporary tales.

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There will be a special slide making half term workshop.Participants can explore a number of techniques to produce their own images, and then see them projected alongside the original slides.

Public Events for the October Residency

SVAF Artist’s Talk on Thursday 19th October, 6-8pm

Nicole Mollett will talk about her experience of being an artist, focusing on recent commissions and projects. The artist will talk about the works she has developed whilst in resident in the Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery.

Talk open to non members.

Wednesday 25th October Half Term Event  

‘Drawn To The Light’  Magic Lantern workshops

A  joint Kaleidoscope Museum and Gallery event using both spaces

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Come and make your own Magic Lantern slide with artists Nicole Mollet & Frog Morris.See and be inspired by the Kaleidoscope Museums 18th Century slides of beasts and monsters painted by Sevenoaks artist William Knight.

Magic Lantern performances at 1, 2, 3 & 4 pm followed by slide painting.

Family workshop, age range; 5yrs and above (30 minutes, plus allow for drying time)

Workshop is free but £2 per child toward materials.  An adult must accompany children.

Numbers are limited so book your workshop place either online at ‘Drawn to the Light’ A Magic Lantern Workshop or sign up in the Gallery

Please be aware that if you choose to work with the paint you might want to consider wearing your ‘messy’ clothes.

 Magic Lantern shows (10 minutes) followed by making your own Magic Lantern Slide.

Sessions at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm. Use acetate, pens and printed transparencies to create your own magic collage, which can be projected through the magic lanterns. Try using water based paints to create your own monster slides.

The paint needs approximately 1hr to dry completely. Participants can take home your slide and cook in a normal oven to fix the image permanently.

There will be a mini performance at regular intervals to project the childrens slides.

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About the Artist

Nicole Mollett is a multi-disciplinary artist. Her work features drawing, sculpture and magic lantern performances. When drawing, her imagined realities are composed using images from early encyclopaedias together with photographs found online. She is known for her detailed drawings and maps, which reveal hidden narratives, and suggest alternative histories.

Nicole completed her Sculpture MFA at the Slade School of Art. Her work features in several publications including a collection of maps of London called ‘Curiocity’ published by Particular Books in August 2016. She has exhibited and performed in many museums and galleries including Whitechapel Gallery, Space Station 65 Gallery, Jerwood Space and Tunbridge Wells Gallery. She has run public engagement workshops and educational projects with organisation such as the Barbican and Milton’s Cottage Trust.

Her public art commissions include a mobile artwork, the Kent Baton, which travelled the county of Kent 2010 – 2012, during the Olympics. The artist was recently commissioned with writer Sarah Butler, to produce an online digital archive of drawings as part of Creative People and Places project. Entitled ‘More Than 100 Stories’ 2016.


19th – 30th September 


A selection of The Herd of the Hospice School Ponies were shown throughout the Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Building and Gallery

Come up to the Gallery and help us decorate KALEIDOSCOPE our Gallery pony

Herd of the Hospice? is a major, free, public art installation and the first of its kind in the area. Hospice in the Weald, filled Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks and the surrounding areas with life sized horses designed and decorated by local artists and generously sponsored by local businesses.

As part of the campaign 30 ponies were also designed and decorated by local schools.

Exhibited at The Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery from 19th – 30th September  all the ponies joined the full Herd at The exhibition in Royal Victoria Place Tunbridge Wells from 2- 13th October.

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 Students of the participating schools have let their imagination run free to create unique designs inspired by young minds.



Forget me Nots and other flowers of the Weald by Hilden Grange Preparitory school

As part of this pony project, schools have been organising fundraising activities to help Hospice in the Weald raise the vital funds they need to continue to support patients with a terminal illness, their families and carers.

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‘Trojan Pony’ Complete with wheels and soldiers.  The Bricklehurst Manor School

In Sevenoaks from Herd of The Hospice? we had  Hedgerow, Joseph and Jockey. While at The Vine, How many Times can a Man Turn his Head? was exchanging with ‘Invicta’

Full information, merchandise  www.herdofthehospice.co.uk


‘HARD LINES’   David Minton 

4th – 16th September


‘Rubbing, smoothing, fixing.

My eye feels the surface and the meeting of edges.

 Space twists.

          Line clings to skin. Fragile.’

David Minton August 2017



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SVAF are delighted to welcome SVAF member artist, critic and blogger David Minton in a solo exhibition ‘HARD LINES’

We have glimpsed David’s exquisite work over the years when he has been externally selected for several SVAF Annual OPEN Exhibitions and in ‘This ‘Me’ of Mine’  curated by Jane Boyer.

This ‘Me’ of Mine brought a thought provoking art experience on it’s tour of APT Gallery, Deptford London; Strange Cargo, Georges House Gallery, Folkestone; SevenoaksKaleidoscope Gallery and The Art School Gallery in Colchester/Ipswich Museum, Ipswich.

David features in the book ‘This ‘Me’ of Mine: Self, Time & Context in the Digital Age.’  ISBN-10: 1483670066

David exhibited in ‘GRIT’ at ARTHOUSE1. London in June 2016

David is also an enthusiastic critic and writes blogs on a-n magazine.

A busy meet the artist event was held on Saturday 9th September 10- 1 pm.

His blog about the first year of the Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery  https://www.a-n.co.uk/blogs/sevenoaks-kaleidoscope-gallery-the-first-year


‘Help I’m a Celebrity, Stop Drawing Me’   Andrew Mead

24th August – 2nd September

Andrew Mead drew a celebrity portrait every day for one year to raise money for Hospice in the Weald in recognition of the care they gave to his late wife, Lucy.
Hundreds came into the Gallery to see this epic tribute to Lucy where all Andrew’s 365 drawings were shown together for the first time.

Some drawings were commissioned and others were available for sale via a silent auction in the Gallery. Andrew raised a total of  £7,351-08p for the Hospice.


              Ian Hislop   Tina Turner  Lady Gaga


Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery installation views August 2017

Andrew posted his daily drawings on Facebook. He completed his tribute on Saturday July 22nd, his late wife Lucy’s birthday.


Kent Live ‘Why a Sevenoaks widower is drawing 365 celebrities in 365 days.’ Now archived.



This Is Tomorrow    

9th – 19th August 2017


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This Is Tomorrow, presented at the Whitechapel Gallery, London in 1956. It showcased the work of twelve groups of artists, architects, musicians and graphic designers who worked ‘independently for the development and production of their work but conceived the final display as one environment suggesting a model of multi-disciplinary collaboration’.

The Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery, presents ‘This Is Tomorrow’ 2017. Ten Kent University postgraduate artists revisit this seminal show, their responses offer a fresh interpretation in a wide range of intriguing works.

     Lorraine Mailer, Sonia Griffin, Jenny Dalton, Jill Scanlon, John Stewart, Stephen Pink, Peps Barkhan, Jacob Weeks, Phil Woodward, Kit Forrest.

PV  Thursday 10th August 17 00 – 20 00. 

 Meet the artist event Saturday 12th August 10 30 – 12 30.


TEXTILE STUDIO     ‘Threads of Colour’

25th July – 5th August 2017

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The Textile Studio is a group of artists whose passion is experimenting with a wide variety of textile-related media. Their work includes hand and machine stitching, feltmaking, fabric printing, dyeing and other techniques, reflecting their individual approach to textile art.

The group was originally formed more than 40 years ago and, over that time, has included many textile artists from South London and Kent. There are currently 18 members, many of whom also belong to various other textile groups, with which they exhibit locally, nationally or internationally.

Textile Studio members aim to produce original contemporary work and have always been eager to use different materials and try out new techniques, though some have developed a recognisable style in their chosen media. Design is an important element of members’ work, as is sharing ideas and learning from others in the group or in the wider textile world.

The Textile Studio has exhibited regularly at a wide range of venues in London and the South East. In recent years, the principal exhibition venue has been the Stables Gallery at Hall Place in Bexley and the group will be returning there from 15th September to 15th October 2017, following their exhibition at the Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery.

Meet the artist event 11 – 12 30 on Thursday 3rd August.





18th – 22nd July 2017

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‘The world that my paintings portray is inhabited by animal-faced, anthropomorphic figures who are all different in appearance and are all composite – made up of both animal and human parts. The figures, self-conscious of their appearance, don masks. It is unclear however if the masks conceal or express. Although the figures in the paintings live in their own world, they are aware of the viewers looking in and judging them. They look at the viewer as if to say, ‘What are you looking at? Is this right, or is this wrong?’ It is up to you as a viewer to decide.

 The closeness of the figures allows for their imperfections to be seen. I do not conceal the imperfections of the figures, instead I deliberately present them as flawed. This approach is mirrored in my artistic practice, where mistakes are embraced rather than concealed.

The deliberate imperfections of the paintings are essential in allowing the figures and the world they inhabit to feel real’   Sabrina Shah July 2017

Sabrina studied at Brighton University and was selected for The Royal Drawing School Post Graduate Year 2010.

Shortlisted for The John Moores Painting Prize 2010 and The Marmite Painting Prize 2012. She exhibits in Europe and London.

Sabrina will have the first SVAF solo pop up exhibition.

Five days where the Gallery is used as a venue for exhibiting work but also as a period to reflect and review her painting practice.

Sabrina will be discussing her paintings on July 20th 6-8pm at our SVAF meeting and everyone is welcome.


CHEERS? was curated by Rosalind Barker



Sevenoaks Art Club

5th – 15th July 2017 


The Annual Exhibition by the artists of Sevenoaks Art Club (Established 1901)



Including ‘The Mind Wall’ a collection of small canvases at £10 each, in aid of the Sevenoaks Art Club selected charity for 2017, Sevenoaks MIND

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Sevenoaks Camera Club Annual Exhibition

20th June – 1st July 2017


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 'The Lady in Red' by Mark Charrington
‘The Lady in Red’ by Mark Charrington
‘CATCHING A NAP, DELHI’ by Brian Tabor



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Uncommon Ground – Kent University FDFA

19 May to 26 May 2017

Uncommon Ground is a contemporary art exhibition of diverse work by fine art students studying at the University of Kent.

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The artists exhibiting are James Abbott, Michael Ashby, Maryanne Bakker, Debbie Clark, Alanna Coppard, Alison Doherty,

Louise Draper, Daniel Huckfield, Siana Kohler, Nathan Selvendran and Alison Sweidan.

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3rd – 11 May 2017


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