Black History Month
Our Black History Month display is here until the end of October, telling the story of Charles Lawrence from the Maypole Estate,
Dartford, a private in the Royal West Kent Regiment who was captured at Dunkirk and died in a German Prisoner of War camp.
Me, Myself and I
3rd - 20th March 2020
This exhibition displayed a collection of self-portraits created by Dartford people. Throughout the course of history, artists have created self-portraits for many reasons - to practise their skills, to document themselves and to promote their own image. What's clear is that self-portraiture is not just about the likeness of the artist, it's also about the artist reflecting how they want to be seen. The exhibition comprised of work from both professional and amateur artists of all ages and brought together a wide range of mediums.
12th - 26th February 2020
This exhibition displayed photographic works by students studying on year 2 of the UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Photography at North Kent College. The exhibition explored photography's relationship with the night, where the absence of light and uncertain exposure duration is complex.
The Life and Times of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji
1st - 10th February 2020
This exhibition marked the 550th Birth Anniversary Celebrations of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
Art in Books
7th December 2019 - 4th January 2020
Art in Books exhibited work by sixth form BTEC Art and Design students from The Ebbsfleet Academy. For this exhibition, the students each selected a book about an artist and then created a response to the artists' work in the same style of the artist. This collection of work aimed to educate on famous artists and their mediums, as well as to promote books, reading and the use of libraries.
Kent Potters Association - Open Exhibition
1st - 30th November 2019
The Kent Potters Association Open Exhibition is a special annual event that’s full of new and exciting contemporary ceramics created by local potters. Their aim is to showcase local ceramic artists from the Kent area and give visitors the chance to not only see new artists work, but to buy a piece to take home.
Looking Back, Looking Forward - 100 Years of Dartford and District Photographic Society
2nd - 29th October 2019
Photography has come a long, long way in 100 years since the Society was formed in 1919. From the early days of photographic plates to digital photography, hardly anyone is ever without a camera at their fingertips today.For their 100 year anniversary, Dartford and District Photographic Society wanted to look back at the work made in dark rooms by members in the past as well as more recent work. The display also included a print from an early glass slide from the archives of Dartford Library with their kind permission.
Dartford Arts Network - Group Exhibition
3rd - 28th September 2019
This group exhibition displayed a collection of work from members of Dartford Arts Network, an inclusive arts and culture network for those in, around and connected to the borough. Dartford Arts Network aim to stimulate and engage the local arts community alongside celebrating the rich heritage and cultural value of the town through a contemporary dialogue that foregrounds innovative and well considered ideas. They aim to encourage and support this through a variety of disciplines and methodologies ranging from graphic design to moving image, illustration to performance, painting to sonic art. Through a series of initiatives and programmes they aim to develop projects that will economically and environmentally enrich the town, as well as sustaining and establishing it for future generations.
Children's Summer Exhibition 2019
6th - 30th August 2019
Now in its second year, the Children's Summer Exhibition celebrates the creativity of Dartford's children. Local children aged from five to fifteen were invited to create a piece of artwork about 'happiness' for this special exhibition. The result was a superb collection of work by young artists who each contributed their own individual take on what happiness means to them. This exhibition presented wonderful and vibrant displays of colour, energy and imagination - and it demonstrated the enormous level of young artistic talent within our local community.
The Summer Exhibition 2019
10th May - 27th July 2019
Now in its third year, The Summer Exhibition celebrates Dartford's exceptional range of talented artists and aims to inspire others to get involved, be creative and enjoy art. This year's collection showcased 53 individual artworks created by 53 local artists. As this is an open exhibition, the results were an exciting collage of art in a wide range of mediums, styles and subject areas. The collection brought together paintings, prints, photography, drawings, digital work, sculpture and much more.
A River Runs
3rd - 30th April 2019
This exhibition displayed work drawn from the Dartford Archives and Borough collection. The exhibition showed various landscapes featuring the Darent and Thames rivers; capturing glimpses of local river life through the ages. Some of the scenes highlighted the important roles these waterways have played in work and industry as they powered the many watermills in Dartford. There were also maritime scenes displaying magnificent ships; and some of the landscapes depicted the beauty of living life by the river gently running through pretty villages. The Dartford Borough Collection brings together work donated by artists and owners over the years and this exhibition drew together the work of both professional and amateur artists.
Overcoming My Inner Demons
19th - 30th March 2019
This exhibition, by Emete Kazeem Idowu, displayed abstract and colourful work in acrylics. The work, inspired by the artist's African heritage, represented a journey of self-discovery and empowerment to overcome inner demons and conquer fears. Objects, images and subject matter is exaggerated in the most abstract and colourful way possible, resulting in bold and bright representations of the artist's mind.
Objects, People and Places
15th - 27th February 2019
Objects, People and Places displayed a collection of photographic work by Extended Diploma students from North Kent College. For this project students were asked to consider how the representation of various things, people and places might come together to tell us something about the character, history and identity of a town. From the uncanny warm glow of the Shell garage station at night to the hubbub and banter of the high street markets, Dartford reveals itself as a town very much rooted within its own history, but also somewhat on the edge, responding to powerful forces both internal and external.
Context in Textiles
13th November 2018 - 5th January 2019
This exhibition highlighted the use of textiles in art and the way in which we use art to convey messages. On display was the Dartford PROCESSIONS flag that formed part of a mass participation of artwork which celebrated one hundred years of votes for women in June 2018, alongside the very talented students from North Kent College who exhibited some of their work.
In the Click of a Shutter
2nd October - 10th November 2018
This exhibition showcased a selection of visually captivating works created by members of Dartford and District Photographic Society. Membership of their camera club is open to anyone with an interest in photography. Whether you are new to photography, or an experienced photographer, whatever type of camera you use, they have a varied and interesting programme to offer.
In Stitches: An exhibition of embroidery
4th September - 29th September 2018
This exhibition displayed works created by students of Melissa Cheeseman. Melissa completed her three year apprenticeship at the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace and then went on to be Technical Assistant to the Head of their commercial workroom. Melissa later joined the family business, Craft Frames Ltd, and as well as working on the framing side of the business she passes on her hand embroidery expertise in a series of day classes to students of all abilities who come from a wide area. The pieces in the exhibition took many, many hours to complete and comprised of various techniques of hand embroidery including Goldwork, Stumpwork, Crewel, Counted Thread and Blackwork.
Children's Summer Exhibition 2018
6th August - 28th August 2018
The Children's Summer Exhibition celebrated the creativity of Dartford's children. Local children aged from five to fifteen were invited to create a picture on the subject of summer for this special exhibition. The result was a superb collection of artwork by young artists who each contributed their own take on what summer means to them. The exhibition presented wonderful and vibrant displays of colour, energy and imagination - and it demonstrated the enormous level of young artistic talent within our local community.
The Summer Exhibition 2018
4th May - 28th July 2018
Now in its second year, The Summer Exhibition showcased a variety of work by 36 local professional and amateur artists. The exhibition celebrated Dartford's exceptional range of talented artists; and aims to inspire others to get involved, be creative and enjoy art. The collection incorporated a number of different styles, artistic approaches and subject areas. The pictures included work in acrylic, oil, watercolour, gouache, pencil, pen, ink, crayon, mixed media, and an assemblage. The sculptures on display were ceramic, wood, sheet metal, cast aluminium, rubber and plaster. There were also various prints, including inkjet print and photographic print.
6th April - 28th April 2018
This exhibition visually showcased a collection of poetry composed by poetry enthusiasts from the borough of Dartford. The exhibition aimed to recognise and appreciate the level of writing talent and creativity in our community, and provide inspiration for others to get into poetry. The collection comprised work from 19 local poets.
26th February - 24th March 2018
The SATA (hundred) exhibition by the Finnish Art Group celebrated one hundred years of Finnish Independence. The inspiration for the works reflected each artists' emotions and memories of their roots in Finland; a country well known for its vast forests and numerous lakes. The Finnish Art Group was founded in 1990 and consists of Finnish independent artists living in and around London.
The Face of Dartford
9th February - 21st February 2018
Extended Diploma students from North Kent College displayed photographic work to represent both the diversity and history of Dartford. Some spoke to people out in the streets in order to get a sense of the way people think and feel about their town; many spoke with warmth and affection for the place they lived and recounted stories from the past, highlighting that whoever we are and from wherever we come from, our faces reveal the stories of our lives. Others found forgotten landscapes, disused buildings and places rich with history. Taking time to relive their family memories or comparing the old with the new. The photographs ;taken by the students aimed to represent the complex history of Dartford and those who call Dartford their home.