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 & 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
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.
The Art of Work
1st December 2017 - 3rd February 2018
From mills to machinery... this exhibition gave an interesting insight into the Borough's rich work and industrial heritage. The pictures, from the Dartford Borough Collection, included work in watercolour, oil, colour wash, black crayon, pen and ink, copies of print and photograph. The Dartford Borough Collection brings together work donated by artists and owners over the years and comprises of work from both professional and amateur artists.
Images by Dartford & District Photographic Society
21st September - 26th November 2017
This exhibition showcased a variety of visually captivating works by members of the Dartford & 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.
The Summer Exhibition 2017
16th June - 15th September 2017
The Summer Exhibition showcased a variety of works by 25 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, soft pastels, colour pencil, mixed media and a collage of broken china. The sculpture on display was ceramic and there were various prints, including colour print, giclee print, mokulito print and photographic print with acrylic spray paint.
Views of Dartford 1808 - 2016
10th January to 27th May 2017
Views of Dartford exhibited art from the Dartford archives and Borough Collection. The work ranges from 19th Century through to modern day, and gave a fascinating glimpse of scenes from life and landscapes in and around Dartford. The pictures included work in oil, watercolour, pencil, egg tempera and coloured lithographs. The Dartford Borough Collection brings together work donated by artists and owners over the years and comprises of work from both professional and amateur artists. The Views of Dartford exhibition was supplemented by work from contemporary local artists with the kind support of the What If?...Gallery.