What’s on

Defending Our Shores

01 July - 01 December at Whitstable Museum and Gallery

Threats to Whitstable from wars, floods and smugglers. Whitstable is situated on the coast of the Thames Estuary, which brings great advantages of fishing, trade and world-wide connections on which the people have created industry and commerce. Being relatively near continental Europe, Kent had a tradition of smuggling: goods, spies, money and prisoners, all of which make fascinating stories revealed in our latest exhibition. Weapons and a Smugglers Hut are complemented by sketches, newspaper reports and a poem. Much of Whitstable, Seasalter and Swalecliffe is below high-tide level and the fight against storm and flood has been traced for 800 years, more recently illustrated by 120 years of remarkable photographs, verbatim stories and newspaper reports. Whitstable’s contribution to wartime defence is told in maps, quotations, photographs and artefacts. The origin and deployment of the innovative Thames Estuary sea forts is explained. Newly discovered maps drawn up by the home guard explain how the coast was protected from invasion in the Second World War, including detection by radar of enemy ships and low-flying aircraft. Children, defence buffs and story lovers will all enjoy our new exhibition.

Defending Our Shores

Beverley Fisher

16 August - 22 August at Horsebridge Arts and Community Centre

After a long break from exhibiting, Beverley is back with an exhibition of black and white drawings, packed with character of some of the nation's favourite animals. Previous exhibitions have always been about colour and although there will be some bright bold pieces, the main theme of this exhibition is about drawing using pencil, charcoal and ink to capture the movement and character of the animals chosen.

Beverley Fisher

Up The Wall

16 August - 22 August at Horsebridge Arts and Community Centre

Karen Wynyard, Pat Orza, Anne Kelly-Swan, Shirley Barker. Up The Wall comprises of four enthusiastic female artists showcasing a range of different painting styles and media. Alongside her paintings, one of the artists will be showcasing her original hand-crafted tailored lampshades. These are in a distinct style, using bright colours, beautifully embellished, and definitely not available on the high street.

Up The Wall

Metafour

23 August - 29 August at Horsebridge Arts and Community Centre

We are a group of female artists who explore our deep connection with local landscapes through a variety of media: ceramics, paint, print, collage and stitch. Participating Artists Sarah Ackroyd (BA Hons) Fine Art, University of Kent enjoys experimenting and discovering through materials and processes. She makes soft sculptures, prints and collages. Her subject matter is local land and sea, with a special interest in trees. Rachele Laurenson (BA, 1st class Hons) Fine Art, University of Kent is primarily a sculptor who is interested in both human and animal forms. She explores layered decorative surfaces and has recently started to make Lithographs. Jacqueline summer (BA Hons) Fine Art, University of Kent, is a painter who has recently taken up Lino Printing. Her inspiration is landscape and in particular, trees. She continues to explore the possibilities inherent in the medium of paint. Jacqueline gives courses and workshops in sketching outdoors and painting.

Metafour

Horsebridge Film: La La Land

24 August - 24 August at Horsebridge Arts and Community Centre

La La Land is a musical comedy about the relationship between a jazz musician and an aspiring playwright. Director: Damien Chazelle Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone

Horsebridge Film: La La Land

Summer Fair

28 August - 28 August at Whitstable Castle and Gardens

Come to our traditional Summer Fair at Whitstable Castle with: - Food & drink stalls - Craft & gift stalls - Live music from Trombone Madness - Fun dog show (please register at 10am) - Strawberry cream teas - BBQ & Pimms tent - More fun to be confirmed...

Summer Fair

English Aftershow

30 August - 12 September at Horsebridge Arts and Community Centre

David G. Martin D.G Martin's paintings are largely drawn from the thematic territories of garden, park and coast. His depictions of suburban experience and representation engage notions of loss, the ecstatic, immanence and transcendence. D. G. Martin graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1996. Though exhibiting in shows such as the John Moores this is his first solo show for over 10 years. His current work predominantly takes the setting of his suburban life and Kent landscape to explore the medium of painting and the difficulty of post-modern representation. The title English Aftershow can be seen to suggest the artist’s awareness of painting after Modernism and Postmodernism but also after Empire and the peculiar detachment British Artists feel imposed from the great European painting traditions implied by recent political events. The bliss of the English idyll has an uneasy existence in Martin’s work, threatened by media bombardment and the fragmentation of shared ideals. Intense colour frequency, hallucinatory detail and violent painterly gesture pervade Martin’s environments often promoting the air or the millenarian or post-apocalyptic.

English Aftershow

Shoreline

30 August - 05 September at Horsebridge Arts and Community Centre

Ruth McDonald. Screen-prints, etchings, paintings, collagraphs and gesso panels of the English shoreline inspired by Ruth's artist residency in the most western tip of England. Ruth’s residency at Brisons Veor Cape Cornwall in the second week of January 2017 has been the inspiration for this series of work inspired by the wild coast of England. Using a concertina sketch-book as the starting point for her body of work and recording the mood, changing light and stormy skies in a series of drawings, this work has been translated into a series of screen-prints, collagraphs, etchings and paintings responding to her immersion into the landscape at a dark and stormy time.

Shoreline

NT Live: Yerma (15)

31 August - 31 August at Playhouse Theatre Whitstable

Movies at the Playhouse presents... NT Live: Yerma The incredible Billie Piper (Penny Dreadful, Great Britain) returns in her Evening Standard Best Actress award-winning role. A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Simon Stone’s radical production of Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece. The unmissable theatre phenomenon sold out at the Young Vic and critics call it ‘an extraordinary theatrical triumph’ (The Times) and ‘stunning, searing, unmissable’ (Mail on Sunday). Billie Piper’s lead performance is described as ‘spellbinding’ (The Evening Standard), ‘astonishing’ (iNews) and ‘devastatingly powerful’ (The Daily Telegraph). Set in contemporary London, Piper’s portrayal of a woman in her thirties desperate to conceive builds with elemental force to a staggering, shocking, climax.

NT Live: Yerma (15)

Cane Brake

06 September - 12 September at Horsebridge Arts and Community Centre

C.A Grant Bamboo, loved for its grace, variety and structure, has been an endless source of inspiration to artists. In my work I see constant movement, a shifting pattern, an eternal flux. Caroline Grant has exhibited for many years and is noted as a colourist. She has travelled widely and her paintings have been inspired by what she has seen. She is also a keen photographer. After living in Australia, Switzerland, France and the US, she has settled in Canterbury.

Cane Brake

Gallery

News

Harbour Board Meeting

Published: Thursday 10 August

If you would like to come along, the details are here.

Whitstable Harbour Pilotage Review

Published: Monday 24 July

The requirement for Pilotage into Whitstable Harbour is to be reviewed.

Events

Defending Our Shores

01 July - 01 December

Threats to Whitstable from wars, floods and smugglers Whitstable is situated on the coast of the Thames Estuary, which brings great advantages of... at Whitstable Museum and Gallery

Beverley Fisher

16 August - 22 August

After a long break from exhibiting, Beverley is back with an exhibition of black and white drawings, packed with character of some of the nation's... at Horsebridge Arts and Community Centre