Throughout the year we host regular art and craft exhibitions in the cow barn and workshop of our ancient courtyard – these building have sympathetically renovated to create bright gallery spaces while retaining their original features.
Open every Saturday, 10.30 am to 5pm - from 25 September to 30 October 2021.
This exhibition is timed to coincide with The Canterbury Festival. It represents the second half of the pilgrimage of seven Kent artists following the Augustine Camino from Rochester to Ramsgate, walking from Painters Forstal, through Faversham then leaving the North Downs for the open landscape between Canterbury and Ramsgate.
The journey along the Augustine Camino was split into 14 walks so the artists could spend time taking in the landscape, art and churches. They started their journey in November 2019 with high hopes to finish within a year. Continuing their journey through wind and rain they had completed 7 walks by the time of the first lockdown in March 2020. These pilgrim artists resumed their journey in May 2021 and completed it in August 2021 despite various difficulties.
As a travel photographer I have worked on viewing the Kent landscape as if I was a traveller, focussing on the changing landscape and how each church reflects the community it represents.
Alexandra le Rossignol
As an iconographer, I have continued to reflect the pilgrimage through depicting the Saints, sketch book journaling and producing a hand type set book, Sole Space - Poems of Pilgrimage.
Pilgrimage has become a major theme in my work about sacred sites and how in a pilgrimage, the feet are the interface with the pilgrim’s path, vertically pinning time with each step, connecting to each of the pilgrim’s stories that have gone before and each that will go after.
The architecture, history and artworks along the Augustine Camino have fascinated me and been a great inspiration for my work. I has been particularly drawn to the floral designs and abstract patters on organ pipes, stained glass windows, floor tiles.
My work for this exhibition was drawn directly onto etching board during the pilgrimage and printed in her studio to capture a moment in time.
The two artworks I am exhibiting are a painting of a watery vortex of fish spiralling upwards towards the light, and a drawing of the sacred well at St Nicholas’s Hospital in Harbledown.
The work in this exhibition is a reflection of my experience of the colourful nature, stunning countryside and the good company of my fellow pilgrims.
AUG/SEPT: Rural, Vineyard & Industrial – paintings and photographs of local scenes, including Chartham Paper Mill.
MAY/JULY: Oil paintings, Glass, Ceramics, Jewellery & Sculptures.
DEC: Christmas Art Fair cancelled due to pandemic restrictions.
OCT: Creative Pilgrimage - Multi-media showcase of the artists' pilgrimage along the Augustine Camino.
SEPT: Photo Art – Featuring work from local photographers Wendy J Kennett, Jo Court and Val de Furrentes.
MARCH: Ashford Visual Artists – exhibition forced to close early because of Covid-19.
NOV/DEC: Christmas Art Fair – Paintings, sculpture and pottery from local artists.
SEPT/OCT: Velvet landscapes – Studies of the Kent coast, oil paintings by local artist Sophie Bedingham Smith.
JULY: Botanical Art, by local artists from The Botanical Art Group and the associated Bedgebury Pinetum Florilegium Society.
MAY: Venice in oil and watercolour, by Liam Thompson.
MARCH: Exhibition of Paintings, by six local artists.
DECEMBER: Christmas Art Fair: Paintings and Pottery.
AUGUST: Canterbury Art Society, Members' Exhibition.