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Day Of The Opening 14-5-14Upcoming exhibition at Rochester Art Gallery – Time Lapsed

A Medway artist will be showcasing her creative talents in the latest exhibition at Rochester Art Gallery.

Marissa Mardon – a painter from Rochester – will debut pictures of the historic town amongst a new display called ‘Time Lapsed’.

Mardon is known for her paintings of traditional landscapes using monochrome colours, but this exhibition shows an experimental side of the artist as she moves away from her usual style.

Many of the oil paintings will illustrate Medway’s rich history and reflect on the area’s ongoing regeneration.

Her canvases are bare in places, revealing visible pencil marks and brush strokes to show how a painting has developed over time – a fact that has helped inspire the name for this exhibition.

Visitors will also be able to watch a short film, capturing the process of Mardon’s work and how an image evolves from beginning to end.

Some of her pieces have been showcased at galleries throughout Britain and found homes across the world.

Also on display at the exhibition will be ceramics by two other artists. Imogen Noble will be presenting a selection of her crafted pots, rich in colour and inspired by natural patterns such as weathered stone and wood.

She will be joined by Raewyn Harrison, who will display her clay creations based on the themes of architecture, industry and tidal landscapes.

The artists’ work will be further complimented by historic objects loaned from the Rochester Guildhall Collection.

The exhibition will run from 28 March to the 1 June with a special preview on the 27 March between 6.30pm and 8.30pm. Free Admission. Opening times are Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sundays, 10.30pm to 5pm

chdtbeatlesIt’s Full Steam Ahead to The Historic Dockyard Chatham this Easter, as thousands plan to travel to one of the South East’s biggest and best events – The Medway Festival of Steam and Transport. Visitors to the Festival on Easter Sunday and Monday, 20th and 21st April, are in for a real treat this year as one of the South East’s favourite events gets bigger and better still!

The Medway Festival of Steam and Transport is back this year with an injection of even more music to complement the classic and vintage vehicles across the 80 acre site. Visitors will be treated to a variety of music on two main stages located within a historical setting.

The Victorian Warship HMS GANNET, No. 3 Slip and No. 1 Smithery will encapsulate the Folk and Blues Stage, surrounded by vehicles dating from 1901 to 1930 and Steam Traction Engines, where visitors will be entertained with lively and toe tapping folk and blues music.

Acts performing to the crowds include: Hobo Jones and the Junkyard Dogs an ‘off the rails’ skiffle band, well known on the Glastonbury Festival scene, with their quirky and comedic act playing music with wash boards, soap boxes, banjos and guitars and CoCo and the Butterfields, provide something a little different. A five piece band with a unique fusion of folk, pop and hip hop or ‘Fip Fok’ they are not to be missed! Funke and the Two Tone Baby a talented multi-instrumentalist will entertain with his mechanical alt-blues music; Kentish band The Flowing play alternative and folk songs with a range of instruments; and performances from Larkspur with their mix of lively traditional and modern folk music, will ensure that visitors will not be disappointed.

The River Medway sets the scene for a second stage, backed by the beautiful Commissioner’s House. This Sixties and Rockabilly Stage will be flanked by vehicles from the 1960’s, hot rods, trucks and American vehicles and this area will have an American Diner feel to it where visitors can rock ‘n’ roll the weekend away!

Acts on this stage include: Scarlett Rae and the Cherry Reds who perform a fusion of blues, rockabilly and jazz; Like…The Beatles bringing visitors the most accurate and fun Beatles tribute act in the UK, take a trip down memory lane; making a welcome return Thee Waltons, a playful act with a unique blend of hillbilly rock ‘n’ roll; The Kick-Backs are a six piece rock, funk and soul band with sing-a-long covers; The Scalextrics are a new-wave punk rock band with hits from the ‘60s, ’70s and ‘80s; and performances from Leroy and the Rockets with impressive credits in the music industry, be entertained with a mix of rockabilly, rock ‘n’ roll and blues.

With such an impressive festival line up set to come to the Medway Towns, visitors are being encouraged to buy their discounted tickets in advance to avoid the queues, to enjoy their music filled Easter weekend at The Historic Dockyard Chatham. For more information and tickets, go to www.thedockyard.co.uk/steamandtransport
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Jessie Brennan portrait © Chris Dorley-Brown

Jessie Brennan portrait © Chris Dorley-Brown

A new exhibition at Rochester Art Gallery this month, ‘Adrift on Life’s Tides’, is inspired by the River Medway’s heritage and will see the first public view of a new work by the award winning London based artist Jessie Brennan.

The exhibition also includes one of the artist’s most famous works The Cut which won Second Prize in the Jerwood Drawing Prize, 2011, more recently this piece won Contemporary Talents 2012 (Drawing Category), François Schneider Foundation, France. Read More

Krause006Free Family Printmaking workshops
Sunday, 11 August
10.30am – 12.30pm
1.30 – 3.30pm
Rochester Art Gallery, 95 High Street, Rochester (inside the Visitor Information Centre)
Families are invited to come along and try their hand at a range of fun and simple print making techniques as part of the Rochester Art Gallery’s exhibition ‘The Illustrators Art – Prints from London Print Studio’.

The free workshops will be led by artists from Medway Fine Printmakers. The exhibition features a range of work by five artists and includes pop-up books, and amusing prints of animals that families will love – can you spot the dog riding a donkey, a sausage fight or a rabbit with an egg?

The sessions are suitable for accompanied children aged 7 plus, and are free but must be pre-booked by calling Medway Council’s Arts Team on 01634 338319 or emailing arts@medway.gov.uk

The Russian Artists return to the Galleries for our Summer Exhibition. From sensitive and enigmatic to iconically quirky, the excitingly diverse range of paintings lift the soul and excite the senses.

The Artists of Russia exhibition runs from 21st June to 3rd August 2013. Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 5.30pm with a special Sunday opening on 23rd June 11am to 4pm
104 High Street, Rochester ME1 1LX 01634 843081

A community project is set to transform part of Chatham town centre into a work of art.
Artists are being invited by Medway Council to submit ideas for a colourful mural that will cover a stretch of wall next door to the High Street Homestyle store. The deadline for applications passes on Tuesday, 7 May with work set to start in July.
The project has a working title of ‘Chatham, past, present and future’ with the winning artist working closely with community groups and local schools to complete the work. The site is owned by Emmaus Church based in nearby Clover Street.

It is one of a number of initiatives the council is undertaking to support Medway’s High Streets, not least providing some of the cheapest car parking charges in Kent.
Plans to develop new shops and housing at Chatham Waterfront, ongoing environmental improvements and the transformation of buildings at Sun Pier into a new hub for creative businesses – will further help to regenerate the area.

Festivals like Fuse and the River Festival, back on Saturday, 6 July for its second year, have helped to give more reasons to visit what remains Medway’s biggest shopping destination.

Robin Cooper, Medway Council’s Director of Regeneration, Community and Culture said: “This project will transform the appearance of this part of the High Street for shoppers and visitors alike and produce a work that the whole community can be proud of.

“The artist chosen to create this mural will be expected to involve local groups and schools from the start, including students from the Bishop of Rochester Academy, St John Fisher Catholic School, the Emmaus Church and Medway’s Older People’s Partnership
“That will include everything from workshops discussing the initial concepts to producing the final work.”

The commission is part of the council’s Developing Neighbourhoods Approach (DNA) project, part funded through the European Regional Development fund.

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