The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

Exterior of the Beaney Art Museum and Library including facade

The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge is an Art Gallery, Library and Visitor Information Centre situated in the heart of historic Canterbury.

This award winning facility provides state-of-the-art exhibition galleries, excellent educational facilities and a varied programme of events for all ages.

Whether you are a frequent Library user, a teacher on a Schools Workshop, a parent enjoying the perfect cup of coffee in our Café or an inquisitive explorer studying our treasures from the Ancient worlds; The Beaney is a building for everyone.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery, Library

Opening hours

Museum & Galleries

Monday to Wednesday: 9am to 5pm
Thursday: 9am to 7pm
Friday and Saturday: 9am to 5pm
Sunday: 10am to 5pm

Café

Monday to Saturday: 10am to 4pm
Sunday: 12noon to 4pm

Visitor Information

Monday to Wednesday: 9am to 6pm
Thursday: 9am to 8pm
Friday: 9am to 6pm
Saturday: 9am to 5pm
Sunday: 10am to 5pm

Library

Monday to Wednesday: 9am to 6pm
Thursday: 9am to 8pm
Friday: 9am to 6pm
Saturday: 9am to 5pm
Sunday: Closed

Admission charges

Free entry to the building. Charges may apply for some special events and exhibitions. See our website for full details.

Getting there

Located in Canterbury high street adjacent to Best Lane.

Collection details

Archives, Weapons and War

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Haselden- Home from Britain.

Home Front Britain, 1914-18: the cartoonist’s view

  • 15 October 2016 — 30 April 2017 *on now

At The Drawing Room, The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

Original cartoon artwork depicting life on the home front 1914-18 through the eyes of Haselden, a brilliant humourist with a highly successful 33-year career at the Mirror. He produced a cartoon for the paper every weekday during World War 1, and his multi-frame style makes him the father of the British newspaper strip cartoon.

In partnership with the British Cartoon Archive.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.canterburymuseums.co.uk/beaney

An Outsider's View: Canterbury through the lenses

  • 14 April — 14 May 2017 *on now

An Outsider's View: Canterbury through the lenses of Porchlight people.

Photographs using disposable cameras which paint a picture of people full of creativity and tenderness challenging pre-conceived sterotypes of what it is to be ‘homeless’. Porchlight helps vulnerable and isolated young people and adults access support for mental health, housing, education and employment, and equips them to live independently and play an active role in their community.

Website

http://canterburymuseums.co.uk/events/an-outsiders-view-canterbury-through-the-lenses-of-porchlight-people/

Drawn from Life: People on Paper

  • 6 May — 25 June 2017

Drawn from Life: People on Paper brings together work by some of the biggest names in 20th and 21st century British art including David Hockney, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Lucien Freud, Anthony Gormley and L.S. Lowry.

Part of a national tour to celebrate the Arts Council’s 70th Anniversary, the exhibition includes some of the finest drawings from its collection. Works cover the last 100 years and although there are some surprising similarities through the decades, there is also huge diversity in the approaches and techniques used.

Early twentieth century works include pieces by Gwen John and the intricate patterns of Harold Gilman, mid-twentieth-century artists include George Fullard and John Golding and the exhibition is brought up to date with the imaginary figures of Charles Avery and Mimei Thompson.

The majority of works in the exhibition are drawn from observation, though some are from memory or imagination. Some are unfinished studies while others are finished works in their own right. The exhibition also includes work created early on in artists’ careers such as a self-portrait by Richard Hamilton from 1938, Mrs Ash Asleep by Howard Hodgkin from 1952 and Peter Blake’s Portrait of a Man from 1950.

Works from the Arts Council Collection are complemented by a number of loans from the British Council Collection.

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Arts Council Collection is managed by Southbank Centre, London on behalf of Arts Council England

Website

http://canterburymuseums.co.uk/events/drawn-from-life-people-on-paper/

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

The Power Of The Object Group

  • 28 April 2017 *on now

People affected by dementia or social isolation and their companions are welcome at The Beaney Power Of The Object Group for themed sessions of object handling, gallery visits and tea! A great chance to get close to museum collections and socialise.

Website

http://canterburymuseums.co.uk/events/the-power-of-the-object-group/

Getting there

Located in Canterbury high street adjacent to Best Lane.

The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge
18 High Street
Canterbury
Kent
CT1 2RA
England

Website

Visit the Beaney Art Museum and Library website

www.thebeaney.co.uk

E-mail

Contact The Beaney Art Museum and Library

beaney@canterbury.gov.uk

Telephone

Contact The Beaney Art Museum and Library

01227 862162

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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