The Beaney Art Museum and Library

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, Tourist information and Café opening hours:
Monday to Wednesday 9am to 5pm
Thursday 9am to 7pm
Friday and Saturday 9am to 5pm
Sunday 10am to 5pm

Library opening hours:
Monday to Wednesday 9am to 6pm
Thursday 9am to 8pm
Friday 9am to 6pm
Saturday 9am to 5pm

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.
Georgie Meadows- Stitched Drawings

Georgie Meadows: Stitched Drawings

  • 24 September — 27 November 2016 *on now

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

The uniquely affecting and compassionate work of artist and occupational therapist Georgie Meadows encourages us to rethink the way we regard our older population. Using a domestic sewing machine, she translates delicate line drawings into tender and tactile stitched portraits of people she knows or has worked with.

A Wellcome Collection partnership. Supported by The Canterbury Auction Galleries.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Adoration of the cage fighters

Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences

  • 8 October — 4 December 2016

The Vanity of Small Differences is a series of six large scale tapestries by Grayson Perry, created alongside the BAFTA award-winning Channel 4 series, All in the Best Possible Taste. The series follows Perry as he embarks ‘on a safari amongst the taste tribes of Britain’ to gain inspiration for his work. Perry said: “Of all the pieces I have made this was the one I conceived from the outset as a public artwork. I hope that wherever it goes it not only delights the eyes but also sparks debate about class, taste and British Society”
The exhibition will be accompanied by a special programme of associated events and activities for all ages. The UK tour of the tapestries is supported by the Art Fund and the Sfumato Foundation.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://canterburymuseums.co.uk/events/grayson-perry-the-vanity-of-small-differences/

Haselden- Home from Britain.

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

  • 15 October 2016 — 30 April 2017

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

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.
Bugs Life

Jumping Beaneys: Bug’s Life!

  • 30 September 2016 10:30-11:30am

At The Learning Lab, The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge.

Meet the bugs in the Beaney and hear stories of creepy crawlies and beautiful butterfl ies. Creative workshop for the Under 5s. Children must be accompanied by a parent or carer.

http://canterburymuseums.co.uk/events/jumping-beaneys-bugs-life/

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

£3.50 per child, accompanying adults go free. Advance booking required at thebeaney.co.uk

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/jumping-beaneys-bugs-life-tickets-27254990410

Touching Textiles

Textiles – drop-in handling and making day

  • 8 October 2016 10am-3pm

From 10 am to 3 pm
At Explorers & Collectors Gallery, The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

Can you tell silk from satin - or satin from sacking! Touch tactile textiles from raw materials like a silk cocoon to finished fabric, and enjoy a chance to make a tassel toy, an elegant decoration or a felt brooch. A fun handling and taster session for all ages.

In partnership with East Kent Embroiderers.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

The Annunciation of the Virgin Deal, Grayson Perry, 2012

Popular Lecture: Grayson Perry and the Arts Council Collection

  • 13 October 2016 6-7pm

At The Learning Lab, The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge.

(ACC) has spent the last 70 years supporting emerging artists, curating ground-breaking exhibitions and promoting visual arts in the UK. From the early acquisition of Spirit Jar in 2004, to Grayson’s touring exhibition, Unpopular Culture in 2008, to the purchase of The Vanity of Small Differences in 2012, the ACC has had a long-running and fruitful relationship.

Join ACC Collection Curator, Beth Hughes, to explore the dynamic between artist and collection in the context of the tapestry exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£4 Adults £3 Members

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/popular-lecture-grayson-perry-and-the-arts-council-collection-tickets-26966067233

Lamoon and Holder

Class and Art - All in the best possible taste with Holder and Lamoon!

  • 15 October 2016 2-4pm

A lively, open debate, inspired by the Grayson Perry exhibition 'The Vanity of Small Differences', pondering the probably unanswerable questions 'What is Art?' and 'What is Class?'

And further, how important is it that we belong to a 'tribe'? Why do we like what we like?

Holder and Lamoon are practicing artists working and exhibiting in Kent. For 8 months during 2014 they were Beaney Armchair Artists in Residence culminating in the highly acclaimed Beaney Front Room exhibition 'The Essence of Memory'.

Holder and Lamoon describe themselves as Stuphists, making Stuph from stuff.

Participants will find it very useful to have previously visited the Grayson Perry exhibition.

Holder and Lamoon invite participants to bring to the discussion a photograph or art work that they like (or dislike).

'Tasteful' cakes and tea will be provided!

www.holderandlamoon.com
www.stuphism.co.uk

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Limited spaces, advanced booking required

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/class-and-art-all-in-the-best-possible-taste-with-holder-and-lamoon-tickets-27254293325

The Upper Class at Bay, Grayson Perry, 2012

Popular Lecture: Modern Moral Matters

  • 20 October 2016 6-7pm

At The Learning Lab, The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

Writer and historian Jenny Uglow will be taking guests on an enthralling journey through taste, class, wit and morality.

Uglow will discuss the influence and impact of William Hogath’s A Rake’s Progress on Grayson Perry’s Vanity of Small Differences and explore the timeless relevance of Rake’s riches to rags tale.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£4 Adults £3 Members

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/popular-lecture-modern-moral-matters-tickets-26966167533

Design a Deadly Dragon!

  • 21 October — 11 December 2016

At Explorers & Collectors Gallery, The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge.
£1 per person, Drop in

Create your own colourful dragon to take home!

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£1 per person. Drop in.

Website

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

A Revolting Roman Halloween

A Revolting Roman Halloween

  • 22 — 30 October 2016

At Canterbury Roman Museum.

Celebrate Halloween with a trail around the museum, encountering all the rotten things about Roman life! Children must be accompanied by a parent or carer.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 5-6

Admission

£1 per child for the trail in addition to museum entry fee.

Bagpuss and Friends

Bagpuss & Friends!

  • 22 — 30 October 2016

At Canterbury Heritage Museum.

See a replica of Emily’s shop where Bagpuss lives, make a toy to take home and enter our drawing competition.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

£1 per child for materials, in addition to museum entry fee.

Website

http://www.canterburymuseums.co.uk

Tapestry Tales

Tapestry Tales Creative Workshop

  • 25 October 2016 1-3pm
  • 27 October 2016 1-3pm
  • 12 November 2016 1-3pm
  • 3 December 2016 1-3pm

At The Learning Lab, The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge.

Make your own beautiful hand-woven tapestry to take home!
Let your child’s imagination run wild as they translate their stories onto tapestry, using Grayson Perry's childhood friend, Alan Measles the Teddy Bear as inspiration.

Children will then be able to contribute to our giant tapestry of Canterbury.

Children must be accompanied by a parent or carer.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

£3 per child, adults go free.
Booking advised. Purchase tickets at the Beaney Visitor Information Desk.

Website

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

Autumn Animals

Jumping Beaneys: Autumn Animals

  • 28 October 2016 10:30-11:30am

The Learning Lab, The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

Take part in our fun, interactive session of songs, stories and craft. Meet the animals on display at The Beaney, and make your own toy to take home. Creative workshop for the Under 5s. Children must be accompanied by a parent or carer.

http://canterburymuseums.co.uk/events/jumping-beaneys-autumn-animals/

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

£3.50 per child, accompanying adults go free. Advance booking required at thebeaney.co.uk

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/jumping-beaneys-autumn-animals-tickets-27255543063

Monday Music

Monday Music - Singing for better health and wellbeing.

  • 31 October 2016 From 11am

At Explorers & Collectors Gallery, The Beaney.

Drop in for a live performance from Monday Music.
Part of the Sounds Beaney series.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Georgie Meadows

Georgie Meadows' Stitched drawings: Artist's Talk

  • 4 November 2016 From 2:30pm

At The Learning Lab, The Beaney

Textile artist and former occupational therapist Georgie Meadows talks about her stunning machine-stitched exhibition in the Front Room gallery. She looks at the inspiration for the pictures and techniques used, and focuses on the pictures’ subjects and the importance of how we interpret what we see and how this affects the way we treat people. See the exhibition first and bring your questions!

In partnership with the Wellcome Trust.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£4 Adults £3 Members

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/georgie-meadows-stitched-drawings-artists-talk-tickets-26966405244

The Adoration of the Cage Fighters (detail), Grayson Perry, 2012

Childhood : A Grayson Perry Workshop for Grown Ups

  • 5 November 2016 10am-2pm

At The Learning Lab, The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

Use Grayson Perry’s Vanity of Small Differences tapestries as the trigger for an investigation into ways of drawing.

In this workshop you will explore ideas of childhood using artefacts and paintings from The Beaney’s collection as inspiration. You will be encouraged to experiment with mark making and monochromatic media to create a range of drawings, from intricate observational work to large scale wet on wet ink illustrations.

This workshop will allow you to discover new and imaginative ways of interpreting objects and paintings, whilst learning a range of useful and fun drawing techniques for you to take home and continue creating.

About the Small Differences: Workshops for grown-ups workshops:
Join experienced artist Sara Wicks in these exciting workshops designed especially for adults!

Sara will help you interpret , through a range of materials and using The Beaney’s own collection for reference and inspiration, Grayson Perry’s journey through consumerism, taste, class and the rise and fall of his central character Tim Rakewell.

Book onto one workshop or sign up for all of them

Materials provided, all abilities are very very welcome!

A short break will be provided for lunch - Workshop participants receive 10% off in The Beaney Café. For further information on the workshops see our exhibition events programme.

£7 per workshop/ £25 for all four when booked together at the Visitor Information Desk in The Beaney.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

For all workshops book on www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/small-differences-childhood-workshop-for-grown-ups-tickets-26966515574

Website

http://canterburymuseums.co.uk/events/childhood-workshops-for-grown-ups/

Expulsion from number 8 Eden Close (detail), Grayson Perry, 2012

Knowledge: A Grayson Perry Workshop for Grown Ups

  • 12 November 2016 10am-2pm

At The Learning Lab and throughout the galleries, The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge.

In this workshop be inspired by the colours and rich history of learning in The Beaney to create the ultimate icon of knowledge : your very own book!

To create your book you will be encouraged to explore colour and experiment with a range of mono- printing, stencil, cut-out, and vinyl layering techniques, to make simple folded book structures compiled in the galleries.

Participants will use ideas from Grayson Perry’s tapestries as a starting point for their imagery, followed by a session making work inspired directly from objects in The Beaney collections. The resulting prints and collages will be organised and folded into simple but striking book structures.

About the Small Differences: Workshops for grown-ups workshops:
Join experienced artist Sara Wicks in these exciting workshops designed especially for adults!

Sara will help you interpret , through a range of materials and using The Beaney’s own collection for reference and inspiration, Grayson Perry’s journey through consumerism, taste, class and the rise and fall of his central character Tim Rakewell.

Book onto one workshop or sign up for all of them

Materials provided, all abilities are very very welcome!

A short break will be provided for lunch - Workshop participants receive 10% off in The Beaney Café. For further information on the workshops see our exhibition events programme.

£7 per workshop/ £25 for all four when booked together at the Visitor Information Desk in The Beaney.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

For all workshops, book on www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/small-differences-knowledge-workshop-for-grown-ups-tickets-26966634931

Website

http://canterburymuseums.co.uk/events/knowledge-a-grayson-perry-workshop-for-grown-ups/

Lamentation (detail), Grayson Perry, 2012

Wealth: A Grayson Perry Workshop for Grown Ups

  • 19 November 2016 10am-2pm

At The Learning Lab, The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge.

Inspired by The Vanity of Small Differences and the sumptuous treasures in The Beaney collection, this workshop will focus on the acquisition of wealth as you create your own ornate paintings.

You will be shown some basic acrylic painting techniques applied to wooden panels, with the opportunity to experiment with a simple gilding process which will embellish your artworks with gold leaf!

Whether you take your inspiration from the ornate Egyptian treasures or Roman riches, this workshop will give you the chance to create your own opulent artworks to take home.

About the Small Differences: Workshops for grown-ups workshops:
Join experienced artist Sara Wicks in these exciting workshops designed especially for adults!

Sara will help you interpret , through a range of materials and using The Beaney’s own collection for reference and inspiration, Grayson Perry’s journey through consumerism, taste, class and the rise and fall of his central character Tim Rakewell.

Book onto one workshop or sign up for all of them

Materials provided, all abilities are very very welcome!

A short break will be provided for lunch - Workshop participants receive 10% off in The Beaney Café. For further information on the workshops see our exhibition events programme.

£7 per workshop/ £25 for all four when booked together at the Visitor Information Desk in The Beaney.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

For all workshops, book on www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/small-differences-wealth-workshop-for-grown-ups-tickets-26966783375

Website

http://canterburymuseums.co.uk/events/wealth-a-grayson-perry-workshop-for-grown-ups/

The Annunciation of the Virgin Deal (detail), Grayson Perry, 2012

Afterlife: A Grayson Perry Workshop for Grown Ups

  • 26 November 2016 10am-2pm

At The Learning Lab, The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge.

Inspired by the demise of Grayson Perry’s Tim Rakewell character in the final Vanity of Small Differences tapestry and the creatures on display in The Beaney, this workshop will explore images of the afterlife.

You will use your inspiration to create simple yet imaginative paper based silhouettes. At the end of the session these silhouettes will be arranged collectively to form a haunting and ghostly shadow puppetry display, illuminated by projected lighting.

About the Small Differences: Workshops for grown-ups workshops:
Join experienced artist Sara Wicks in these exciting workshops designed especially for adults!

Sara will help you interpret , through a range of materials and using The Beaney’s own collection for reference and inspiration, Grayson Perry’s journey through consumerism, taste, class and the rise and fall of his central character Tim Rakewell.

Book onto one workshop or sign up for all of them

Materials provided, all abilities are very very welcome!

A short break will be provided for lunch - Workshop participants receive 10% off in The Beaney Café. For further information on the workshops see our exhibition events programme.

£7 per workshop/ £25 for all four when booked together at the Visitor Information Desk in The Beaney.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

For all workshops, book on www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/small-differences-afterlife-workshop-for-grown-ups-tickets-26966819483

Website

http://canterburymuseums.co.uk/events/afterlife-a-grayson-perry-workshop-for-grown-ups/

Getting there

Located in Canterbury high street adjacent to Best Lane.

The Beaney Art Museum and Library
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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