The Beaney Art Museum and Library

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

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Exterior of the Beaney Art Museum and Library including facade

The Beaney is an art museum and library situated in the heart of the historic city of Canterbury.

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.

Robert Jarvis: aroundNorth

  • 12 July — 24 August 2014 *on now

If the stars were a musical instrument, how would they sound? Inspired by a visit to Armagh Observatory, Robert Jarvis created this sound installation, showing concurrently with the Front Room exhibition.

Stars were given different notes according to their colours, and sounds were generated by changing patterns of stars moving in the sky. Complementing the sound piece is a selection of museum objects and images relating to stars, space, navigation and journeys.

aroundNorth has been made possible with funding through the PRS Beyond Borders Scheme and EU-UNAWE. Grateful thanks too to Outdoor Culture, Armagh Observatory and QTX.

Website

http://www.canterbury-museums.co.uk

Display Space

  • 26 July — 24 August 2014 *on now

The Beaney Front Room takes you on a journey into the infinite void with a group exhibition by local artists that interprets the great unknown, exploring planets, stars, alien landscapes and black holes.

The images and ideas complement the celestial sound installation 'aboutNorth' by Robert Jarvis, which is in the Drawing Room.

Website

http://www.canterbury-museums.co.uk

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2013

  • 8 August — 2 November 2014 *on now

A unique opportunity to see sixty new portraits by some of the most exciting contemporary photographers from around the world.

Through editorial, advertising and fine art prints, the exhibition explores a range of themes, styles and approaches to the photographic portrait, from formal commissioned images of famous faces to more spontaneous and intimate moments capturing friends and family.

Admission

Pay What You Can
Instead of charging admission we are asking you to Pay What You Can. Your contribution will help us continue programming special exhibitions at the Beaney.

Website

http://www.canterbury-museums.co.uk

Diane Smalley

  • 30 August — 28 September 2014

This exhibition is an artist's response to 'The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge'. The paintings and drawins will all have connections to the Beaney's art and artefacts displayed in the Garden Room and upstairs galleries.

Diane Smalley intertwines various elements of the Beaney in a playful way to entice the viewer to spend just a little more time searching for what could be secreted within the work and more importantly the Beaney itself.

'My objective is to create work that has whimsical associations with its surroundings. To achieve this, I will be using anagrams of specific artists' name to generate the choice of objects in my paintings. I will only use artists that have work in the Beaney's permanent exhibitions, both in the Garden Room and upstairs galleries. These anagrammatically phrases will also draw attention to either a museum exhibit or a physical characteristic from the Beaney. In addition, my paintings try to relate to both the work of the artist and the extensive natural history aspects synonymous with the Beaney'

Website

http://www.canterbury-museums.co.uk

Alternative Stories

  • 6 September 2014 — 4 January 2015

A display of altered books crafted in response to an open call for artists to create works of art by modifying a book.

Website

http://www.thebeaney.co.uk

In Remembrance

  • 6 September 2014 — 4 January 2015

Images, objects and words from the First World War to commemorate the centenary of its outbreak, and the role played by local people, in particular Voluntary Aid Detachment nurses and The Buffs (East Kent Regiment).

Website

http://www.thebeaney.co.uk

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.

Word Pepper Theatre presents Pop-up Flashback

  • 13 September 2014 From 10:30am

Enter an imaginative world of memories through poetry and incredible pop-up books in this funny and heart-warming adventure of complicated families and growing up.

Sebastian's memories aren't like everyone else's. His are wonderful poetic memories from the pages of his colourful pop-up books and the treasure trove of his imagination. He remembers troll kings and mermaid queens, deep sea diving super heroes and city smashing dinosaurs. But there's only one memory that takes particular pride of place. It is of the very special gift that his Dad bought him...

You're invited to enter a world of beautiful, thought-provoking poetry with incredible pop-up books of every imaginable shape and size. This quest through childhood for 6-10 year olds and grown-ups alike comes from Word Pepper, the team behind the enchanting The Poetry Joe Show.

Pop-up Flashback is developed in association with Half Moon Theatre and Apples and Snakes.

Performances last 50 mins (no interval).

Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free admission, advance booking required.

Website

http://www.canterbury.co.uk/museums/Word-Pepper-Theatre.aspx

Nautical Chaos! A story reading with children's author Faye Beerling

  • 27 September 2014 From 11am

Meet the animal characters, hear the story and enjoy a colouring activity. Free masks and stickers. Books for sale and signing.

Suitable for ages 4 - 6 (accompanied by a parent or guardian).

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free admission, advance booking required.

Website

http://www.canterbury.co.uk/museums/Nautical-Chaos.aspx

Scribble, Sketch learn to Draw at The Beaney - Introduction

  • 30 September — 21 October 2014

Learn to draw more accurately from observation, explore different methods and media and extend your drawing skills with artist Judith Anketell.

You will take inspiration from some of the fascinating objects which are displayed in the Beaney collection and the work of various artists. The course is suitable for beginners and those with a little experience of drawing.

Tuesdays between 30th September and 21st October.

Admission

£45 per person. To enrol call 0845 606 5606 and ask for Canterbury Adult Education or visit the website.

Website

http://www.kentadulteducation.co.uk

Getting there

Located in Canterbury high street adjacent to Best Lane.

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