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.

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

Alternative Stories

  • 6 September 2014 — 4 January 2015 *on now

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 *on now

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

Canterbury at War

  • 4 October — 9 November 2014 *on now

Supported by the University of Kent History Department, this exhibition traces the course of the 'War to end all Wars', and the value of remembrance and the view that 'those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it'.

Website

http://www.thebeaney.co.uk

Winter exhibition

  • 22 November 2014 — 18 January 2015

'Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.' Edith Sitwell

Warm yourself by the cultural fireside that is the Front Room's selling Winter exhibition, celebrating all aspects of the season.

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.

Famous Paintings

  • 1 October — 26 November 2014 *on now

Ned West-Sherring brings pictures alive in this engaging series of lectures, looking at a variety of different artworks from galleries around the world and in the Beaney collection.

Wednesdays from 1st October to 26 November, not Wednesday 29 October. Eight sessions.

Admission

£69 per person.

To enrol: call 0845 606 5606 and ask for Canterbury Adult Education or visit the website.

Website

http://www.kentadulteducation.co.uk

Create a Remembrance Poppy

  • 17 October — 9 November 2014 *on now

Create a special poppy and/or postcard in honour of a local soldier, sailor or airman who died upstairs in the Collectors and Explorers Gallery.
Dedicate it to their memory, and add it to the Beaney Garden of Remembrance in the Front Room Gallery.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£0.50 to cover the cost of materials

First World War Creativity Workshops

  • 17 October — 31 December 2014 *on now

Work with one of our excellent team of artists and educators to make a creative response to WW1 materials using art, sculpture, creative writing and poetry.
This is a 2 hour interpreter-led session aimed at schools.

Suitable for

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

Admission

£4 per child (minimum charge £75)

Canterbury at War

Stories of the War

  • 17 October — 31 December 2014 *on now

A thought-provoking hands-on session using real objects, photographs, documents and maps. Find out about local heroes, Voluntary Aid detachment nurses who tended to the wounded, the changing role of women and what life was like for children. A schools session to be used as a stimulus for work back in the classroom.
Key stages 1-5 History, Literacy, Art | To book email beaneybookings@canterbury.gov.uk

Suitable for

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

Admission

£3 per child (minimum charge £50)

A Richer Dust Revealed - poems of loss and gain

  • 23 October 2014 From 6pm

Gillian Laker, Marilyn Donovan and Derek Sellen, three award-winning poets, read their work on the theme of loss and gain with images and music.

The writers, two Canterbury Festival Poets of the Year and a Canterbury Festival People's Poet have won prizes in national and international poetry competitions, been widely published and are well-known in the region of their work. Their poems range from the intimately personal and local to the infinite, from the far past to the concerns of today.

Admission

£3 per person on the door.

Jumping Beaneys: The Spooks step out!

  • 24 October 2014 10:30-11:30am

Get ready for hallowe'en with some fun stories, a spooky stour around the galleries and the chance to make your own scary mask! For children age 3 to 5.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£3.50 per child, accompanying adult free. Advance booking required.

Website

http://www.thebeaney.co.uk

What Makes a Good Book? A talk by author Linda M James

  • 30 October 2014 6:30-7:30pm

What has a crime thriller got in common with a psychological thriller? Or an historical novel with a mystery novel? Or a memoir and an historical novel? What makes an interesting factual book? Why do we enjoy certain genres of books more than others? How do some writers make us eager to turn the pages of their book or keep us scrolling down a Kindle and others just don't?

Come and learn the methods writers use to hook readers. This will be followed by a question and answer session so bring all your questions with you.

Copies of Linda's novels and non-fiction books will be available to buy at the end of the evening.

Admission

Free admission, advance booking required.

Website

http://www.canterbury.co.uk/museums/What-Makes-A-Good-Book.aspx

Local author book signing

  • 1 November 2014

Your chance to meet and chat to author Kevin Marsh about his new book The Gordian Knot. Copies for signing and sale.

10am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm.

Website

http://www.thebeaney.co.uk

Portrait Painting at the Beaney - Introduction

  • 4 — 25 November 2014

Learn, explore and extend your portrait drawing skills with artist Judith Anketell.

You will take inspiration from some of the artists whose work is displayed in the Beaney collection. There will be a portrait model for one or two sessions of the course.

The course is suitable for beginners and those with a little experience of drawing.

Tuesdays from 4 November to 25 November, four sessions.

Admission

£55 per person.

To enrol: call 0845 606 5606 and ask for Canterbury Adult Education or visit the website.

Website

http://www.kentadulteducation.co.uk

Popular Lecture: Some Mother's Son

  • 13 November 2014 6-7pm

Discover the fascinating story of a Kent soldier and his experiences during the First World War, pieced together by Peter Ewart after the chance find of an album of family photos.

Admission

Adults £6, advance booking required.

Website

http://www.thebeaney.co.uk

Jumping Beaneys: Jack and the Beaneystalk

  • 21 November 2014 10:30-11:30am

Join Jack and friends on a magical adventure. Can you find the gold at the top of the Beaneystalk? Then have fun creating your own beanstalk to take home! For children age 3 to 5.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£3.50 per child, accompanying adult free. Advance booking required.

Website

http://www.thebeaney.co.uk

Christmas Fair

  • 28 — 29 November 2014

An opportunity to find that unique present with a wide range of quality arts and heritage craft gifts available for that special person at Christmas.

Wander through the marketplace spread across the Beaney galleries, sample a mince pie and other festive treats in the Kitchen and drop in to the Learning Lab for some family friendly Christmas craft activities.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.thebeaney.co.uk

Vivaldi at the Beaney

  • 4 December 2014 6:45-7:30pm

Amici Singers and ensemble, Vivaldi Magnificat.

Website

http://www.thebeaney.co.uk

Canterbury Cantata and Harpist

  • 6 December 2014 From 4pm

Rachel Wick, Britten Ceremony of Carols.

Website

http://www.thebeaney.co.uk

Jumping Beaneys: Create a Winter Landscape

  • 19 December 2014 10:30-11:30am

Enjoy a winter-themed story, explore the galleries to discover paintings of animals in the snow, and have fun creating your own snowy collage to take home.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£3.50 per child, accompanying adult free. Advance booking required.

Website

http://www.thebeaney.co.uk

Getting there

Located in Canterbury high street adjacent to Best Lane.

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