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.
Prescriptions

Prescriptions

  • 21 April — 25 September 2016 *on now

The exhibition focuses on the book art of Martha Hall, on loan from the University of New England, and linked to a University of Kent symposium. Hall's books document her experiences with breast cancer and interactions with the medical community, and are accompanied by a curated show of artists books responding to themes of art, empathy and wellbeing. Supported by the Wellcome Trust.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Website

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

Only in England: Photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr

Only in England: Photographs By Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr

  • 9 July — 25 September 2016 *on now

This special exhibition examines the close relationship between the work of these two important photographers and their fascination with the English.
Intrigued by the eccentricities of English social customs, Tony Ray-Jones spent the latter half of the 1960s travelling across England, photographing what he saw as a disappearing way of life. Humorous yet melancholy, these images had a profound influence on photographer Martin Parr, who has made a selection from the Tony Ray-Jones archive for this exhibition.
Parr's selection will be shown alongside his rarely seen work, The Non-Conformists, which documents a declining traditional way of life in 1970s Hebden Bridge.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

Only in Kent: photography selling exhibition

  • 6 — 29 August 2016 *on now

Kent-based photographers respond to the theme of Only in Kent for a selling exhibition, in parallel with the Only in England exhibition in the Special Exhibitions Gallery, celebrating the work of Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr. We are delighted to be including work by Kent Refugee Action Network as part of a project partnership. In collaboration with the bOing! Festival at the Gulbenkian (27-28 August).

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/

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.
creepy crawly

Create a Creepy Crawly

  • 9 July — 4 September 2016 *on now

Saturday 9 July to Sunday 4 September
Explorers & Collectors Gallery, The Beaney
£1 per person, drop in

Make your own beautiful bug to take home - use our collections to inspire your design!

www.canterburymuseums.co.uk

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

£1 per person, drop in

Website

http://www.canterburymuseums.co.uk

The Big Friendly Read

The Big Friendly Read

  • 16 July — 18 September 2016 *on now

The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children aged 4 to 11 to read six or more books of their choice during the summer holidays and collect incentives along the way. Every time children finish a book they get a reward and there's a brilliant certificate and medal for everyone who finishes.
This year’s theme ‘Big Friendly Read’ will be linking with Roald Dahl 100 celebrations.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Website

http://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk

Close to Home: Exploring Only in England

Close to Home: Exploring ‘Only In England’

  • 15 September 2016 6-7pm

A visual presentation which considers the photographic work of Martin Parr and Tony Ray Jones. In Ray Jones’ 1960s pictures we see an often eccentric ‘making strange’ of familiar English seaside scenes – many of which (Ramsgate, Broadstairs, Margate and Herne Bay) only a short distance from Canterbury. Martin Parr who selected these exhibition prints, has long stressed the importance of Ray Jones in his own practice and this presentation offers an opportunity to (re)consider this influence and explore the legacy both these important photographers have had on contemporary seaside and street photography.
Dr Karen Shepherdson is a writer, curator and photographer. She is Reader in Photography at Canterbury Christ Church University, Director of the UK’s South East Archive of Seaside (SEAS) Photography and Co-Director of the Centre for Research on Communities and Cultures. Her research focuses on the seaside as site of photographic practice and has presented findings at a number of international conferences. Karen has curated several festivals and exhibitions, including the recent SALT: Festival of the Sea & Environment (Folkestone, UK 2015); Reframing the Sunbeam Photographic Collection Exhibition at the Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury, UK (2014) and co-authored Beyond the View: New Perspectives on Seaside Photography (Burton Press: 2014). She co-edited the four-volume Routledge major collection on Film Theory and has a forthcoming publication: ‘Reframing Commercial Seaside Photography’ with Oxford University Press scheduled for 2017.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£4 per person, £3 Beaney members.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/close-to-home-exploring-only-in-england-tickets-25735760352

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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