The Beaney Art Museum and Library

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.
Ben Sands

Letting in the Light: Ben Sands, a retrospective

  • 2 April — 31 May 2015 *on now

Ben Sands was born in 1920, at a time when modern wood engraving was undergoing a renaissance and artists started fine art engraving for private press and other high precision work.

The title of the exhibition comes from a phrase coined by Ben himself in an interview in 2003 describing the act of cutting into a block of wood:

"...automatically, with practice, your mind sees that block as a field of solid black.... when you start cutting you start letting the light into the block and revealing the world which ultimately you are going to present to the public. Because you are letting light in all the time, every cut you make lets another streak of light in…"

Ben had a very thorough apprenticeship in the 1930s: between the ages of 14 and 17 he attended Willesden School of Art, where he received a rigorous education in drawing from still life, composition (placing his subjects in relation to the frame), craft and design, and illustration. Ben was given his first wood-block to work on while still at Willesden in the 1930s – he reckons he made a terrible mess of it! Later, he was strongly influenced by an exhibition of Chinese wood engraving in London.
Years later, after serving in the Second World War, he decided to take up wood engraving and enrolled at Central School of Art, finding his 3 years at Willesden still stood him in good stead.

His work extended into hand-printed books at his Shoestring Press, which moved with him to Whitstable in 1960. He is a member of the Society of Wood Engravers and exhibited with them for many years.

This exhibition of Ben’s work will give his many fans the opportunity to see and celebrate the perception and humour in his distinctive style, and the chance to buy some of the prints.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.canterbury.co.uk/Beaney/whats_on/Exhibitions.aspx

Sense of Place, Hugh Harwood

Sense of Place

  • 9 May — 7 June 2015

UCA’s students in Graphic Design respond to the themes of Home and Away, especially the Ray Jones images, with an exhibition about a sense of place. Students and staff from UCA Canterbury and ESADaR art school in Le Havre have created diverse graphic responses in a wide range of media to the contrasting urban environments of the high modernism of Le Havre and the medieval foundations of Canterbury.

Suitable for

  • 18+
Cucumber Night Cream

Home and Away: Eduardo Paolozzi's General Dynamic F.U.N & photographs of S.E England by Tony Ray-Jones

  • 9 May — 23 August 2015

The exhibition brings together two bodies of work by British artists from the second half of the 1960s which look very different but may have more in common than first appears. General Dynamic F.U.N. is one of Eduardo Paolozzi’s great print series, bringing together clashing images culled from magazines to create bold, provocative collages. The initial celebration of a new fantasy world of advertising and technology gives way to darker undertones of excess, and the sinister impact of the United States, currently embroiled in a war in Vietnam to which Paolozzi and many others were deeply opposed. During the same years, Tony Ray-Jones was drawing on the example of the new American photography that he had absorbed during a protracted stay (returning home in 1965), to celebrate and capture the people, rituals and places (notably coastal resorts in the Southeast, such as Broadstairs and Margate) that provided an authentic, quirky alternative to an increasingly uniform, Americanised world. Beneath the contrast between colourful collages and black and white photographs, we may discern a shared anxiety about the transatlantic relationship and a common feel for surreal juxtaposition.

Suitable for

  • 18+
Canterbury in the age of the Magna Carta

Canterbury in the age of the Magna Carta

  • 5 June — 6 September 2015

To celebrate the anniversary of this momentous occasion, The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge will be opening a new exhibition “Canterbury in the Age of the Magna Carta”, which will run from 5 June to 6 September 2015. The exhibition will focus on Canterbury residents stories and lives during the age of Magna Carta and will include the Canterbury Cathedral copy of an original Magna Carta transcribed into the Priory register.

Website

http://www.canterbury.co.uk/Beaney/whats_on/Canterbury-in-the-Age-of-the-Magna-Carta.aspx

Magna Carta

Canterbury in the Age of the Magna Carta

  • 6 June — 6 September 2015

2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the sealing of one of the world’s greatest agreements, the Magna Carta.

On the 15th June 1215, on the banks of the River Thames, the Magna Carta was sealed under oath by King John.

It was the first document imposed upon a King of England by a group of his subjects, the feudal barons, in an attempt to limit his powers by law and to protect their rights. The charter is widely regarded as an important part of the protracted historical process which led to the rule of constitutional law in England and beyond.

As the core of religious life in England, Canterbury played a significant part in the making of this historical document. Eight years prior to its signing Stephen Langton ascended to the position of Archbishop of Canterbury and soon became an implacable opponent of King John. Langton joined with rebellious barons and other bishops to limit royal powers, bringing Church-state tensions to a head. This led directly to the showdown that produced the Magna Carta.

Langton’s input to the charter is emphasised by the final clause, which protects the freedom, rights and liberties of the English Church.

To celebrate the anniversary of this momentous occasion, The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge will be opening a new exhibition “Canterbury in the Age of the Magna Carta”, which will run from 6 June to 6 September 2015. The exhibition will focus on Canterbury residents stories and lives during the age of Magna Carta and will include the Canterbury Cathedral copy of an original Magna Carta transcribed into the Priory register.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.canterbury.co.uk/Beaney/whats_on/Canterbury-in-the-Age-of-the-Magna-Carta.aspx

Wordcloud by Skillnet Group

Our Great Charter (Skillnet Group)

  • 13 — 28 June 2015

Skillnet Group are people with and without learning difficulties working together to achieve equality. Channelling current interest in the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, the audio, visual and tactile exhibition will create a modern Great Charter, with visitors’ contributions to a journey towards the achievement of equality. Join in and have your say on the live Twitter feed #OurGreatCharter and add to the word cloud that will develop during the 2 weeks of the exhibition.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

http://www.canterbury.co.uk/Beaney/whats_on/Canterbury-in-the-Age-of-the-Magna-Carta.aspx

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.

Create a Flying Exotic Bird

  • 1 May — 30 September 2015 *on now

Create your own flying bird inspired by exotic Indian birds on display in the Stephen Lushington case.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£1

Website

http://www.canterbury.co.uk/Beaney/whats_on/Family-events.aspx

Switched On, Radio Arts

Switched On - A Radiophonic Happening

  • 9 May 2015 7-10pm

Switched On is a unique live event hosted by Radio Arts, presenting the work of an array of cutting edge sonic and visual experimenters. The Beaney will host live performances, installations and improvisations and will be illuminated by interactive visuals and kaleidoscopic sound-films. The performances will be complemented by radio installations and radiophonic music interludes.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

http://www.canterbury.co.uk/Beaney/whats_on/Workshops.aspx

Nostalgia in the 1960s

  • 21 May 2015 6-7pm

The decade is associated with rejection of tradition and an embrace of the brash new world of advertising, synthetic materials, TV, concrete architecture etc. But the other side of the coin is artists (and musicians) feeling empowered to look back to areas of folk culture and social ritual which ‘high’ culture had long ignored. Such nostalgia is relevant to artists like Peter Blake, and photographers such as Diane Arbus and Tony Ray-Jones. Talk by Professor Martin Hammer (University of Kent).

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£6 Adults, £4 Members

Website

http://www.canterbury.co.uk/Beaney/whats_on/Talks-and-lectures.aspx

Jumping Beaneys - Shaggy Dog Stories

  • 22 May 2015 10:30-11:30am

Enjoy a shaggy dog story, discover paintings of dogs on display and make a very hairy dog to take home! A creative workshop for the under 5s

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

£3.50 per child, accompanying adult free

Website

http://www.canterbury.co.uk/Beaney/whats_on/Family-events.aspx

The Who and Pop Art: ‘the simple things you see are all complicated’

  • 28 May 2015 6-7pm

In 1965 Pete Townshend described his band, the Who, as the living embodiment of Pop Art but what claims can be made for Townshend and the Who’s place in a history of Pop Art? Talk by Professor Peter Stanfield (University of Kent)

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£6 Adults, £4 Members

Website

http://www.canterbury.co.uk/Beaney/whats_on/Talks-and-lectures.aspx

What Difference did Feminism make to Art?

  • 4 June 2015 6-7pm

An examination of art and feminism in the 1960s and discussions around the ongoing relationship between gender and art. Talk from Professor Mary Evans (London School of Economics).

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£6 Adults, £4 Members

Website

http://www.canterbury.co.uk/Beaney/whats_on/Talks-and-lectures.aspx

Magna Carta Celebration Day

  • 6 June 2015 10am-4pm

Celebrate the 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta and the launch of the Canterbury in the Age of Magna Carta exhibition. Investigate real medieval objects, try on costume and take part in creative activities including medieval writing and seal making.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£2 per child

Website

http://www.canterbury.co.uk/Beaney/whats_on/Family-events.aspx

Canterbury in the Age of Magna Carta

  • 11 June 2015 6-7pm

Find out about Canterbury at the time of the Magna Carta in this fascinating lecture by Professor Louise Wilkinson of Canterbury Christ University.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£6 Adults, £4 Members

Website

http://www.canterbury.co.uk/Beaney/whats_on/Talks-and-lectures.aspx

Canterbury Castle and its role at the time of Magna Carta

  • 25 June 2015 6-7pm

Discover the fascinating story of Canterbury’s Norman castle including its role at the time of Magna Carta with Professor Richard Eales, former Head of History at the University of Kent.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£6 Adults, £4 Members

Website

http://www.canterbury.co.uk/Beaney/whats_on/Talks-and-lectures.aspx

Jumping Beaneys - Colourful windows

  • 26 June 2015 10:30-11:30am

Enjoy a story about colour. Discover colourful windows around the Beaney, and make your own 'stained glass' window to take home. A creative workshop for the under 5s.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

£3.50 per child, accompanying adult free

Website

http://www.canterbury.co.uk/Beaney/whats_on/Family-events.aspx

Magna Carta Rediscovered

Magna Carta Rediscovered

  • 2 — 19 July 2015

On the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta Kent unveils one of its hidden treasures! Visitors to this interactive exhibition will have the thrill of seeing an original reissue of the document from 1300 on display in the Beaney. Magna Carta was originally a peace agreement, negotiated between King John and the Barons of his kingdom, but has come to represent far more than first intended. Funded by the Heritage Lottery, Magna Carta 800 and Faversham Town Council.

Suitable for

  • Any age

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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