Maidstone Museum And Bentlif Art Gallery

Maidstone Museum And Bentlif Art Gallery
St. Faith's Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1LH

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Arts Award: Discover In A Day

We are excited to offer children aged 5+ the opportunity to gain a 'Discover' Arts Award. Children, with a parent/guardian, investigate different art forms, find out about an artist or collector, create a piece of art and share their work - all in one day. We are lucky to have Graham Clarke as our guest artist to work…

Sat 28 Jan

Collaborating Cabinets - West Kent College

A pop-up exhibition featuring 12 pieces of original artwork taking inspiration from the Museum's collections.

…and 40 more dates until 6 Apr

Dino Day

Meet Rex! Here for one day only, he's big, he's fast and he's SCARY! Rex is free to see. He'll appear at 10.30, 12.30 and 14.30. Children can also have fun making their own dino tail and be like Rex (£3 per child).

Sat 27 May

Free / 01622 602838

Easter Holiday Fun

Enjoy a host of fun craft activities over the Easter holidays! April 4: Animal Puppets - come and make a felt animal puppet April 5: Suncatchers - decorate a suncatcher to catch the spring sunshine April 6: Easter Baskets - make an Easter basket to collect all those lovely eggs April 11: Wings - make a set of butterfly or…

Tue 4 Apr

Wed 5 Apr

Thu 6 Apr

…and 68 more dates until 13 Jun

Family Arts Award Day

Weird Creatures - animal-themed Arts Award. We are excited to offer children aged 5+ the opportunity to gain a Discover Arts Award through our 'Discover in a Day' package. Children, with a parent/guardian, investigate different art forms, find out about the museum's natural history collection, create a piece of art and…

Sat 24 Jun

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February Half Term Make-It Workshops

Enjoy a week of creative workshops this half term holiday! Tuesday - Be creative and design a t-shirt. Will you decorate it with hearts, dinosaurs, animals or something from your imagination? Wednesday - Create a dinosaur cap to show your favourite dino Thursday - Create a shield using ideas from different times in…

…and 22 more dates until 25 Feb

Graham Clarke: Now & Then

Artist, author, illustrator and humourist, Graham Clarke is one of Britain's most popular and best-selling printmakers. This entertaining exhibition of etchings, blockprints, watercolours and sketchbooks spans 50 years of this prolific Kentish artist's work demonstrating his unique style found in national collections…

Sat 21 Jan

Sun 22 Jan

Mon 23 Jan

…and 54 more dates until 18 Mar

Half Term Week Make-It Workshops

Fun-filled craft activities inspired by our exhibition 'Japan: A Floating World in Print' - guaranteed to keep the children entertained. Tuesday: Japanese Fish Kites - make a Japanese-inspired fish kite Wednesday: Japanese dolls - make a Japanese-inspired figure Thursday: Samurai Helmets - make a Samurai helmet to wear…

Tue 30 May

Wed 31 May

Thu 1 Jun

Fri 2 Jun

Interpretations

The MVAN (Maidstone Visual Arts Network) group of artists showcase works under the title 'Interpretations', with each artist varied in their materials. Several are painters - whether in oils, acrylics or mixed media - while others use textiles and/or paper to make three-dimensional pieces. Their works also vary from…

Wed 29 Mar

Free / 01622 602838

Thu 30 Mar

Free / 01622 602838

Fri 31 Mar

Free / 01622 602838

…and 23 more dates until 23 Apr

Japan: A Floating World In Print

A captivating display of over 60 ukiyo-e prints from the 18th to the 20th century. With dramatic landscapes from the Edo and Meiji print masters, including Hokusai and Hiroshige, to Bijinga prints of beautiful courtesans and the colourful prints of the 20th century from Ogata Gekko, this exhibition is sure to surprise and…

Sat 1 Apr

Sun 2 Apr

Mon 3 Apr

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Japanese Style Arrangement

The twisted branches and beautiful blossoms seen in our exhibition 'Japan: A Floating World in Print' are the inspiration for this fascinating workshop. You will create a beautiful arrangement in the Japanese style, led by well-known floral designer Jackie Brooks. All materials provided, just come along and be inspired.

Fri 28 Apr

Lino Cut Workshop

Inspired by our Graham Clarke exhibition and led by Nick Morley (linocutboy), whose work appears on Penguin and Faber&Faber book covers. Create your own simple black & white linocut, making a range of marks and textures using different tools, planning and carving your image and printing using a wooden spoon and…

Sat 4 Mar

£38 / 01622 602838

Manga Workshop

Renowned Japanese manga artist 'Inko' will lead two amazing workshops. The morning workshop (for ages 11-17 years) will focus on manga-style drawings and expression, with activities for creating imaginative original characters. The afternoon workshop for adults will create a four-panel manga comic creation. Suitable for…

Sat 13 May

£20 / 01622 602838

Museum Lates: An Evening With Graham Clarke

Come and enjoy an evening in the company of Graham Clarke. Gain an insight into his work in an evening of humour and anecdotes from the artist's life. Suitable for ages 12+

Museum Lates: ImaGINe

Why did Hogarth put Maidstone Gin bottles into his paintings? Local distiller, Maiden Gin, will transport you back in time to imaGINe 18th-century Maidstione, gin capital of Britain! Savour tastings of different gins, find out what goes into their making, and buy your favourite direct from the distiller. Over 18s only.

Thu 30 Mar

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Museum Lates: Japanese Night

Enjoy tastings of Japanese food, beer, juices and sake from cuisine masters Wagamama, and find out about the history of culinary art in this stunning country. Join our curators for an insight into Japanese culture through our internationally important collection, including a look at tea ceremony wares. Ticket includes…

Thu 25 May

Museum Lates: Kentish Wares

Hear from our curators about the historic local industries that shaped Maidstone, then meet local beer, cider, wine and food producers. Sample them all and buy your favourites! The curators talk is free but numbers are limited - please book online. No need to book for the incredible edibles, just turn up and enjoy!

Thu 29 Jun

Museum Lates: Quiz Night

Come enjoy a delicious meal of sausage, mash and onion gravy (veggie option available) while you test your knowledge in our fun quiz. Round 1 will begin at 18:30, followed by four more rounds, including an 'amazing artefacts' round! First prize is a fabulous Kent Fine Foods hamper worth over £60. Teams of 6 people max.

Thu 27 Apr

Museum Lates: Romance

Join the curators for a talk on the objects in the Museum's collections that are inspired by love or lust. Followed by a free cocktail in the cafe at 7.30pm and a showing of the beautiful Charlie Chaplin classic, 'City Lights'.

Thu 23 Feb

Nell Weatherley: Embroidered Watercolours

An exhibition of Embroidered Watercolour Landscapes by local artist Nell Weatherley. Nell's unique landscape and wildlife pieces are inspired by her journeys and memories. Made by drawing multiple layers of watercolour to both sides of a fabric background, Nell then enhances the image using free motion machine embroidery…

…and 22 more dates until 25 Feb

Printing Workshop

Be inspired by our Graham Clarke exhibition, experiment with printing and create your own print to take home. 15 places per session. Suitable for ages 8+.

Sat 11 Mar

£8 / 01622 602838

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