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Gilded Horizons & Respone to Lockdown by Francesca Howard

November 01, 2020


This is an exhibition further exploring my love of metal leaf but it is also a reflection of how my artistic response changed during lockdown.


At the beginning of the year I was creating paintings of beautiful gilded horizons above multi coloured seas.  However as Covid approached, the gilded horizons became emotionally obscured and panic superseded my creativity.  

A few months into lockdown my creative energy returned and I had a vision of my artistic response to lockdown - my seas minus the gilded skies, but with gilded images of freedom, the freedom we were so badly missing.  The ‘Flights of Freedom’ series was born.


It was only later that I realised that nearly all my symbols of freedom were animals.  A testament to how the natural world began so miraculously to recover whilst all us unhelpful humans were locked away.



Francesca has been painting for over thirty years.  She is passionate about colour, its symbolism and our emotional response to it.  She lives in Deal, has a degree in art history and is a trained metaphysical counsellor.  She has taught courses in art history and is the creator of The Colour Potential Oracle Card Deck.

Fire & Frost II

December 12, 2017

New Kent Art Gallery are excited to invite you to their new winter exhibition featuring work by Mike Samson, Angela Carpenter, Charlie Russell, Sally Childs, John Hughes, Carl Scarlett, Mel Chennell, Ross Andrews and many more Kent artists.


Fire and Frost II opens on Tuesday 12th December and will host a range of works in oils, watercolour, printmaking, photography, ceramics, sculpture and glass. This annual pre-Christmas exhibition aims to bring together as much variety of work as possible to enchant and delight visitors. We are welcoming some of our regular artists as well as new faces, as we continue to encourage as many local artists and makers to show their fabulous creations each year.


With two weeks to go before Christmas Day, there will be plenty of inspiration for gifts in the gallery, all of which will be truly unique and hand crafted by local artists. In a world of mass produced, plastic throw away items, it is wonderful to see something individual that can be cherished forever. This season we have hand cast pewter, fused glass panels, raku ceramics, and beautiful Christmas tree decorations for under £20 as well as fine silver jewellery, oil paintings and sculptural works. Supporting our local creative community is really important and we have been overwhelmed by the wonderful feedback and support we have received in return from artists and customers alike. We would like to thank them and wish everyone a wonderful Christmas and New Year.


Pop down and enjoy the exhibition from 12th December and a glass of something lovely and a mince pie with us on Saturday 23rd Dec. The exhibition will run into the New Year until Sunday 7th Jan. Opening Hours Tues-Sat 10-5. Sun 11-4.


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Big Up Thanet II

November 27, 2017

Thanet and Beyond in Photographs


28th November - 10th December


A group of local photographers are back for the second installment of their group exhibition at New Kent Art Gallery in Broadstairs this week. Views and vistas from across Thanet and beyond will be taking centre stage at the gallery this week and will include everything from classic seascapes to the natural world and townscapes. 


The Big Up Thanet group was formed on facebook by Mel Chennell in response to the number of amateur photographers who would meet on the beach at dawn and capture the amazing Thanet sunrises. The group quickly became a runaway success and the perfect way to share experiences and photographic results. During 2016 they put on their first ever group exhibition which was a huge success and since then they have held two further shows, as well as honed their skills. Many of the photographers have gone on to sell work more widely in other galleries and online and some like Mel Chennell have developed their further to produce fantastic minimal works of art that focus of London as well as Thanet views. The following photographers and artists will be taking part.


Mel Chennell

Sue Fewings

John Draper

Steve Palmer 

Si Stream 

Dean Spinks

Mark Milham 

Steve Burton

Stephen Todd 

Sam Warr

Greg Bottle

Christine McNaught

Molly Hollman

William Walker Collins 

Phil Eason

Annabelle Losa 


The exhibition will run in the heart of Broadstairs during the run up to Christmas and will have a fantastic range of pieces ranging in price that would make the perfect Xmas Gift. We are hoping that local people will enjoy the exhibition and support their local town by shopping local for something truly individual rather than in the out of town venues. 

Winter is Coming!

November 14, 2017

Winter is coming and a collective show of 15 Thanet artists is coming to the New Kent Art Gallery. All media and all disciplines from around Kent will be coming together this winter to celebrate some of the tremendous creative talents our county has to offer. With Christmas just around the corner, there is nothing better than giving a truly individual gift to someone you love and this exhibition will have paintings, prints, glass, ceramics, photography, silverware and sculptures to inspire and intrigue you.

This year we have the amazingly detailed work of doodle addicted Dave Winthrop, unique stitched pieces by Stacey Chapman, digital prints by Mark Galloway, minimalist photography by Mel Chennell, abstract paintings by Sarah Stokes and traditional plein air works by John Hughes. Patrick Wilkins will be returning with his atmospheric graphite and ink work, Angela Carpenter's ever popular acrylics of local views will be back and Kate Baker will be bringing in her beautiful mosaics made from recycled materials. Janet Aldis, Lesley Gray and many other regular artists will be joining the show and it promises to be a really engaging show with something on offer for all tastes. 

'All art is truly individual and unique and we love to encourage people to pop into the gallery and see the huge variety of work that our artists and makers create. Some galleries can be scary or viewed as stuffy, but we like to be as welcoming and approachable as possible so that visitors can come in to simply look and enjoy art and hopefully return with each new show that we host. At Christmas we can all get overwhelmed by mass consumerism, but buying something from a local artist or maker is a quite different experience and something that supports the local community hugely.'

'Winter is Coming' will run from Tues 14th November until Sunday 26th November and the gallery will be opening late on Wednesdays from 22nd November until Christmas. 

Ross Andrews - Sand, Sea and Salt

October 31, 2017

Ross Andrews stunning wave photography and sand art are returning to the gallery in November for his first solo show in Broadstairs!

Following a sell out show at the Pie Factory in Margate earlier this year, visitors are being given a second chance to see Ross's breathtaking photographic pieces up close and personal in Broadstairs town.

Ross is an artist that uses the natural environment as his canvas. This means that he is working with but often against the elements and as a result making his art ephemeral. Most of Ross’ work is done on a freestyle basis, often with no idea of planning but a visualization that feels right at the time. As he is unable to see what he is drawing, due to the scale and close proximity, he hopes that what he has visualised appears across the very large canvas he is using. 

The race against the tide and the physical demand required creates real exhilaration and excitement into each piece. Whilst the overhead shot of the final piece can look impressive Ross is aware of the environment and what is going on around him. This is also seen in his “extreme” photography; he pushes himself physically to capture the life and power of the sea. He captures the waves in full force, and offers a new view of them, unfamiliar to and unseen by many. He endeavours to collaborate this by bringing his art and its surroundings together.

Linocuts - Ieuan Edwards and Mat Pringle

October 22, 2017

Ieuan Edwards and his friend and colleague, Mat Pringle are joining forces to bring linocut work to Broadstairs this autumn.


Ieuan's fabulously quirky Linocuts of thought provoking and eccentric imagery are joined by Mat's illustrative pieces.

'I am a Broadstairs-based printmaker - producing hand-carved, hand-printed illustrations and limited edition prints using the deceptively simple medium of linocut. 

My heritage, and chief inspiration for initially picking  up a lino-cutting  tool, lies in the (ex) coal mining communities of the Rhondda Valleys, South Wales. As well as industry, my other areas of interest are tradition (the stranger, the better), eccentricity, tribalism, exploration, folklore and palaeontology.  Living on the Kent coast – with its heady mix of seaside towns, folk festivals, history and colourful characters – provides me with a plentiful supply of subject matter.  
By finding new and interesting avenues for my work I hope to help elevate linocut as a thought-provoking contemporary art form.

This will be the third time we've shown work together in the same space, first time was as part of the Secret 7s record cover exhibition at Somerset House and the second time was this year's Medway Print Festival.'


Mat Pringle was born in South London where he spent an idyllic childhood climbing trees and drawing dinosaurs. After a few false starts he studied graphic design at the London College of Communication before eventually stumbling his way into the murky world of illustration. He now spends his time doing fantastical figurative illustrations working predominantly with dipping pen and ink. He is also a keen printmaker specialising in screen and linocut printing. He still draws dinosaurs only not quite as well.

His work has featured in exhibitions including Film 4 Summer Screenings, Pick Me Up, ARTCRANK, Required Reading (Gallery 1988, L.A), Pictoplasma Paris, Blisters On My Fingers, Secret 7 and Not For Rental.  Clients include Film 4, Little White Lies, Fact Magazine, Expedia, ASOS, Lynx, Protein, Oh Comely Magazine, InPress, Branch and Miles To Go.

He is also a member of Puck Collective and teaches Illustration and Printmaking at BRIT Kids. Available for commissions, drawing events and illustration/printmaking workshops.

'Linocuts' runs from Tuesday 23rd October until Sunday 29th and is open every day 10am-4pm.


Melanie Tong and Sarah Stokes - Coastal Rhythm

October 15, 2017

The gallery hosts a collaboration of a duo of abstract artists this week, as Melanie Tong and Sarah Stokes join together for a week long exhibition that promises to be full of colour and life. 

Melanie has had a fantastic year during 2017, with a successful solo show in Ramsgate, followed by many collaborative and group exhibitions in Margate and beyond. This year New Kent Art Gallery has sold many pieces by Melanie throughout the year and suggested it would be worth hosting a solo or joint show as demand for her work has grown.

Sarah Stokes is one of the gallery's regular feature artists and her colour-filled abstract works are always popular. Sarah works from her Ramsgate based studio and often helps with community arts projects in Thanet, including several over the summer with children's groups at the Turner Contemporary, Margate. 

Together, their work will be a delightful addition to the gallery as autumn draws in and should be a refreshing tonic the the winter-time blues. Their show will run from 16th - 22nd October.

Busman's Holiday

October 08, 2017

Brian & Karen take a busman's holiday from curating by hosting their own exhibition for a week this autumn.

Brian continues to produce beautiful atmospheric studies of light and shade which many liken to Hopper. This year he has once again sort inspiration in the cobbled streets of Edinburgh and the sunny towns of the mediterranean, as well as the wonderful ever-changing vistas from the Thanet coastline. He has recently been accepted by the East Kent Art Society as a full Member and will exhibit with them from this year onwards.

Karen brings her usual mixture of illustrative works, resin pieces and oil palette knife studies of the local coast and Broadstairs town. This summer has been an exceptionally busy one for Karen, with a foray into the world of painting competitions. 'I was selected as a wild card participant in the Sky Arts Landscape Painter of the Year competition and took part in a heat early in the summer which was really exciting. The series will be aired later this winter and until then I cannot give details of the show, but lets just say it was a fabulous experience that I hope to repeat one day'.

Feast for your Eyes II

September 25, 2017

The return of the annual Food Festival to Broadstairs will also see the return of an annual Art Exhibition entitled 'Feast for your Eyes' to celebrate the the festival. 


Featuring local artists work in all media and all disciplines, New Kent Art Gallery in the heart of Broadstairs has put together an exhibition inspired by all things foodie. Cafe culture and culinary delights are celebrated in photography by Eleanor Marriott, wonderfully quirky mixed media by Janie Grout, stunning oil paintings by Brian Hodgson and Peter Campbell-Saunders, as well as Carl Scarlett and Karen Hiscock-Lawrence. There will also be beautiful hand-painted ceramics by Lana Arkhi who recently won the Best Porcelain Prize at the Royal Miniature Society exhibition in London's Mall Gallery. Lana has exhibited with New Kent Art since it opened in 2016 and has brought her traditional Russian blue work as well bespoke local scenes to the people of Thanet.

Mosaic artist Kate Baker will show glass and mosaic works, whilst Anne-Marie Rymill's photography and Angela Carpenter's bright acrylics are always colourful and bright additions to the gallery.


Last year saw a wonderful response to the work which offered something different and yet complementary to the fabulous food and drinks that fill the town during the Food Festival. It also once again highlights the outstanding local creative talents from the Isle of Thanet. The exhibition runs from Tues 26th September until Sunday 8th October and is open every day except Mondays.

Cathy & David Harvey

September 17, 2017

Husband and Wife team David and Cathy Harvey return to the gallery for a second year after a successful show last year. This artistic duo are well known local artists who combine oil paintings and textile work to produce a great mixed exhibition. 

David's work in oils is vibrant and full of movement and energy. Local views, scenes from their travels and still life studies are his favoured subjects whilst Cathy uses textiles and thread painting to produce her beautiful and unique work.

Nigel Gray

September 10, 2017

New to the gallery, Nigel Gray is holding a solo show of paintings.  Nigel paints in a naive style using simple colours and pastel strokes to convey imagery from the seaside and beyond.

Pleased to Meet Me - Patrick Wilkins

August 27, 2017

Patrick Wilkins is a master draughtsman, producing striking images in graphite and ink. His work focusses on building and architectural landmarks as well as the mundane townscapes that surround us and we often take for granted. He has exhibited at the RA Summer Show and won several prestigious prizes.


My name is Patrick, I am a drawing mole. Originally from Rochester in Kent, 30 miles south east of London, after much wandering  I now live in Broadstairs on the Kent coast with my beautiful wife and handsome cocker spaniel. I have always drawn (I have worked in engineering design for 30 or so years) but a serious illness in 2012 sharpened my focus, and I decided to put some effort into creative drawing, some of what resulted is shown here.

June 2017 - Salon Des Refuses Candid Arts Trust London EC1 (2 works)
April 2017 -  UKCPS International Open at Menier Gallery, London SE1 (3 works).Winner President's Award
January 2017 - Artist and Illustrators Magazine ‘Artist of The Year’ Shortlist Exhibition, Mall Gallery, London SW1 
October - November 2016 20th National Open Art Exhibition at Mercer's Hall, London EC2 (2 works)
October 2016 'Jon Bird Open Exhibition' at the Fish Slab Gallery, Whitstable (2 works) Prize Winner

Arty Folk

August 07, 2017

Folk Week descends upon Broadstairs and the town is filled with music and festivities. New Kent Art Gallery brings together many of Thanet's artists in a group exhibition of 'Arty Folk' from all disciplines, including painting, drawing, sculpture, glass, ceramics, printmaking and photography. This year we have a great diversity of work as always, oil paintings by resident artist Brian Hodgson and Darren Lewis, hand painted lamps by Karen Hiscock-Lawrence, abstracts by Sarah Stokes and Annabelle Losa, cheerful local scenes by Angela Carpenter and Nicola Taylor, seascapes by Melanie Tong, breathtaking photography by Ross Andrews, Anne-Marie Rymill, thread paintings by Emily Tull and Stacey Chapman, illustrative pieces by Dave Winthrop and Molly Pickles, plein air studies by John Hughes and sculptural work by Shelly Berry and Gordon Fox, as well as jewellery, ceramics and more. It should be an exhibition filled with work that celebrates the very best of Broadstairs and Thanet and brings the summer to a climax.

A World Without Art

July 30, 2017

A World Without Art would be unimaginable.

Peter Saunders returns to New Kent Art Gallery with his beautiful atmospheric and retro feeling oil paintings. Accompanied by Gordon Fox and his forged metal creations.

Carl Scarlett - Opening Solo Show

July 17, 2017

We welcome new artist Carl Scarlett to the gallery for his first solo exhibition.

'I am largely self taught artist specialising in atmospheric landscape painting. I find oil paint the mot expressive media and like to apply paint in a variety of ways to create different moods in my paintings. My focus at the moment is on movement within a landscape which I think is part of that elusive quality of space in a painting. I don't really have any influences on my painting style and tend to focus on working out my own techniques to reach the point when I feel I have expressed what I saw. My subject matter is normally local scenery or an amalgamation of imagination and memory.'

Anthony Giles - Solo Exhibition

July 10, 2017

New Kent Art Gallery, Broadstairs are pleased to welcome back the phenomenally successful Landscape Artist Anthony Giles for his second annual Solo Show. Anthony will be bringing a selection of small plein air studies as well as large scale pieces to the delightful art gallery in Broadstairs Albion Road.

Many of Anthony's paintings are started 'plein air', even the larger canvasses are often started on a windy beach or marsh in Kent and then taken back to the studio where they are 'worked-up', over several weeks or months, into a finished painting.

His work varies in size from a tiny 6" x 4" watercolour or oil sketch to a recent 7' x 4' canvas for clients who wanted a painting they could "lose themselves in". Often he will use watercolour to provide a quick reference sketch but, always, finished paintings are in oil paint, on either wood panel or linen. For Anthony oil paint is the only medium that gives such wonderful depth of colour and luminosity.

'We live in a world of great beauty. From the tiny perfection of a snowflake to the overpowering colour of an Autumn sunset, in our busy lives we often overlook this incredible world or only notice it fleetingly. As a landscape painter I get to spend my time looking at every colour, shadow and reflection of the world around me and then transfer that moment onto canvas.' Anthony Giles

Being greatly influenced by the later work of J M W Turner, Anthony uses traditional methods of a gesso primer, turpentine colour wash, oil paint mixed with beeswax and turpentine and then several oil and paint glazes to achieve a glowing impasto that conveys the essence and quality of light that only comes from painting on a beach in the
middle of a summer squall.

He has recently received a great deal of publicity in both press and tv following a fantastic year of solo shows here and abroad. This year sees a full calendar of exhibitions which continue throughout 2017. This exhibition opens at 10am Tues 11th July and runs until 4pm Sunday 16th. Enquiries to New Kent Art Gallery, 49a Albion Street,
Broadstairs, Kent CT101NE Tel 01843 319184

Thanet Exposed II - Big Up Thanet

June 26, 2017

17 members of the popular Facebook group 'Big Up Thanet' are hosting a group exhibition of their photography and original art in New Kent Art Gallery, Broadstairs. The group which was set up just over a year ago and has over 1500 followers, encourages members to put images of Thanet online and share this wonderful Isle in which we live. The results over the past year have been breathtaking, with some stunning images appearing, many of which have been seen on television and in the press nationwide.


This years show is the second by the group, following the success of last years exhibition which saw a record number of sales and was extremely popular with visitors and local alike. It features work by Mel Chennell who set up the group, as well as Frank Leppard, Derek White, Dean Spinks, Mark Milham, David Brown, Brian Whitehead, Susan Fewings, Sarah Tighe, Greg Bottle, Dan Thomsett, and many more.


The exhibition runs from 27th June until 9th July and is open every day except mondays. There will be a private view and meet and greet on Saturday 1st July - join the artists and photographers for a glass of fizz and a look at the stunning work.

Spring Exhibition Schedule

January 21, 2017

New Kent Art Gallery has an exciting schedule of exhibitions for the spring months....

7th March -19th March POW! Celebrating Female Artists

21st March - 2nd April 'Paper' 1st Anniversary Exhibition - Karen and Brian invite all to celebrate the gallery's birthday

4th April - 9th April Darren Lewis - Colour Coast Celebrated Margate artist Darren with his signature coastal views

11th April - 23rd April Easter Eggsibition - A group show of some of best Thanet artists

25th April - 7th May Carola Mathers & Carole Sumray

9th May - 21st May John Hughes Exquisite detailed studies of landscape and seascape

23rd May - 28th May Phil Lanzon - Uriah Heap musician's fantasy Drawings and prints

30th May - 4th June Judith Hall  - Photography from Whitstable and beyond

6th June - 11th June Sally Childs

13th June - 25th June Printmakers & Illustrators - Dickens Week

27th - 9th July Thanet Exposed - Photography of the very best of Thanet's stunning views

11th July - 16th July Anthony Giles - Turneresque Skies and Seas by the master Margate painter

18th July - 30th July Carl Scarlett - Young emerging artist with vibrant energetic oils

1st August - 6th August Peter Saunders - Paintings that ooze the style and atmosphere of the 30s and 40s.

8th August - 20th August Folk Week 'Best of Broadstairs' 

22nd August - 27th August Lee Herapath-Bates

29th August - 10th September Patrick Wilkins

12th Sept - 19th Sept David and Cathy Harvey

26th Sept - 8th Oct Food Festival 'The Art of Food'

10th Oct - 22nd Oct Abstraction II

24th Oct - 7th Nov Mix it Up

7th Nov - 14th Nov TBA
14th Nov - 21st Nov TBA

28th November - 12th December Thanet Exposed II

12th Dec- 24th December Fire & Frost 

Sally Childs

June 05, 2017

Sally Childs - Solo @ New Kent Art Gallery

A strong and striking solo show by artist Sally Childs opens in Broadstairs at New Kent Art gallery on June 6th. 

Sally is passionate about drawing which underpins most of her work and she describes herself as a 'process' artist, 'one that is more concerned with the journey I take, both psychologically and literally in my use of materials, than in the final piece of work.'


Having also trained as a counsellor, Sally has a deep fascination with the human condition, and the relationship between the psyche and the physical body.  Most recently she has been exploring the body as signifier, how body posture and it's placement in space can communicate thoughts, intentions and feelings without the use of words.


The large square format paintings on display arose out of some drawings produced during a life drawing workshop in London, called The Body Exquisite – Shibari Life Drawing.  In Japanese, “Shibari” simply means “to tie”. The contemporary meaning of Shibari describes an ancient Japanese artistic form of rope bondage.  Shibari rigging aims to emphasize characteristics like sensuality, vulnerability, and also strength.


The small monotypes are experimental ink drawings made on acrylic plates and  produced in response to photographs of dancers.  The acrylic plates were  then printed onto Japanese printing paper.  They are part of a series of prints made to celebrate and capture the exuberance of the moving body.

Sally's show runs until June 11th and she will be at the gallery on Saturday morning to meet and greet visitors.


 For more information visit Sally's website

Broadly Broadstairs - Judith Hall Photography

May 29, 2017

Judith Hall is a Whitstable based photographer who has returned to our gallery for a second year. This time she brings a body of work celebrating Broadstairs and many of its iconic landmarks. 

Phil Lanzon

May 22, 2017

Uriah Heap keyboard player Phil Lanzon brings his abstract and surreal art to Broadstairs. Colourful and thought provoking pieces from this well known musician show another side to his creative talents.

John Hughes - 'The Edge of the Sea'

May 08, 2017

9th May - 21st May

John Hughes – ‘The Edge of the Sea’

Exquisite detailed studies of landscape and seascape. John has taken a year to produce this latest series entitled 'The Edge of the Sea' and it is real treat for all art lovers. A member of the East Kent Art Society and art tutor for many years, John is exhibiting for the second year with us and it truly is a stunning selection of work. Each of John's pieces form part of a diptych or triptych which form a larger imposing landscape when hung together. The detail is simply breathtaking.

Carole Sumray and Carola Mathers

April 24, 2017

Carole Sumray & Carola Mathers - Texture & Colour 25th April - 7th May


A vibrant and colourful mix of work bursts onto the creative scene this week as friends and fellow artists Carola Mathers and Carole Sumray host a joint exhibition at New Kent Art Gallery in the heart of Broadstairs.


The pair who met at Morley College, whilst studying art in London, have teamed up to put on a striking spring show filled with colour and texture. Deal based artist Carola focusses on nature and creates abstract works in oils and has hosted Open Studios as well as exhibiting at the Horsebridge Gallery in Whitstable, whilst Carole has used her considerable experience as a celebrity hair stylist to bring both colour and texture with layers of bubblewrap, fabric, newspaper and oil paint.


The resulting partnership of colourful and textural work is something very different from previous shows at the gallery, bringing yet another side to the creative vibe in Thanet.

Easter Eggsibition

April 10, 2017

Easter Exhibition – An eggs-citing group show of some of best Thanet artists including many of New Kent Arts regulars.

Easter sees a new Eggsibition hatch out at the gallery! A selection of Thanet artists join Brian Hodgson and Karen Hiscock-Lawrence. Ross Andrews, Angela Carpenter, Quona Bullivant, Fiona Osmanstone, Anne-Marie Rymill, Sarah Stokes and Darren Lewis

Darren Lewis - Colour Coast

April 03, 2017

Celebrated Margate artist Darren Lewis hosts a solo exhibition of his signature coastal views. We are delighted to welcome Darren back for his second exhibition with us.

PAPER - 1st Anniversary at New Kent Art

March 21, 2017

Brian and Karen celebrate an amazing 1st Anniversary at New Kent Art Gallery! How time flies when you are having such fun.... In honour of our first year we are holding an exhibition entitled PAPER - works on, in or around paper from all our favourite artists!

POW! A Celebration of Female Artists

March 07, 2017

Female Artists from all genre are celebrated together in a show which will coincides with International Womens’ Day - Angela Malone, Melanie Tong, Lee Bates, Emily Tull, Lesley Gray, Cath Deeson, Gill Bridgestock, Hannah Clark, Sharon Hendy, Anne-Marie Rymill, Angela Carpente, Janet Aldis, Karen Hiscock-Lawrence and Lee Herapath-Bates.

L'Amour des Artistes

February 07, 2017

Love is in the air and for a fortnight, the gallery will be filled with images inspired by love. A group show of 8 artists with works in all media.

Including  Emily Tull, Nicky Colbran, Jamie Honeybourne, Sarah Stokes, Anne-Marie Rymill, Peter Campbell-Saunders, Carlos Dominguez and Sharon Hendy.


February 21, 2017

Abstract work to intrigue the imagination and excite the senses. Group show exploring the freedom of abstract art and the joy of revelling in colour and line. Abstract art uses visual shapes, forms and colours with line and texture to create compositions that are independent from actual visual references in the real world. These works can stir our emotions and inspire us. Works can hang in any space and transform a room. This will be our first solely Abstract show at the gallery and has arisen from the fantastically positive feedback that our visitors have given our regular abstract artists. It will be featuring Peter Rackley, Magz Roberts, Francesca Howard, Dani Flowerdew, Sarah Stokes, Peter Askew-Garrard, Rhys Jones, Annabelle Losa, Nigel Gordon, Lesley Gray & Mick Arnold.

Portrait of the Animal

January 24, 2017

A mixed exhibition of works which feature the animal world. 

Fire & Frost

December 13, 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, Broadstairs artists and gallery directors, Karen HIscock-Lawrence and Brian Hodgson will be celebrating the year with a large scale exhibition that will be their take on a mix of the RA summer show and the Affordable art show.

They will have over 70 works of art on display to admire and buy on the build up to Christmas. With paintings, prints, ceramics, photography, glass, jewellery and crafts to present, they will be offering local residents and visitors to Broadstairs the chance to view the best of local artists including Darren Lewis, Ross Andrews, Patrick Wilkins, Anthony Giles, James Davies, Mel Chennell, Andy Johnson, Kate Baker, Sarah Stokes, Emily Tull, Melanie Tong, Ieuan Edwards, Angela Carpenter, John Hughes and many more.

'We want to promote the amazing wealth of talent in Thanet and encourage people to buy local and support local talent. If you want to buy someone a truly individual and special gift for Christmas this year, pop into the Broadstairs New Kent Art Gallery and take your pick of some wonderful work. The gallery can also provide gift vouchers that can give people the chance to choose their own favourite piece in the New Year if they would prefer. Why buy grandpa socks when you could buy him a hand turned bowl or print of Ramsgate harbour!'

The show opens on Tuesday 13th Dec and runs right up until 4pm Christmas Eve before closing for Christmas and re-opening the first weekend of 2017.

Cathy & David Harvey

December 05, 2016

Husband and wife artists David and Cathy team up for a pre Xmas show of their current work.

'Spirit of Colour and Line' -Heike Munnelly & Quona Bullivant

November 21, 2016

Friends and fellow artists from Margate and Ramsgate, Heike Munelly and Quona Bullivant hold a joint show with us this autumn. Colour and Form are key to their work and large scale, bold pieces are their signature themes.

Quona studied fine art  in 2008 and graduated with a BA(hons) degree and now paints industrial and cityscapes and manmade structures.

Heike likes to work and rework her pieces in acrylic and oils, enjoying the marks that result in her figurative pieces that lean towards the abstract.

Summer Exhibition Schedule

June 12, 2016

Check out our packed schedule of exhibitions scheduled throughout the summer months!

Folk Week Festival by the Sea

August 01, 2016

To coincide with Broadstairs famous Folk Week, New Kent Art will be hosting an Open exhibition featuring work celebrating Broadstairs, folk music & culture and all the festivities associated with this fantastic festival by the sea. Paintings by Brian Hodgson, Karen Hiscock-Lawrence, Angela Carpenter, Prints by Andy Johnson, Cath Deeson, Iuean Edwards, and photography by Mel Chennel and James Davies, Mosaics by Martin Cheek and Mel Chennel and textiles by Collette Rawson and Annie Taylor.

John Hughes - An All Embracing View

November 08, 2016

John Hughes solo exhibition at New Kent Art will be a journey through intricately detailed landscapes of Kent. As a graduate of Ravensbourne and a teacher of art, John has continued to pursue his intensive study of landscapes and has exhibited at the RA, and Mall Gallery, as well as many Kent galleries.

His love of the Kent landscape close to his home town of Ramsgate is clear in the quality of his paintings and this show will celebrate some of the best of his works.

Lee Herapath-Bates

October 31, 2016

Solo show by local artist Lee Herapath-Bates. Age is no barrier to Lee, who has been enjoying her love of art for many years and recently experimented in oils. The work she has put together for this show has subtle colours and tone. 

'Muted Tones' is a solo show by Broadstairs resident Lee Herapath-Bates. Landscapes in muted tones and subtle imagery in an understated set of paintings in oil.

Just the two of us!

October 24, 2016

To celebrate the 6 months since we embarked upon this scary gallery journey, Brian Hodgson and Karen Hiscock-Lawrence will be holding an exhibition together at New Kent Art Gallery.

They will be welcoming visitors old and new to come along and enjoy the fabulous atmospheric studies of light and shade by Brian and the local scenes in watercolour and oils by Karen.

'A Feast for your Eyes'

September 25, 2016

15 artists celebrate food and all things foody during a dortnights exhibition coinciding with the increasingly popular Food Festival in Broadstairs.

Artists will include

Angela Carpenter, Andrew Roberston, Anthony Thomas, Patrick Wilkins, Angela Malone and Karen Hiscock-Lawrence

'A Scent of Summer'

June 26, 2016

Coinciding with Hampton Court Palace, we host a slelction of colourful and beautiful floral work that should brighten everyones day.


We will be featuring 10 local artists work,  including paintings, photography, sculpture, ceramics, jewellery and mixed media pieces. Helen Hanson, Angela Carpenter, Sue Batt, Kate Baker, Dawn Schindler, Lesley Gray, Dani Flowerdew, Christa , Simone Stream, Lana Arkhi and Karen Hiscock-Lawrence.

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