Image: Detail by Fabio by Andy Massaccesi, 2012 © Andy Massaccesi

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2013

Friday 8 August to Sunday 2 November
Pay What You Can, Special Exhibitions Room


A unique opportunity to see sixty new portraits by some of the most exciting contemporary photographers from around the world.

Hare by Diane Smalley

Diane Smalley

Saturday 30 August to Sunday 28 September
Free admission, the Front Room


This exhibition is an artist’s response to ‘The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge’. The paintings and drawings will all have connections to The Beaney’s art and artefacts displayed in The Garden Room and upstairs galleries.

The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge

Alternative Stories

Saturday 6 September to Sunday 4 January
Free admission, the Drawing Room

A display of altered books crafted in response to an open call for artists to create works of art by modifying a book.


In Remembrance exhibition at the Beaney

In Remembrance

Saturday 6 September to Sunday 4 January
Free admission, the Drawing Room

Images, objects and words from the First World War to commemorate the centenary of its outbreak.


Canterbury at War exhibition at the Beaney

Canterbury at War

Saturday 4 October to Sunday 9 November
Free admission, the Front Room

Artist and curator Patricia Wilson Smith worked closely with students to curate this centenary exhibition, which traces the course of the 'War to end all Wars', and explores the value of remembrance and the view that 'those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it'.

Winter exhibition at the Beaney

Winter exhibition

Saturday 22 November to Sunday 18 January 2015
Free admission, the Front Room

'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. Selling exhibition.

Statue of Langton from the exterior of Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury in the Age of the Magna Carta

Friday 5 June to Sunday 6 September 2015
Free admission, The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge

To celebrate the 800th anniversary of the sealing of one of the world’s greatest agreements, a new exhibition, “Canterbury in the Age of the Magna Carta”, will focus on Canterbury residents stories and lives during the age of Magna Carta. It will also include the Canterbury Cathedral copy of an original Magna Carta transcribed into the Priory register.

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