Sluice, 2009 (photo Francis Ware)

Lure: Kate MccGwire

Saturday 29 March to Sunday 27 April
Free admission, Special Exhibitions Room


Kate MccGwire's ‘Lure’ exhibition will use alluring, uncanny and sensual coiled forms of shimmering of plumage, named in reference to the ring of feathers used by falconers to call and command their birds.

Of Mice and Men Drawings by Brian Francis

Of Mice and Men: Drawings by Brian Francis

Saturday 29 March to Sunday 6 July
Free admission, the Drawing Room


Selected drawings from the recent bequest to Canterbury Museums by Brian Francis (1935-2013). Meticulously detailed and skilled, the drawings include studies from nature of plants, stones, insects and small animals.

Crafty Kids - Espression Arts

Crafty Kids - Espression Arts

Tuesday 15 to Wednesday 16 April
Free admission, the Front Room


Crafty Kids is an exhibition produced by the toddlers and children attending workshops at Espression Arts - interactive arts cafe in Canterbury. They have produced an exhibition of photographs taken from their regular sensory, messy and creative play workshops with toddlers and at their successful art workshops for primary school aged children.

Magz Hall installation ‘Radio Recall’ at the Old Lookout Gallery 2012

Radio Arts Showcase

Saturday 19 April - Sunday 27 April
Free admission, the Front Room


This week-long show in the Front Room will present material from the Radio Arts Workshops in which the public will have undertaken a hands-on investigation of the many different ways in which radio can be approached artistically.

Brownies Big Birthday Exhibition

Brownies Big Birthday Exhibition

Saturday 3 May to Sunday 1 June
Free admission, the Front Room

Canterbury Division Brownie Units have worked with local community artist, Leanne Macdonald, to create an exciting exhibition themed around Brownies past, present and future. The exhibition will celebrate the rich history of the Brownies and provide a platform for Brownies past and present to celebrate their special 100th birthday.

Teddy Bear Story

Teddy Bear Story

Saturday 10 May to Sunday 27 July 2014

Pay What You Can, Special exhibitions room


The exhibition traces the history of teddy bears, and investigates the world-wide production and success of this favourite toy.


Documentarium - Opening up Kent's Archives

Documentarium– Opening up Kent’s archives

Saturday 7 June to Sunday 6 July
Free Admission, the Front Room

A new exhibition by Alan Kane giving an artist’s view of the county’s history. Inspired by Kent’s rich and varied archives, Documentarium is a new art exhibition touring to each of the county’s 12 districts.

Project Conway: A Game of Lights, Life and Death

Project Conway: A Game of Lights, Life and Death

Saturday 12 July to Sunday 20 July
Free admission, the Front Room

Developed by Deeson Online and University of Kent School of Computer Science, Project Conway is an innovative interactive computer game and art installation. The idea is pretty simple: a player ‘creates’ a life via a special website

Robert Jarvis: about North

Robert Jarvis: aboutNorth

Saturday 12 July to Sunday 24 August 2014
Free admission, the Drawing Room


If the stars were a musical instrument, how would they sound? Inspired by a visit to Armagh Observatory, Robert Jarvis created this sound installation, showing concurrently with the Front Room exhibition.

Display Space

Display Space

Saturday 26 July to Sunday 24 August 2014
Free admission, the Front Room

The Beaney Front Room takes you on a journey into the Infinite void with a group exhibition by local artists that interprets the great unknown, exploring planets, stars, alien landscapes and black holes.

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

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2013

Friday 8 August to Sunday 2 November 2014
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.

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.

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