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Exhibition, Sat 6 May - Sun 25 Jun 2017, free entry


The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge

The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge

© Guy Gardner


The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge

01227 862162


18 High Street,

Events at this Venue

date event
Fri 14 Apr - Sun 14 May An Outsider's View: Canterbury through the lenses
Sat 15 Oct - Mon 1 May Home Front Britain: 1914 to 18
Sat 6 May - Sun 25 Jun Drawn from Life: People on Paper
Sat 20 May - Sun 2 Jul Henry's Demons: a dangerous road to recovery


Drawn from Life: People on Paper brings together work by some of the biggest names in 20th and 21st century British art including David Hockney, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Lucien Freud, Anthony Gormley and L.S. Lowry.

Part of a national tour to celebrate the Arts Council’s 70th Anniversary, the exhibition includes some of the finest drawings from its collection. Works cover the last 100 years and although there are some surprising similarities through the decades, there is also huge diversity in the approaches and techniques used.

Early twentieth century works include pieces by Gwen John and the intricate patterns of Harold Gilman, mid-twentieth-century artists include George Fullard and John Golding and the exhibition is brought up to date with the imaginary figures of Charles Avery and Mimei Thompson.

The majority of works in the exhibition are drawn from observation, though some are from memory or imagination. Some are unfinished studies while others are finished works in their own right. The exhibition also includes work created early on in artists’ careers such as a self-portrait by Richard Hamilton from 1938, Mrs Ash Asleep by Howard Hodgkin from 1952 and Peter Blake’s Portrait of a Man from 1950.

Works from the Arts Council Collection are complemented by a number of loans from the British Council Collection.

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Event details

Dates Times
Sat 6 May - Sun 25 Jun 2017


Free entry



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Map reference: TR 148578  Lat: 51.27968 Long: 1.07946

The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge is located in Canterbury high street adjacent to Best Lane.

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Canterbury West station


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  • YesSteps to the main entrance
    • 5
      Number of steps to entrance
    • YesHandrail by steps
  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesVegetarian
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)
  • YesHearing loop installed in public areas


  • The Best Lane entrance is step free (lift), it is well lit and has an automatic door.

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