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Exhibition, Fri 6 - Mon 30 Apr 2018, free entry

Conquest House Gallery

Conquest House Gallery


Elspeth Kinneir



17 Palace Street,

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Fri 6 - Mon 30 Apr The Quiet Beauty of the Lomellina


Through April there will be a unique exhibition of photographs of the largest rice producing area in Europe, the Lomellina where the photographer lived for over ten years.

The gallery at Conquest House, one of the oldest Medieval building in the Heritage City of Canterbury and associated with the historic fate of Thomas Becket, will be the venue.

Rice fields are not a vision generally associated with an outsider's image of Italy, the alluring one of sun, sea, wine , pasta, pizza and perhaps the sophisticated one of design, art and music. But when prompted to think about Milanese Risotto, for example, a whole new culture starts to unravel. Its a very ancient one that fascinated the engineer in Leonardo da Vinci and also Neorealist film maker Giuseppe De Santis in his dramatic film Bitter Rice. It is not only highlighted in fine dining today, but is also responding to present day challenges of biological agriculture, and opens scope to the many with dietary conditions and intolerance.

The Lomellina, with its Alpine backdrop lies in the quiet Po plains between Milan and Turin. Bucolic visions of the migration of livestock, memories of the seasonal excitement when the women, the mondine, descended on the Lomellina from all over Italy to sow and weed the rice paddies, a history of shoemaking, and right on the Via Francigena, the ancient pilgrim route that links this world famous cathedral city on Europe's doorstep to Rome, the Eternal City, is the subject of a unique and fascinating insight into a lesser known Italian culture.

Special guests at the Private View on 6th April will be the soloists of the Orchestra da Camera Italiana Antonio Vivaldi, on tour from Mortara. Flute Ludovico Allegro, oboe Federico Allegro, violin Lucia Allegro, harpsichord and conductor Roberto Allegro.

Elspeth Kinneir M.Des RCA studied graphic design and photography in London in the sixties. She worked and travelled extensively in Europe, and is now based in Milan and Canterbury.

Credit cards accepted (with charge)Facilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGerman signs/guidesGift shopItalian signs/guidesAccepts groupsFacilities for corporate hospitality

Event details

Dates Times
Fri 6 - Mon 30 Apr 2018


Free entry



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Map reference: TR 150580  Lat: 51.28127 Long: 1.08154

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Canterbury West station


  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)Credit cards accepted (with charge)
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • German signs/guidesGerman signs/guides
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Italian signs/guidesItalian signs/guides
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
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