Saturday evening 4th March 2017 saw the incredibly successful private view of “Awakenings” hosted by Canterbury’s own period Conquest House Gallery. Resident artist and tutor Kathryn Rennie put out a call for artists to submit two and three dimensional works based on the subject of awakening, for an open group exhibition. The response was amazing and submissions flooded in from artists all over Kent, student through to professional creatives.

The evening buzzed with invited guests, enjoying a variety of work occupying every nook and cranny this amazing little gallery offers; also enjoying each other’s company, a good glass of wine and samples of some of the finest raw chocolate I have ever tasted. You could say the evening touched every sense.

Mudlark Wins Art Prize at Conquest House, Canterbury

Winning artist, Gary Phillips was awarded the inevitable bottle of bubbly, £200 and the opportunity to mount a solo exhibition at Conquest House, watch their Facebook page for the up and coming date. PLA registered London Mudlark, Gary created his winning piece entirely from found objects from the river Thames.

So impressed by the quality of the submissions, the judges asked if there could be a runner’s up prize, which awarded four artists the opportunity to mount a joint exhibition at Conquest House. Two of the artists being the characterful Mark Thatcher, and the charming Gesina Triggs.

Kathryn is the most convivial and welcoming of hosts and incredibly supportive and encouraging of all creatives.

Do go along to this exhibition the variety of work is bound to touch everyone who visits. You have plenty of time, it runs until 31 March 2017.