Of fireships and iron

Friday 2 June to Saturday 28 August 2017 at Rochester Art Gallery and Rochester Cathedral

This event offers you a chance to see new works by Lily Dudley, Laura Dunnage, Heather Haythornthwaite, Xtina Lamb and Adam Newton (winners of the Medway Council Arts Development Printmakers Bursary).

Five Medway-based artists, all pushing the boundaries of contemporary printmaking, will be showing their work in a special split site exhibition as part of the 350 year commemorations of the Battle of Medway and Medway Print festival 2017.

Working in partnership with the Guildhall Museum, the artists are using the museum's collection of 18th century Dutch prints (currently on display there for the first time) as inspiration for a new body of work. The work explores the location, history and stories of the Dutch raid. Each artist was successful in receiving a special Printmakers Bursary from Medway Council’s Arts Development Team to create new works specifically for the exhibition.

The exhibition includes a new printed piece on show at Rochester Cathedral, created by Heather Haythornthwaite. Heather has made a large nautical themed mixed-media piece, incorporating multiple traditional and contemporary print techniques. Her work is inspired by engravings and documents in the Guildhall collection, exploring the Raid as seen from different cultural contexts.

New work depicting the Battle of Medway from local artist Kevin Clarkson will also be on display at the exhibition. Kevin will be demonstrating the techniques used for the paintings at Upnor Castle in June and August.

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