Cotton Tales at the New Kent Art Gallery

Photographer Mel Chennell is one of the exhibitors

Artist-curators Brian Hodgson and Karen Hiscock-Lawrence are looking forward to welcoming art lovers to the New Kent Art Gallery this weekend for their ‘Cotton Tales’ Eggstravaganza.

There’s certainly nothing Peter Rabbit-esque, no Flopsy and Mopsy in this Cotton Tale of fine art at the Broadstairs’ gallery as the region’s fabulous artists put their work on show.

Paul Mitchell

It’s a welcoming introduction to Spring following a lengthened, cold snap and the art gallery now presents a three week show, bounding into spring in artistic fashion with over 100 paintings, sculpture, photography, printmaking, ceramics and more!

Darren Lewis

“There will be will vibrant oil and acrylic pieces by Darren Lewis, Paul Mitchell, Anthony Giles and Carl Scarlett,” explained the gallery owners.

“Lee Herapath-Bates, Melanie Tong and Bruce Williams’ beautiful subtle toned coastal studies will sit alongside wonderful charcoal studies by Neil Dixon and abstracts by Sarah Stokes will bring a flash of colour to proceedings.”

Sarah Stokes

It’s not just the art that is going on show either, with the gallery pair hinting at maybe some Easter bunnies and spring flowers making appearances.

Janie Grout

The exhibition promises to be a wonderful mix of contemporary and traditional art for all tastes with photography and ceramics being added to the Easter fun.

A gallery spokesperson added: “The wonderfully talented Mel Chennell will be exhibiting her minimalist photography of Kent and London vistas.

“She will be joined by printmakers Andy Johnson and Ieuan Edwards and mixed media marvel Janie Grout whilst there’ll be ceramics by Sue Fields, E J Laven and Charlie Russell who are regulars at the gallery, but this Easter will see new fresh works to delight visitors.

Charlie Russell

“Charlie’s House Goddesses are featured at Turner Contemporary and have proven to be very popular with all.”

As always, Hodgson and Hiscock-Lawrence will have a private viewing-meet the artists on Saturday 31 March, between 2pm and 4pm.

The exhibition is open now and runs through to April 8.

The gallery is at 49a Albion Street.


Tues-Fri : 10am – 5pm, Saturday: 10am – 5pm and ​Sunday: 11am – 4pm

Report by Peter Mann