Artists take a taste of Thanet to Whitstable in From The Isle exhibition

From The Isle on show now

Nine artists who have formed a successful art collective at the New Kent Art Gallery in Broadstairs, are showing their collective creativity in Whitstable this March.

‘From the Isle’ is a two week long exhibition at The Horsebridge Centre, which  features a broad range of work from the multi-disciplinary collective of Kent artists.

Artist Curator Karen H-King, from the New Kent Art Gallery, brought the group together during the difficult months of the pandemic, with the aim of supporting the local artistic community and set up the collective as we emerged from the first lockdown.

She said: “We are all experienced artists and makers based on the Isle, who use the coast as inspiration for our work, but have each developed unique creative techniques which results in work that often links a contemporary ‘feel’ with traditional elements.

“The promise of spring and the easing of covid restrictions will bring a sense of liberty and escape to everyone this year and we hope to bring this with us in the work we are exhibiting.”

Each of the Isle of Thanet artists has exhibited widely throughout Kent and the UK, with many of them selling work across the globe. As Whitstable is a well regarded hub for the arts in Kent, the chance to bring their work to a new venue is something the artists are hugely excited about.

The artists and makers are:

Karen H-King (painting and resin pieces)

Brian Hodgson (oil painting)

E J Laven (ceramics & paining)

Cath Deeson (linocut printmaking)

Sea Worn Jewellery (fine silver & sea glass jewellery)

C J Glass (fused glass)

Sian Morgan (painting & illustration)

Gem Blastock (screen printing)

Sarah Stokes (abstract painting)

The exhibition runs from March 2-14 and is open 10am – 5pm Wednesday – Monday with demos and live painting events at the weekends which will be advertised online. Each of the artists will be popping into the show to chat to visitors throughout the exhibition and look forward to meeting you all.

More information can be found online at or

From the Isle – 2-14 March – Horsebridge Centre, 11 Horsebridge Road, Whitstable, CT5 1AF

New Kent Art Gallery exhibition dates

The gallery hosts a regular collective of nine Thanet based artists, who are joined each month by a fabulous guest artist with fresh new work alongside the collective works.

Collective members – Karen H-King, Brian Hodgson, Sarah Stokes, Cath Deeson, Sian Morgan, Jessica Newby, E J Laven, Gem Blastock and Christine Jeffryes.

March 7-20 Eric Honzek – pencil drawings, animals and wildlife

April 18- May 1 Heather Defferary – mixed media landscapes and studies inspired by time spent in France and Kent

May 16-29 Anne-Marie Rymill – original oil paintings and mixed media combining wildlife and mythical elements

June 13-26 Mel Tong – abstract and figurative landscapes which capture the Kent coastline

July 4-17 Fiona Osbaldstone- hugely talented illustrator and artist brings beautiful ceramics and paintings to the gallery

August 8-21 Carl Scarlett – landscapes and seascapes with lively brushwork and distinctive mark making

Sept 19-Oct 2 Paul Gadenne – Sky Arts Landscape Painter of the Year contestant and master of acrylics and oil townscapes

Oct 17-30 John Hughes – intricately detailed large scale oil paintings, plein air studies and pastels

Nov 14-27 Group Exhibition Affordable Art

Dec 5-24 Fire and Frost – the very best of East Kents creatives, artists and makers

New Kent Art Gallery is at 49a Albion Street, Broadstairs


  1. thats what i was getting at peter , i completely agree with you , total waste of money and resources

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