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Finding that creative streak

A centre for disabled people in Sussex is using art to boost the confidence of its clients...and produce remarkable paintings.


Sporty sculpture exhibition

Bronze sculptures by some of the UK's top artists are on display in Oxford to celebrate the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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Smuggled art goes under the hammer

'The Abduction of Helen of Troy', Credit: ITV Meridian

A painting smuggled out of Russia by its aristocratic owner during the Bolshevik Revolution is going under the hammer in Canterbury.

Its owner rolled up the canvas when they fled Crimea to Constantinople over ninety years ago. The man then passed it onto his grandson.


Man who lives with a puppet

by David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

A student at the University of Kent has attached himself to a life-size puppet skeleton for two weeks, wearing it everywhere he goes, day and night. Peter John-Morton says the work, called Ridley, "gives a dead object the chance to experience the phenomenon of life".

David Johns has his story, talking to puppet man Peter John-Morton, stage manager Lizzie Watkins, and Peter's girlfriend Lucy Western.


Art beneath the dockyard timbers

An art exhibition with a difference has opened in north Kent not in a gallery, but beneath the ancient timbers of Chatham's Historic Dockyard.

The works exhibited owe much to the light and life of Chatham's watery past. As Jenny Line reports it's a history stretching back to centuries past - and for one artist at least, a very personal perspective.

Jenny speaks to Alex Patterson of the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, and exhibitors Sheilagh Dyson and Jack McDonagh.

Art House

East Kent's newest cultural venture has been launched - the Updown Art Gallery in Ramsgate. The gallery is in a converted Victorian house and it will show modern art from Britain and America.

The first exhibition is from Sir Peter Blake, the Kent-born pioneer of British pop art. The interviews are gallery director Kate Smith and Laura Sandys, MP for South Thanet.

Water wonderland in Maidstone hospital

Maidstone A&E
Maidstone A&E Credit: ITV Meridian

Pupils at a school in Snodland in Kent have redecorated Maidstone Hospital's A and E department.

Students studying GCSE art visited the hospital site to take photographs and make careful plans and drawings before returning to school to work on their designs.

Holmesdale’s Head of Art, Mrs Fenella Ross-Elmer, said: “This was a valuable opportunity to extend our students’ skills in a professional situation."

"It gives us the chance to enrich the lives of children waiting in the emergency area, to add a splash of colour and to create a visionary space for those waiting.”

New children's waiting area
New children's waiting area Credit: ITV Meridian
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