Guided tour of Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, and Canterbury walk
Guided Tour | The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge
Monday 27 March 2017 - 10:30
Beaney House is home to a variety of paintings by British artists who were connected with Kent and depict Kentish scenes, mostly from the late 19th and early-mid 20th centuries. Artists such as John Ward, Laura Knight, Walter Sickert and Fred Cuming are represented in the gallery. Thomas Sidney Cooper’s spectacular bucolic and animal scenes are displayed in glorious profusion. As well as local artists there are Dutch paintings and a fine collection of Italian prints and drawings, including works by Francesco Guardi and Canaletto. The Beaney is also home to an eclectic collection of artefacts from all over the world brought to England by several explorers during the 19th century. The group will be guided by the collections manager, and will also hear a talk from the director about the Beaney, its history and mission and its ties with Art Fund.
In the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of ancient Canterbury by Blue Badge guide Olivia du Parc Braham. For 300 years in medieval England, Canterbury was the pilgrimage capital of the country. The walk (which will take about two hours) will look at the legacy of the cult of Saint Thomas à Becket via the beautiful monastic buildings, friaries, alms houses, hostels and churches that you can still find in Canterbury today.
This event has been organised by the Kent Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.