Billy Childish, artist, painter, author and poet among other achievements, who co-founded Stuckism and was a strong influence on Tracey Emin, opens a major exhibition at the venue where he was once an apprentice stonemason.

As a young man, Childish spent six months in 1976 working as an apprentice stonemason in Chatham's Dockyard, and in 2011 he returned to the Dockyard as its first official Artist in Residence. The culmination of this residency will be this striking new exhibition at The Historic Dockyard's gallery - No.1 Smithery: The Gallery. Curated by London based Steve Lowe, the exhibition will also show a selection of Childish's recorded and written work along with other background material relating to his life and times in the Medway area. This includes his 5th novel The Stonemason, and Drawings from the Tea Huts of Hell - an infamous collection of drawings he made whilst an apprentice Stonemason that led to his acceptance to Central St Martin's School of Art.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Dock Road, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4TZ

01634 823807


Opening times

10 Feb – 2 Dec 2018
10am –​ 4pm (Greenwich Mean Time)
10am –​ 6pm (British Summer Time)

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