Art & Exhibitions in Maidstone
Maidstone has a vibrant art scene, with a number of galleries exhibiting everything from Old Masters to contemporary works by up-and-coming artists.
Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery
Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery is home to Kent’s biggest publicly owned collection of oil paintings. The 574 oils include works by pre-1800 minor Dutch and Italian Old Masters and a number of rare paintings by Maidstone-born essayist William Hazlitt.
The Museum also houses over 2,500 watercolours and drawings including 40 Old Master drawings and 200 watercolours by Albert Goodwin, as well as over 1,400 topographical views. The print collection comprises 3,500 items with 400 by Victorian printing pioneer George Baxter and 100 by noted engraver William Woollett.
There are bronzes by Jacob Epstein and Henry Moore in the sculpture collection and the museum has a wide collection of decorative arts from ancient civilizations up to the present day, including a particularly fine collection of works from the Japanese Edo period.
The museum also plays host to a number of temporary and touring exhibitions throughout the year. Check the What's On listings for details of forthcoming exhibitions.
Graham is one of Britain’s most popular and best-selling printmakers. A visit to his Studio offers an opportunity to see more than one hundred of his works, including limited edition etchings, watercolours, posters and greetings cards depicting English rural life and history, the Bible and the Englishman’s view of Europe. Studio open days are held regularly and visits can also be made by appointment.
The Graham Clarke Gallery
This is an intimate Gallery in the centre of Maidstone where local artists can create and exhibit their work, and run workshops and classes. It is fitted with hanging tracks along the white walls, with lighting tracks to illuminate the exhibits.
Below 65 Gallery
Below 65 is located downstairs in Gilbert & Clark frame and print shop on the High Street. This modern gallery provides artists with the opportunity to exhibit their work in a fresh new space. It is an ideal venue for up-and-coming artists to showcase their work and gain valuable new exposure.