On 1st September Dartford Arts Network (DAN) will be holding an auction event to sell the art works produced for the Dartford Assembly project in 2016 and displayed until recently on the Lowfield Street hoardings.
The Dartford Assembly project was the first of its kind in the town with original art works on boards produced following a public call-out for artists, as well as collages from community workshops and local school and college contributions. The high quality of work meant that the public reaction was overwhelmingly positive and the project’s aim – to bring more public art to the town, as well as to enhance the streetscape of the area – was more than fulfilled. Dartford Borough Council were our partners throughout the project, with generous financial support, and in negotiations with the landowner. With the subsequent progression of works on the Lowfield Street site, the hoardings have now been replaced and the artworks removed with great care by Bellway’s groundworks team.
Dartford Arts Network are determined that these fabulous artworks should continue as a legacy of the history of the Lowfield Street site development, as well as a lasting testament to the creative talents of the Dartford population. The works will be auctioned as part of the Lions’ Community Fayre taking place on 1st September 10am – 4pm.
You can place a bid in advance by emailing us at email@example.com with ‘Auction Bid’ as the subject and stating your name, bid amount and the title of the work you wish to bid on. A gallery of works available for auction can be seen on our website.
If you make a bid via email, we strongly recommend that you still come along to the live event taking place at 2.15pm on One Bell Corner, Dartford High Street as it’s possible you might be outbid on the day!
As well as the original artwork boards (1.2m x 1.2m) we will be holding a Secret Postcard Art Sale – postcards of original artwork will be up for sale, with the artists remaining anonymous until point of sale – there may even be some famous names in there up for grabs!
The net proceeds of the sales will be donated to the Lions’ chosen charity – Ellenor Hospice (minus minimal project expenses). We are very grateful to all the local artists who have agreed for their original works to be sold for this cause.
The Lions’ Community Fayre is on 1st Sep 2019 on Dartford High Street.
The DAN auction will take place at 2.15pm on One Bell Corner.
“My Dartford” by Sue Holmes
As a member of Dartford Arts Network, my contribution to the ‘outdoor gallery’ in Lowfield Street was something close to my heart. I do miss the old shops in our town and became quite nostalgic when researching images of places long gone.
The collage is rather like a map, with a background including brown paper – because Mr Phillips always wrapped our toys in it! The original work, varnished on to a canvas board, took about a month to complete because it is made up of thousands of pieces of torn paper. The black & white images are places no longer remaining – the coloured areas are still here today for us to enjoy.
The photographs are in memory of my father and my husband’s grandmother, who both worked in Heddles department store. The young girl with the monkey (in almost matching clothes!) is me. This is not something that would happen here today, thankfully. However, at the time, many children had their photograph taken outside the market.
“Tidal Tracks” by Kate Withstandley
I was one of the founder members of DAN and have loved being a part of its growth and development. The Dartford Assembly project was fantastic to be involved in and a new experience for me, having never painted on wood or board before.
I am a keen photographer and had a number of images of the QEII bridge from across the water. However it was this shot which appealed to my abstract tendencies too, with the expanse of mudflats in the foreground juxtaposing the colours of the sky above. I used the photograph as a basis to create a painting, following roughly by eye the scene proportions and scale, whilst improvising with texture and colour.
I painted the board with a variety of media – mostly acrylic, but also some emulsion and thick printing ink. I improvised with what I had to hand, focusing more on the colour matching and need, than sticking to a single type. My method of creating art is always very fluid and unrestricted. I leave a lot of the outcome to chance, or, in my mind, to the paint and picture itself. In a way, I feel as if I let it develop how it wants to, as well as guiding it in a direction. So I can’t take all the credit!
“Dartford Skate Park” by Lulu Edmonton
“Ostensibly Elsewhere”by Sam Penman
“Homage to Sir Peter Blake” by Julie Holmes
“Dartford Warbler” by Jayne Gooding
I have always had a passion for nature and wildlife and often draw inspiration for my art from the various flora and fauna that surrounds me. I enjoy combining realism with elements of fantasy or symbolism within my work. I use various mediums, particularly acrylics and coloured pencils. For this piece I have used acrylics as I am fond of the rich colours and vibrancy they have allowed me to achieve. I wanted to illustrate the Dartford Warbler, a species of bird named after Dartford, near to which it was first noted as a breeding bird in 1773. Dartford Warblers’ main habitat is heathland, and they especially like gorse. My piece portrays Dartford Warblers perched on gorse in Dartford Heath, looking at Dartford Town Centre in the distance. I have depicted various landmarks and buildings, including Dartford Bridge, Dartford Library and Holy Trinity Church. I added the whimsical hearts to suggest birdsong, and to add a sense of positivity to the piece.
Works Nos 7 to 10 Available as single works.
17062016a – d by Russell Scott-Skinner
Russell is a multimedia artist from South East London & North Kent who now lives in Croyde, North Devon.
Over an 18 year professional artistic and visual career he has built and sold two successful photographic studios, he has worked commercial video and photography in Morocco, print design and production in Barcelona and also had BBC and press features. His artwork and photography has had numerous group and solo exhibitions in London and across the country.
He states…….’I love what I do! And feel very lucky just to be able to reflect my perspective back onto the world in a visual format.’
Russell has numerous collectors all around the world and is now extremely proud to have Sir David Attenborough as one of the owner’s of his work.
The heart and essence of his artwork and perspective is based around reflecting the energy within and around us. Whether that’s photographic portraiture capturing the energy of the relationships we have with ourselves, each other and / or our environment.
Or whether its the energy held and used by nature to sculpt the world around us. Which is reflected in Russell’s paintings that he describes as organic pieces that are grown rather than painted”.
Works Nos 11 & 12
“Sir Peter Blake” & “Malcolm Allison” by Stephen Oliver
Nature plays a large part in my work — particularly skies and stretching perspectives. I like to represent the ‘feel’ of nature, very often as an abstraction using various techniques in oil, acrylic, or watercolour. Occasionally I also portray the human body.
Being creative is something that has been with me for most of my life. In my teens I was an enthusiastic amateur photographer, and I have been involved with drawing and colour for many years. Trained locally, and supported with self-tuition, I now concentrate on painting and drawing ‘excerpts’ from the natural world.
In 2015 I was asked to contribute to DAN’s Dartford Assembly project in Lowfield Street. The brief was to produce artwork that reflected Dartford’s rich and diverse character. My pieces were portraits of three of Dartford’s celebrated residents:
– J.Edward Oliver (asleep) – famous pop cartoonist (not included in the auction).
– Peter Blake – pop artist, best known for co-creating the sleeve design for the Beatles’ album Sgt. Pepper’s.
– Malcolm Allison – football manager and player.
“Sir Peter Blake” by Stephen Oliver
“Malcolm Allison” by Stephen Oliver