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Arts and Culture in Ashford

Forthcoming Events:

Saturday 14th November, 7:30pm – St Mary’s Church
St Mary’s Church, The Churchyard, Ashford, Kent, TN23 1QG
Africa to Appalachia
Canadian banjo meets African griot singer and kora player in ‘Triumphant’ Album (The Observer)
Adults £10, 
Concessions and Students £8, 
Family (2 adults 2 children) £24, 
Children £3 - 
Tickets available from Ashford Tourist Information Centre
18 The Churchyard, Ashford, Kent, TN23 1QG
01233 629 165

Friday 27th November, 8pm North School, Essella Road, Ashford, Kent, TN24 8AL
Concluding Autumn 2009 EQUATOR hosts an evening with folk Star Pete Coe. The one man folk
industry will be performing an array of songs from his vast repertoire of traditional and original pieces.
Adults £12, 
Concessions and Students £10, 
Family (2 adults 2 children) £28, 
Children £4 - 
Tickets £1 extra on the door
Tickets available from Ashford Tourist Information Centre
18 The Churchyard, Ashford, Kent, TN23 1QG
01233 629 165

Artists Open House, Forge House, High Halden
Nov 14 6.00pm to 9.00pm
Nov 15 10.00am to 6.00pm
Nov 16 10.00am to 6.00pm

West End Gallery Christmas Exhibition, Smarden
Nov 8 - Dec 24
Thurs-Sun 10.00am to 6.00pm

AVA Christmas Exhibition, Godington House
Nov 28 - 30
Daily 11.00am to 4.00pm


If you are into your arts and culture then you have a number of choices available to you:

Ashford Visual Arts:
Founded in 1999, AVA aims to develop the practice and appreciation of the visual arts in the region by promoting exhibitions and events. Members include artists in the fields of painting, photography, video, graphics, textiles, installation, sculpture, metalwork, jewellery, furniture design and other media.You can find out more about Ashford Visual Arts by
clicking here.

Ashford Photographic Society:
Their meetings are a mix of Speaker Evenings, League Competitions and Themed Competitions. If you
are in to photography, you can find out more by
clicking here.

Stour Valley Arts:
Kings Wood is a 1500-acre forest in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in Challock, Kent. It is managed by Forest Enterprise for conservation, recreation and timber production.
The forest is an ancient woodland site with both broad-leaved trees and conifers: species include sweet chestnut, beech, Corsican pine and Douglas fir. It is home to a huge diversity of flora and fauna, including fallow deer, adders, nightjars, green woodpeckers, lesser and greater spotted woodpeckers, foxgloves, bluebells and woodspurges.
Since 1994, SVA has commissioned artists to make sculptures within the forest and also other kinds of artworks. Artists who are particularly responsive to the nature of this working forest are invited to spend long periods here. As a consequence of their close and sympathetic involvement with the forest, they often use natural materials found in the immediate area, and engage with seasonal and growing cycles.
Sculptures that have been built using natural materials gradually change, even though, for some, the process will be longer than for others. All will eventually become part of the natural forest cycle of decay and regeneration. Day to day, they are transformed by light, weather and seasonal occurrences. Colours and surfaces are alternately dulled and brightened by rain, sun, frost, etc. Weather also affects the visability audio qualities of particular works. If you want to know more about Stour Valley Arts Project
click here.

Ashford Music Society:
To find out more about them contact 01233 622971.


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