Got to Canterbury!
February 26 2012
A learned reader writes:
I am writing because you recently, and quite rightly, recommended your readers to visit Turner Contemporary in Margate to see the Turner exhibition (the Hamish Fulton show will be worth a visit too).
There are other destinations in Kent that art lovers could set off to with profit, and I would like to put in a plea for Canterbury. The fast train from St. Pancras can now get Londoners to Canterbury in 56 minutes.
Canterbury has three art galleries run by the University institutions in the city - Studio 3 Gallery at the University of Kent (which I run), Sidney Cooper Gallery (Canterbury Christ Church University) and the Herbert Read Gallery (UCA). There is also the Beaney Institute on the High Street run by Canterbury Museums service which is scheduled to reopen after a big lottery-funded make-over in September this year with an Arts Council Henry Moore exhibition. The Cathedral also frequently puts on exhibitions, and is currently home to a very sensitive site-specific sculpture by Antony Gormley.
For a full rundown on Canterbury's cultural offerings, click here.