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Rochester Art Gallery and Craft Case
Rochester Art Gallery and Craft Case features a changing
programme of challenging and exciting contemporary visual art.
Four to five exhibitions a year showcase the work of
local, regional and international artists - in
disciplines from fine art and craft to digital media, performance
art and film.
For all exhibitions, Rochester Art Gallery
organises workshops and educational activities, often
free, led by featured artists. Advance booking is essential as
places are limited. Under 16-year-olds must be accompanied by an
Exhibitions and activities
13 March – 21 May 2017 - ‘Enbosu’ - New
work by Wendy Daws
Enbosu is the culmination of a
year-long Arts Council England supported project
called The Value of Touch, led by award winning
artist Wendy Daws.
Enbosu (‘to emboss’ in Japanese)
explores notions of memory and interpretation through touch.
Created by Daws, this new collection of tactile embossed paper
works uses Japanese woodblock printing and low relief casting
techniques to visually represent different eye conditions. The
Japanese method of ‘Karazuri’ (or ‘empty printing’) informs the
aesthetics of the exhibition while the gold reference running
through the work relates to ‘Kintsugi’ - the Japanese art of
repairing damaged pottery with gold and also to the medical use of
gold used in certain eye conditions.
Daws is well known for her inspiring and highly
creative participatory work with marginalised groups, notably blind
and partially sighted and older people. With the participants she
has created a host of remarkable projects, facilitating not only
their creative exploration of the world, but her own artistic
response to what they feel and experience throughout the
The Craft Case will feature work by printmaker
Laura Boswell who has been teaching Daws the craft of Japanese
woodblock carving and printing.
The exhibition interpretation will be produced in
Braille and large print texts.
Wendy will be leading a range of activities as part
of the exhibition including beginning her show with a creative
residency from 3rd March
Sat 6 May
10-30-12.30 or 1.30-3.30pm
Free family 3D making
Join artist Wendy Daws for a hands-on workshop
inspired by her exhibition.
Free but book places in advance by contacting the Arts Team
Suitable for adults and accompanied children aged 7+
Past exhibitions and activities
Find all past exhibitions and
Arts news and events
Rochester Art Gallery promotes engagement, participation
and accessibility to a wide audience.
Join our mailing list for arts news and
events by contacting the Arts Development Team on
01634 33 83 19 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Connect - a Professional Artists' Network
Professional artists who live or work in Medway can join
Connect. Contact the Arts Development Team.
Rochester Art Gallery also offers a CPD programme
for professional artists that includes:
- professional mentoring
- artist's talks/panel discussions
- networking opportunities
Rochester Art Gallery and Craft Case is on the ground floor of
Medway Visitor Information Centre at
95 High Street, Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX
- Monday to Saturday - 10am to 5pm
- Sunday - 10.30am to 5pm
- October to March - Closed on Sundays except during
Opening times may vary during bank holidays. Please check in
Rochester Art Gallery is fully accessible with wheelchair
access and disabled toilets.
Local history exhibitions
Exhibitions on local history can be found at the Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre and the