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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 adult.

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.Starburst

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 collaboration.

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 workshops

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

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Find all past exhibitions and activities




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 arts@medway.gov.uk

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 the Medway Visitor Information Centre at

95 High Street, Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX

Opening hours

  • Monday to Saturday - 10am to 5pm
  • Sunday - 10.30am to 5pm
  • October to March - Closed on Sundays except during special events

Opening times may vary during bank holidays. Please check in advance.


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 Guildhall Museum.