The Alexander Collection 2022 will launch at The Alexander Centre in Faversham from May. The Collection is marking the centre’s ten year anniversary as a Community Interest Company, with a unique year-long exhibition of modern British art.
The concept of using the space to house an exhibition of British artists was conceived seven years ago. The fully restored public rooms provide an opportunity for artists to showcase their work to the local community and visitors from surrounding areas.
Now in its seventh year, The Collection will feature prestigious works from five nationally and internationally known artists;
Simon Ashmore, is a photographer that uses both analogue and digital technique to create expressive, often abstract images. Simon forged his early career as a documentary photographer working in East London. His debut book ‘I Am Not The Rain’ was published in January 2022.
David Hayward, studied at the Royal College of Art, Canterbury School of Art and Architecture and Cheltenham College of Art & Design. He works full time from his studio in Chilham and has private collections globally.
Estelle Jourd, is inspired by the sea and sky of the North Kent coast where she has lived most of her life. Her oil paintings are manifestations of emotions and experiences. Alongside her canvas work she experiments with sculpture and working with tactile surfaces.
Jeff Lowe, is internationally renown for his large scale sculptures but for The Collection he will showcase an edit of paintings. Jeff lives between Kent and the Algarve and is represented by Pangolin London.
Gabrielle Nesfield, studied at Canterbury College of Art, then for three years at the Royal College of Art, London. For many years she was a sessional lecturer in Painting at the Kent Institute of Art & Design. Gabrielle spent a period of time in the South of France where the light and vibrant colour had a formative influence on her work. She is particularly drawn to working from sculpture of all periods; the figure in all its aspects is an abiding theme in her work.
The previous Alexander Collection was launched in January 2020, and was sadly closed shortly after due to the Coronavirus pandemic. In co-operation with our alumni artists from the previous years, and guest artist Rose Wylie, The Virtual Alexander Collection was launched. These unique works of art were produced by our alumni during the lockdown period and generously made available online for The Alexander Collection.
" I have enjoyed working with the organisers to help choose this year’s painters and photographers, and select the final works for the exhibition. Giving artists the opportunity to be shown at The Alexander Centre, as well as creating an artistic ambiance for those using the building, is a clever use of the space and an asset for the community. "