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Rebecca Green
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Some good news for everyone! Maidstone Museum, one of Kent’s major museums, which also has 9 dolls’ houses in its collections, is opening a collaborative exhibition of dolls’ houses and related work by 12 contemporary artists from London and Kent, on Saturday 15th September.

 

Doll’s houses on show include a magnificent six room estate-made mansion of 1869, owned by the Whatman papermaking family of Maidstone and full of typical Walterhausen furniture, European and British made accessories, also a Silber and Fleming box back of around 1880 decorated in the fashionable ‘Aesthetic’ style. Other gems include a large, detailed room set of a teenager’s bed sit of the early 1960s and a home-made wartime mock Tudor house. Artists showing include an illustrator with a unique and quirky take on the doll’s house world, a 12th scale doll’s house presented in a style of surreal decay, atmospheric photographs of a vintage doll’s house interior and small houses made entirely of beach combed rubbish, together with several thought-provoking doll’s house related installations.

 

This is an exhibition that will appeal to doll’s house enthusiasts and anyone who likes to have their imagination challenegd on the concept and meaning of a small or miniature house.

 

There is an opportunity to ‘meet the artists’ on Saturday 15th September from 11am to 1pm, as well as workshops and events, including a miniaturist’s fair on Saturday 3rd November. Re-imagining the Doll’s House runs until 10th November 2018.

 

For full details go to

www.maidstonemuseum.org

This exhibition would not have happened without DHP&P. Member Veronica Tonge approached Maidstone Museum at the beginning of this year, to ask if she could research their large 1869 doll’s house, with a view to writing an article for DHP&P ezine. It is a large nursery version made by the estate carpenter of Vinters Estate in Maidstone, owned by the famous 18th century papermaking family Whatman, who invented the ‘wove’ paper used by many famous artists at the time and since. It is crammed with ‘Walterhausen' and other typical 19th-early 20th Century furniture and fittings, plus some home made items. Whilst she was researching, she suggested that as they had several doll’s houses ranging from the early Victorian period to Barbie, they should consider a special exhibition of them as they would be extremely popular with their visitors. By chance their small temporary exhibiton gallery was free this Autumn so they asked her to research their 9 houses for exhibition and also supported the  idea of adding 12 contemporary artists, all of whom have explored doll’s houses or small houses in their work, to the mix! This will be a unique opportunity to combine the historical doll’s house with a creative exploration from artists, and Veronica hopes that it will stimulate a whole new audience for the doll’s house as a significant social history/art object with many interpretations.

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Rebecca :)

September 8, 2018 at 2:28 AM Flag Quote & Reply

theinfill.wordpress.com
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Sounds truly amazing!  Many thanks for the info :)

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September 8, 2018 at 9:58 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Rubyred
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The Re- imagining the Dolls House Exhibition runs from October 15 to November 10 every day, except Mondays. Check out the Maidstone Museum for more information. The exhibition is free and it will be wonderful. Very near to Maidstone East Station. I am exhibiting two large paintings and four small gouache and ink works. It will be fun and the museum itself is very interesting to look round as well. Recommend to all. It is a mixed show with models, films, sculpture, dioramas and  creative artwork, all based on dolls houses as inspiration.

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September 8, 2018 at 1:22 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Brooksey
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It sounds wonderful! 

September 8, 2018 at 6:25 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Rosemary
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It says September 15th, Jenny, not October!

September 9, 2018 at 2:53 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Brooksey
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I'm now planning a three-day trip to Kent in October to be able to see this!

September 9, 2018 at 10:32 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Rubyred
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Rosemary at September 9, 2018 at 2:53 AM

It says September 15th, Jenny, not October!

Yes, sorry, my silly mistake, and to confirm yes it is definitely September 15!!

Thanks for pointing this out.

Cheers.

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September 10, 2018 at 4:45 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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