INTRA is a Medway based arts venue, hosting creative events, classes, activities and studios, and offering one of the best collections in Kent of specialist arts equipment accessible to the general public.
Our not for profit company Intra Arts Ltd. was formed in 2014 when we took on the former Spemco building in Rochester High Street. This Art Deco fronted, Victorian building is much loved in the historic area of ‘Chatham Intra’. Our aim is to provide an arts programme, creative opportunities and education in a space that welcomes people of all ages, abilities and circumstances.
We have built a friendly community of people interested in creativity of all kinds. People come to us to learn specialist skills, make things in company, to get a break from the stresses of their lives, have fun, work on projects collectively and individually, meet other local people, and all sorts of other reasons. We don’t require membership, and we keep prices affordable.
There is a lovely workshop space where we run a programme of creative activities. The space can also be hired by groups or individuals to host meetings, parties or classes.
The studio spaces at INTRA are occupied by artists who bring and share their expertise and equipment with the community. We have Medway Fine Printmakers running a fantastic print studio with an excellent range of presses and courses spanning intaglio, stencil, and relief printing. Unravel & Unwind offer a craft drop-in four days a week where you can learn skills from crochet to decoupage, or bring along a project you are working on and make it in company. We have a small shop of hand printed gifts, stationery and textiles – mostly made on the premises, photographer Rikard Osterlund runs wet plate sessions at INTRA, Glassmania’s Karen Verma hosts glass classes every Tuesday, and dressmaker Christina Kinsey makes clothing and alterations every Friday as one of our coworking members.
INTRA doesn’t currently receive ongoing funding from any public body, but hopefully we will in the future. We do run projects funded by various arts and wellbeing organisations, and offer free and discounted activities as part of those schemes.
For more info see their website: https://intraarts.org/
Heather is inspired by overlooked histories, places and artefacts.
She trained at Bath Academy and specialised in Visual Communication. Her influences include her tutor and concrete poet, John Furnival, who encouraged her to use type, image and meaning freely in her work. She will draw and photograph as research for new work as well as listen to the news and what seems to be swirling through the media.
Frequently the outcome is a print : linocuts and etchings are methods she uses to create monoprints, or multi-layered images. She will collect material occasionally collage or layer it up . More recently she has been making hybrid prints and monoprints. She occasionally screen prints or uses woodletter in her work. As well as working in Rochester she is involved in Artichoke Print, Brixton.
Her studio is the Hazelnut Press, where there are a mouthwatering range of relief and intaglio presses, letterpress facilities and diverse related equipment.
A number of artists work in her printmaking studio on a regular basis. All are patiently awaiting permission to return when the social distancing guidelines are lifted.
Heather welcomes occasional printers at all skill levels and provides an editioning service to artists.
She runs occasional outreach courses in schools , studios and for art groups in Kent and SE London.
MPF are delighted to be linking up with our colleagues at Victoria Printmakers ‘next door’ in Gravesham, several of the Dickens 150 Open Call winners and printmakers taking part in MPF work and learn in studios in both Medway and Gravesend. To find out more about them and their forthcoming online exhibition visit their brand new website www.victoriaprintmakers.co.uk or find them on Facebook @graveshamprintmakers
Fable & Base
Fable & Base is a textile studio based in Whitstable, Kent, producing sustainable, bespoke fabric printed by the metre. The striking plant-based designs celebrate the natural world, bringing the outside inside.
Fabrics are hand screen printed onto heritage fabrics using natural dyes and low toxic dyes.
Fable & Base Philosophy:
Our striking designs are hand printed onto luxurious natural materials Linen, hemp & organic cotton. We love the natural world. Based in the the Garden of England we have a rich landscape on our doorstep full of botanical inspiration ready to pour onto textiles. Our fabrics are hand screen printed in our Whitstable Studio where we create all of our exquisite artisan cloth.
We take a slower approach to how we produce our textiles. At the heart of our work we embrace pattern, shapes and colours, discovered in our local heritage and surrounding landscapes to create cloth that tells a story. We celebrate local traditions raising awareness of their provenance.
We only working with natural materials including linen, hemp and organic cotton base cloths. We use eco friendly and natural dyes.
Francesca’s grandfather moved to London from Munich in 1930, where he had been an agent for Spitzenhaus (lace house) Klauber. He set up a lingerie textile business in London’s Regent Street and Great Sutton Street, which he ran successfully until the late 70s when textile production began moving overseas. Her family then moved to Kent to start one of the early UK organic farms and organic farm box schemes.
Having been a part of the “slow food movement” all her life and now witnessing it go mainstream in recent years, she is keen to promote the same ethos throughout her work. Her aim now is to create a business model that provides studio-produced textiles, which have been carefully sourced, printed and made locally whilst working with the community to grow the business and build a creative hub to inspire future generations.
Rochester Art Gallery
Rochester Art Gallery features a changing programme of exciting contemporary visual art, holding four exhibitions a year which showcase the work of emerging and established artists from both Medway and beyond. Recent shows have included textiles, photography, printmaking and painting.
The gallery has been a key partner in Medway Print Festival since it began and devise annual print exhibitions as part of the MPF programme, working closely with local print studios including INTRA and Hazelnut Press.
In 2020 the gallery held its first Print Open Call for Dickens 150. Previous printmaking exhibitions include shows by Medway Fine Printmakers and London Print Studio, as well as shows by Emma Stibbon RA, Billy Childish, Neil Bottle, Shelly Goldsmith and Wendy Daws as well as a host of other talented local and regional makers.
Rochester Art Gallery is funded and supported by Medway Council through the Arts Development Team.
Information for visitors
You can find the gallery in the Medway Visitor Information Centre at 95 High Street, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1LX
Opening hours Mon-Sat 10am – 5pm
Rochester Art Gallery and the Medway Visitor Information Centre are closed until further notice to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
The gallery is on the ground floor and is fully accessible to wheelchair users.
Find us on instagram @rochesterartgallery
on Facebook @Rochester Art Gallery & Craft Case
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