Summer Show Invites

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Thanks to Storm Bird Designs for doing such an excellent job at designing the invitation to the show. We had a amazing response to the call out, thank you to everyone who submitted works. Here is the list of the selected artists names.

Debbie Adams | Ann Bridges | Kyra Cross | Madhura Dickeson | Remy Guy Noe

John Gervaux- Ross | Laurie Harpum | Adam Hanson | Yenti Hsu | Vicki Hay

Victoria Mc Bride | Peter Mollett | Nicole Mollett | Deborah Pugh | Sioux Peto

Chris Reed | Helga Schmitt | Mark Sosbe | Christine Tierney | Janys Thornton |Duncan Ward

Artists Call Out

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Deadline : 19th May 2024

Submission requirements: Up to three works, each no more than approximately 40cm in size.

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To coincide with the arrival of the National Gallery Art Road Trip in Sheerness, we are inviting practising fine artists to submit three works to the Sheppey Summer show exhibition taking place at the Rose Cottage from 14th June- 14th July 2024.

Milton Creek Magic Lantern Show

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Thursday 23rd Sept (6.30pm- 8pm)Milton Creek Magic Lantern show

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Open Aviary

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15th July – 30th August 2016

Julie Bradshaw, Gen Doy, Lynn Dennison, Ann Bridges, Anne Ho Cooper, Karen Crosby, Paul Crocker, Laurie Harpum, Gabrielle Hoad, Amanda Hopkins, Beth Lannings, Victoria Mc Bride, Linda Fraser, Micheala Nettell, Nicole Mollett, Susan Petticrew, Deborah Pugh, Jane Oldfield, Mark Sosbe, Hugh Ribbans, John Gervais Ross.

Island Projects is working in partnership with Sheerness Dockyard Preservation Trust and the Promenade Festival 2016 to create a platform for contemporary art on the Isle of Sheppey. The mobile art space Room has been installed behind the Sheerness Dockyard Church. ‘Open Aviary’ is the first of such exhibitions, and will bring together a selection of high quality artworks which respond to the theme of Flight.

Opening Event
Friday 15th July
3-5pm Room in Dockyard Church
5-8pm Rose Cottage, Sheerness High Street
Refreshments will be served.

Afternoon Closing Party in Room
2-4pm, Sunday 24th July

Rose Street Cottage of Curiosity
Opening Times
15th July – 30th August
11am-3pm Thursday- Saturday
(all week during Promenade Festival)
10 Rose Street
ME12 1AJ

Opening Times
3-5pm Friday 15th July
2-4pm Sunday 24th July
Sheerness Dockyard Church
Garrison Road, Blue Town,
ME12 1RR

Open Aviary

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Island Projects is working in partnership with Sheerness Dockyard Preservation Trust and the Promenade Festival 2016 to create a platform for contemporary art on the Isle of Sheppey. The mobile art space ‘Room’ has been installed behind the Sheerness Dockyard Church, and will be host to a range of artists’ project in the coming year. ‘Open Aviary’ is the first of such exhibitions, split over two venues (Rose Cottage & Room) and will bring together a selection of high quality artworks which respond to the theme of Flight.

This year’s Summer Arts Festival called ‘Sheppey Promenade’ celebrates the Island’s strong connection to the idea of flight both aviation and avian flight. The Isle of Sheppey is home to two bird sanctuaries; Shellness and Elmley. The river Swale provides habitat for many hundreds of species of rare and migrating birds. From Nature to Human innovation; the Isle Sheppey played a crucial role in aviation history, being home to the airfield for many early flights in the UK.

With these two strands in mind, Island Projects is interested in works which embody diverse ideas of flight, both historic and contemporary, mechanical or organic, metaphorical or real. It could be art which talks about imaginary flights, winged beasts, looking towards the sky, being on top of the clouds. We are looking for art which provokes discussion, is visually spectacular and/or site specific.

The exhibition will be selected by Laurie Harpum, Nicole Mollett and Allison Young.

Important Dates
Email Submission Deadline Midnight June 12th
Selection Notification by 20th June
Artwork Delivery Dates (Rose Cottage) Friday 1st or Saturday 2nd July

Open Aviary 2016 -Island Projects

Article about Sheppey Map in WOW Magazine

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Our friends at WOW Magazine have published an article about the Sheppey Map of Creativity written by Geoffrey Reed. It also contains the Map by Victoria McBride as a centre spread. Now hopefully the rest of Kent will get to find out how amazing a place Sheppey truly is, watch this space! For more information about the map project and to purchase a limited edition print go to the ‘Works’ page.


Article about Sheppey Map in Sheerness Times Guardian

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MAp launch Sheerness TIme Guardian coverage

Monsters, Maps and Myths – Exhibition Images

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mmm1    Map of Sea Monsters, by Frog Morris

mmm2Photo Collage of the Mason collection, by Tass Haig


Papercut work by Sarah King, and watercolour by Maryam Has​hemi.



Painting by Amanda Thesiger and Found Object collection by Julie Bradshaw


Work by Laurie Harpum


Zine by Sarah Trillo


Paper cup and Travelcard drawings by Paul Westcombe

Exhibition & Map Launch success

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On Friday 24th July a special event took place in the afternoon on Rose St in Sheerness. The opening of a new heritage and cultural attraction for Swale named ‘The Rose St Cottage of Curiosity’. The event began with an ceremonial untying of the ribbon by Deputy Mayor and  Elizabeth Tullberg our VIP guest. Councillor Mike Whiting was present to congratulate the team of volunteers on all their hard work. This event coincides with the launch of the Promenade Festival, the organisation who is managing the Cottage.

Inside the old Dockyard workers cottage is a collection of unique artefacts and pictures each connecting in some way to the history of the Sheppey. From First World War helmets, to Victorian Button hooks, to children’s toys every object tells story of how life used to be on the Island.
To celebrate the opening of the Promenade festival and the Rose Cottage, local arts organisation Island Projects has commissioned local artist Victoria McBride to create a map of creativity on the Isle of Sheppey. The map will be revealed alongside many contemporary artworks and curious artefacts brought together in ‘Monsters, Maps and Myth’ an exhibition inside the Rose Cottage, curated by artists Laurie Harpum and Nicole Mollett. The exhibition will remain open till the end of the summer holidays.


A review of the show by one of the participating artists;

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‘Monsters, Maps, & Myths’
Rose Cottage of Curiosity
10 Rose St
ME12 1AJ

VIP Launch, 5-7pm , Friday 24th July
Exhibition opening dates
24th July – 2nd August, during Promenade Festival
Thursday, Friday Sat & Sun (not open Mon, Tue & Wednesday)
Exhibition will continue till the end of August, the cottage will be open every Tuesday & Saturday 11am- 3pm.
Rose Cottage of Curiosity is also open by appointment, contact 07775712306