Silver Boat

Rachael Dickens, Lives on the Kent coast where she swims in the North Sea all year round. She collects scraps of fabric on the beach which she uses in her stitched work. These sea washed fragments speak of journeys, of being tumbled and tossed and swept along by forces out of their control.  Much like the desperate journeys of refugees fleeing from war or persecution. 
The work resonates with  fragility and vulnerability but the little boat symbol which appears throughout her work imbues a sense of hope and endurance.
The tiny silver boats hang on long sterling silver chains and nestle at the heart- centre of the wearer, a place of love, compassion and gratitude. Each has a tiny bronze anchor conveying security and stability.   Every piece is hand made and cast in solid silver and bronze. Only a limited number of fifty will be made to coincide with this exhibition so please buy now to avoid disappointment.

Solid silver boat on 60cm chain with bronze anchor £95.00 each. 34% of the purchase price of every necklace goes directly to KRAN. Kent refugee Action Network.

They are on show with other work including paintings and ceramics, at the Fish Slab Gallery in Whitstable 

from 6th -12th March 2019.

Rachael will be at the gallery every day from 10-5pm. If you can’t get there, but would like to purchase a necklace to support KRAN please get in touch with Rachael directly.

Kent Collects Folkestone Museum March 22-May 14

Karen Pamplin Browne is a Folkestone based artist and curator who’s photographic and participatory work explores themes of collecting.

Five  artists who use collecting as part of their work are showing together at Folkestone Museum art space.

John Wiltshire

Rachael Dickens

Ann Bridges

Uli Jaeger

Malcolm Allen

  • There will be a photographic ‘collection of collections’ and the
  • Found in Folkestone Beach Hut Museum.


Figures in a floating Landscape Turner in the South Horsebridge Centre Wednesday 22nd -Sunday 27th February

Turner in the south


Composer Peter Coyte and  Choreographer Dora Frankel  are working on a new dance piece with two contemporary dancers.  Researching new work using sound, music, dance and imagery inspired by Turner’s Kent coast work and environmental change. Visitors will be able to see the evolution of this part of the project over 7 days.

Performance Sunday 25th February 2pm.


After the demolition and the rebuild I can hold still and relax .

An installation of work by four artists.

Rachael Dickens

Paperface, a stop motion film celebrating and exploring female beauty and ageing.

Mel Powis

Drawings of walks and time.  Stop motion films

Alison Reffell

Chasing shadows, a film from a beach hut residency. The demolition, time lapse film of the house coming down.

Viv Yankah

Still photographs

Using the brand new space that will be my new home we take this opportunity to show films drawings paintings and still photography in a light and beautiful space….and in the larder the bathroom the hall and under the stairs!!

“Shame you have to live here it makes such a good gallery” John Gallen