Cross Dressing Talks and Exhibition, Kent History Centre, LGBT Month February 2014

Through LGBT month, February 2014, a series of talks on the history of cross dressing will be held at the Kent History Centre, including on Lady Hester Stanhope (6th February), the photographer Tessa Boffin (13th February) ( and Cross dressing in Shakespeare’s England (20th February)

Cross dressing talks poster, KHLC

All talks are free but booking is advised. Contact Elizabeth Taylor on

This is to compliment a collaborative cross dressing through the ages exhibition by Kent History and Library Centre and the University for the Creative Arts. UCA will be exhibiting the 1980s-1990s LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) photographic work of Tessa Boffin, who undertook work around AIDS, and cross dressing.

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Above, Tessa Boffin photography on herself cross dressing, posing as different figures, man women, or all together genderless. Tessa Boffin archive is held at UCA Maidstone.


Art Schools of Kent Book Launch Update

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On the 9th January,

David Haste, artist and previous head at Fine Art, at Canterbury, Kent Institute of Art and Design launched his book ‘Art Schools in Kent’ in Rochester Library. He gave an engaging talk to an interested audience about his intensive research showcasing past images of student and art school life from the many art schools that previously existed, including Maidstone, Canterbury, and Rochester

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Books are still available to purchase from David Haste in the Library, by cash or cheque.

Bob Godfrey Talk, Farnham Public Library, 28th January 2014

Farnham library on Tuesday 28 January at 7.30pm

General information

A talk by James Walker, Lecturer of visual theory at UCA, on the Bob Godfrey archive held at the University of the Creative Arts.

The Bob Godfrey archive includes his animations from Henry’s Cat and Roobarb and Custard which will be familiar to everyone who grew up on the 1970’s and 80’s.  

It also holds some collaborative work with Steve Bell, political cartoonist on the series Margaret Thatcher – Where I am now, 1999

Bob Godfrey taught animation at West Sur­rey School of Art and Design.


Tickets are £5  including tea or coffee.

Book online using debit or credit cards.

Telephone debit/credit card bookings on 01483 543599. A small handling charge may apply.

Tickets can also be bought in person from any Surrey library. 

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Art Schools of Kent, Book Launch, 9th January 2014

Kent’s art school heritage captured in new book

The University for the Creative Arts (UCA) Rochester is to host the launch of a new book detailing Kent’s rich art school heritage.

Author David Haste, who was the Head of Fine Art at UCA’s founder institutions, the Canterbury College of Art and the Kent Institute of Art and Design in the 80s and 90s, will be available to sign copies of his new work, entitled The Art Schools of Kent.

The launch will take place in the library at UCA Rochester on Thursday 9 January from 12 noon and will include an introductory talk by David Haste about his archival and field researches and original discoveries.

David said: “I’m delighted to be launching my book at UCA Rochester – an institution that continues the long and rich heritage of delivering design education in this part of Kent.

“By 1900 Kent had over twenty-five government sponsored art schools, including the Rochester School of Art which became the Medway College of Design – the precursor to UCA Rochester. My book celebrates the entire life cycle of these art schools over two centuries, from inception to closure and in so doing defines the ‘English art school’, a unique institution upon which all nationally approved art schools were modelled.

“I have an innate belief in the endemic value of art education and its assured continuity, as has been realised across the centuries in successive incarnations whether as workshops, academies or art schools. I am confident that art education remains fully engaged and is poised for a successful future through new and different institutions.”

The launch of The Art Schools of Kent is free and open to the public. To reserve a place, contact: Caroline Bozier E: T: 01634 888649

1961 Fashion Exhibition

1961 Fashion Exhibition