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Britain's fourth greatest illustrator tells tales on Chatham

Date: 03/06/2008           Category: Arts and Libraries

PART OF FUSE MEDWAY FESTIVAL - Sat, 31 May - Sat, 14 June Museum of Tales, an online public museum, steps out of cyber-space and into Chatham High Street this June. The exhibition runs from Friday, 13 to Saturday, 21st June 2008, 10am-5pm at Nucleus Gallery, The New Art Centre, 272 High Street, Chatham, Kent. Admission free. Created and curated by Mark Barnes, Museum of Tales: Chatham Town Tales presents a rich tapestry of illustrated yarns woven from history and beyond, inspired by material and manuscripts submitted by members of the public. Award-winning Barnes, who modestly accepts that he is only Britain's fourth greatest illustrator, reconstructs written material into a visual feast. Find out what became of Chatham’s first residents, where to sleep if you get tired in the Chatham of the future and why hippos no longer bathe in the River Medway. Museum of Tales: Chatham Town Tales salutes the forgotten heroes, awakens the ghosts and unravels mysteries certain to get the town talking - a celebration of Chatham’s forgotten past, possible futures and the power of visual storytelling. The culmination of a year-long public art project created by Mark Barnes as winner of the Chatham Vines Public Art Award, sponsored by Medway Renaissance, this exhibition will take you by surprise. Witty, informative and inventive, Museum of Tales guarantees one thing, you’ll never look at Chatham with the same eyes again. The exhibition will then continue for the next 2 weeks in edited form at Café Nucleus. Fuse Medway Festival is a celebration of arts and creativity in Medway. Spanning three weekends of great live performances and exhibitions, the festival includes theatre, indoors and out, cabaret, music, visual arts, dance and a hamper-full of fun for families. Visit www.fusefestival.org.uk to download a free brochure and uncover the full line-up. Alternatively, call box office on 01634 338338 to request a hard copy.