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Rochester Art Gallery and Craft Case

Rochester Art Gallery and Craft Case features a changing programme of challenging and exciting contemporary visual art.

Four to five exhibitions a year showcase the work of local, regional and international artists - in disciplines from fine art and craft to digital media, performance art and film.

For all exhibitions, Rochester Art Gallery organises workshops and educational activities, often free, led by featured artists. Advance booking is essential as places are limited. Under 16-year-olds must be accompanied by an adult.

Exhibitions and activities

Of Fireships & Iron
2 June – 28 August 2017

Bom Adam Newton

New works by Lily Dudley, Laura Dunnage, Heather Haythornthwaite, Xtina Lamb and Adam Newton.

Winners of the Medway Printmakers Bursary 2017

Rochester Art Gallery & Rochester Cathedral

Five Medway based artists, all pushing the boundaries of contemporary printmaking are showing their work as part of Heatherthe 350 year commemorations of the Battle of Medway and Medway Print Festival 2017. Working in partnership with the Guildhall Museum, the artists used the collection of Dutch prints (currently on display at the museum for the first time), as inspiration for work that explores the location, history and stories of the Dutch raid.

Lily Dudley has devised works with a textured surface, experimenting with iron, screen printing and digital processes, she has used details of a historic engraving to create a narrative.

Laura Dunnage has crafted a collection of hand built, ceramic pieces that shadow the shapes and details of the battleships, referencing archive images of portraits, maps and newspaper articles.

Heather Haythornthwaite’s composite hybrid print uses traditional and contemporary print techniques, exploring the Raid as seen from different cultural contexts, this piece is being exhibited in the Cathedral.


Xtina Lamb has collected objects on mudlarking trips along the Medway shores where the Dutch Raid took place, taking impressions from them to make large scale monoprints with a ghostly resonance of the river's history.

Adam Newton has explored printing on and with iron, using the image of the defensive chain that was raised across the river during the battle, to investigate the wider theme of chains as a symbol and metaphor.Image

#Bom350 #OfFireshipsAndIron

Preview evening Thursday, 1 June 6.30-8.30pm.  All welcome.

Family workshops will accompany the exhibition, details available soon.



Past exhibitions and activities

Marissa Mardon


Find all past exhibitions and activities




Arts news and events

Rochester Art Gallery promotes engagement, participation and accessibility to a wide audience.

Join our mailing list for arts news and events by contacting the Arts Development Team on

01634 338319 or arts@medway.gov.uk

Connect -  a Professional Artists' Network

Professional artists who live or work in Medway can join Connect. Contact the Arts Development Team.

Rochester Art Gallery also offers a CPD programme for professional artists that includes:

  • professional mentoring
  • artist's talks/panel discussions  
  • networking opportunities

Rochester Art Gallery and Craft Case is on the ground floor of the Medway Visitor Information Centre at

95 High Street, Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX

Opening hours

  • Monday to Saturday - 10am to 5pm
  • Sunday - 10.30am to 5pm
  • October to March - Closed on Sundays except during special events

Opening times may vary during bank holidays. Please check in advance.


Rochester Art Gallery is fully accessible with wheelchair access and disabled toilets.

Local history exhibitions

Exhibitions on local history can be found at the Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre and the Guildhall Museum.


Xtina Lamb