Artist Jane Furst
Artist Jane Furst
Published: Friday, 29th April 2022

Paintings and prints from a nationally renowned creative are now on display at Rochester Art Gallery.

Entangled Realms by Jane Furst opens at the gallery in Rochester High Street today, Friday, 29 April, and is available to view until Saturday, 16 July.

Jane Furst is a nationally known painter and printmaker who lives and works in Rochester. Her work explores visual studies and natural form, and has featured in and around Medway, as well as the V&A, Wellcome Collection and Ernst Haeckel Haus in Germany.

Entangled Realms was created from Jane’s interest and passion for art and science, and explores metaphors hidden in objects including boats, the sea, stars, the moon and the sky.

The exhibition is made up of prints, including re-imagined Renaissance portraits of ships and the sea. It also features a series of crowns created from natural materials, found in Jane’s River Medway collaboration with Ben Sadin 2019.

Residents will be able to work alongside Jane and try their hand in natural art, with a free crown making workshop in the art gallery activity space on Saturday, 28 May. Residents can create a crown from natural forms and recycled materials with the drop-in activity suitable for all ages, with children aged eight to 15 years-old accompanied by an adult.

An art piece from the new Jane Furst exhibition

An art piece from the new Jane Furst exhibition

Showcasing nationally renown local artists

Cllr Howard Doe, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “I am pleased that the new Entangled Realms exhibition is open at Rochester Art Gallery for residents and visitors to enjoy. I look forward to this year’s Medway Print Festival, where this exhibit will be featured, and I would encourage residents to visit Entangled Realms and learn from the nature-based artwork. Showcasing nationally renown local artists supports Medway’s cultural strategy, delivered by Creative Medway, and aim for the area to be internationally recognised for its creativity and culture by 2030.”

The exhibition forms a part of the annual Medway Print Festival, which will run from Saturday, 4 June until Sunday, 19 June this year. The Medway Print Festival will see a commemorative crown, made by Jane, for Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. A fantastic range of events across Medway are being held to celebrate Her Majesty’s jubilee including beacon lighting, a spectacular Platinum Jubilee Medway River Pageant and street parties.

A crown piece from the new exhibition

A Jane Furst crown piece


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