At the end of October it’s time to honour lost loved ones again, with one of our favourite festivals. Decorate sugar skulls or lantern shrine jars, screen print tote bags with skull and flower designs, cut colourful papel picado hanging banners, make a skull mask or choose other creative activities in this day inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead.
We’ve been busy at INTRA during lockdown – a refitted windows gallery, a new festival Ebb & Flow, a Pop Up Museum, and more!
For Holocaust Memorial Day and LGBT History Month, we’re proud to be part of ‘Closer Than You Think’, a project bringing together our neighbours The Ship Inn (thought to be one of the oldest LGBT pubs in the country) and the Chatham Memorial Synagogue.
Join in with Hopes & Dreams, and help artist Xtina Lamb to make large illuminated lanterns for the Pentagon Shopping Centre in Chatham, by creating pictures or patterns from plastic bags.
Happy Diwali! Our window gallery is lit up with a beautiful new installation by Jas Dhillon – cotton choonis (dupattas/shawls/scarves) screen printed using Punjabi text and hung against a backdrop of fairy lights in keeping with the Indian festival of lights.
The Chatham Intra area has been awarded £1.6m Heritage Action Zone funding from Historic England for regeneration in the area. The focus is on bringing the history and heritage of the area back to life, and boosting the local economy by 2024.
We are very lucky to have a wonderful textile artwork in our windows through July. One of our regular print studio members Rosie James has been making a series of fantastic portraits through lockdown, in her signature style drawing with threads and leaving the ends hanging loose.
For the safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors to INTRA during the COVID-19 outbreak, we have decided to temporarily close our venue from today.
Following the sold-out workshop accompanying Rochester Cathedral’s Museum of the Moon exhibit, we’ll be hosting another chance to screen print souvenir moon and space themed bags and cushions at INTRA.
We’re certain of the important roles that art and kindness play in tackling health and wellbeing challenges. This was one of the reasons that we started our ‘Wave’ arts club for young people aged 15 to 24 who are at raised risk of suicide.