Willis Museum and Sainsbury Gallery
Free Admission, Donations welcome

6-WOMAN ALLIANCE (6-WA) is six artists who originally met exhibiting regularly at Beach Creative Community Arts Hub in Herne Bay, Kent from 2018 onwards in exhibitions House: Paradox, House-Xodarap, Each for Equal, Nostalgia Paradox and House-Bound. Initially we shared a passion for exploring our personal experiences and beliefs around the wider, less conventional issues of ‘house, home and domesticity’.

We use multimedia to explore contemporary, and sometimes political and social issues in painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, photography, installation and found objects. Surreal and psychological concepts are part of our work, which is often ironically humorous.

Five artists are exhibiting: Rebecca Aldridge and Jenny Fairweather (both volunteers at the Willis Museum and Sainsbury Gallery), Joan Hobson (Whitstable), Jenny Kallin (Hackney), Veronica Tonge (Herne Bay). Instagram: #6womanalliance 

We are:

REBECCA ALDRIDGE with a Fine Art degree from Loughborough University. She creates full-scale sculptures of everyday objects and scenes in papier mâché and paints them with acrylic paint in near-cartoon style. Her work explores the boundaries between 2D/3D and reality/imagination. A recurring theme is the representation of women in society.

JENNY FAIRWEATHER, an artist working with themes of absence and home, using collage, photography and mixed media. She has a Fine Art degree from Kent Institute of Art and Design, now UCA. Absence recurs as a theme in her work, finding it expressive of the past and full of potential.  Jenny often comments on social issues in her work, including the housing crisis in the U.K.

JOAN HOBSON: a conceptual artist who likes to surprise herself with her art.  She is interested in exploring memories and the narratives surrounding them. Joan uses painting, photography and small-scale sculpture to express what she remembers.  Her supporting text helps her to examine her memories’ inherent meanings.

JENNY KALLIN: a Fine Arts degree led to commissions for drawings and book illustrations. She makes 2D work in pen and ink, and gouache and 3D work using recycled boxes and cardboard. Ideas are often based on her vintage dolls house collection, exploring themes of imaginary worlds, entrapment and freedom, and the burden versus the secure facility of life in the home. Jenny has exhibited in Herne Bay, London and Edinburgh.

VERONICA TONGE is from a professional background as a museum arts and exhibition curator. Veronica’s personal art practice has always combined meaningful found objects with an interest in domestic history, surrealist ways of working and psychology. Using mixed media, collage and 3D assemblage, often incorporating the doll’s house as a miniature ‘stage’ her work is intentionally open-ended.

Please note the Willis Museum & Sainsbury Gallery will be closed: Wednesday 1 May - Friday 3 May inclusive and Wednesday 8 May 

  • Jenny Kalin
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