Artist sets up on Gravesend's Victorian pier
PUBLISHED: 15:00 12 January 2011
A first-time exhibitor has become the latest member of a growing community of artists to show their work at the old Victorian pier.
Andrea Docksey, of Alanbrook, Gravesend, has spent years travelling the world, taking photographs in Jerusalem, San Francisco, India, South America and South East Asia.
Now with the support of an art group established by war veteran and artist Glenn Fitzpatrick and Bar Riva, the 36-year-old is showing her work at an exhibition, Windows of my Mind, opening tonight.
“It is not very often where something like this comes along and you get to exhibit for free,” she said. “I am sure there are a lot of talented people out there crying out for this opportunity so I am very grateful.”
Ms Docksey, who grew up in Gravesend but lived in Israel and India before returning to England, is donating 10 per cent of any profits from sale of works to Cancer Research. “My mum suffered from breast cancer, as did a few of her friends, so it is important to me,” she said.
The owner of a small gardening company, Ms Docksey splits her time between working during the summer and travelling in the winter. “This is the first winter I have spent here for some time,” she said. “You really forget how cold it is, and the snow was quite a novelty.”
She is the latest artist to use the space running alongside Bar Riva which has displayed photography, printmaking and painting. Windows of my Mind is at Bar Riva until the end of January, with free entry.