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Contemporary Gravesend artists looking for a home

PUBLISHED: 12:36 20 October 2010

Artist Rosamund Munday

Artist Rosamund Munday

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AN up-and-coming printmaker who is staging her first public exhibition – with the help of a new group of contemporary artists – believes more needs to be done to encourage creativity in the town.

Rosalind Munday, of Beltana Drive, Gravesend, is the latest local artist to display her work at the Riva bar on the Victorian pier after seeing an article in the Reporter advertising for up-and-coming artists.

The artists’ group has been founded by Glen Fitzpatrick, who displayed his drawings in the space surrounding the bar during the summer. After contacting him, the 25-year-old secured a spot in the riverside venue from November 4 until the end of the month.

“I am very grateful to Glen,” Ms Munday said. “I finished university in 2007 but this is my first public exhibition. It got to the point where I was thinking of giving it up and retraining but in my heart of hearts I knew it was a passion that I cannot just turn away from.

“The problem is there just isn’t anywhere to exhibit. I am sure there is the talent here to rival places like Rochester and Canterbury but there is nowhere to display it.”

To support her art, Ms Munday has been working as a part-time bookkeeper and in retail, as well as volunteering at a nursery.

She is now hoping her connection with Mr Fitzpatrick and photographer Naomi Boyle, who is currently exhibiting at the Riva, will inspire others to take part.

Mr Fitzpatrick hopes the Riva could become a second gallery in the town, alongside the St Andrew’s Centre.

“St Andrew’s is more for traditional artwork, which is fine, so I hope the Riva can be for more contemporary work. Modern work for a modern building,” he said.

Ms Munday’s work will be on view in the Riva from 6pm to 9pm on Thursday, November 4, and then during opening hours until November 28.

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