Room arrives in Brighton


It was an early start to the day to try and avoid the rush hour traffic. The Faversham stay was the longest yet, and it will be missed (so i have been told). Especially by the young people who enjoyed the roof-balcony view.

the Brighton Photo Exhibition will see the space recieve a little TLC, with a new floor colour going it. The Show opens next weekend to the public.


ROOM’s next moves..

ROOM is staying on the Recreation ground in Faversham till the Olympic Torch Route passes through the town on the 19th July. Then the space will move to the Stroud/medway area to be part of the project called ‘Urban Fringe’.

After the Summer the ROOM will travel to Brighton to be part of the Photo Bienalle in October, then it spends the winter in Hastings to be hosted by the Sussex Coast College Fine Art Department.

ROOM is currently accepting proposals for projects for January 2013 onwards. To make a suggestion or for further enquiries email


Common Ground Showcasing


 Artists Kate Matthews and Hazel Stone did a  2 week residency in ROOM on Faversham Recreation Ground. During which time they interviewed 70 local people asking them a series of questioned relating to things they like doing, and what places they liked to go to in Faversham. Highlights included sections of ladders growing from floors and ceiling, which were the creative representation of percentage of people would/would not walk under a ladder in the street.

I was particularly taken by their ballon project. They decided one day to fill the large playing field behind the space with red and white hellium balloons. This attracted passer-bys who they then invited to answer a question and be photographed holding one of the the balloons. The question was; Are you in love? The people who said yes were given a red balloon and the ones who said no were given a white balloon. The photographs where then collaged onto the image of the expanded field to show all the answers.

They also made a beautiful string map which was made by projecting the map of Faversham on the wall, then marking where each participant lived with a white flag, then linking each person’s flag to the questions they answered using coloured thread. Some people choose to not identify where they lived, which is why a few of the flags are stuck towards the top lefthand side.

The project was a beautifully bonkers way of mapping Faversham’s residents, both fun and thought provoking. Proving that is not statistics that are boring, but it is what you choose to do with them that makes the difference!

watch the film here ;


10 new works created Here’s a sneaky peak…

See you Sunday!

Favorite Place to Sit in Faversham

My Garden 15%

Abbey Gardens 2%

The Station 3%

Shipyard 2%

Outdoor Swimming Pool 2%

Duck Pond 3%

Front of my shop 2%

Stonebridge 3%

Tescos 3%

The Recreation Ground 40%

Jittermugs 2%

Town Centre 3%

Creek 8%

Sk8 Park 2%

Pub garden 8%

Havershams Coffee House 2%



In 2012, artists Kate Matthews and Hazel Stone were awarded a residency in a temporary space on Faversham Recreation Ground.

In the lead up to the residency, the artists decided to get to know the residents of Faversham and some facts about them by interviewing the people they met at the Recreation Ground and surrounding area. The findings were collated, studied and cross-­‐ referenced to provide data for a series of new works under the banner of ‘Common Ground’.

The showcase for the new work will be on Sunday the 8th of July, 2pm ‐ 4pm. Residents of Faversham and beyond are welcome to come and see the work produced and meet other residents who have  made ‘Common Ground’ possible.

With special thanks to the participants, Furniture Farm, Ashford and Anthony Jefferies  for their kind support and sponsorship