News - May 2016

Art Competition

The art competition winners have been announced and the exhibition has come to a close in April.


The inclusion of 3D work in this competition meant that the judges had more diverse work to consider this time round. Entries came from various groups; from students at Rochester Independent College, to established professional artists, to amateurs like Charles, in his 70’s, who despite sculpting for many years had never entered a competition, or exhibited his work before.


The overall winner was Sue Maddock with “Medway Queen” a collaged piece. Sue’s inspiration came from a local bird. “A swan has made her nest from rubbish below the Esplanade. She’s a local celebrity; a diverse audience pauses to watch her fastidious re-arrangements of the flotsam and jetsam.”


In 2nd place, Marlene Corke with “Baker Street” her incredibly detailed Victorian house.


3rd place went to Rosie James with her stitched textile depicting Borstal 1932-2016.


Judge Heather Haythornthwaite said “The competition succeeded in raising the profile of Watts as a local beneficent organisation. The link between positive well-being and creativity is strengthened by this event.”

Grant Award

Richard Watts Charities support Gun Lane Children’s Centre to the value of £900 to support family days out and Birthing From Within Kent to the value of £400.