Colony was formed in October 2017 following an exhibition at Sun Pier House gallery called “The Magnificent Seven”. The exhibition was a great success and Simon Mills set about forming Colony which included six of the artists who were part of the “The Magnificent Seven” show together with other like minded artists.
Simon says “originally I formed it as a support group for Medway artists as making art is often a solitary pursuit and being part of a group can counteract feelings of isolation. It has grown since then and apart from showing our work together, we intend to publish books that will celebrate the artistic culture of our area”. Colony has already published two books of poetry by Bill Lewis.
Colony members work in a variety of mediums, Painting, Photography, Collage and Mixed Media but they share a passion for art and culture and believe in producing work to the highest standards.
“Another cracking show – always fresh and exciting and providing the audience with some much-needed art therapy. Well done Colony Artists!!”
“Really enjoyed the fabulous art in this exhibition”
“A lovely experience. Thank you”
“Amazing capture of the light”
“What a treat! Very enjoyable”
“Fantastic to see such variety. We really enjoyed the exhibition."
“Great to see a fantastic range of pieces”
“Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge of the art and culture of Medway”
“Great variety of work – lovely to see”
“Delicate, deceptive and evocative. Overall a very calming experience, thoroughly enjoyable”
“I really enjoyed seeing the different way and techniques of art. It was wonderful to see all the art in its different facilities."
“Wonderful selection of work."
“Great exhibition. The mixture of styles is really interesting”
Describe what 'Colony - a community of artists' does.
Brings together a group of artists for mutual support and showing their work.
Tell us briefly about the people in your group. Where do they come from? What’s their background?
Colony is a diverse group of artists based in North Kent who come from a variety of backgrounds including fine art, education, community work, professional design, literature and much more. It's actually difficult to pin down exactly how to answer this question except to say that we are all unique in our approach to our art form and personalities.
Why did you start your group? What are your reasons? What's your story? How did it all start?
The group started as an antidote to the conditioning that artists have been subject to - that we are solitary beings who struggle away in isolation. Colony is a community of artists who support each other.
What do you like best about being part of your group?
A strong sense of community, mutual respect and support.
What is your group's golden moment so far?
We have had many golden moments - the auction we organised during which we raised 7777.00 GBP for Helen's cancer treatment. And every exhibition we have ever had.
Describe a memorable response to your work as an organisation? The way people responded to your work? What was their reaction? What did they say? A lot of people would love to belong to this group.
(See our testimonials on this page).
What is the most exciting part of your work at the moment?
Getting ready for our next exhibition
What is your organisation's dream project?
When we reveal our plans, you will certainly know about it. It’s a bit top secret at the moment.
Anything else you would like to add ? Come to our show and bring your cheque book! or just come and enjoy the show - you’ll always be welcome.