Arts Week Programme 2017

First launched in 2015 the SANDWICH ARTS WEEK looks forward to its fourth successful year with its extensive exhibition of local artists work in St Peter’s Church and the celebration of Theatre, Film, Music, Writing and Poetry to be held in venues throughout the beautiful medieval town of Sandwich.

Here is this years full programme for Arts Week 2017.

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 15th – The week will kick off on with an exciting production of Shakespeare’s THE TEMPEST at St Mary’s Arts Centre presented by PHOEBUS FIRE, a Kent-based performing arts community interest company helping local and national non-profit organisations and charities to raise money for good causes. All profits from the production are going towards Catching Lives to help with their Open Centre and their winter night shelter project. Tickets from

SEPTEMBER 16th to the 23rd – St Peter’s Church in the centre of Sandwich displaying the work of OVER 40 LOCAL AND SANDWICH BASED ARTISTS (and guest artists from Sandwich’s twinned town Honfleur in France) much of which will be available for purchase will be officially opened by the Mayor of Sandwich.
As well, throughout the week, local sculptors will be displaying and working on their new projects and it is planned that portrait painters will be setting up their easels and creating a portrait as visitors look on.

In addition, THE ARTS SOCIETY SANDWICH has sponsored art awards to students from Sir Roger Manwoods School, and Sandwich Technology School. The winners works will be on display all week.

There will be an ARTS TRAIL featured throughout the town with various shops and venues displaying more local artists work and daily announcements on what events are happening throughout the town.


The event has grown in numbers and popularity since it became part of the Arts Week celebrations two years ago. This year a full days events commence at 10:30 with a poetry reading of original works by the SANDWICH LIBRARY GUILD POETS. Immediately following will be a POETRY WORKSHOP conducted by the local writer and poet GARY STUDLEY.

Then, between 3:15 and 4:30, NANCY GAFFIELD who lectures in Creative Writing at The University of Kent will hold a MASTER CLASS. Finally, there will be an evening gathering between 7:15 and 9:30 in The Kings Arms for readings and discussions by GARY STUDLEY, JEFFREY LOFFMAN, NANCY GAFFIELD and FIONA SAMPSON.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17th – 4pm admission free at ST MARY’S Arts Centre a tour of the 12th century church, now The Arts Centre, will encompass a general talk on the long history of the church and the beautiful Stained Glass windows.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18th – 7.30  for 8.00 . £8.00  with a glass of wine

A lecture and slide show at THE GUILDHALL will be given by local resident and art historian MICHAEL TURNBULL entitled FAMOUS NEIGHBOURS – How Dante Gabriel Rosetti the Pre Raphaelite, James Tissot the French artist, Solomon Joseph Solomon a portraitist and the gifted and influential Walter Sickert found peace and privacy near Sandwich – will be presented by THE ARTS SOCIETY SANDWICH. 


Features extracts from his personal letters set to a score by Stephen Baysted and progressive images of his lifetime work will be shown at THE EMPIRE CINEMA. 7pm £8.00  email :

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20th 7pm  £8.00– JAZZ CLUB Guitarist and Composer RICHARD ROZZE leads a world class Quartet who play a mixture of jazz standards and original material from his album “Learning To Fly’ at an evening’s live performance at the EMPIRE

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st – two PIANO RECITALS to be held at 1:30 and 3:30pm by JULIAN STOWELL at his home in Sandwich. A cream tea will be served. His selection of music is still to be announced. Space is limited so booking in advance is advised. There will be a retiring collection at the door.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st 7pm £8.00 – the film REVOLUTION – NEW ART FOR A NEW WORLD will be presented at THE EMPIRE CINEMA. The creator of the film, MARGY KINMONTH will be in attendance and will give a short talk about her study of Russian Revolutionary Art.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22nd – A talk will be given by local author CLARE UNGERSON on her book FOUR THOUSAND LIVES – THE RESCUE OF GERMAN JEWISH MEN TO BRITAIN, 1939 in the GUILDHALL COURTROOM. Afterwards will be a visit to the newly refurbished GUILDHALL MUSEUM to see the display of memorabilia left by the rescued men and also a visit to the Archives to see the other items stored there.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22nd – 7pm for 7.30pm £10.00

An evening concert at ST MARY’S ARTS CENTRE combines the singing efforts of the local MANWOOD CHOIR and the guitarist skills of Thomas ABRAHAMS in a joint concert entitled SEPTEMBER SERENADE featuring classic American Musical and popular songs from the 30’s 40’s and 50’s. Table seating and open bar provided.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23rd – Tours will be organized at the newly refurbished GUILDHALL MUSEUM to view the newly acquired SANDWICH MAGNA CARTA and other fascinating artifacts from Sandwich’s rich historical past.

A trip up to the top of the newly opened ST PETER’S TOWER is a treat for all the family. See the bells and the 19th century clock mechanism as well as a wonderful view of Sandwich at the top.

The fabulously maintained SALUTATION GARDENS have their Dahlia festival on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th with Steve Edney who over the years has reclaimed what was a neglected jungle of weeds into the showcase garden it is today.

In the meantime, refer to the website for more detailed information and confirmations.

Every Day

An opportunity to see the original Sandwich Magna Carta in the Guildhall Museum.