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05 - 17 March 2010

The Beaney Institute in Canterbury is home to the City's major collection of paintings. The building was due to undergo a period of major refurbishment, leaving the gallery closed to the public for an extended period. In order to create focus for the images while the gallery was closed, Canterbury city Council commissioned Strange Cargo to work with 60 students from Canterbury High School to produce a series of contemporary images transcribed from six works in the collection.

The students visited the collection to identify individual paintings that inspired them and their brief was to recreate the images for the 21st Century, reflecting issues that affect their own lives and the environment they live in. They worked with a creative team to experiment with a number of techniques in order to realise a very personal vision of their city, creating new versions of the classic works that would have a relevance to a contemporary audience.

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