‘Valley of Vision’ – Help uncover the stories of the Darent Valley

Free family-friendly workshops in October

What stories are hidden in the Darent Valley? Do the ancient buildings have fascinating histories? Are there mysteries and legends in the woods? Does a favourite walk pass through land rich in tales and characters? Kinetika and the Darent Valley Landscape Partnership Scheme need help from local people to find these stories.

Victorian artist Samuel Palmer was inspired by the landscape of the Darent Valley, calling it his ‘Valley of Vision’. Now artists are looking at the Valley again to draw from it the stories of its places and people, its history and myths.

Local people are invited to join artists from Kinetika to share and capture their stories, memories and personal connections to the Darent Valley landscape through a series of free family-friendly informal creative workshops. No previous artistic experience or skill is necessary, just a willingness to share your own stories and links to the landscape.

This is phase 1 of the project inspired by Samuel Palmer’s paintings to explore, reveal and celebrate the stories of individual places and local landscapes of the Darent Valley. The Inspired Palmer Landscape project will lead to a celebration in 2021 to share the stories gathered with the wider community, for them to enjoy and learn about the Darent Valley’s heritage and celebrate their own personal connections to the landscape.

Morning sessions are in Creative Writing and Drawing. Participants are asked to bring along a postcard, photo or painting of a local landscape for inspiration so stories about these places can be gathered and shared. Examples of Samuel Palmer’s Darent Valley paintings will also be on hand for inspiration.

The afternoon sessions offer the opportunity to work closely with Kinetika artists in a hands-on batik silk painting workshop. Kinetika has established a world-wide reputation for its beautiful designs and silk flags; and this is the first time the company has offered workshops in Kent. Using drawings from the morning session or postcards, photos or paintings of a local landscape, the workshop will demonstrate how to scale up a drawing and transfer it on to silk using wax and colourful silk dyes.

The workshops are free and open to all. Please book places via the events page on the Darent Valley Landscape Partnership Scheme website.

Kinetika is also offering to run tailored workshops for groups in the Darent Valley. For more information about this or for any queries relating to the workshops, please call Jo Beal on 07966 431467 or email jo@kinetika.co.uk

Reserve your free place on the workshops HERE or click on the images below.

Workshop Schedule

Sunday 6th October at Lullingstone Country Park


Sunday 13th October at Westerham Hall


Saturday 19th October at Temple Hill Community Centre


Sunday 20th October at Otford Memorial Hall



Download the flyer here: Darent_Valley_workshops_flyer

Darent Valley flyer to advertise creative workshops 6th to 20th October 2019