A4 Anonymous – Annual Fund Raising Event 2019

Artists, exhibit an A4 size picture at the Fishslab Gallery during the Oyster Festival and help raise funds for the Fishslab. See details below

16th-23rd JULY 2019

Dear Artists and Friends of the Fishslab Gallery
The annual Oyster Festival is a much-loved Whitstable tradition and the Fishslab Gallery A4 Anonymous fundraising event is a key part of this. We are now planning our tenth A4 Anonymous and would be delighted if you would continue to support us to help run this not-for-profit, artist-led gallery.

The A4 Anonymous raises vital funds to keep the Fishslab Gallery as a modern, adaptable and affordable space for emerging and established artists. Last year, thanks to artists’ contributions, we were able to install blinds and a new canopy. This year we are planning to use some of the money raised to enable community and charity groups hold art exhibitions in the gallery on dedicated weeks to support their causes.

We are now calling for artists to contribute work for this year’s A4 Anonymous, and for patrons to visit during the A4 week, 16th – 23rd July, and purchase some of the wonderful contributions.

The theme for this year is ‘CROSSING BORDERS’.

This is what to do:-
Contact: Cathy McTurk to let her know you wish to take part and arrange to pick up your A4 canvas, which she will leave by her front door (22 Cornwallis Circle, Whitstable CT5 1DU). Canvases are available now.
• We supply the A4 stretched canvas.
• You paint, collage, appliqué, print, etc on the canvas and sign the back. This is the ‘anonymous’ bit. Make sure that your name and full contact details are on the back.
• Indicate ‘top’ of picture.
• No fixings needed.
• Deliver completed work to Cathy’s – 22 Cornwallis Circle, Whitstable, CT5 1DU.
Deadline is Saturday 13th July.
• All works will be sold initially at £25. The pictures will be reduced on Monday 22nd July to £10. The Fishslab Gallery retains all proceeds from the sale towards the running of the gallery.
• Unsold work can be collected on Tuesday 23rd July from 2-4pm. Alternatively you can arrange to pick up from Cathy’s, 22 Cornwallis Circle between 24th-30th July.
• Private View Party on Tuesday 16th July 6.30 – 8.30pm.

By participating in the A4 Anonymous you are agreeing to allow the Fishslab Gallery to retain your personal details (name, contact details) and use these in the future. We will store your details securely and will only ever use them in relation to Fishslab Gallery events – we will never give your details to a third party. If you do not wish to be contacted in the future please email using the subject ‘Data consent’ and request that your details are removed.

Best wishes The Fishslab Committee



Website Redesign

Whitstable’s Fishslab Gallery is looking for someone to redesign its website, It is also looking for someone to promote its social media publicity by maintaining its Website, Facebook and Instagram presence. This person would be invited to become a member of the Fishslab’s Committee. These positions could be undertaken by one or two people.
The Fishslab Gallery is a not-for-profit community gallery run by volunteers.
If you would be interested in either or both positions please email for more details.

Gallery Exhibitors 2019

Please see below for complete list of

Artists exhibiting  at the Fishslab during 2019


Dates       Hirer
8-15   Jan             Martin Baker
15-22 Jan             Amelia Coward
22-29 Jan            Rose West
29Jan-5 Feb       Brian Murphy
5-12 Feb               Lindsay Wilkinson
12-19 Feb             Yvonne Fuchs
19-26 Feb            Joanna Winstone
26 Feb-5 Mar     Isabelle DeFaut
5-12 Mar              Rachael Dickens
12-19 Mar            Profanity Embroidery Group
19-26 Mar           Shad Chittim
26 Mar-2 Apr     Kevin Lord
2-9 Apr                 Paul Adams
9-16 Apr               Scott Bloomfield
16-23 Apr             Linda Karlsen
23-30 Apr             Barry Fincham
30 Apr-7 May      Christina Harrison
7-14 May               Caroline Burgess
14-21 May             DABS
21-28 May            Jenny Samuels
28 May 4 Jun       Barbara Drinkwater
4-11 Jun                 Phil Hosking
11-18 Jun               Debbie Allardyce
18-25 Jun              Cathy McTurk
25 Jun-2 Jul         Sarah Dunn
2-9 Jul                    Ruth Dalzell
9-16 Jul                  Sheila Miller
16-23 Jul                A4 Anonymous Open Competition
23-30 Jul               Simon Holland
30 Jul-6 Aug        Sue Jessett
6-13 Aug               Gail Veasey
13-20 Aug             Micky Motley
20-27 Aug             Jackie Trinder
27 Aug-3 Sept     Rachael Vernall
3-10 Sep                 Max Kimber & Pam Caney
10-17 Sep               Daphne Candler
17-24 Sep              Trish Flynn
24 Sep-1 Oct         Vicky Whitlock
1-8 Oct                    Lin and Lawrence Fletcher
8-15 Oct                 Chloe Johnson
15-22 Oct               Jon Bird Competition
22-29 Oct              Daphne Stanley
29 Oct-5 Nov       Penny Murchison
5-12 Nov                Aidan Flood
12-19 Nov              Hilary Bain
19-26 Nov             Mark James
26 Nov-3 Dec       Jayne Johnson
3-10 Dec                 Heather Hawthornthwaite
10-17 Dec               Locus Arts
17-24 Dec               Nathalie Banaigs

John Bird Competition Results

The Winners of the Jon Bird Prize

The winners are listed below followed by all the shortlisted entries to the competition.

John Bird Prize

First Prize

Sophie Moore – Notion

Second Prize and Winner of The Peoples’ Choice

Jane Bowell – In a World of Their Own






Third Prize

Scott Bloomfield – Clean Sweep

Shortlisted  entries on display. See below.










Fishslab Website Design Opportunity

Fishslab Website Volunteer
Whitstable’s Fishslab Gallery is looking for someone to redesign and maintain the Fishslab’s Website, The Fishslab is a not-for-profit community gallery run by volunteers. The person maintaining the website would become a member of the Fishslab’s Committee. This opportunity could be split between two people, one redesigning the website and one maintaining the website and being on the committee. If you would be interested in either or both positions please email for more details.

Exhibitors for 2018

Please see below for complete  list of Artists exhibiting during 2018



Date                          Exhibitor

10-16 Jan                Helen Henderson
16-23 Jan               Isabel Skinner
23-30 Jan              Rachael Dickens   Viv Yankah
30 Jan–6 Feb       Fishslab Committee show
6-13 Feb                Wendy Arnold
13-20 Feb              PEG – Alison Fitzgerald Lucas
20-27 Feb             Karen Wynward
27 Feb – 6 Mar   Bob Lamoon
6-13 Mar                Kiffy McPherson
13-20 Mar             Denise Collar & Biddy Fraser
20-27 Mar            Paul Adams
27 Ma –3 April    Linda Karlsen – Saxonshore
3-10 Apr                Karen Stamper
10-17 Apr              Gaye Giuntini
17-24 Apr              Jacqui Hardcastle
24 Apr – 1 May   Whitstable Art Society
1-8 May                 Kate Adams
8-15 May               Jayne Johnson
15-22 May            Simon Spare & Anna Brice Cockland
22-29 May           Laura Roberts & Ben Sanders
29 May–5 June   Barbara and Hywel Drinkwater
5-12 June              Trish Flynn
12-19 June            Sheila Miller
19-26 June           Kevin Lord
26 Jun–3 July      Simon Holland
3-10 July               Daphne Candler
10-17 July             Lin and Lawrence Fletcher
17-24 July            A4 Anonymous
24-31 July            Emily Tull
31 July – 7 Aug   Carey
7-14 Aug               Ellie Goddard & Caryll Bellas
14/21 Aug              Laura Kempton
21-28 Aug             Lindsay Wilkinson
28 Aug–4 Sept    Micky Motley
4-11 Sept               Rachel Vernall
11-18 Sept             DABS drawing group
18-25 Sept           Barry Fincham
25 Sept – 2 Oct  Paul Fowler
2-9 Oct                 Cherry Tewfik
9-16 Oct               Marion Lynn
16-23 Oct             Jon Bird Prize
23-30 Oct
30 Oct–4 Nov     We are artworks
6-13 Nov              Sue Woodroffe
13-20 Nov            Jill Akhurst
20-27 Nov           Colin McGowan
27 Nov–4 Dec    Jean Markham
4-11 Dec               Moon  Terwisscha
11-18 Dec             John Whitfield
18-25 Dec           Alan Chapman