Contemporary Art in Cranbrook and the Weald

Kristina Avery

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The moving spirit in Cranbrook Art is Kristina Avery. Well known in Cranbrook for her involment in the local art scene her

training is as an artist, she studied Ceramics at Kent Institute of Art and Design, Rochester, and has successfully sold and

exhibited her ceramic sculptures and art pottery as well as teaching ceramics at Bedgebury School. She developed the idea

of the Cranbrook Art Show in its present form in 1993 and, as is characteristic of her, put the idea into immediate effect. Very

quickly the format of the annual event established itself: Kristina carefully vetted all applications from artists to be an exhibitor

in order to present a balance of artistic skills and disciplines, and to strictly maintain a standard of artistic merit that kept the

visitors flooding back each year. Kristina stood down from this role following her last year as organisor in 2012.

For eight years Kristina sat on the local Cranbrook and Sissinghurst Parish Council and it was during this time that Kristina

was inspired in 2006 to start the Art In Store event and reacting to her now extensive contact list of artists she launched

Avery Contemporary Art in 2008.