Monday 30 July 2012

Calling all print artists...5 weeks to submission deadline for Pushing Print

Those folks at the wonderful Pushing Print are at it again. Can it really be that time of year already? Blimey. How the summer goes fast when it is so short! The deadline for this year's print open event is the 31st of August. So, budding print artists, get yourselves ready. More info:

The deadline for the giant print opportunity is the 5th of August.


13th October 201211am - TALK    Zoe Murphy
Designer Zoe Murphy creates imagery inspired by her hometown of Margate and uses it to print onto restored and upcycled furniture and textiles. For this talk she will give an insight into her work and the historical references within her practice
£5 per person
12 noon - TALK  Print and Stitch on Textiles: Rosie James 
Rosie James will be talking about the use of print and stitch within her work, referencing historical designers and contemporary artists. She will also be looking at the printed papers associated with stitch, in the form of kits and using transfer papers to handstitch small motifs.
£5 per person
2 - 5pm - WORKSHOP  Polychromatic Printing: Dawn Dupree
Textile artist and author of the book  'Heat Transfer Techniques' Dawn Dupree' will lead a workshop, for adults, using dyes to paint on to screens, experimenting with various mark making tools and then printing on to paper or fabric.
£25 per person. Price includes materials. Limited to 10 students

14th October 201210am - 4pm - WORKSHOP  Ceramics and Print: Fiona Thompson
This workshop, for adults, will offer an introduction to printing on to clay, both directly and through paper transfer. Students will learn how to create colour, pattern and line with ceramic slips and inks on to the clay surface, using simple monoprint techniques.
£50 per person. Price includes materials. Limited to 10 students

21st October 2012
11am - TALK  Encountering Digital Print: Neil Bottle, Evelyn Bennett and students from UCA Rochester
Renowned Textile Designer, Neil Bottle, is Subject Leader for Fashion Textiles at the University for the Creative Arts, Rochester where he set up, in 2009, the BA Hons degree in Fashion Textiles: Print. Together with fellow lecturer Evelyn Bennett and three past students, they will talk about the possibilities and potential of digital textiles methods
£5 per person
ALL THE ABOVE TALKS AND WORKSHOPS WILL TAKE PLACE AT: The Pie Factory Gallery, Broad Street, Margate. CT9 1EW

21st October 2012
10am - 2pm Silkscreen printing on to textiles
A taster workshop of screenprinting on to various textiles swatches, bags and t-towels, using paper stencils.
£30 per person. Price includes materials. Limited to 6 students

More information regarding all the above workshops will be available on our website shortly. If you would like to book a place or find out more please email Letitia Tunstall at

Wednesday 25 July 2012

Zoe Murphy and Heidi Plant - Open studios Thursday 26th July

Margate based designers Zoe Murphy and Heidi Plant from Block Colour, are having an open evening at their studios on Hawley Street tomorrow on Thursday 26th July. Doors are open from 6-9pm. This end of Hawley Street has been transformed by the growing number of creative studios that have opened in the last year, bringing vibrancy to what can be a busy road. Situated at the edge of Margate's Old Town, their ideally placed to plug in to Margate and, even more importantly, a hop and skip to the seafront. More info on the event on Zoe's blog.

Zoe has recently finished renovating her studio at 'Studio 24' Hawley street. Heidi is two doors down at studio number 26. Heidi Plant is having an exhibition of her latest work. They will be open from Thursday evening (for an opening night party 6-9pm) and then every day
until Sunday from 11-4.

Thanet Council consultation begins on changes to Council Tax and Council Tax Benefits

Press release in from Thanet District Council re their consultation on proposed changes to Council Tax.

"Local people are being urged to take part in a consultation on major changes to Council Tax and Council Tax Benefit.
The government has announced that from 1 April 2013 they will be abolishing Council Tax benefit in its current form.  Instead, all councils will need to create and run a local Council Tax support scheme.
There will be less funding from the government under the new scheme, which means that Thanet District Council will have to work within a budget that has been reduced by approximately £2.2 million.
The government has also announced that from April 2013 councils can change discounts and exemptions given for Council Tax. These changes mainly affect empty properties and 'second homes'.
Thanet District Council is now consulting on a proposed local Council Tax support scheme. This scheme aims to reduce the impact on benefit customers by removing some Council Tax discounts and exemptions.
The main proposals are to:
  • Reduce working age Council Tax benefit awards by between 5% and 6%.
  • Remove the Council Tax discount for 'second home' owners (currently 10%).
  • Remove the Council Tax exemption for empty and unfurnished properties (currently 100%).
  • Discontinue second adult rebate for working age claimants.
The government has stated that there can be no change to Council Tax benefit for pensioners, so the reduction in benefit will only affect working age claimants.
There will also be no change to the Council Tax exemption for properties undergoing major structural repair.
Leader of Thanet District Council, Cllr Clive Hart, said: "It's essential that local people are aware of the changes to Council Tax and Council Tax benefit.
"At Thanet we're facing a reduction of over £2 million from central government to fund Council Tax benefit.  This means we've had to make some really difficult decisions about who gets financial support, and how much, in order to continue providing this benefit to those on low incomes.
"Working together with the East Kent Councils, we're proposing a scheme that reduces the impact on benefit customers by removing some Council Tax discounts and exemptions as well as cutting benefit awards. This will help to reduce the overall financial impact on benefit reductions to working age people, however working age Council Tax benefit claimants will still have to pay more Council Tax than they have before.
"Whether you're in receipt of Council Tax benefit, or own a second or empty property, I would urge you to take part in this consultation and ensure you have your say."
To view a copy of the full proposed scheme, and to take part in the consultation, please visit
To request a paper copy of the scheme and survey, call the central information line on 01227 862310. You can also collect paper copies from Thanet's Gateway Plus in Cecil Street Margate, Ramsgate District Office in York Street or by visiting any Thanet library.
The consultation closes on Monday 17 September 2012."


For more information on this story please contact:
Hannah Thorpe
Corporate Communications Officer, Thanet District Council
Tel: 01843 577120