When was the last time you drank Babycham with an astronaut?

Last Thursday if you came along to the opening of Home And Away.

The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge in Canterbury treated guests to a sixties themed party to celebrate the launch of their brand new exhibition.

Visitors to the event were asked to arrive in sixties inspired fancy dress and were presented with sixties themed masks at the private view sponsored by 1960s drink manufacturer Babycham. The evening also featured an original 1962 Deluxe Anglia which took pride of place outside the main entrance.

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The new exhibition Home and Away: Eduardo Paolozzi’s General Dynamic F.U.N & photographs of SE England by Tony Ray-Jones celebrates the work of British artists from the 1960s and runs until 23rd August in the Special Exhibitions Room.  General Dynamic F.U.N. is one of famed artist Eduardo Paolozzi’s great print series, which brings together clashing images culled from magazines to create bold, provocative collages.  The exhibition also features photographs by Tony Ray-Jones who was drawing on the example of new American photography.

The collection of work is on loan from the prestigious national collection held by the Arts Council in London and will be running in partnership with two other Kent exhibitions as part of the University of Kent’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

Joanna Jones, Director of Museums & Galleries said:

“In true 1960s style we launched our Sixties Season exhibition at The Beaney with a Fancy dress party. Canterbury Museums & Galleries works in partnership with a variety of organisations and we are honoured that the Home & Away exhibition is part of the University of Kent’s 50th anniversary celebrations.”

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The exhibition is set to be a real tribute to the era and is accompanied by a series of events and talks exploring the themes of Home & Away.

Home & Away is on at the Beaney until Sunday 23 August in the Special Exhibitions Room.

All image © Canterbury Museums & Galleries 2015

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