Duncan’s Place


Art exhibition with a difference in Tonbridge

An unusual venue was the location for the 4Art exhibition in March 2019. We showed a range of contemporary art at R Allen Ltd, 18 Lyons Crescent, Tonbridge.

Local residents will know this address as the motor engineers run by Duncan Welch, whose family owned the business for 71 years. The premises were used originally as a repairers for horse-drawn carriages from 1896-1938. Roy Allen then started the motor engineers, handing it over to the Welch family in 1947.

As well as the main building, there were workshops and outbuildings used for storage where little had been thrown away over the years and was the inspiration for the 4Art artists – machinery, tools, spare parts and paraphernalia reflecting the progress of the car through the decades.

Duncan Welch has now retired and R Allen Ltd ceased trading at the end of March 2019 and the riverside site will be developed.

The 4Art group spent two years exploring this historic site. From the sketches and drawings we made there emerged a wide range of contemporary art that was displayed just before the site was demolished. Paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures reflected the atmosphere and history of a remarkable business and buildings that have stood the test of time. The exhibition was called Duncan’s Place.

Duncan’s Place

1-15 March 2019 at R Allen Ltd, 18 Lyons Crescent, Tonbridge, TN9 2EX


4Art Exhibition at Tonbridge Castle 14-19 November 2017

4Art are holding their annual exhibition at Tonbridge Castle from 14-19 October 2017. Free admission and open each day from 10am-4pm (Sunday 10.30am-4pm). It will be the usual eclectic mix of contemporary paintings, drawings, sculptures and prints. Always something different from the 4Art group – Margaret Barrett, Marilyn Garwood, Jill Goldsworthy and Sue Vass. Do pop in and say hello!



Margaret Barrett

My work is concerned with the life force inherent in all living things, and in particular with an awareness of and care for the environment.

Based on ideas and images from my drawings as well as the chance finding of re-cycled and natural materials I work intuitively. This allows 3D pieces to develop organically at their own pace and take on dimensions dictated by the materials used when playing, exploring and experimenting.


Marilyn Garwood Profile and Gallery

Marilyn Garwood

I have been involved with art for most of my life, making things or encouraging people to, from art school in the 1960’s to training as an Art Therapist in the 80’s. Being with clients while they worked was the best of jobs but it’s taken some time to find my own voice. Drawing underpins me. I need it to record and respond. I get most of my information working from life. I use oils and mixed media, sometimes sculpture and printmaking, to take the drawings further and invent. I aim to capture the moment of seeing and convey it to myself – something vital and memorable.

Marilyn’s website


Use the link above for Marilyn’s own website but here are some examples of pictures from Marilyn’s current collection


Sue Vass

I make art essentially through playful interaction with materials, experiences and feelings. The ambiguity of this process can be fraught with challenges but can also be exciting, as the resulting work is often something I never could have imagined.
From working with the simplicity of pencil on paper to constructing with materials either man made or natural – making art is a joy. It’s how I express my thoughts and feelings about the experience of life, the world around us and its happenings.
What I see, touch, taste, hear, smell and feel are my resource bank – that’s what I tap into and explore through art making.



Jill Goldsworthy

I often commence a painting with a fixed idea in my head but along the way the paint takes over and the finished work emerges as something completely different. Music as an accompaniment while painting can influence how this transformation occurs, often merging into the abstract. Acrylics and oils are my preferred medium and I am hugely influenced by the diversity of our surroundings.

I have not chosen a method of formal training but have taken a more organic way of developing my work. Through independent research I have explored different art forms and these have, either consciously or sub-consciously, fed into my paintings. It is always an exciting adventure to see what will happen when brush or palette knife meets canvas.

Some examples of pictures from Jill’s current collection

Chain reaction: 4art and Roundel exhibition and publication

The Poetry Shed


This is what happens when two art forms confront each other, respond and react – words become colour, colour becomes sound, sound becomes image.


This ekphrastic collection fuses linguistic force with striking artwork; it’s like clambering into a painting and hearing its voice startle for the very first time.

Order a copy here


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