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Library to host art exhibition

PUBLISHED: 17:04 25 November 2009 | UPDATED: 17:28 16 August 2010

AN ARTIST who spent nearly four months painting pictures of a former mental hospital will now hold an exhibition of her work. From March until June 2007,

AN ARTIST who spent nearly four months painting pictures of a former mental hospital will now hold an exhibition of her work.

From March until June 2007, Barbara Blum of Empress Road, Gravesend, studied and painted Stone House in Cotton Lane, Dartford.

Her work, which she says is 'informed by a love of architecture', is on display at the Peter Blake Gallery in Dartford Library, Market Street, from Tuesday until December 24.

Mrs Blum, who works with mixed media, said: "I find Stone House fascinating. I am intrigued by its architecture, but it also has an interesting history.

"It has had some famous patients, like the composer and WWI poet Ivor Gurney.

"It was designed so that when patients came in, they didn't realise it was a mental hospital.

"It was all very hush hush in those days.


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