The moving spirit in Cranbrook Art is Kristina Avery. Well known in Cranbrook as a Parish Councillor (now retired after 8
years of service!), her training is as an artist, she studied Ceramics at Kent College of Art, and has successfully sold and
exhibited her ceramic sculptures and art pottery as well as teaching art at Bedgebury School. Kristina was organiser of the
Cranbrook Art Show (1993 - 2012 inclusive) and as such vetted all applications 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. Under her
directorship the show became a well recognised and much admired event in the Arts calendar of South East England.
Kristina stood down from this role following her last year as organisor in 2012.
The launch of Avery Contemporary Art was an exciting development for Kristina in 2008 and in conjunction with opening of
gallery at Merriecroft represents an additional opportunity for local artists to have a year round venue for art display.
We are always interested in making contact with serious artists and art craftspeople - we are constantly on the look out for
new talent, but are also happy to offer advice and encouragement for those seeking direction.
Our interests are broad - encompassing painting, sculpture, photography, ceramic art, bespoke furniture, jewellery
design,and textile art. If you have work that you think would interest us, please do not hesitate to get in touch Email