Gorilla and camels at Kings Hill

Gorilla and camels at Kings Hill

Where can you see a life-size crocheted gorilla and camel heads bedecked with brightly coloured tassels alongside works inspired by 16th and 17th century Spanish still life artists?

Answer – in the Control Tower at Kings Hill where they are part of one of the most eclectic exhibitions ever held there.

The gorilla is by Shauna Richardson, whose work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Saatchi Gallery, The Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

She invented the term Crochetdermy® to describe her realistic life-size animal sculptures created using crochet. Pieces she has made include ‘Bojo’ depicting Boris Johnson as a blond gorilla when he was Mayor of London, Prince Harry as a ginger baboon and three 25ft crocheted lions – which took two years to make – which toured the country in a mobile glass vehicle in 2012 for the London Olympics.

The Pushkar camel fair in Rajasthan – where traders from all parts of India congregate and take part in, amongst many events, a camel beauty contest with the best decorated winning - was the inspiration for Joshua Gluckstein’s camel heads.

Recycling has always featured in his work and he has used a selection of second-hand materials – including jumpers, blankets and even a ‘onesie’ – to create the camels’ fur. All the decorations came from India.

These are exhibited alongside botanical paintings by Georgina Scott and paintings of fruit, vegetables and seeds by Suzanne Roles, which were influenced by 16th and 17th century Spanish still life artists.

There are also seascapes and landscapes of Margate by Dave Gowers; a large canvas by Fiona Stanbury, which was inspired by a trip to Riga; colour on colour canvasses by Claudia de Grandi and optical trickery and pattern by Rachel McDonnell.

“This is one of the most unusual and fun exhibitions we have had so far in the Control Tower,” said Caroline Binns of Kings Hill developer Liberty Property Trust. “Our professional curator, June Frickleton, has sourced an amazing variety of exhibits with something to appeal to everyone.”

The exhibition is open to the public between 9am and 5.30pm Monday to Friday and will run until 22 January 2018 when it will be replaced with a new exhibition.

All the works are for sale and details of each artist together with an example of their work is listed on

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