Gravelly Barn

Venue in Braughing, owned by a group of artists who have worked together for 15 years. Following a very successful show at Ware College, Hertfordshire, in 2005 they decided to take on the challenge of organising exhibitions to promote their own work together with other local artists.

On 1 May 2004, Kim Wilde opened the ‘Everything matters’ art exhibition. She and her daughter Rose contributed a 12″ square painted canvas to the event. All artworks were sold, raising money for two charities: Breakthrough Breast Cancer and the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust.

On 8 May 2008, Kim Wilde opened the ‘Everyday matters’ exhibition of paintings to be auctioned for charity. The private view attracted over 200 guests, including Kim Wilde, who opened the event. Over the two following days 112 canvases were sold. The final total raised was an amazing £8,000, which will go to the Norma Adams Crocus Appeal at Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

On 28 May 2010, Kim Wilde opened the ‘Nothing Else Matters’ exhibition of canvases that have been purchased by a variety of artists and the general public to paint, draw, and collage or place photographs on. The content, which can be anything the artist desires, ranges from portraits and landscapes to floral or still life. There are oil paintings, watercolour and acrylics, pencils, felt tips and textiles, contributed from artists of all ages. This year the event was organised to raise money for The British Heart Foundation in memory of Patrick Jordan, who died last year of a massive heart attack and The Norma Adams Crocus Tribute Fund at Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

On 17 May 2012, Kim Wilde opened the ‘Tiles don’t matter’ exhibition of paintings to be auctioned for charity.

In February 2016, Kim’s daughter Rose performed live at Gravelly Barn. She mesmerised her audience with a mixture of cover songs and her own compositions. Mum Kim and Granddad Marty were also in the audience. The event raised £1,400 for their chosen charity Waste Not Want Not.

On 26 May 2018, Kim Wilde opened ‘Choice Matters’, the sixth 12-inch canvas for charity exhibition. Almost 480 blank canvases were sold and just under 400 finished pieces were exhibited. There was painting, acrylics, embroidery, sculpture, knitting, woodwork, metalwork and working electric models. A variety of charities benefited from the proceeds, including Breast Cancer Now, Razed Roof, Arthritis Research UK and Vasculitis UK.