Conquering Conquest House

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The exhibition of  25 paintings , prints and sculptures by six of John’s artists friends at Conquest House, Canterbury  won the  approval  by the Gallery  owner  last week . She said it was a refreshing and vibrant  show , full of human  interest and  would have liked it to stay longer.

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Community Interest Organisation one step nearerer

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Good News ! Several wonderful Trustees are now coming forwards  to help set up a Community Interest Organisation (CIO )  or Comunity Interest company (CIC )  to support  the publishing of the book about John Oliver’s extraordinary life.

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Talks about John Oliver

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The search for Joliver’s Painting ! £50 REWARD

Owen  John Oliver   was,by all accounts, an exceptional artist. He was accepted  by the prestigious Slade Art School  in London  , but they had no grants. They suggested Northampton College of Art  where he  got tuition  grant  on a 4 year NDD  course. This qualified him  to teach art, but he  preferred the open road.

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Wow, what a response !

THANKS to all who came tonight  to hear my talk about John Oliver  in Faversham and contributed their stories about him.  Many apologies to the many people who were turned away – especially those coming from Rochester !

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In the papers !

I was pleased to get a very warm response to my talk about John Oliver on LV21 at the Estuary Festival a few weeks ago , and I was given a number of useful leads, contacts and offers of help .
One contact was with journalist Peter Cook from the KM newspapers who writes the “Memories..”. column in the Medway area KM newspaper .
Peter interviewed me at length on Joliver Houseboat last week, and the article will be published with some photos on Friday Oct 7 .
I’m hoping this will jog someone’s memory and we’ll find some of John’s work from the 1950’s when he painted in and around Rochester.
My search for images of his work from Northampton Art College wasn’t successful as the student records of that time were lost in a fire ! However they did tell me his entry and leaving dates which was helpful.

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