Katharine Beaugié’s River Song

Kearsney Interpreted


River Song took place on Saturday 13th October 2018 from 5.30 – 8pm. The 60 guests met on the foot bridge over the main lake at Kearsney abbey. They were met by the swan who led them down the chalk stream to River Garage Studio for the water performance. The evening finished with a night walk back through the park.

Katharine Beaugié spoke about her Art in the Park – Kearsney Interpreted Residency:

It has been a wonderful experience to have the opportunity to work in these beautiful parks, Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens, near Dover; a place my Grandmother Elise Radcliffe used to take me (and my mother, siblings and cousins) to visit the swans when we were very little.

It has been a significant artistic experience to be able to make artwork that responds to the beautiful pure chalk stream; the river Dour and the majestic swans that glide down it and to complete the cycle in honoring my dear Grandmother’s memory.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Joanna Jones and Clare Smith from Dover Arts Development (DAD) for curating this project Art in the Park | Kearsney Interpreted which includes ten artists’ residencies, for the enormous cultural contribution they have facilitated for the town of Dover and for their important support to my career as an independent artist.


River Singers:
Louise Hughes – Swan
Rachel Hamilton – Harp
Mike Bacon – Cello
Miranda Hamilton – Harpist’s assistant
Joseph Black – Gallery Owner, assistant, sales and documentary photographer, water
Gabor Stark – documentary photographer/ camera assistant
Peter Blach – doc filmmaker Klip Films
Anita Sedgewick – DDC Kearsney Parks rep, health and safety officer, guide and first aider
Joanne Shrimpton – DDC Kearsney Parks rep and guide
Joanna Jones – DAD rep, guide and guest list and doc photographer
Clare Smith – DAD rep and doc photographer
David Alderman – guide and bar attendant and doc photographer