I moved to Medway some time ago
This place inspires me, as you well know
I wanted to help with the amazing creativity
To help it be seen by more, to prevent exclusivity.
But fortunately I had somewhere to start
Someone had already helped Medway’s art
This man was someone who needed a studio himself
But was happy to share space with someone else.
So he looked for a place that would be just right
And in Chatham High Street he found just the site
There was room for lots of artists, not just him
And this is where Nucleus arts was to begin.
He saw in Medway there was a need
So in making studios for artists he took the lead
Him and his daughter made lots of studios and gallery space
At last creatives in Medway could find their place.
All that happened in 2002
And the arts centre just grew and grew
And now as the arts scene here continues to boom
Nucleus arts continues to bloom.
Over 400 artists have been there to create
The effect on Medway has been great
I know I will never forget what Hilary done
So Medway creatives, let us make sure the work he started, carries on.
By Natasha Steer
Dedicated to the memory of Hilary Halpern – founder of Nucleus Arts Centre.
It was Hilary’s wishes that donations should be made to Nucleus Arts – click here for more details.