Address: Canterbury, Maidstone, and Rochester United Kingdom
Kent Institute of Art & Design, Canterbury, Maidstone, and Rochester was an art school based across three campuses in the county of Kent United Kingdom. It offered further education, higher education, postgraduate, and part-time courses at three campuses, in Canterbury, Maidstone, and Rochester. It was established by the almagamation of three independent colleges, they are Canterbury College of Art, Maidstone College of Art, and Rochester College of Art.
Kent Institute of Art & Design, Canterbury, Maidstone, and Rochester has a long history. Maidstone of Art was founded in 1867. Its origin lied in the private art school founded by the Victorian animal painter Thomas Sidney Cooper in 1882. Then, it was known as the Canterbury Sidney Cooper School of Art. After Cooper’s death in 1902, his art school continued until 1935.
The founding of the Kent Institue was Peter I. Williams. He was an artist in his own right and former principal of the Lincoln School of Art and Medway College of Design, Rochester, who ran the institute from 1987 to 1996. He was instrumental in gathering the three art colleges together.