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Sitting With Jane

Sitting With Jane is an exciting trail of 24 BookBenches created by professional artists and on display at different venues across Hampshire from 17th June. All BookBenches will be auctioned in September with 75% of the proceeds going to the Ark Cancer Centre Charity. The Ark Cancer Centre Charity is raising £5 million towards a unique local cancer treatment centre that will be built in the Basingstoke area.

The Ark Conference Centre is proud to be taking part in this project by sponsoring one of the BookBenches depicting a bright, topical and eye-catching design by David Graham, which we feel captures the spirit of Jane Austen and her characters. It is a colourful and creative work of art that links Austen of the past with the woman of today. It has a real wow factor and will undoubtedly be one of the most memorable BookBenches in this must-see event. 

Here is a sneak peak of the design.

[David Graham | Girl Power | Sitting With Jane]


David Graham is Head of Arts in an all-girls school which was one of the main creative reason behind the design "Girl Power". David believes there are many young women that can relate to both Jane Austen and her characters, and despite what some people may say, these characters are fun and colourful, hence the bright design.

Our BookBench will be installed in front of the Ark and provide a great feature on our patio throughout the Summer. Additionally, the exciting auction of the BookBenches will also take place at the Ark Conference Centre on Friday 15th September 2017. To register your interest please email your details to

Websites: Sitting With Jane Ark Conference Centre | Ark Cancer Charity | Wild in Art | Destination Basingstoke