David Cross

David studied Fine Art in Bristol from 1968-1971.  After graduation his various occupations included being a silk screen printer, a mural painter, a signwriter and a shop fitter for Virgin Records.  He moved to Canterbury where he met his wife Jenny, and the couple became market traders and then antique dealers.  They opened their first shop in Whitstable in 1975 and then moved to Canterbury where their shop Ritzy Bitz was one of the first retro shops (although the term was not then used). 

In 1985 David needed to get back to making things and closed down the shop to start designing and building furniture, while Jenny went to university as a mature student to study literature. He worked in stained glass, retail design and eventually graphic and exhibition design.  He even had a period designing penny pusher slot machines, examples of which can still be seen in arcades around the world.

He began curating shows for fellow artists and started working as an exhibitions assistant, and later officer, for Canterbury City Museums.  He was part of a team who planned and installed more than 250 gallery and museum exhibitions over a 14 year period. He retired in 2009 and moved with Jenny to Herne Bay.  Together they were instrumental in the successful campaign to save Herne Bay Museum from closure. David has now returned to painting as well as gardening and watching the coast for voluntary organisation NCI.

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