Welcome to East Kent Artists’ Open Houses 2019 or EKOH for short. Now in its 19th year, EKOH has gone from strength to strength with more artists than ever, over 200 artists spread over 70 houses and studios. We are also delighted to include Margate, Cliftonville and Deal and hope to extend our range around Kent’s Creative Coast.
The artists’ trail gives the public a personal insight into how an artist works within their specialised field. It opens up a wealth of information and interest to pave the way for making new contacts and discovering opportunities for anyone interested in taking up new fields of creativity. The trail is your chance to visit artists in their homes, to speak to them in person about their work and to find out what is happening in your local area. This is a rare opportunity to experience a diverse array of high quality work in a relaxed setting; with so many venues to choose from there should be something for everyone. So, plan your trip and prepare to be inspired and surprised.
All houses are open weekends during the festival
12th/13th, 19th/20th, 26th/27th October 2019 – 11am – 5pm (unless stated)
Brochures available from the following locations:
Deal Library Queen Street
Astor Community Theatre, Stanhope Road
Landmark Centre 129 High Street
The Lane 15 South Court
The TapHouse Cafe 5 South Street
81 Beach Street
Deal Train Station Platform 1
Walmer Train Station
The Royal Pub Beach Street
Hythe Bay Seafood Restaurant
Betteshangar Country Park Sholden
A super article highlighting SEAS artists and open studios by Eleanor Perkins can be found in the East Kent Mercury this week.
The Open Studios Art Trail this opens this weekend across St Margaret’s Bay, Ringwould, Walmer and Deal.
South East Artists (SEAS) are exhibiting in Deal, Walmer, Ringwould and St. Margaret’s Bay, in individual studios, galleries and at three group venues: the Angling Club, Astor Theatre and Landmark Centre on 22+23rd June & 29+30th June.
Work includes woodcuts, mosaic, glass, painting, photography, drawing, embroidered textiles, ceramics, pottery, printmaking, collage, montage, assemblage, constructions, following themes of heritage, travel, local scenes, events, people, ideas, feelings, movement, dance and music.
SEAS artists are making links this year with the Deal Music and Arts Festival, starting on 28th June, where some artists will be producing art during music events; you can combine Open Studios visits with open gardens on the 30th June; there are printmaking demonstrations on Saturday mornings; or have your portrait drawn on the spot during the final weekend.
Follow the trail using the map and details of individual artists inside. Meet and talk to the artists.
Click here to download a copy of the Open Studios trail guide.
South East Artists Open Studios Launch Event
Saturday 1 June 10am to 5pm
St George’s Parish Hall, High Street, Deal
Over 30 artists in Deal, Walmer, Ringwould and St. Margaret’s Bay will be exhibiting a full range of their work in this years OPEN STUDIOS art trail in individual studios, galleries and at three group venues: the Astor Theatre, Landmark Centre and the Deal Angling Club.
You are invited to attend the Launch event Small is Beautiful between 10am
and 5pm on Saturday 1 June at the St. George’s Parish Hall, where you can
meet the artists and see many examples of their small-scale work. You’ll learn from the artists where they will be exhibiting during the two weekends of OPEN STUDIOS and receive the event catalogue with a map highlighting artist venues.
St George’s Parish Hall
10am to 5pm
Saturday 1 June 2019
Our Open Studios launch event. Small-scale original work including paintings, prints, photography, mixed media, glass, mosaics and ceramics, everything priced at £20. Meet the artists and find out about Open Studios, brochures will be available.
St George’s Parish Hall, High Street, Deal CT14 6EG
Entry Free. Disabled access. Parking nearby.
East Cliff Creative’s Lasting Memories Project, to commemorate peace after WW1, is gaining a real momentum but there are still many pebbles to be painted before the end of June. If you or anyone you know would like to make their mark on a few there are a number of free walk-in painting workshops:
May 11th Folkestone Library 10am-2pm
May 16th Block67, 67 Tontine St 11am-7pm
May 17th Cheriton Library 10am-12pm
May 19th Block67, 67 Tontine St 10am-4pm
The project is growing rapidly with over 1,500 school children taking part in painting pebbles at schools and youth centres.
They only have to paint 20,000!!!! Each one will be a mini artwork that will become part of the seven giant Beach Poppies to be constructed on the 29th/30th June. Anyone can take part and you don’t have to be an artist.
To find out more here are a few links that will explain:
Lasting Memories: Beach Poppy Art
Lasting Memories: How to Get Involved
Lasting Memories is centred around the creation of seven giant poppies on the beaches of Folkestone at the end of June 2019. The poppies will be created from around 20,000 Folkestone pebbles. Each pebble will be its own mini artwork, painted using special eco-friendly paint by the community, young and old. Everyone is welcome!
The Poppies will represent the seven months between the Armistice of WW1 and eventual peace, with the signing of the treaty of Versailles on June 28th 1919. Each poppy will represent stories from seven themes that impacted on the local community during this time.
Follow #pebblepoppies to see updates on Instagram!
Trinity Church Hall
10am to 5pm
Saturday 20 April 2019
Paintings, prints, ceramics, textiles, jewellery, mosaics, photography and glass. Buy affordable original art work and greetings cards. Just three minutes’ walk from Deal’s open-air market. Deal is a vibrant town with great studios, galleries and excellent high street shopping. Come and meet the artists and see their work and find out about other 2019 events.
Trinity Church Hall, Union Road, Deal CT14 6EA
Entry Free. Disabled access. Parking nearby.
Our Art Trail runs in Deal and Walmer, also including St Margaret’s, River and other surrounding villages. Artists welcome the public to view their work over two weekends; this year Sat 22nd – Sun 23rd June and Sat 29th – Sun 30th June, open from 10-5pm.
Download an application form and see further details here.
Deadline for open studios applications is 1st March 2019.
Tuesday 5th February – Sunday 24th March
SILVER is an exhibition celebrating traditional and alternative photographic techniques. Featured images have been selected from a public open call, and will exhibit works from people of all ages, abilities, experience & education.
SILVER will be on the walls of the Marcel gallery, a shared space with TOAST cafe.
A percentage of the exhibited work and small prints will be for sale allowing you to support the artists, or charity if they choose to pass on their sales. 100% of submission fees will be donated to MS Society. There will also be a donations box for anyone wishing to further support the work of the MS Society.
See usual opening days and times on the website
East Kent Artists’ Open Houses 2018 or EKOH for short is now in its 17th year, bringing together more than 200 artists exhibiting in 67 houses and studios in Canterbury, Deal, Dover, Faversham, Herne Bay, Margate, Ramsgate, Broadstairs and Whitstable.
All houses are open on the weekends of: 20th/21st, 27th/28th October & 3rd/4th November 2018
11am – 5pm (unless otherwise stated) with free entry.
Deal is one of the town artists’ trails, but as you can see from the poster there are many other towns involved during the same weekends. Please visit the website http://ekoh.org.uk/deal/ for specifics on artists.
We have Kate Baker mosaic muse with her handmade mosaics and glass, Peter Hayes-Watkins (Hayfield) with his contemporary landscapes in watercolour/gouache and acrylic inks, Barry Popple with his pen and ink line drawings, Susan Beresford with her acrylic abstracts, Mike Tedder with mixed media work/prints and finally Linden Hall Studio showing an exhibition of paintings by two local artists.
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Location 1: Helen of Helen Komatsu Ceramics
Please make a note that due to personal circumstances this location will not be open on any of the 3 weekend dates. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.