SEAS (South East ArtistS) is a self-funding and voluntary organisation which promotes, supports and provides a network for our vibrant artistic community in Deal and surrounding areas. SEAS shows attract visitors to the town and add interest to the seafront and high street commercial areas.
SEAS was established in 2004 by a few artists and now has a membership of nearly 60 people, ranging from longstanding professional artists to those who are making a start in the arts. SEAS is a member-led organisation, aiming to make decisions through collective agreement at general meetings. We encourage participants to join in our open meetings, held three times a year.
For nearly 20 years SEAS has organised a dynamic, stimulating and diverse Open Studios/Art Trail event featuring new work by professional and amateur artists in conjunction with other creative events such as the Deal Festival of Music and Arts https://dealmusicandarts.com and the National Gardens Scheme https://ngs.org.uk
There is no central exhibition space in Deal, artists have responded by opening their own houses and studios, by grouping together at other artist’s homes and by booking spaces at community venues, such as the Angling Club, the Landmark Centre and the Astor Theatre. Sculpture, paintings, conceptual art, screen prints, jewellery, photography, ceramics, fused glass are all part of these eclectic, festive occasions.
Open Studios is perhaps our most important event, showing the high quality of work being created in Deal and providing a strong network of interaction between artists and different people in the community. Many creative opportunities have developed through these networks.SEAS artists also show at the Pie Factory, Margate, Ringwould Hall, Linden Hall Studios and at many galleries throughout the South East. See our forthcoming exhibitions at https://searts.wordpress.com/events-2/
SEAS has developed an educational role making links with community groups such as Headway (for people with head injuries, Sure Start (Parenting), Golf Road Community Centre, Kent Adult Education and local schools. SEAS artists have led successful and enjoyable workshops with these organisations.
Please also see the SEAS constitution available here
Anyone is welcome to join us, whether they are a practising artist or just take an interest in the Arts. If you would like to join: please find the application form here