SEAS Open Studios 2021

We are back!

South East Artists (SEAS) are excited to announce that our Open Art Trail is back for 2021. It has been a regular feature for many years organised by dynamic artists featuring new work ranging from ceramics, photography, printmaking, textiles, sculpture, and painting. It seems a lifetime ago that we last exhibited due to the pandemic, but it is lovely to see galleries and studios open and all the artists are keen to meet you to discuss their new work.

Based in St Margaret’s Bay, River, Walmer and Deal, artists open their studios to the public with group shows at the Angling Club and the Landmark Centre in Deal.

There are a total of 32 artists taking part over two consecutive weekends 19/20 & 26/27 June. The Open Studio trail has become a successful event for both the community and the artists that take part.

The Open Studios catalogue will be available from our launch event ‘Small is Beautiful’ at the Deal Angling Club and the Deal Town Market which takes place on the 5 June. You will be able to meet some of the artists and learn where they will be exhibiting during Open Studios and view some of their postcard size artwork. The catalogue will be available the end of May and includes a map of the art trail and lists all the participating artists.

The art trail widens this year, and you must visit Amanda Thompson in River and David Souter and Maggie Baur in St Margaret’s Bay. Both beautiful areas to visit with some great scenery and their work is even more stunning.

Artists are exhibiting in mini group shows with Chris Birbeck, Caroline Raffan Helen Komatsu, and Kate Baker at 17 Manor Road, Deal CT14 9BT. Their work ranges from textiles, glass fusion, and mosaic. Patricia Barry is exhibiting from her home at Lodge 8, The Chequers, Golf Road CT14 6RG, which is along the Ancient Highway. Just follow signs for the Chequers Kitchen. Her artist friends Mollie Winters and Penny Berkeley will also be showing their work of textiles, needlework, painting, and printmaking.

You can also visit Kaye Walls and Sandra Tracey at 3 Old Gaol, North Barracks, Walmer CT14 7UN. View their indoor and outdoor mosaic, recycled art, and ceramics.

With other artists exhibiting from their studios in Deal and the larger venues at the Landmark Centre and the Angling Club it is a true Art Trail. We look forward to seeing you and to enjoy a great summer.

Click image to download the Open Studios brochure

Take a look at some short videos:

Spray, Dip & Splatter – Deal Artist Neil Pettie:

Local Heroes Captured By Local Artist:

Deal – Good News, it’s back!:

SEAS pre-launch event for Open Studios 2021:

Covid-secure at SEAS Open Studios

We are delighted that you are planning a visit to our South East ArtistS Open Studios (SEAS OS) and we hope that you will enjoy your experience at the many exhibition spaces.

To help ensure the safety and well-being of all, we have put in place a range of Covid-secure measures that we have asked our exhibiting members and the general public to commit to. Details are posted at participating Open Studios venues.

With your cooperation, we will endeavour to keep everyone safe through applying these measures, but we obviously cannot guarantee that these efforts will offer full protection. Owing to the tendency for situations and regulations regarding Covid to evolve rapidly, we strongly recommend that visitors do not rely solely these notices but check online, or book an appointment with the studio directly, before travelling.

The SEAS website  will be updated with any significant developments or Covid updates. For the latest official UK-wide advice, see: