This has partly been in response to the fact there is no central gallery space in Deal so artists have been creative and opened their own houses to exhibit their work and engage with the public. 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 as not only does it show the high quality of work being created in Deal but it also provides a strong network of interaction between artists and different people in the community. Many creative opportunities have developed through these networks.
This year one of our remits has been to encourage younger artists and so we offered 3 spaces at our Astor OS/Art Trail location to recent art graduates. We have also organised workshops for parent and children in Deal library during the school holidays which has attracted a lot of interest.
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.
Over the past 8 years we have organised exhibitions, Christmas fairs, market stalls throughout East Kent and people have become familiar with our reputation, logo and banners as symbols of good design.