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A wealth of artistic talent across the South East

South East Open Studios is one of the most established annual open artist studio events in the UK; it takes place during the month of June, showcasing creative talent, and strengthening visual arts in our corner of the South East.

Our event takes place across Kent, East Sussex and the Surrey Borders, from East Grinstead to Deal, Rochester to Hastings … and everywhere in between!

Look out for our free ‘Guide’, we produce around 30,000 copies and distribute it through targeted outlets across the South East – you can be sure to find it in local art shops, libraries and galleries through May and June.

It is the perfect opportunity to meet the creators behind distinctive and inspiring artworks. We have over 200 participating artists and makers practising a range of disciplines, from painting to pottery and printmaking, jewellery making and textile art, sculpture and woodwork, glass making, illustration, digital art and mixed media.

Visitors can tour and explore studio spaces from custom sheds to remote workshops, beachside galleries to beautiful purpose-built studios. Seeing the creativity artists put into their space and process can be as fascinating as the art itself, and many artists will be demonstrating.

Some areas will offer ‘Trail Maps’ during the event, which is a great way of exploring and supporting your local art community, taking you from studio to studio and area to area. It makes for a great day out in the Summer – trail maps for June 2024 event will be available to download nearer the time.

Throughout the year we provide our artists and makers with an online platform to help establish them and their practice within their communities and the wider arts arena. Do take a look at our Artist Pages and follow our posts on social media.

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SEOS 2024 Committee

Philip Johnson – Chair
Peter Relf – Treasurer
Mark Welland – Guide Editor
Polly Bennett – Social Media
Mark Welland – Web Editor
Hildegard Pax– ACO Officer
Sarah Bourne – Advertising/Sponsorship Officer
Beth Arnold – Marketing Officer
Ingrid Solan – Data/Content Officer
Position VacantSocial Media Officer – Back End