Tuesday 30 May 2023 – 5 to 7pm – South East Open Studios 2023 launches with an exciting LIVE art competition

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As you will be aware, South East Open Studios 2023 launches with an exciting LIVE art competition at The Mick Jagger Centre in Dartford, and we would like YOU to come and take part!

Tuesday 30 May 2023 – 5 to 7pm
The Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford DA1 2JZ

The aim of this event is to highlight the visual arts across the south east, and specifically promote the artists and makers who are taking part in SEOS this year.

We have arranged for Miss Havisham and Mr Micawber from the Rochester and Chatham Dickens Fellowship to sit for us in full regalia, and have invited an audience of friends, art lovers, local dignitaries and press to observe the proceedings.

The wonderful Sarah Dance (strategic consultant for the culture and creative industries) will oversee proceedings and award a prize to the artist who creates the artwork that ‘speaks to her the strongest’ – think Sky Portrait Artist of the Year without the pressure of a film crew (and without Stephen Mangan … sadly)!

Your involvement is vital, you can join in on three levels (ideally we would like you to commit to all three but realise this isn’t for everyone) but please note – you do not have to be an award-winning figurative artist to take part, this is a fun way to generate publicity for our event, we would love your support. 

Participation: To take part in the LIVE competition
Display: To display your work for the duration of the event
Attendance only: To come and meet your fellow local creatives, have a drink, chat to local dignitaries, champion the visual arts and help kick-off SEOS23 in style

What next?
Let us know how you would like to be involved …
I would like to:
Attend only
I am unable to be there
If you are unable to be there, but would like your work displayed, you will need to organise that with a fellow artist/maker who is participating.


Please be there by 15.30 (you care welcome to bring a friend, partner or colleague)
Set up your space with easel and/or camping stool, bring any art materials you would like to use, get ready to start drawing at 17.00
If you are using paint, please put down a cloth to avoid any spills/mess
There will be a 10 minute comfort break at 17.30 with the pose commencing again at 17.40
Artists will be asked to put pens/brushes/pencils/clay down at 18.00
Easels and boards will be arranged for final judging while participants grab a well-earned drink
Key note speeches from local dignitaries
Winner announced
1845 artwork removed from walls
1900 event close

If you are bringing work to display, please be there by 15.30 to hang or display your work (you can also bring a friend, partner or colleague)
Work must be hung and labelled by 17.00. You will be provided with a luggage tag (on which to write your name, title of the work and studio details) to be attached to the back of your picture/3D piece. Please bring blue tack or tape to attach it.
2D work needs to be framed – there is a hanging system so you need your work to be strung
3D work will need to go on a plinth, please bring your own and ensure it is safely positioned so it can’t be damaged

Attending only:
Please be there by 17.00, you are welcome to bring a friend, partner or colleague

We do hope you will join us for this landmark event, please email us at info@SEOS-art.org to secure your place.