Congratulations … you are now a member of South East Open Studios, one of the biggest and best open studios events in the UK. We are delighted to have you on board.

SEOS 2024 GUIDE PROOF

NOTE: ALL MEMBERS are required to submit, even if you have no changes. As a minimum, please complete your name, email, and studio number and submit the form.

CHANGING YOUR GUIDE IMAGE

There is a cost of £20 to change your guide image. If you wish to change it please indicate on the form. A payment link will be emailed in the next week to allow you to pay by a payment card.

PLEASE DO NOT SHARE ANY PART OF THIS DIGITAL PROOF.

It will contain information about artists and studios that may change and could therefore become confusing for visitors. We will shortly be publishing a digital version of the guide which we would love you to share.

CHECKING YOUR PROOF

1. Click the link to your regional section and find your entry. Please check both your map location and details on your page carefully to ensure the information you supplied is as expected. Please note the map can only be approximate at this scale. Your ‘what3words’ link should direct to your exact location.
2. Make a note of your studio number any changes you would like to make, then return to the form in the Member Area. Note: You can find your studio number to the right of your name on your entry.
3. Complete the form and press submit.
4. Look out for the confirmation email reply summarising your requested changes.

CONFIRM PROOF OR CHANGES

REMEMBER we require ALL MEMBERS to confirm they are happy with their proof by completing the form opposite/below. If you have no changes, please complete your name and email and submit the form so that we know that you have checked your proof.

GUIDE LAYOUT CHANGES
In response to member requests, we have improved the guide layout to both allow for clearer, larger text and an increase in size of the guide image.
Your artist statement will be available on your SEOS artist page website, along with many new features that we are bringing this year.

DIGITAL PROOF – PDF

Each link below will open in a new window. Please return to this page to complete your proof submission.

WEST KENT.pdf

NORTH KENT.pdf

EAST KENT.pdf

SOUTH KENT.pdf

EAST SUSSEX.pdf

WEALDEN-MID SUSSEX.pdf

CENTRAL KENT.pdf

Local Area Co-ordinators

SEOS has the support of local Area Co-ordinators who are there to help you manage your membership and open studio event. Please contact your local co-ordinator to establish a connection with them.

Area2024 ACOTelEmail
AshfordJude Askey-Brown07815 963629Jude.ab@live.co.uk
MaidstoneElaine Almond07946 957364etalmond@aol.com
Tonbridge & Malling Georgina Bays07834 157243georginabays@yahoo.co.uk
Tunbridge WellsJane Buttery07581 477950Janebuttery.art@gmail.com
Wealden Anthea Stewart07732 349796ashdownpottery@yahoo.com
SevenoaksFrances Wells 07952 480495Francesw088@gmail.com
Bromley & DartfordTracey Gregory07734 200906tracey@glassfusing.uk
GraveshamJennifer Brown07935 065022jennytechnicolour@gmail.com
Medway & SwaleDeborah Pugh07504 612655deb@debpugh.com
Rother & HastingsRosemary Gurney Clark07850 129826rosemary@rosemarygurneyclark.co.uk
Folkestone & HytheHelen Baxter07842 110080baxterh@tiscali.co.uk
CanterburyHildegard Pax07870 192902acos@seos-art.org
ThanetHildegard Pax07870 192902acos@seos-art.org
DoverHildegard Pax07870 192902acos@seos-art.org

Social Media

Social Media has huge potential in the art world for expanding the reach of the artist, developing a global community and evolving your art journey, and even helping artists with sales! We encourage our artists and makers to have an active presence on social media – especially Instagram. It’s a visual platform and a great way to get your work out to a wider audience, and to connect with other artists and makers. It‘s also a great way for US to connect with you and help promote your work, events, shows and to celebrate your artistic achievements and awards to our many followers and supporters!

We want to encourage even more of our artists onto social media, so have written step-by-step guides for Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to help get artists started.

These are available to members here:

We do as much as we can to promote all our members across our platforms; promoting your events, reposting other ongoing work and celebrating your awards and successes. We will always tag you (where possible) and link back to your page on our website.

In return we need your involvement:

  • Make sure you are following us (@seopenstudios) on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter
  • Engage with our posts (your ‘likes’, comments and reposts/ shares help our posts reach more art lovers and connect you with the local art community)
  • Respond to requests for additional imagery and information so that we can keep our feeds interesting, relevant, and up to date
  • Use our branded social media-ready posts with your own artwork, to announce that you have signed up to and will be taking part in SEOS 2024
  • Use our brand hashtags (see below!) so we can find you and your new posts more easily

Using Social Media

Hashtags are key on Instagram – they’re how other people find your work, and how you can attract the right kinds of audiences. If you get stuck, or don’t know what hashtags to use, take look at the hashtags that other artists in your field are using. Each Instagram post allows up to a maximum of 30 hashtags, so make the most of the opportunity to reach wider audiences and get tagging!

Below are some of the hashtags that we use on our posts to help promote South East Open Studios and our artists. Whilst our hashtags are fairly broad, and don’t allude to any specific medium, you can, and should, tailor your tags to suit your practise.

Top tip: Try and avoid using very broad hashtags like ‘#art’, as your work will likely get lost amongst the millions of new posts also tagged ‘art’.

#SouthEastOpenStudios #SEOSartist #SouthEastOpenStudios2024#SEOS2024 #seopenstudios #openstudios #artinkent #artinsussex #kentartists #sussexartists #kentart #sussexart #whatsoninkent #whatsoninsussex 

Getting noticed on Instagram

Whilst engagement and ‘getting noticed’ is never guaranteed on social media, you can increase your chances by using a variety of strategies. Start by making your profile cohesive and creative – develop your style and create a consistent look across your page. Make sure to use a high-quality and eye-catching profile picture, write a professional bio, and include a link to your website or portfolio. When it comes to increasing engagement, you get out what you put in – so be sure to use relevant hashtags, comment on and like other artist’s posts, and try to write engaging captions for your posts. You can also use Instagram stories and reels to showcase your artwork and reach a larger audience. Finally, if it suits you and your work, consider collaborating with other artists or galleries and share each other’s work to increase your visibility.

We have a lot of members every year, and unfortunately, it’s impossible for us to check new uploads from every single member, so an easy way for us to find your posts is if you use the hashtags #SEOSartist #SEOS2024 or #seopenstudios23. This will really help us to beat the algorithm, find your new posts and promote your work. We especially ask that you use the #SEOSartist hashtag if you choose to post one of our overlay images – it’s a great way to spread the word about SEOS and promote your involvement in our 2024 event!

Finally – if you have something to promote (i.e., a gallery show, event, published article, award etc.) please don’t hesitate to drop us a direct message (DM) on social media so we can share your post about it and celebrate with you!

If you would like to talk to the Social Media team, please email SEOS Social Media Officer, Polly B: media@seos-art.org

SEOS Logos

You are welcome to use the SEOS logo in promotional images of your own work to promote yourself and the event. There are a variety of versions and formats available, please download the set and select the one that suits your needs.

Whilst we love that you want to show off your membership, we ask that you please do not use our official South East Open Studios logo as a profile picture on social media. This is so that our official social media pages can be found and recognised without any confusion.

If you have any questions, please contact us: media@seos-art.org

 

LOGO WITH TYPE
Large 1500 pixels (ideal for small print) – View
Small 300 pixels (ideal for email and your website) – View

LOGO WITHOUT TYPE
Large 1500 pixels (ideal for small print) – View
Small 300 pixels (ideal for email and your website) – View

ALL
.ZIP file includes Large (ideal for large print. 7MB)– Download

Newsletter

We produce a regular newsletter that goes to our mailing list of over 1,800 artists and art lovers. Make sure you are signed up to our Mailing List, and that you put no-reply@SEOS-art.org in your contacts list so that you receive it in your inbox.

If you have signed up and are not receiving any SEOS communications, please check your spam or junk folders before contacting us.

We have a ‘Members Area’ in the newsletter where our members can promote themselves or any special events, so do send us material for this if you are interested in being featured.

news@seos-art.org

Insurance Cover

We would encourage you to consider taking out public liability insurance for yourselves so that you are covered for any personal damages or injuries. We recommend A-N The Artists Information Company (https://www.a-n.co.uk) who charge £38 for 12 months individual cover.

Constitution

SEOS is a not-for-profit organisation with a mission to enable all artists and makers in Kent, East Sussex and the Surrey borders to engage with their communities and connect with art lovers, through one of the biggest and best open studios events in the UK. To learn more about our mission and values, download the South East Open Studios Constitution here.

 

Annual Reports

ANNUAL REPORT 2023

ANNUAL REPORT 2022 (pdf)

ANNUAL REPORT 2021 (pdf)

ANNUAL REPORT 2020 (pdf)

ANNUAL REPORT 2019 (pdf)

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