South East Open Studios

Shirley Leslyn Sheppard - Life is good down at the beach

From Friday, June 7 to Tuesday, June 23 artists in East Sussex and Kent will open their studios to the public. The South East Open Studios (SEOS) printed guide and art trail maps (available from shops and libraries), signpost visitors to free art exhibitions and events throughout the region, celebrating a wealth of artistic talent.

Tracy Nors – semi abstract
Annabel Faraday – Yellow huts

Artists in the towns and villages of Hastings, Rye, Romney, Hythe, Folkestone, Newenden, Northiam, Beckley, Cade Street, Punnetts Town, Battle and Ninfield have grouped together to create art trails.

Terence Ayling – Wilmot Hill
Nikki Griffith – coast and ships

Art trail maps allow you to plan your day of studio visits, taking in the beauty of the countryside along the way. Guides featuring each participating artist and maps are available from libraries, shops and visitor centres in villages and towns.

Tim Riddihough – Garden Tower

Now in its 22nd year, SEOS represents a group of over 200 artists, including ceramicists, potters, printmakers, glass fusers, jewellers and furniture makers. For the curious, this is an opportunity to meet the artist at work and see behind the scenes to appreciate the skill of creating beautiful, hand-made arts and crafts. The work of just a few of them is pictured here.

Many artists exhibit overseas and some are established names in the art world. During June their studios become galleries to showcase their work. Some provide refreshments, demonstrations and work is available to purchase. Some artists sell gift vouchers for workshops if you fancy having a go yourself or giving the gift of art tuition.

Visiting SEOS artists during June is a delightful day out for art enthusiasts of all ages.

For a full list of participating artists in Sussex and Kent please visit: More information is available on their Facebook page and also on Instagram and Twitter.

Source: South East Open Studios

Image Credits: Shirley Leslyn Sheppard, Tracy Nors, Annabel Faraday, Terence Ayling, Nikki Griffith, Tim Riddihough.


  1. We are fortunate to have so many talented artists in our area! The open studios exhibitions are a highlight for so many people living in and visiting the region. If you are interested in the techniques on display, simply ask the artist how they learnt their craft. Some may offer workshops to get you started on your own art trail!


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