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Open studio events have been mushrooming at home

and abroad in recent years. Amongst the oldest and

largest is SEOS (South East Open Studios), which

encompasses the whole of Kent and the East Sussex


Each year, for two weeks in June, member artists invite

visitors to come in and watch them work, buy art and

generally talk about the curious and sometimes

mysterious processes of making art.This year SEOS

takes place from 3rd-19th June.

Lee O’Connor painting in her studio

SEOS began back in 1996 when 46 artists working

in Tunbridge Wells and Sevenoaks were brought

together for the 1997 West Kent Open Studios.

Following the success of this first event,

neighbouring areas also joined and it was renamed

South East Open Studios. Entries have continued

to rise year on year and there are now over 300

participating artists.

Glasswork by Pia Carti

As well as painters and print-makers SEOS now also

encompasses a variety of artists working in other

disciplines such as jewellery, ceramics, textiles,

photography, sculpture and stained glass. Many

participate regularly and new artists join each year,

but there are still members today from the original 46

pioneers who first opened their doors back in 1997.

Demonstration by

Dominique Morgan

Workshop with ceramicist Katie Brinsley

All current participating artists can be found on the

SEOS website,, and in the free printed

guide available at libraries, tourist information centres

and galleries.There is also a Friend Scheme for those

who wish to become a part of their local arts

community and receive information about SEOS

activities throughout the year.

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South East Open Studios

3rd-19th June 2011

Further information, logos and

photographs are available from

Publicity Officer: Emma Dove


T: 01233 665845