Current exhibition

Solo Exhibition

Heidi Schaffner

#SoloShow of Animal Paintings

Tue 3 Aug 2021 to Sun 15 Aug 2021

Next exhibition

Solo Exhibition

Sue Bradley

#SoloShow of Watercolour Paintings

Tue 17 Aug 2021 to Sun 29 Aug 2021


Martin Kelly Watercolour Classes ON-SITE UP NEXT

12.30-2.30 Tuesdays 10th-31st August - See Martin's Online Videos (Courses & Workshops)

Jennifer Hedley Art Classes 2021 RESTART

10.30-12.30 Mondays

Yvonne / CKJ Artisan Fused Glass Workshops 2021

Saturdays 24th July, 7th & 21st August + more to follow

Ashley Hanson Hofmann & Scully 2-day Workshop

9.30-5.30 Wed 8th & Thu 9th September

Ashley Hanson Beach Huts 2-day Workshop

9.30-5.30 Fri 10th & Sat 11th September


Updated Monday 2nd August 2021

NEWS (see also our Facebook Page) + look inside Creek Creative: take the recently updated VIRTUAL TOUR 2020-21


>>>#Covid-19 update: from Monday 19th July #FaceCoverings and (2 metre) #SocialDistancing are no longer a legal requirement, but please continue to use Masks in crowded areas and observe appropriate hygiene precautions on site.<<<

Creek looking fine >photo below from 6pm 10/06/21< with signage completed (11 years & 11 months from taking up residence at No.1 Abbey Street). Many thanks to everyone who has helped along the way. #NewBeginnings #NewSignage #MovingForward #Summer21


We hope all our artists, makers, supporters, visitors & customers have coped well during this hugely challenging pandemic, with all its casualties and restrictions. We are very happy to welcome everyone back, now to sit indoors without Facecoverings or Social Distancing unless in crowded areas (from Tuesday 20th July)… plus enjoy the latest solo exhibition of vibrant animal paintings by Heidi Schaffner.



Following the #Lockdown3 end and Upper Gallery / Artisan Shop re-opening on the 13th April (‘Step 2’) with continued Social Distancing, face-covering & outdoor service only, our Gallery Kitchen Café resumed indoor service (‘Step 3’) from Tuesday 18th May. The Café is still subject to the ‘Rule of Six or 2x Households’ + #SocialDistancing + #WearMask until ‘Step 4’ begins, please note this has now been delayed from 21st June to 19th July or Tuesday 20th here at Creek (some classes & workshops have re-started but remain limited to six people including tutor until 19th July).

Watch this space (or see Facebook Page) for further developments.


Dorota Chioma #SoloShow

The Lower Gallery’s last exhibition ‘Mental Health in Pictures’ from Dorota Chioma (originally Tuesday 27th October to Sunday 8th November 2020 – but closed 4pm Wednesday 4th November) was in association with the Centrepieces Mental Health Arts Project. As a result of adaptations to the pandemic the Lower Gallery continues to be even more of a multi-use space hosting all manner of courses and workshops intermingled with the scheduled presentations and exhibitions.

Wheelchair users please note that we do have #WheelchairAccess on both levels, but for the Lower Gallery access is from the back (on Belvedere Road): Cafe or Shop staff will need to be alerted (via the main Abbey Street entrance) to go down and open the double Fire Doors for the rear ramp, then guide people through the corridor.

ONLINE GALLERY: Lockdown Art #GroupShow (L) + Escaping Lockdown Blues #SoloShow (R) + Creek Poster Retrospective

LEFT: Lockdown Art Exhibition #GroupShow and eclectic mix of work created by local artists during this year’s global #Covid19 #Lockdown (Tue 6th to Sun 25th Oct, Upper Gallery).

RIGHT: ‘Escaping Lockdown Blues’ paintings by Brian Oxley (Tue 27th Oct – Wed 4th Nov – closed early #Lockdown2, Upper Gallery).

BELOW: ‘Creek Creative Archive Retrospective’ is a poster / graphic snapshot of 11 Years at No.1 Abbey Street (1st July 2009 – 30th June 2020), which includes past Exhibitions, Craft Fairs, Events, Presentations, Workshops & Courses, Promotion & Signage (click in corner for ‘Full Screen’ & ‘Esc’ to return). This archive video is also available on YouTube or as 8x posts of multiple photos on Instagram.


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Above: Photos of the new re-opening set up (04/08/20) + Below: Photos of current Front Yard set up with Marquee (29/09/20).

Front Yard + Marquee 01Front Yard + Marquee 02Front Yard + Marquee 03

Below: Photos of Artisan Shop revamp, Gallery Kitchen Cafe counter & Upper Gallery exhibition (04/08/20).

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Below: Photos of Gallery Kitchen Cafe counter detail & Print Studio lighting upgrade (31/08/20).


Below: Photos of new Lower Gallery ventilation system installation (11/11/20).


Below: Photos of new Lower Gallery #SocialDistancing Floor Markers (14/11/20).


Please consider donating to help our not-for-profit facility survive the Covid-19 downturn using the QR Code or PayPal Button below.

Thankfully we received some vital financial support on 24th April, via Swale Borough Council, to help sustain our NFP Arts Facility for a few months, but we still face very challenging times ahead and need your support more than ever. Any donations will be gratefully received and will help us cover the anticipated huge shortfall in income from severely reduced footfall and sales for the remainder of 2020 and into 2021.


This challenging year started with #Lockdown1 (21/03/20 to 03/08/20), and after many modifications we reopened from 04/08/20 to 04/11/20 with all the familiar Social Distancing and major new hygiene measures. We closed again for 4 weeks on #Lockdown2 (05/11/20 to 02/12/20), but re-opened with our Christmas Emporium 2020 in a #Tier3 region from 03/12/20 to 19/12/20, however we had to close it 5 days early ie from Sun 20th Dec, when Kent was raised to #Tier4. With #Lockdown3 declared in January (04/01/21 to 11/04/21) and now finally over, ‘Step 2’ for re-opening started 12/04/21, which for us meant Tuesday 13th April with full interior activity restrictions. ‘Step 3’ begins 17/05/21, so from Tuesday 18th May our Cafe should be fully open to resume indoor service, but still subject to the ‘Rule of Six or 2x Households’ until 21st June when all restrictions end in ‘Step 4’. (All restrictions remain subject to further government advisory reviews.)

PUBLIC HEALTH (COVID-19) / Re-Opening / Track & Trace UPDATE

Our exhibitions and other activities have resumed from Tuesday 13th April 2021, along with re-opening the Gallery Kitchen Cafe, Artisan Shop, and some workshops/classes. Maintaining Social Distancing with enhanced hygiene measures including wearing Face Coverings minimises the risks of infection, and entry numbers continue to be limited. For everyone’s safety we need cooperation on site, within the building artist / practitioner residents are advised to not bring more than two people from different households into their studio/workshop at any time, everyone must keep at least 1m apart, and wash hands / use sanitisers frequently. From the 13th April the limit on students attending courses & workshops is five plus the tutor, in keeping with the Rule of Six and until 21st June or further public health updates.



Most of our scheduled exhibitions (past, present & future) can be found in our online calendar. If you booked an exhibition or short course / day workshop before lockdown, please email info@creek-creative.org to enquire about changes, or contact the tutor directly (via phone or email) to check if they are offering online alternatives, or are re-scheduling on site socially distanced classes planned to start later in the year.


Creek Creative were #KentCreativeAwards finalists in ‘Cultural Venue’ + ‘Arts Organisation’ categories in 2017, and in November 2018 Lorraine and her Gallery Kitchen Cafe team earned a Gold Award for the second year running at the Freefrom Eating Out Awards 2018 in the ‘Cafés & Teashops’ category (see also FreeFrom Eating Out Awards 2017). Prior to that our GKC was shortlisted again for ‘Customer Service of the Year’ in 2017, having been a top three Finalist in both ‘Cafe of the Year’ and ‘Customer Service of the Year’ categories at the ‘Kent Life and Kent on Sunday Food & Drink Awards 2016‘. Back in 2015 our Gallery Kitchen Cafe had received a ‘Kent Life and Kent on Sunday Food & Drink Awards 2015Highly Commended for ‘Cafe of the Year’ .


If you have enjoyed visiting us recently please help us by completing our ONLINE SURVEY kindly designed for us by Georgie Anderson. This feedback guides future management decisions and may be a crucial factor in obtaining significant funding for us to help improve the facilities here at Creek.

Can you help us improve the facilities?

Please consider donating to Creek Creative CIC using our PayPal DONATE BUTTON on the ‘About’ page. We guarantee that any funds received will be spent carefully on improvements to our artists’ facilities and to subsidise various exhibitions or promotional activities to support them. We are happy to hear specific suggestions if you have interesting ideas on how your money might be best deployed as Creek Creative continues to evolve.

New Courses:

If you are interested in an art/design discipline but can’t find a course let us know – especially if you are a small group of friends thinking of learning together in an informal class – as we may be able to set up a new class just for you. Call Anne on 01795 535515 or email info@creek-creative.org

What we offer

    About Creek Creative

    CCS Front & Back Views

    We are a Community Interest Company supporting a wide range of artists and creatives by providing an affordable, friendly and productive environment in which to create and showcase work. As a not-for-profit organisation, any surplus income not spent on overheads goes towards improving the facilities.

    Room Hire

    Lower Gallery & Print Room

    Unusual Art Galleries (choice of Upper & Lower), Print Room and Teaching / Project Spaces for hire, with easy access, all conveniently close to Faversham town centre, where Abbey Street meets Court Street near the creek.

    Gallery Kitchen Café

    Our Café offers delicious light lunches, fabulous cakes and quality coffee or teas every day except Monday. All food is cooked by our chef Lorraine, with many gluten-free and dairy-free options available. Larger groups please book ahead: special occasions catered for in style.

    Art Studios

    A flexible arts facility arranged over 3 floors of a former Victorian brewery, we are home to 37 artists and designer-makers in 28 separate studios and workshops and 8 deskspaces in our co-working zone.

    Artisan Shop

    A tempting range of affordable, hand-crafted local designer-makers’ work, including a unique selection of high quality silver jewellery, ceramics, prints, paintings and unusual gifts.