Updated Monday 23rd March 2020
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For all forthcoming Upper & Lower Gallery exhibition bookings please see our online calendar.
PUBLIC HEALTH STATEMENT – Coronavirus UPDATE (COVID-19):
Creek is now operating on minimal services, with all exhibitions and workshops/classes postponed or cancelled, the artists’ studios will remain available as long as possible. Sadly the Gallery Kitchen Cafe will not now be offering a ‘Creek Takeout’ service, owing to Social Distancing, staffing and supplies issues during the crisis, but may be restored at short notice. Please bear with us as we attempt to sustain the facility while keeping up with guidance. If you booked a course please check with your workshop tutor before arriving on site, as they may be offering a virtual / online version. We wish to reassure all residents and visitors that we are taking appropriate hygiene precautions where possible to minimise the risks, but we need your cooperation, so if you are on site for any reason please follow these guidelines stay at least 2m from each other and #WashYourHands frequently. To maintain ‘Social Distancing’ within the building artist/residents are advised to not bring more than one family member or friend to their studio/workshop at any time.
The last exhibition in the Lower Gallery opened from Tuesday 17th to Sunday 22nd March for #1Week Only and was an MA Student #GroupShow installation of challenging sculptural & painted works from Melanie Jordan, Nicole Antras & Ali Lees. (Meet the Artists was 1-5pm Saturday 21st March).
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.
THE LOWER GALLERY IS AVAILABLE TO HIRE… Call 01795 535515 (additional space in development)
If you are interested in exhibiting in the Lower Gallery currently the cost is £160 per week (+ 20% sales commission), with plenty of gaps in the calendar! Please note there are two rooms: the main room as shown in the photos, and the second, which currently still suffers water intrusion, but is uniquely atmospheric and includes an amazing 30m tunnel (ideal for unusual installations). The Lower Gallery is favoured by those exhibitors wishing for a dedicated space (with higher ceiling in the main room), more flexible layout, and peaceful atmosphere in contrast with the busy Upper Gallery.
LOWER GALLERY PREVIOUS EXAMPLE
The panoramic photos below show the Kent County photographic Association ‘Annual Print & PDI Exhibition’ 2019, which occupied both the Upper & Lower Galleries for three weeks from Tuesday 30th April to Sunday 19th May.
This KCPA exhibition was their fifth consecutive ‘Annual Print & PDI Exhibition’ here at Creek and included an excellent range of high quality photography submitted by Camera Club members, shortlisted from the many clubs based in the South East.
UPPER GALLERY PREVIOUS EXAMPLE
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 2015‘ Highly Commended for ‘Cafe of the Year’ .
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org