Updated Saturday 4th May 2019
NEWS (see also our Facebook Page) + look inside Creek Creative: take the VIRTUAL TOUR
From the end of April we welcome back the Kent County photographic Association (KCPA) returning for a fifth consecutive ‘Annual Print & PDI Exhibition’, which will occupy both Upper & Lower Galleries from Tuesday 30th April to Sunday 19th May 2019 (show now extended to three weeks).
CALL TO ARTISTS x2! (Open Call)
For all those artists interested in taking part in East Kent Artists’ Open Houses 2019 Please note the dates have changed to run a week earlier than usual, and the Deadline For Entries is Tuesday 30th April 2019.
Plus introducing an Open Call to all artists, makers and other creative industry practitioners across the full range of disciplines… This is an invitation to interpret and submit work on a theme of “The Journey” by deadline 10am Monday 10th June, for a show which will open Tuesday 11th to Sunday 23rd June 2019 (Upper Gallery). Any questions call 01795 535515 or simply email email@example.com for an entry form (please label Subject line “The Journey”). Maximum 3 pieces per artist (size dependent – call us to check) + Hanging Fee £15 per piece + 20% commission on sales.
ARTISAN SHOP FRESH LOOK
Explore our freshly-enhanced-for-2019 Artisan Shop featuring the new #Gondola display island (with its four quadrants combined as one, following on from the two lengthways pairs mode deployed for the Christmas Emporium – see photos below) and wide range of excellent handcrafted wares & unique gifts made by many local Artisans & Makers.
NOVEMBER’S MONDAY MANIAC
At 3am on Monday 19th November 2018 our premises suffered extensive damage when an allegedly intoxicated driver crashed into the big back doors on the corner of Quay Lane and Belvedere Road. Inevitably this will cause further disruption with these main doors out of operation and boarded up for the time being, we can only apologise for any inconvenience. Again more photos are available on our Facebook Page Album.
April 2019 update: we have finally had confirmation and payment from the driver’s insurance company, so the repairs and replacements are now being scheduled ASAP to restore the rear Loading Bay on Belvedere Road. Soon this major inconvenience will be at an end.
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.
We were #KentCreativeAwards finalists in ‘Cultural Venue’ + ‘Arts Organisation’ Categories last year.
In November 2018 (and for the second year running) our Gallery Kitchen Cafe earned a Gold Award at the Freefrom Eating Out Awards 2018 in the ‘Cafés & Teashops’ category. Back in November 2017 Lorraine and her team won a Gold Award for that category for the first time (FreeFrom Eating Out Awards 2017). Once again many congratulations go to the Cafe team for all their hard work in 2018.
In 2015 our Gallery Kitchen Cafe received a ‘Kent Life and Kent on Sunday Food & Drink Awards 2015‘ ‘Highly Commended’ for ‘Cafe of the Year’. In October 2016 at the ‘Kent Life and Kent on Sunday Food & Drink Awards 2016‘ (
#kentfda), the GKC was a top three Finalist in both ‘Cafe of the Year’ and ‘Customer Service of the Year’ categories, and shortlisted again for ‘Customer Service of the Year’ in 2017.
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.
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.
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