For years artists have been lured to the coast, surrounded by great light, great studios and vast unused warehouse spaces (sound familiar South London?) The New York Times in their recent article ‘The Art Crowd Return to Kent,’ reports: ‘This coastal stretch on the North Sea has become a redoubt for tuned-in Londoners — London’s answer to New York City’s artsy satellites of Hudson and Beacon, N.Y. — aided by a new high-speed rail link and an expressway linking the British capital with Kent.’ The marriage of rich history and contemporary art makes for a fascinating journey, walk the streets of Hastings and Margate for galleries, antique shops, museums and charming seaside kitsch in abundance. SE COAST Art Map covers 4 bustling and growing creative hubs: Margate, Brighton, Hastings and Folkestone.
Hub Arts Map
Hub Arts Map began in 2010 as a grassroots organisation (we run a contemporary gallery BEARSPACE on Deptford High street). Our aim is to ‘bring art to the forefront of our cities.’ Our focus is on emerging and contemporary visual art. Wonderfully the places you can find these emerging art scenes happen to be some of the most interesting, undiscovered parts of the UK. Currently covering South East London and the South East Coast, join us in uncovering some of the most intriguing galleries and studios in London, whilst sampling the architecture, shops, emerging food scene and history each ‘hub’ has to offer.
Every month for one weekend we feature a different ‘hub location’ along the South East Coast. This means that you will be sure to find most galleries and studios open with events and performances along the way! It’s great to use these weekends as a guide to head to the coast as you will find lots on (we’ve planned it that way). Print out the listings so you know what’s on when, and enjoy exploring whether your first or fifth time, there is always more to see.
South East Coast Art Tours
The perfect weekend getaway for culture vultures, our South East Coast Art Weekenders are a great way to discover some of the South East Coast’s off the beaten coastal path art gems, major galleries, attractions with local gallerists and one of SLAM’s art guides. With exhibitions, events, talks and exclusive open studios providing plenty of opportunity to explore. Meet contemporary art enthusiasts and travel together to discover the new!
Sponsors & Supporters
Julia AlvarezSLAM DirectorJulia runs BEARSPACE gallery in Deptford and began the Deptford Art Map in 2009 after seeing the wealth of potential in the area. In 2011 South London Art Map (SLAM) was launched at TATE Modern with 90 member galleries, today SLAM has over 150 galleries & studios on the map and continues to grow. Julia also works as a curator, specialising in identifying and promoting emerging artists. Notable past projects include being appointed as chief curator of Deptford X in 2009 and 'Play' a large group exhibition including artists Jake & Dinos Chapman, Bob & Roberta Smith & Anya Gallaccio, 'The Urban Showcase,' a 50 metre outdoor exhibition of works on a building wrap in Mayfair, in association with Futurecity. There are important links with Royal Academy Schools and more recently she has acted as a selector for prizes and exhibitions, including the Florence Trust, ACME, Wimbledon School of Art and Axis MA Stars. Alvarez continues to live and work in Deptford and can be found most days in the b
Tina EmenyeonuTina Emenyeonu has studied at Chelsea College of Art and Design, Brera Academy in Italy and London College of Communication. At present, she is in her final year of a BA in Drawing at Camberwell College of Arts and also works from a studio near her home. Her work deals with themes of media and representation, employing collage and soundscapes. Recent exhibitions have been at the Bussey Building in Peckham and Shoreditch Town Hall. Having grown up in the Dulwich triangle of Herne Hill, East Dulwich and West Dulwich she is proud of the ambition and drive in its independent art scene and believes that South London represents a diversity and vibrancy that is unrivalled.
Bethany LloydIf not in the studio at Camberwell finishing her final year studying painting Bethany can be found bustling away at BEARSPACE either playing project manager at SLAM or installing a show. Originally from Chester and having been brought up on all things fine art her studio works echoes subtle influences of renaissance paintings. If you could introduce subtle hints of this into the domestic through clean, logical somewhat feminine items you’d find Bethany’s work. An aspiring gallerist she’s recently co-curated a show at a booth at Home London aswell as assisting at BEARSPACE.