SLAM (the South London Art Map) is proud to be launching a sister map, the South East Coast Art Map.
SECAM is your one stop shop for contemporary art along the South Coast featuring a printed map and micro newspaper, website with full exhibition listings and ‘Art Weekenders’ (residential weekends) with a focus on a different ‘hub’ each month. The South London Art Map was established in 2010 with 70 galleries and art studios, in four years this has increased to 180, and tripled visitor numbers to the area for the arts.
The South East Coast is undergoing the same renaissance through art that South London has trail blazed. With a mixture of major galleries like Turner Contemporary in Margate, the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings, De La Warr Pavillion in Bexhill on Sea, festivals like the House Festival in Brighton and both Folkestone Triennial and Whitstable Biennale it is ripe for intrepid art explorers to beat a path to the South East Coast. Take in the more ‘grassroots’ galleries, fun by the seaside and charm of fresh fish, pubs and antique and retro shops along the way. See the areas develop as new architecture comes in and the famous Dreamland entertainment park in Margate is developed.
The New York Times recently asked ‘Why the Art Crowd Are Returning to Kent’ and SECAM will provide the answer and handy guide with a fully comprehensive website with listings, printed map and our Art Weekends. Focussed on a different ‘hub’ every month, either Brighton, Hastings, Folkestone or Margate, bookers will get taken on a two day tour with stay over, taking in galleries, meeting artists, sampling the local food and artists hotspots. It’s a chance to meet like-minded art enthusiasts, share food and art and local hospitality whilst watching the sun go down over Margate or Hastings seafront! You can even curate your own daytrip using the helpful www.southeastcoastartmap.com website to see what is on and pick up an art map when you arrive.
Be ahead of the curve and see why everyone is going to be heading to the South East Coast for their next culture fix!
Fancy staying closer to home? Why not visit one of our four London Hubs part of the South London Art Map, for their popular SLAM Fridays late night openings on the last Friday of every month? See www.southlondonartmap.com for details.