Simon Giles and Anne MacLaren set up the Creek Creative Community Interest Company (CIC), which runs Creek Creative Studios, an art and design community hub spread over three floors in a former Victorian brewery near Faversham Creek. They formed the CIC in September 2008 after a two-year research period then set up the not-for-profit art centre in Abbey Street in July 2009, to support local artists and designer-makers by providing affordable facilities and a collaborative community.
Creek Creative Studios offers affordable artists’ studios and co-working desk spaces (currently accommodating about 40 artists), plus it provides project space, event facilities, one-off training workshops and weekly development courses. It also has public galleries that can be hired on a weekly basis for exhibitions by individual artists and designers or for group shows.
Exhibitions run for two weeks on average, and have included The Elements Open Exhibition – displaying works by more than 30 local artists; Works on Paper – a solo show of print by Peter Latham; and Fiery Visions – a joint show of paintings by Jacquie Gulliver Thompson and ceramics by Jo Pethybridge.
Workshops and courses are offered in a variety of media, including sculpture, photography, life drawing, ceramics and drama/vocal production to date.
The Gallery Kitchen Café within Creek Creative Studios offers fine teas, quality coffee, and delicious chef-made light lunches and cakes, alongside the shop, which sells original prints, fashion and jewellery items, and other designer-makers’ works.
In January 2012 Arts Council England approved funding to carry out conversion works on the lower ground floor to open up additional space. Since taking on No.1 Abbey Street, Simon and Anne have been assisted by a solid core of volunteers, supporters and local like-minds, to whom they continue to be very grateful for all the help and advice received.
For more information please visit http://www.creek-creative.org