On Saturday 7th July a new Arts Venue will open in Herne Bay. Beach House is on the corner of Beach Street and Kings Road, CT6 5PT, and will be holding an Open Day from 10am till 8pm. The building provides artists studios, exhibition spaces, meeting rooms and workshops for local artists to meet, work, network, share and learn. The opening exhibition shows the work of students from Herne Bay High School.
Beach Creative is a non-for-profit community interest company and aims to support and enable the development of creative industries in the Herne Bay district. Part of this will be to increase opportunities for the community to develop their creative skills and participate in the arts, locally, nationally and – hopefully – internationally. Gill Wilson, Access and Outreach co-ordinator at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) in Canterbury, initiated the project as part of the university’s mission ‘to excel as a university for the arts which fosters creativity through local connections and global aspirations’. Gill was looking for an empty building to use as workshop space during the academic year and was offered Beach House by Canterbury City Council on a short-term lease. Local artists Mandy Broughton and Mandy Troughton soon joined Gill and, together, they formed the community interest company in response to their collective vision for a designated arts centre in Herne Bay.
The first exhibition to be shown in the gallery spaces is the Herne Bay High School (HBHS) Sixth Form show, sponsored by UCA. Both institutions are members of the Kent and Medway Progression Federation (KMPF), which has continued the work of Aim higher throughout Kent and Medway. Students from both UCA and Herne Bay High School have volunteered, along with local residents, to help transform Beach House into a fit-for-purpose arts venue.
Throughout Saturday 7th July there will be opportunities for the visiting public to view the exhibition, see the artists’ studios and take part in workshop activities provided by the University for the Creative Arts. For information on this and other activities, please contact: Gill Wilson, firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07545 787955.