Westgate Galleria open call for submissions for Our Kent exhibition

Open call for artists and makers

Westgate Galleria is inviting artists and makers to submit artworks for a group exhibition to be held in the town in March.

The theme of the exhibition is celebrating the experience of living and working in, and visiting, Kent’s coastline. Submissions are invited from emerging and established artists and makers, professionals, amateurs and hobbyists.

Following the success of their Countryside and Coastline group exhibition in 2022, which was also selected from a local public open call, Galleria owners Sarah Gibbon and Vivienne Rose are keen to curate another show through an open call.

They are hoping to receive artworks that reflect and represent more than just the beautiful coastline, they would also like to include pieces that celebrate the rich cultural history of Kent and the diversity of life in its cities, towns and villages as well as its resorts. They feel the exhibition will likely be Thanet-focused but emphasised selection will be led by what artists and makers send in to them. The deadline for submissions is February 15th, and selections will be announced in the following week.

Established in 2019 by Sarah Gibbon and Vivienne Rose of Shoreline Partners, Westgate Galleria is now one of Thanet’s largest independently-run contemporary art gallery spaces, working with 75 resident artists and artisans, all from Kent’s creative community, selling 3d art and crafts as well as wall-hung artworks. They put on regular guest artist and group exhibitions and offer workshop space for hire too.

Sarah and Vivienne said: “The Our Kent exhibition will feature as one of Thanet’s attractions in the Year of the Coast 2023’s programme. This is a nationwide year-long tourism initiative that is helping coastal towns to promote their attractions, small and large, to help strengthen their local economies.

“Locally it is being supported by Visit England, England’s Creative Coast, Thanet District Council and Visit Thanet. As a small local independent business Shoreline Partners have welcomed the opportunity to participate in this programme, and hope that lots of other local businesses – large and small – will want to get involved too . Information can be obtained from the very helpful  team in Thanet’s tourist office in Margate.”

The exhibition will take place from March 3-29. One work per artist, £10 hanging fee.

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