OPEN ARTS is a special strand of our mission. Focusing on our aims to become a fully accessible art venue and deliver accessible arts in Medway.

Working with numerous partners, we’re developing our programme of events and exhibitions, as well as adapting our building to become user friendly for all.

The ‘My Self’ Project

Sun Pier House & MESS ROOM collaboration 2018/19

#OpenArtsMySelf

Watch our short film about the My Self Project here

Sun Pier House CIC were delighted to be awarded Arts Council National Lottery Project Grant Funding, to deliver their Open Arts Project 2019 in partnership with MESS ROOM artists Wendy Daws BEM and Christopher Sacre. The project was also supported by Ideas Test, Kent Association for the Blind, University of Kent and Medway Council.

The ‘My Self’ Project was specifically designed for blind and visually impaired, deaf and hard of hearing people, young people and their families. The project aimed to investigate the value of socially engaged practice, looking at improving well-being and engagement with those people at risk of social isolation.

Participants created work in workshops, in the new accessible art studio MESS ROOM, situated at Sun Pier House in Chatham. The MESS ROOM artists also ran workshops for pupils at Danecourt Community School and All Faiths Children’s Academy.

The Open Arts ‘My Self’ Project culminated in a curated exhibition in The Gallery at Sun Pier House, Chatham (May- June 2019), a second exhibition in The Crypt at Rochester Cathedral (July-August 2019), and finally a third exhibition in Sittingbourne across three sites – at No34 High Street, Phoenix House and Sittingbourne Library (September 2019).

Follow the full journey of this exciting project using #OpenArtsMySelf on @SunPierHouse @CCSacre @WendyDaws @MessRoomMedway

Read the Arts Council Project bid in full here – SPH MESS ROOM Open Arts Project Grant bid to ACE

Mini Mess: MESSY ART for Babies & Toddlers!

NEW for 2019! MESS ROOM artist Christopher Sacre and Sun Pier House CIC have collaborated to create ‘mini MESS’!

Messy art classes for babies and toddlers – 9 months to 3 years – with sessions delivered in BSL (British Sign Language) and spoken English.

Thursday morning sessions, in the Gallery at Sun Pier House. All sessions should be pre-booked – contact us for information on the next available dates – info@sunpierhouse.co.uk

MEDWAY DEAF ARTS

Born out of the amazing ‘My Self’ project, Christopher Sacre has developed open access art sessions for deaf adults in the MESS ROOM. Contact Chrisopher directly for more details on the next available sessions – mail@messroom.org.uk