Open Arts 2019-04-29T13:56:37+00:00

‘Open Arts’ is a special strand of our business , focusing on our aims and ambitions to become a fully accessible venue and provide 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 Open Arts Project’, Sun Pier House and MESS ROOM collaboration 2018/19 – #OpenArtsMySelf

Follow this exciting project – #OpenArtsMySelf on @SunPierHouse @MessRoomMedway



Post April 2019:

My Self exhibition poster Mar 19 (1)

The My Self exhibition – Thursday 2nd May to Saturday 8th June, in the Sun Pier House Gallery

#OpenArtsMySelf – Private View, 2nd May 6pm – 8:30pm, all welcome.
FREE Family art workshops create your own ‘Wonky Portrait’ –

Saturday 11th or Saturday 25th May, 10:30am – 12:30pm at Sun Pier House email to book your place.

Post February 2019: 

We are having such a great time working with Wendy Daws and Christopher Sacre from MESS ROOM on this project. It’s a lot of work, but days like this what make it all worthwhile…



Above images are from some of the workshops we’ve held during the My Self project. 


Post February 2019:

MEDWAY DEAF ARTS – Born from this amazing project, Christopher Sacre now runs an open access art group for deaf adults in the MESS ROOM, Tuesdays 10:30am – 12:30am 


Wendy and Christopher are so passionate about what they do, it’s great to work with people going above & beyond to share the wealth you get from creating art.


Post November 2018: 

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

The ‘Open Arts Project’ is specifically aimed at blind and visually impaired, deaf and hard of hearing people, young people and their families. The project aims to investigate the value of socially engaged practice, looking at improving well-being and engagement with those people at risk of social isolation. The theme and identity of this project is ‘My Self’ (#OpenArtsMySelf).

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

The ‘Open Arts Project’ will culminate in a curated exhibition in The Gallery at Sun Pier House, Chatham (May 2019), and a second exhibition at No34, Sittingbourne (date tbc 2019).

Wendy Daws and Christopher Sacre, co-founders of MESS ROOM, say:

‘We relish the opportunity to work in partnership with Sun Pier House CIC as part of the ‘Open Arts Project’. Open Arts will provide a platform to explore identities and showcase the amazing creativity of blind, visually-impaired, deaf and hard of hearing people. We feel this is a huge vote of confidence in MESS ROOM.”

From members of the sight loss art group;

‘We are delighted that the ‘Open Arts Project’ has been funded and can go ahead. This means a great deal to us as a group because we can get to meet on a regular basis. People need people, and especially with our sight loss, we need to work together and help each other. Being at home alone is so isolating and you can lose the will to do anything at all. We’ve all experienced a sense of hopelessness and opportunities like this give meaning to our lives and show that we still have something to offer.’

Follow this exciting project – #OpenArtsMySelf on @SunPierHouse @CCSacre @WendyDaws @MessRoomMedway