The Mick Jagger Centre


This year's South East Open Studios is being launched on Tuesday 30 May between 5pm and 7pm at The Mick Jagger Centre in Dartford, including a LIVE art competition with local artists and makers. Participants will exhibit their work and demonstrate their skills and process, with members of the Rochester and Chatham Dickens Fellowship, including Miss Havisham and Mr Micawber as their models.

The live competition, judged in front of an invited audience, will be a celebration of local creative talent, providing a look behind the scenes and a true insight into what it takes to create a great piece of art. Our judges, including Philip Johnson, Chair of SEOS and Sarah Dance, South East Local Enterprise Partnership Deputy Chair, will be on the lookout for something that is unique and awe-inspiring - with a fresh take on capturing the character and essence of the model. Artists will be able to learn from each other whilst working from life using a variety of media under a time constraint, leaving no room for research and resulting in a natural, raw response from participants.


Those wishing to attend the event can RSVP at to secure their place in the audience. There are limited spaces available so we advise people to sign up quickly to avoid the chance of missing out on the exclusive event.

For more information and hi-res images of participating artists and their work, please contact Beth Arnold at