This year the Whitstable Oyster Festival takes place over the August Bank Holiday Weekend. It also sees return of the Made in Whitstable: Art Craft & Vintage Trail, where local creatives open the doors to their garden studios, houses and galleries, and invite you to visit on Saturday 28th August and Sunday 29th August.
This is a fantastic opportunity to talk to the artists and makes about their work, ask questions and see behind the scenes, and to buy direct.
For our 2021 Trail, we have 18 galleries, houses and garden studios taking part. Some are local creatives, like Margo Selby Studio and Vicky Hageman, who’s open studios are eagerly anticipated every year, and others are joining in for the very first time. We do hope you will visit everyone with the same enthusiasm.
Our Trail begins in Tankerton with Clare Jackson in her straw bail built studio, and spirals around Whitstable to finish by the Harbour entrance with Trail newcomer Katie Garrett. Of course, you may wish to find your own way around, and spread the Trail across both days, as you take in some of the Festival’s other delights.
You’ll find paintings, ceramics, textiles, glass, animation, print making, collage and found object art. Several of our artists will also have a vintage corner for you to rifle through.
At this stage we are hoping that all will go ahead as planned, and we ask that all visitors respects the Houses’ wishes regarding mask wearing and social distancing and waiting for previous visitors to leave the premises.
Free flyers/maps will be available to collect from Show Off Gallery in Harbour Street from 23rd to 29th July, where the Trail organisers shall be popping up.
Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th August 2021 – 10.30am to 4.00pm
No.1 : ‘Lucknow’ 67 Northwood Road CT5 2HB
Clare Jackson paintings, prints and vintage treasures
Please note: No dogs please as there are free roaming hens
No2 : 12 Park Avenue CT5 2DD
Emma Burton fashion/textiles
No3 : 11 Queens Road CT5 2JE
Sharon Cavalier mixed media beach combed Folk art
No4 : ‘Beechcroft’ Westmeads Road CT5 1LR
Ella Watkins colourful quirky pottery
Katie Agnew colourful textiles
No5 : 6 Grimshill Road CT5 1LR
No6 : 37 Swanfield Road CT5 4LH
No7 : 33 Swanfield Road CT5 4HN
Claire McNeil-Henderson upcycled jewellery
No8 : 11 Oxford Street CT5 1DB
The Fish-slab Gallery, fresh art weekly. This week, Jacqueline Trinder
No9 : 108 High Street CT5 1AZ
No10 : 28 Cornwallis Circle CT5 1DU
Selina Firth paintings, prints, greetings cards
No11 : Bradstowe House 35 Middle Wall CT5 1BJ
Margo Selby contemporary woven textiles
No12 : 6 Regent Street CT5 1JD
Tracie Peisley fine art ceramics, painting and drawing
Please note: Tracie’s mum is awaiting surgery, so she will be asking visitor to wear face masks and use hand sanitiser, and visitor numbers at any one time will be limited. You can message in advance to book a time slot
No13 : 52 Regent Street CT5 1JQ
Annie Taylor WhitstableTail illustrative and textile art
No14 : 165 Cromwell Road CT5 1NQ
Alma Caira fused, blown and flameworked glass
Jan Lewis textile and print
No15 : 161 Cromwell Road CT5 1NQ
Paul Elliott animations, paintings and stuff
Access through Stream Walk
No16 : 5 Westgate Terrace CT51LB
Marti Murchison textiles and vintage finds
No17 : 6 Woodlawn Street CT5 1HG
Adam Thorn pen and ink drawings
Mary Whelan cards and sea-inspired creations
No18 : 2b New Street CT5 1HF
Kate Garrett oil paintings and macrame hangers