MAKING ART WORK is a network of artists and creative people who are serious about developing their professional practices and in establishing sustainable careers in the creative arts.

Camilla Swire, ‘Noble East Kent Goldings’, detail

We offer a welcoming, supportive artistic community that strives to work to the highest professional standards and to cultivate a culture of innovation. Our approach is to share our skills and expertise and to support each other to develop our individual practices. We work co-operatively, pooling our resources and knowledge to share what we make with the wider community, and to collaborate with other arts organisations and groups on national and international projects. We meet regularly, holding our main meeting once a month in Maidstone. We also hold regular exhibitions, with at least one per year for members.

MAKING ART WORK is run by members for members, so everyone who joins has a say in shaping our organisation and the events, activities and exhibitions we get involved in.

Our aims are to:

  • Create opportunities to show interesting new work made by ambitious artists in a series of vibrant, contemporary exhibitions
  • Offer high-quality events and workshops in the arts and crafts to share expertise and skills
  • Develop individual practices and collaborate with the wider community by holding enlightening talks and professional critiques
  • Develop a cultural focal point in Maidstone where artists and other creative people can meet, network, and work together on joint projects

MAKING ART WORK is structured as an IPS Co-operative.

Although we meet in Maidstone and have an interest in developing the arts within the town, we welcome any artist who shares our vision and embrace projects that help further our aims wherever they are geographically based.

Our Annual Report to May 2014