OUR STUDIO RESIDENTS
When Beach Creative was formed in 2012, we had a mission to provide affordable studio spaces for our local community of artists, creatives and small businesses.
Take a look at our current studio residents below
Painter & Tutor
Jacqui offers painting classes, get in touch:
jacquelinetheartist3@gmail or 07751 22 1150
My life as a painter started in 1990, whilst travelling around India, I took a sketch pad, pencil and a set of
watercolour paints. From my early twenties, my life had been in advertising for newspapers and national magazines, as well as being a Sales Executive in different industries for over a decade. Once I had started painting, there was no stopping me, I have been completely obsessed with paint and drawing, ever since.
Seven years of my life has been spent in formal art education, in 1995 I started to exhibit in Whitstable. Since then, usually every two years, I have held solo shows in a lot of places in Kent, as well as joint exhibitions in London and France. Thirty-one years ago, when deciding to be an artist, I considered it to be a vocation. In 2007 after finishing uni (Crhistchurch University 2001-2004) , I really wanted to teach so I designed a drawing course, then a painting and colour course. The aim is for people to gain a portfolio of work of drawing and oil painting. Of which I am happy to complete a lifetime of discovery, surrounded by colour and an exploration of one's mind. I was taught by artists, who were taught by artists. It has been a great privilege and a tradition that I will continue. So far six people I have taught have gained entry to formal art education and they have done what they have always wanted to do.
Life is about doing what you want to do within reason.
To me it is painting and drawing.
That is priceless.
Emily Rose Parris
The Darkroom at Beach Creative
& analogue photographic artist
Emily is an artist working with light sensitive mediums and traditional photographic processes. Emily is also an arts educator and feels passionately about passing on skills and knowledge within the traditional and alternative photography medium. Emily has a close working relationship with UCA, working as a Creative Workshop Tutor delivering workshops within schools and community groups to increase young persons participation within the arts. Emily is also Arts Award trained at all levels & has delivered 3 Arts Award courses onsite at Beach Creative, seeing 15 young people achieve their qualification in the arts. Emily has delivered multiple virtual Arts Award courses during the pandemic with support from UCA, which has seen over 150 young people achieve their qualification in the arts - paving the way for their futures.
Max is an artist who works with a wide range of mediums, often using found materials such as wood & plastics, incorporating paint and printing methods. Max has studied at UCA Canterbury for his foundation & BA Hons Fine Arts, graduating in 2015 with a First Class Honours.
Max frequently exhibits his artworks, notably at:
Beach Creative, Herne Bay
One New Street, Herne Bay
Eclectic Art, Margate
Brewery Tap, Folkestone
New Kent Art Gallery, Broadstairs
Dover Arts Development DAD, Dover
You can view Max's artwork by following the Instagram icon below.
Established in 2009, Bright Shadow is a charitable
arts organisation specialising in creative activities
which promote wellbeing for people living with
dementia. Bright Shadow delivers award-winning
Zest sessions in community settings around Kent
and care homes, as well as care home training
and the delivery of Bright box activity resource
Bright Shadow is a pioneer for dementia inclusivity
and positivity and aims to provide activities which
reduce stigma and restore dignity. Bright Shadow
is focused on relationship-centred care for people
living with dementia and their loved ones to
champion that a person's present and future
matters just as much as their past.
In 2019 we held our first Zest Together event
where we brought together all four of our Zest
Communities groups from around Kent. It was a
truly wonderful celebration of art, music, poetry
and dance (check out the short film on our
website) and we are really looking forwards to
being able to have another Zest Together event
when it is safe to do so.
Paintings and Assemblages
Mike's work is an interpretation of his influences and past and present life experience. A developing set of symbolic devices and underlying semantic model that merges his software engineering background with his painterly or associated creative practices.
The Sewing Club (est 2007) is an established sewing school based on the second floor at Beach Creative.We run courses, workshops and private tuition in dressmaking and soft furnishings and we can accommodate beginners to advanced levels.
After studying fashion and textiles at university,
Angela Pressley worked in the fashion and textiles
industries in London and Italy for over 20 years. In
2007 she established her sewing school, The
Sewing Club, where she teaches inspirational
classes for children and adults, and she also now
concentrates on adding to her sewing pattern
design portfolio. She appears frequently on live
television, giving sewing demos. Her studio is an
inspirational hub for all sewists and some students
have been coming for years.
You can catch Angela giving her live sewing
demos on Sewing Street TV channel: Sky 670 or
She is also putting the finishing touches to her first
sewing book to be released next year (2022).
Angela is very proud that she has taught hundreds
of people how to sew over the years since
opening her sewing school in 2007 and that they
will now have a life-long skill. That is her legacy.
'If at first you don’t succeed, forget it!! success
doesn’t matter alone, instead enjoy the process
and that can be your success...'
Esther Miles is an abstract painter who works with mixed media to create intricate textile influenced pieces.
Zoe's creative textiles business has evolved
alongside her job as a Photo Editor. "I am proud of
all the collaborations I have been involved with in
Whitstable and Herne Bay."
Zoe has displayed her work in:
Show Off, Whitstable 2012, 2013, 2015
Hello Popup Collective, Whitstable 2017- present
“Nicework if you can get it” this sums up the
feeling of fortitute I feel for having so many
creative outlets available to me, I named my