Next festival - Saturday 16 to Sunday 24 July 2016

About the Festival

Watch the trailer!

Watch this short film about the first ever festival that took place in July 2012 festival

The Medway Open Studios & Arts Festival 2012 trailer!


About the Festival

Medway Open Studios & Arts Festival takes place every July throughout the Medway Towns. Run by volunteers the aim of the festival is to celebrate the wealth of creativity in Medway. The first festival took place in July 2012 with the aim of highlighting the quantity of artistic talent in the area. More and more artists have signed up year on year, benefitting the aims of the festival and promoting a positive opinion of Medway.

Now heading into its fifth year, the Medway Open Studios and Arts Festival has doubled in size since its conception in 2012.


Open studio festivals take place throughout the Country and are enjoyed by art enthusiasts and non-art lovers alike. There’s no pressure to buy or have any previous knowledge of art, you can simply enjoy a day out with a difference. The free art trail is fun for all ages and the range of work on show means there is something for everyone.

“The Open Studios provided a really enjoyable rainy Sunday afternoon out. I had 2 French students in tow & they enjoyed the art & seeing English homes other than my own. The artists were all very hospitable & their work was extremely varied, which was one of the reasons I chose to split the prize money between 2 talented women. I am looking forward to the Winter Open Studios & hope that even more creatives will come on board!”

Claire Raven, winner of the £100 prize draw from the July 2012 Festival

Previous Festival Guides

July 2012 Festival Guide

December 2012 Festival Guide

July 2013 Festival Guide

The next Festival

Saturday 18 to Sunday 26 July 2015

Saturday 16 – Sunday 24 July

2016 is the fifth year of the festival and we’re hoping to build more interest than ever, with more venues, more artists and more visitors!


The online Google Map of the 2016 venues is now available to view and plan your trail around Medway…


To see the online gallery of this years artists and previous festival photos take a look at our Flickr page


How to Register

Sign up for the 2015 Festival!

Registration for the 2016 Festival is open!

To sign up for the Festival you should start by reading the for more information and which application form is correct for you.


Once you’ve read the Festival Guidelines please complete and return the relevant Registration Form below;

Individual Artist Registration Form 2016

Artist Group Registration Form 2016

Community Group Registration Form 2016

School, College & Course Registration Form 2016


If for any reason you can not download the above forms you can request a copy to be sent by email, please contact us at

Meet the Organiser

The festival is founded and directed by Medway resident, Heather Burgess

Heather Burgess is an arts events coordinator and creative producer.


Heather has grown up in Medway and is passionate about the creative side to the Medway towns, she aims to unlock its potential and promote its hidden talents. This led to the introduction of Medway Open Studios & Arts Festival in 2012.


Medway Open Studios & Arts Festival is managed as an independant, non-profit festival. Run by volunteers and powered by artistic passion.




Twitter – @HeatherSBurgess

View Heather Burgess's profile on LinkedIn



Please get in touch if you'd like to know more


Twitter: @MwayOpenStudios

Facebook: Medway Open Studios


Contact address: 

Sun Pier House CIC

Sun Pier

Medway Street