Resort is a not-for-profit arts organisation in the Cliftonville area of Margate. We provide studio and desk space, a gallery and a project space, all housed in the historic Pettman Building.
Resort currently provides affordable studio space for over forty people, including artists, designers, writers, musicians and photographers. As well as a place to work, Resort is an important creative hub for the local community in Cliftonville.
We have invested huge amounts of time, effort, love and money to get this far. We now need your help to protect our long-term future in this wonderful building. We need to raise £10,000 to pay for legal fees and court costs to secure our lease and to carry on doing what we have done for the last seven years.
Resort was founded in January 2013 by a small group of local artists. Our vision to was to build a creative community in Cliftonville, and offer studio space, specialist facilities and exhibition space at an affordable price. Since then we have grown into one of East Kent's largest arts organisations. Over the years we have supported hundreds of creative practices through workshops, professional development, exhibitions, events and residencies.
The Pettman building has been our home from the beginning. It has always been a special place to us. It has a rich history and stands as an impressive beacon in Cliftonville, one of the South East's most deprived areas. When we moved into the first floor of the building in January 2013 it was empty and freezing cold. There was only one electrical socket and you entered the space through a teacherously steep staircase. Despite this we immediately saw the potential to create something amazing. We set to work to remove the dead pigeons and broken toilets, replace the dangerous stairs (with help from Margate Arts Creativity Heritage), install electricity and build the first studios using reclaimed materials.
In 2014 we successfully applied for funding from Interreg to expand what we could offer. The Creative Hub at Resort launched on 28 March 2015 with the provision of new co-working spaces and studios for twelve creative individuals and micro businesses. The new spaces were taken up by artists, designers, photographers, writers, illustrators, architects and printmakers. This funding also enabled us to build fire corridors, install a fire alarm system and upgrade our toilets, wifi and electrics.
Photo credit: Adam Scott
We now find ourselves at a crossroads. The Pettman Building was put on the property market in early 2018. Following months of uncertainty and negotiations through our solicitor we now face a court decision to determine our future. We have been advised that our lease is solid but the legal procedures we are having to go through are expensive. We need to raise £10,000 to cover solicitor's fees and court costs. We can't do this alone so this is where we need you!
Thank you so much for taking the time to read about our campaign. Any amount you donate, no matter how large or small, will help us to secure our future in the Pettman Building. Our members have donated artworks which you can buy, or of course you can simply make a donation. This is an all-or-nothing campaign so we will only receive the money if the full £10,000 is raised! So please spread this news far and wide now, share/link/post this page so everyone can be a part of securing Resort's future.
Huge thanks to Adam of Straight Up Grizzly Productions for making our amazing campaign video. Thank you to all the featured artists in the video and the all members who have donated artworks. And, most importantly, thank you to everyone who has supported us on our journey so far. We really couldn't do it without you!
Here is what we have on offer. Please click on the links in the Rewards column to the right to choose what you would like. We will be adding new artworks throughout the campaign so please check in again soon!
'Moon' postcard by Melanie King SOLD OUT
Exclusive Resort Tote Bag £10
Designed by one of our artists and hand screenprinted by us on organic cotton right here in the studio.
Margate Film Festival poster by Eve Lloyd Knight £15
Limited edition art print by Eve Lloyd Knight, produced for Margate Film Festival. A2 size.
Dragon linocut T-shirt by Nick Morley £25
Hand-printed Dragon T-shirt by Nick Morley. Printed directly from the original lino block on eco-friendly cotton. Available in light blue or red.
'Man Drinking with Octopus' screenprint by Hannah Bryan £30
Limited edition screenprint by Hannah Bryan. Printed in two colours. Image size 8cm x 8cm, paper size 38cm x 28cm.
'Print Algorithm 01' by Iain Purves £30
'Print Algorithm 01', relief print taken from a 3D printed matrix by Iain Purves. Printed on Japanese Hosho paper. Signed and numbered in an edition of 10. Dimensions: 28 x 40cm (approx 11 x 17.5in)
'Octopus' screenprint by Molly Morgan SOLD OUT
'SWARFEGA' giclee print by Ben Sanders £30
'SWARFEGA' giclee print (detail of a larger collage) by Ben Sanders. Dimensions: 21 x 29.7cm
'Homeschool' screenprint by Jordan Gray £35
'Homeschool' 3 colour screenprint by Jordan Gray. Printed on premium paper. Signed and numbered from an edition of 20. Dimensions: A3 (42 x 29.7cm)
'Morgle' linocut print by Mat Pringle and Nick Morley £35
'Morgle' linocut print by Mat Pringle and Nick Morley. Signed and numbered from an edition of 100. Dimensions: 38 x 27 cm (paper size)
'Giraffe' hand marbled antique print by Nat Maks SOLD OUT
'Hello Bean' screenprint by Nat Maks £40
'Hello Bean' screenprint by Nat Maks, from an original design made using wooden type. A3 size. From an edition of 25.
'Hello Kitty' screenprint by Nat Maks SOLD OUT
'Hello Robot' screenprint by Nat Maks SOLD OUT
'Ram Skull' screenprint by Molly Morgan SOLD OUT
Limited edition screenprint by Mat Pringle SOLD OUT
'Diffidence 2' photograph by Jo Bridges £75
'Diffidence 2' photograph by Jo Bridges. Dimensions: 27 x 40.5cm.
Unique screenprint by Petro £75
Unique screenprint by Petro. Signed and marked A/P. Printed on 100% cotton rag Somerset paper. Dimensions: 56 X 76cm.
'Untitled 3000' screenprint by Charlie Cameron £80
3 colour screenprint by Charlie Cameron. Paper dimensions: 50 x 70cm (20 x 27.5in) Signed and numbered from an edition of 23.
Set of six placemats & coasters by Jenny Duff SOLD OUT
'Pettman Building' screenprint by James Johns SOLD OUT
'King of the Jungle' screenprint by Charlie Evaristo-Boyce £100
'King of the Jungle' four colour screenprint by Charlie Evaristo-Boyce. Signed and numbered from an edition of 24. Printed on heavyweight 370 gsm paper. Dimensions: (paper) 50 x 70cm (image) 54 x 78cm
'Jupiter' cyanotype by Melanie King £100
Cyanotype by Melanie King. Printed on Hahnemuhle Platinum Rag paper. Dimensions: 8 x 10in (approx. 20 x 25cm)
'A Danse Macabre' linocut by Fiona Stewart SOLD OUT
'The Crossing of Leaves' print by Helen Brooker £150
"The Crossing of Leaves' collagraph and chine collé on heavyheight 100% cotton rag paper. Signed and numbered from an edition of 3.
'Disneyfication' etching by Fiona Stewart £175
Etching with Aquatint by Fiona Stewart. Signed and numbered from an edition of 25. Dimensions: 29 x 21cm
'Deep Sea Diver' linocut by Nick Morley £200
Printed in silver ink on heavyweight black BFK Rives paper. Signed and numbered by the artist from an edition of 25. Paper size 56 x 76cm.
'Jimmy James and the Famous Flames' by Matt Odell £250
Acrylic and oil pastel on 220gsm A2 paper. Signed by the artist.