Who is SMAG Art Limited?
In February 2017, a small group of local artists had the idea to use the beautiful space of St. Michael and All Angels Church, 1 Pond Road, Blackheath, SE3 9JL as an art gallery. SMAG Art Ltd runs two exhibitions a year (typically in May/June and November) with the aim of raising funds for local charities as well as showcasing local talent.
SMAG Art raises money through earning a commission on every sale of artwork as well as from Artist Entry Fees. Occasionally we receive donations as well. We contribute almost all of what we raise, barring basic expenses incurred to run the non-profit business, to local charities in the Greenwich/Blackheath area of London.
Due to COVID-19, SMAG ART developed an online presence in 2020 following the cancellation of our planned May 2020 physical exhibition. We intend to maintain this online presence, complementary to our physical exhibitions, for the foreseeable future.
SMAG Art Limited is a not-for-profit company run entirely by volunteers.
Next Physical Art Exhibition in May / June 2023 (complementary to online)
Following the success of our November 2022 Physical Art Exhibition, which had representation from over 90 Adult artists displaying over 250 pieces of artwork, attracted 900 plus visitors and led to the sale of 73 pieces of artwork valued at over £8,411, we will be hosting our next physical art exhibition from 25 May - 3rd June 2023 at St. Michael's and All Angels Church, 1 Pond Road, Blackheath, London SE3 9JL..
Exhibition Dates (Public Viewing Times) - Note Proposed Dates/Times Below Indicative and Subject to Change
Thursday, 25 May (Opening Evening) 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Friday, 26 May 5:00pm - 8:30pm
Saturday, 27 May 10:30am - 5:30pm
Sunday, 28 May 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Monday, 29 May 2:30pm - 6:30pm
Tuesday, 30 May 2:30pm - 6:30pm
Wednesday, 31 May 2:30pm - 6:30pm
Thursday, 1 June 2:30pm - 6:30pm
Friday, 2 June 5:00pm - 8:30pm
Saturday, 3 June (Last Viewing Day) 10:30am - 6:00pm
Artists wishing to exhibit online and/or physically should contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, for online submissions, please see our terms and conditions and entry form at the following link: https://form.jotform.com/201307683015346
Exhibitions/Charitable Giving History
In 2019, the 5th and 6th exhibitions were held and displayed between 173 and 210 diverse art works, respectively, by over 80 local, professional, semi-professional, and amateur artists. Both exhibitions were well received, attracting over 450 and 700 visitors, respectively, and selling 93 works in total. SMAG 6, for the first time, also had representation from art students who were invited to participate.
Due to Covid restrictions in 2020, we moved online and held our first online only exhibition, SMAG 7, in May 2020. Incredibly, 166 pieces were showcased by 50 artists and 23 pieces were sold.
We resumed physical exhibitions in June 2021 with SMAG 8, attracting over 300 visitors and selling 36 pieces of artwork valued at over £6,200.
SMAG 9, our most successful physical exhibition to date, was held in November 2021 and attracted over 650 visitors. We had 74 adult artist displaying over 260 individual pieces of artwork. For the first time since SMAG 6, we were also able to invite local students to participate again, whereby we had 25 student artist exhibiting 46 pieces of artwork.
We achieved sales of 73 pieces of artwork (55 adult, 18 students) for a total value of artwork sold of over £8,400.
SMAG 10, was held in June/July 2022 and attracted over 750 visitors. We had 66 artists displaying 196 individual pieces of artwork. In all, we achieved sales of 50 pieces of artwork for a total value of artwork sold of over £4,600.
Our most recent physical exhibition, SMAG 11, was held in November 2022 and attracted over 900 visitors. We had over 90 artists displaying 250 plus individual pieces of artwork. In all, we achieved sales of 73 pieces of artwork for a total value of artwork sold of over £8,411, allowing SMAG to contribute over £4,000 to charitable causes.
Since inception in 2017, SMAG Art have run 12 exhibitions representing gross art sales of £49,736 and raising £24,886 for charitable causes. Charities benefitting from our giving include St. Michael's Church, Greenwich Winter Night Shelter, AFRIL (refugee charity), Greenwich Food Bank, Lewisham Food Bank, Hope For Home, the DEC Ukrainian Humanitarian Appeal and Age Exchange (Blackheath).
It has given us great pleasure during these tougher times to support local Greenwich/Blackheath charities whom we felt had the greatest needs during these times. We thank and are very grateful for all of the support we have received from our artist community, SMAG supporters and volunteers.