In February 2017, a small group of local artists had the idea to use the beautiful space of St Michael and All Angels Church on One Pond Road, Blackheath, SE3 9JL as an art gallery. This group is now registered as a not-for-profit company, SMAG Art Ltd, and runs two exhibitions a year with the aim of raising funds for local charities as well as showcasing local talent.
In June 2019, the 5th exhibition was held and displayed 173 diverse art works by over 70 local, professional, semi-professional, and amateur artists. The exhibition was well received, attracting over 450 visitors, selling 30 works, and raising £2,000 for charity.
SMAG VI was subsequently held at St. Michael and All Angels Church, Blackheath from 14th November to 23rd November 2019 and was a showcase for over 80 local, professional, semi-professional, and amateur artists to display their works of art. SMAG VI, for the first time, also had representation from art students who were invited to participate.
Overall, SMAG VI sold 63 pieces out of a total of 211 pieces exhibited at anytime for an overall hit rate of 30% (adults 25% and students 59%). By all art gallery measures, this was a phenomenal success. We also had about 700 people through the doors during our opening times and raised over £3,000 for charitable causes including St Michael's Church buildings and the AFRIL/Helping Hand Foodbank.
Virtual Art Exhibition May - July 2020
Due to Covid-19 leading to the cancellation of our planned May Exhibition in 2020, the Directors of SMAG considered ways in which we could continue to raise funds for charity and provide the continued opportunity for local artists to display their works. Hence, we decided upon an online presence.
Net proceeds of art sales (i.e. SMAG's commission) will continue to go towards the benefit of local, nominated charities performing good works in the community.
Artists wishing to exhibit should contact