SEAS (Socially Engaged Art Salon) is a BIPOC & LGBTQ led organisation which operates a space for exhibitions, events and workshops as well as offer artist residencies. SEAS’ work concentrates on socially and politically engaged practices and themes, especially in relation to issues of social and racial justice, migration & refugees, disability and LGBTQ+ communities. Founded in 2016, SEAS has become a beacon for socially and politically engaged art in Brighton and the South East. SEAS is part of the Social Art Network and has links to local and national art organisations.
Founded by Dr Gil Mualem-Doron in a small house in the heart of Brighton, SEAS’ unique home-gallery model reimagined an open space for socially engaged art welcoming for both artists and visitors. It’s success enabled SEAS to migrate to the BMECP (Black and Minority Ethnic Community Partnership) Centre in 2018 and from 2021 it has expanded to The Ledward Centre (TLC) the new LGBTQAI+ centre in Brighton.
SEAS is the South-East hub for the Social Art Network (UK) and it has collaborated with organisations such as Platforma Arts+Refugees, Sanctuary on Sea, Brighton Museum, Brighton Pride, Brighton Photo Fringe, Photoworks, Blast Theory, Esmée Fairbairn, and the Coram Foundation. Since 2018 SEAS has been supported by the Art Council England and Brighton & Hove Council.
SEAS champions socially engaged art in the quest to enact social change. We promote work from disadvantaged and under-represented artists in order to widen access to the arts and diversify the sector.
Art that can bring social justice, well being, and solidarity.
Diversity: Diversity is crucial to the arts and culture because they release the true potential of our community’s artistic and cultural talent. It is key for innovation.
Equality: We believe inequality of opportunity as well as in affirmative action as a way to create our society and the arts as a just place.
Solidarity: We believe that solidarity among diverse groups and artists is the only way for community cohesion and for building bridges.
Valuing lived experiences: Lived experiences and everyday life are some of the most important places from which honest and engaging art can flourish.
Collaboration: Collaborative practice is one of the pillars of socially engaged art. We believe that collaboration is important both in the art we promote and in the way SEAS works as an organization.
The power of imagination: We admit that we are dreamers and believe that imagination can take us to places that might seem impossible in the here and now.
Gil Mualem-Doron (PhD) (part-time)
SEAS Founder and creative director
Ricardo Reveron Balnco
Producer & Audience Development Manager (part-time)
Communications & Digital Producer (part-time)
Business & Operations Manager (part-time)
Erin James (part-time)
Video and documentation (part-time)
All our trustees contribute their time on a voluntary basis. We are currently recruiting new trustees to our board, please get in touch via email if you would like to know more about this opportunity.
Dr Julia Winckler
Dr Irene Fubara-Manuel
We are a Real Living Wage employer and we regularly benchmark our salaries with other not-for-profit arts organisations. All of our part-time staff and freelancers are paid the London Minimum Wage or higher.
We value our artists and have drafted a system of minimum fees based on our current financial capabilities as a not-for-profit charity and the recommendations by the Artist Union and the Art Council England. All freelance (non artistic) work is paid at least the London Living Wage or above.
The fees stated are the minimum that we pay. We separately cover other costs, such as travel, production, transport and installation. We are always working to improve the fees that we can offer, and review our fees policy every year.
Some examples of the fees we offer include:
New commission (new work) – £250-£500
Existing work for a group exhibition – £50
Online presentation (20min approx) online – £50
Speakers fees/performance – £100 up to one hour on-site + expenses.
Volunteering and placements
Like many arts organisations, we sometimes work with volunteers. SEAS volunteers help to invigilate exhibitions and events, support learning projects and provide excellent experiences for our audiences.
We recognise that volunteering is not an option for everyone. It is our ambition to offer the Real Living Wage for all individuals working with the organisation from 2022. This ambition is part of our fundraising strategy.