The MESS ROOM is an innovative, creative, accessible, community space on the ground floor at Sun Pier House in Chatham, Kent.

The MESS ROOM, established by artists Wendy Daws and Christopher Sacre, is a creative, inclusive space where we facilitate fun, accessible and innovative artistic workshops for all. Our open and collaborative approach promotes independence and community-led peer support, where all who work and play with us strive to break down barriers and reduce social isolation.

With over 30 years of combined experience working with diverse groups, our artists specialise in supporting deaf and people with hearing loss or blind and visually impaired people to express themselves in new and exciting ways, using a combination of inclusive activities and communication methods, including British Sign Language (BSL) and tactile materials.

We work with schools, local artists and community partners to raise awareness, train and mentor the next generation of MESS ROOM advocates. As professional artists we also develop unique commissions and exhibitions to promote the exceptional abilities of our participants, organise cultural events and projects that support inclusivity and equality for all.

Behind the mess

Wendy Daws

Wendy Daws

Wendy Daws studied BA(Hons) Three Dimensional Crafts at the University of Brighton. She designs, creates and delivers sustainable projects for marginalised groups, specialising in identifying opportunities for large scale participatory art projects. She has extensive experience working with all abilities and across generations. Wendy works across sectors: Arts, Heritage, Public Heath, Local Authority, Education and collaborates with many arts organisations always with the emphasis to empower others.

Wendy believes that art is for all, regardless of age, ability or background. Her dissertation ‘The Value of Touch - Blind Alphabet C and Museum Approaches to Visually Impaired Visitors’ feeds directly into her art practice.
For more information about this work visit KAB Medway Art Group.