Camberwell Arts Open Studios

Gita Joshi is the Producer for Camberwell Arts Open Studios, the founder of The Camberwell Open exhibition and trustee for Camberwell Arts.  Here, Gita, a South London resident of many years, previews the Camberwell Arts Open Studios, part of Camberwell Arts Festival.

“Artists are currently preparing for Camberwell Arts Open Studios. During open studios visitors can buy directly from the artists and learn about their processes and inspiration and you can visit the studios during the weekend of 17-18 June 2017, when they open their studios to the public and welcome visitors.

Loughborough Junction is home to creative clusters of artists who have their studios under the railway arches. At Arch 264 is Warrior Studios; a creative space for 12 artists who work in a variety of disciplines from analogue light and sound installations to mixed media.

Duncan McAfee trained as a painter at Chelsea College of Arts and now produces collage based work, which incorporate painting and drawing.

Phil Dobson uses lettering as the basis for his work, adapting and reconfiguring the shapes to produce new forms. His paintings are built from layers of paint, which sit proud on the board surface which he then sands away and builds up with a new layer. The results are bright, considered and draw in the viewer as they seek to understand the new forms that are presented.

Hugh Gilmour’s work is the result of asking the question “what happens when nature meets modern materials like plastic”. He produces sculptures in mixed media which are both beautiful and disturbing at the same time. His bird sculptures wear gas masks and have their feet embellished with trails of beading as he creates new a futuristic species. Gilmour uses a combination of found objects such as clock parts or shells in his work and results are captivating.

Work by Duncan McAfee

Tucked away behind tall gates, down a quiet residential street off Coldharbour Lane in Camberwell, you can find Empress Mews; home to numerous artists and designers each in their own purpose built, live-work spaces. Empress Mews is a hive of creative output and the artists regularly take part in Camberwell Arts Open Studios.

Over at Number 2, Paul Draper develops drawings of architectural details with exceptional perspectives, usually of buildings that were either never completed, or they were built and later demolished. It allows him to add in some imagination. The exquisite detail of Draper’s drawings can transport you to another world of fantasy buildings.

Work by Hugh Gilmour

Pauline Amphlett is a notable printmaker whose work has been shown at the Affordable Art Fair and numerous exhibitions around London. She produces etchings and screenprints inspired by her locality and her travels

Mr. and Mrs. House is a brand of fun, lively items for the home, almost all handmade including cushions, candles and door stops. Gabriela Szulman’s work is inspired by the notion of memories and how they change, dissipate and at the same time feed us. She uses found papers such as letters, photographs and newspapers in her work to create collage and mixed media pieces. She also teaches decoupage from her studio, where you can learn to make unique personalized, yet usable pieces for the home such as these glass trays and candle holders.

Work by Phil Dobson

As part of the collective, Creative Happy London, Szulman’s studio also hosts workshops and classes by other makers. So if you wanted to learn the skills for textile jewellery, foil printing, or detailed paper cutting, you can see the taster classes here.

So why not head over to meet the makers and artists and check out their fabulous studio spaces as well. And if it gets you in the mood for a bit of making yourself, then why not sign up to a workshop and learn the techniques from the experts.”

Camberwell Arts Festival runs from 10-18th June and Open Studios takes place on 17-18th June

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