March 24, 2010
Lambeth Open 2nd and 3rd Oct
-- On the first weekend of October artists and crafts people across the borough of Lambeth will be opening their studio and work spaces to the public. Doors will be open from 11am to 6pm, 2nd and 3rd October, admission free, check web site for dates and times of private views. www.lambethopen.com
The event will to showcase the fantastic wealth of creative talent tucked away in the borough and help communities discover the various art spaces that are so often hidden in their neighbourhoods. Visitors will be able to meet the artists and talk to them about the various methods and materials used, as well buying directly and avoiding those expensive gallery commissions. Venues will include individual home studios, group spaces, pop up galleries and reclaimed empty shops.
Lambeth Open is an artist led organisation and hopes the relaxed environment of an ‘open studio’ event will encourage more people to explore their creative neighbourhoods. Originator, artist and organiser Tim Sutton explained that “the idea is so simple, and with so many other Open Studio events happening around the UK I thought it was about time we had one here. Lambeth is packed full of artists and crafts people and we really should be showing this off to the rest of London.”
Shiroma Ratne, one of the Streatham Artists, added: ‘Opening up our studios is a great way for us to meet the local community and them to meet us. It’s amazing how many people say they did not know we were here’.
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Lambeth Open is a collective of artists working in the Lambeth area who run an annual Open Studio event designed to promote the work of artists and crafts people working in the borough.