Monday, August 01, 2011

Blackhorse Lane Open Studios and Silent Auction

- only 15 minutes from the West End
by London Underground or Overground!

*September 10th-11th 2011 (PV Sept 9th 6-9)
*Featuring: painting, sculpture, installation, ceramics, animation, photography, graphic arts and book arts.
*ArtWorks Open 2011 – ArtWorks Project Space – selected by Graham Crowley and Kiera Bennett
*Poetry readings by Forest Poets on Saturday Sep 10th
*Kid's Art Quiz with prizes
*Part of the popular East London arts festival the E17 Art Trail, located near Inky Cuttlefish Studios, Artillery and Tokarska Gallery.
*Among the 28 artists at Blackhorse Lane Studios are winners of Jerwood Prizes and many other art prizes; graduates of the Royal College of Art and other major art colleges; and sculptors, painters and video artists.

Dates: September 10th-11th
Times: 12.00 - 6.00pm each day
Preview Evening: September 9th 2011 (6-9pm) including a donation bar and entertainment
Address: 114 Blackhorse Lane, London E17 6AA
Free admission

Blackhorse Lane Studios is located in the vibrant art area of Walthamstow in NE London. This new artists’ space managed by the Barbican Arts Group Trust (BAGT) has been here just three years but the 28 artists have a much longer history with their collective achievements in education, exhibitions and prestigious art prizes.

The BAGT artists’ diverse practices transverse both contemporary and traditional styles. The studio artists include sculptors using both organic and recycled materials, a painter using highly personal subject matter, beautiful works created from large scale paper cuts that relate to the female form, an artist that uses glass to make interactive works, another artist layers transparent colours to elicit a subconscious reaction, a painter of Rubinesque male figures, large scale quirky animal characters created by palette knife, and an installation artist who uses light projections.

Two days when artists open their studios to the public the Open Studios is your chance to meet the artists in their work environments, get insights into how and what they create, and even take home a work of art. Engage in one of the most exciting aspects of contemporary art by discussing art with the artists themselves. Stop by and enjoy, be inspired and perhaps hallenged at this friendly, relaxed event.

It is also a good opportunity to purchase original works at pre-gallery prices! Visitors will have the chance to bid on an artwork by a Blackhorse Lane artist in the Silent Auction. Part of the proceeds from the auction are donated by the artists to Barbican Arts Group Trust’s Public Programme. You can see the artworks in the auction in advance by going to the website: Bidding starts on-line in September 7th and in person at the Preview Evening on September 9th.

The ArtWorks Open 2011, an annual open exhibition, takes place in the ArtWorks Project Space in the Blackhorse Lane Studios building. This year’s exhibition is selected by distinguished artists Graham Crowley and Kiera Bennett who will be awarding £1,000 and £500 prizes, both with solo shows at ArtWorks Project Space. Graham and Keira will discuss the works in the show and how they were selected at a special event on Saturday 10th September at 2pm.

In addition to the Open Studios, Silent Auction and the ArtWorks Open there is more going on: members of ‘Forest Poets’ will be performing poetry readings on Saturday Sep 10th between 1:00pm and 3:30pm and for children there will be an Art Quiz (with prizes donated by Jackson’s Art Supplies) to encourage the younger visitors to ask questions of the artists about their work.

The artists include Charlotte Hodes winner of the Jerwood Drawing Prize, Sandie Sutton who has permanently placed commissioned sculptures in London Parks, Mike Thorn winner of the Pride in the House exhibition, Helen Maurer winner of the Jerwood Prize for Glass. Other achievements of the artists include a number that have been short listed for the Jerwood Drawing and Sculpture Prizes and the Max Mara Prize, commissions for British Telecom, British airways, and the Bank of England, visiting artist in Santiniketan in Bengal, India, a winner of a Millennium Award and many more too numerous to list.

Participating artists: Franki Austin, Francesco de Manincor, Jonet Harley-Peters, Charlotte Hodes, Lucile Montague, William Stok, Valerie Large, Tam Joseph, Elizabeth de Monchaux, Jonathan O’Dea, Michelle Reader, Mike Thorn, Neil Irons, Rosemarie McGoldrick, Lisa Peachey, Katrin Mäurich, Julie Caves, Sandie M Sutton, Pauline Evans, Duncan Evans, Daniela Rizzi, Charlotte Gerrard, Gisli Bergmann, Helen Maurer, and Matilda Bevan.

Tube: Victoria Line to Blackhorse Road
Overgound from Liverpool Street to St James Street Station or Gospel Oak to Blackhorse Road Station
Buses: 158 from Stratford, 123 from Wood Green or Ilford, 230 from Walthamstow Central or Wood Green
Car Parking in Shakespeare Road

For more information or images please contact Julie Caves: julie_caves (at) yahoo (dot) co (dot) uk or Sharon Tate: at

The Blackhorse Lane Studios are managed by the Barbican Arts Group Trust (BAGT). The Trust was formed in 1972 by artists to create studio and exhibiting space in the Barbican area. BAGT received charitable status in 1984 in recognition of its community and educational work undertaken through exhibitions, public art projects, open studios and schools projects. BAGT moved east in 1989, with assistance from Greater London Arts and established Hertford Road Studios, and in 2008 added another studio block at Blackhorse Lane E17.

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