Kensington and Fulham artists get ready for first open studios weekend


The event is being organised by Pocket Arts.


By Sandra Saadi

South West London artists are being given the opportunity to showcase their works as part of an open studios weekend in Kensington and Fulham.

The event, which takes place on October 5/6 and 12/13, is being organised by Pocket Arts, a community arts organization created by Lucy Beaumont and Anna Ramsay.

“I used to run an open studio festival in Richmond when I worked for the council, and I wanted to run one for this area because there is not one,”  said Ms Beaumont.

The festival will take place at the same time as the open studios festival in both Wandsworth and Putney.

“We pitched the same dates to do the Kensington and Fulham one just in the hope that people will be out visiting artists south the river and they might come north as well,” she added.

The event will host 27 artists in 15 different venues, with visitors being able to plan their visits thanks to the map available on the Pocket Arts website. They will also have the opportunity to chat with artists themselves, and people who visit more than three studios will be in with a chance of winning artwork.

Among the artists who will be showcasing their work is Christopher Miers, a former lieutenant-colonel in the British Army and open studios festival regular.

“I thought well that’s quite a good idea, I will go along with that. I did do the same thing last year but not for Kensington and Fulham,” he said.

Mr Miers was appointed as official war artist during his time in the army before becoming a full-time landscape painter at the age of 50. He will open his doors to share his passion.

“I hope people will look at my paintings and enjoy them,” he revealed.

Visit the website for more information about Kensington and Fulham Open Studios Festival

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