Artists at Home
A long-established tradition of Open Studios in west London
2018 Artists At Home 15 – 17 June
If you’re at all interested in art and you live in West London, one of the nicest things to do in the summer is to spend a happy weekend wandering around visiting artists in their homes and looking at their work. Every year the ‘Artists At Home’ open their doors on the third weekend in June to show off their work over one weekend, starting on Friday evening and continuing until Sunday afternoon. Within three square miles, between Brook Green and Strand On The Green, Uxbridge Road and the Thames, there is a surprising diversity of artists – painters, sculptors, ceramicists, photographers, print-makers, textile and fashion designers and glassworkers.
Many of them come together under the umbrella of Artists At Home to open their doors to the public in this annual open studio scheme. Some show alone, some with one or two others. To help you find your way round, each year Artists At Home publish their studio guide in the form of a colourful little booklet which you can pick up in many of the shops in Chiswick. They also show the map of all the participating artists’ studios – as many as 60 locations – on their website. The studio guide will help you narrow the field of interest and personalise your very own art trail. What makes this special is that you get to meet the artists in their natural habitat as it were and talk to them about what they do, learning about their process, how and when they first began and what inspires them. You are welcome to buy, but there’s no pressure. Just go and visit.
2018 Open Studios Friday 15 – Sunday 17 June, admission free. To see which artists are taking part this year, to go the Artists At Home website.
The first local artists to open their studios to the public
The Open Studio scheme was started by Mary Fedden and Julian Trevelyan (arguably the first in the country) in 1973, at Durham Wharf on the river. On the 30th anniversary of Artists At Home Mary Fedden (then 88) wrote:
“We never realised we would be starting a local tradition. We had been asked to open by Hammersmith and Fulham Council, who enticed us with a £5 grant for tea and biscuits. Much to our surprise the day was a great success … and gradually more and more artists joined in the scheme”.
Mary Fedden OBE studied at the Slade School of Fine Arts, London from 1932 to 1936 and developed her own style of flower paintings and still lifes, reminiscent of artists such as Matisse and Braque. A chairperson of the Women’s International Art Club and teacher at the Royal College of Art in the 1950s and ‘60s, her pupils included David Hockney and Allen Jones. Fedden exhibited in one-person shows throughout the UK every year from 1950 until her death in 2012. She also received commissions for murals, notably the Festival of Britain in 1951 and Charing Cross Hospital in 1980 (along with her husband, Julian Trevelyan).
Julian Trevelyan RA read English Literature at Cambridge and studied art in Paris, where he found himself working alongside artists such as Max Ernst, Oskar Kokoschka, Joan Miró and Pablo Picasso. He spent much of the Second World War painting camouflage to confuse the Germans in the North African desert (successfully). He bought Durham Wharf In 1935 and married Mary Feddon in 1951. Trevelyan taught history of art and etching at the Chelsea School of Art in the 1950s. He had many exhibitions in galleries such as the Lefevre Gallery, Bloomsbury Gallery and Messum’s and 105 of his artworks are now held in the collection of the Tate Gallery. He became a Royal Academician in 1987, a year before he died.
Meet some of the local artists who take part in Artists At Home
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