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 10am to 6pm, 5th and 6th October and admission will be free. Just click on any of the dots on the map to find out more about the artists and see examples of their work.
Lambeth Open showcases the fantastic range of creative talent tucked away in our borough and is a great way to discover the various art spaces too often hidden in your neighbourhoods. Visitors will be able to see inside the artist's studios and exhibition spaces for a unique personal insight into the individual creative processes. It is also timed to coincide with the first weekend of the neighbouring Wandsworth Open House event.
Kit Boyd grew up in Warwickshire, spending his childhood exploring fields and hedgerows, finding magic in the small details and wider landscapes of nature. He follows in the British romantic tradition and has a strong affinity with the neo-romantic artists of the 1940s. His landscapes are a mix of the surreal and the pastoral where womb-like refuges harbour a figure on a lane or a green man being born from a sapling. Recent etchings pay homage to Samuel Palmer, portraying an idealised ancient vision of the countryside. However, Palmer's shepherd is replaced by a figure using modern technology, such as in the Man on a Laptop series, and the bucolic idyll may harbour a power station or wind farm with its climatic repercussions.
He regularly returns to rural mid Wales where he has lived and where he completed his degree in Visual Art in 1991. He shows with Southbank Printmakers, Greenwich Printmakers and Skylark Galleries in the Oxo Tower, and his echings have just been shown at 20/21 British Art Fair with the Rebecca Hossack Gallery. He has been selected for the National Open, the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, the RE Open at Bankside, The Discerning Eye and The Etchings of Samuel Palmer, his Peers and Followers in Chipping Camden in 2012. He also shows at the Affordable Art Fairs in London and Bristol.
Liz Emtage make translucent, porcelain lighting, hand-built in unrestrained natural forms that exploit the malleable quality of the clay. These lamps are inlaid with different organic textures, which leave a delicate impression on the clay surface. When lit these lamps emit an ethereal glow, converting the surface decoration into textures of light. When off the lamps become sculptural pieces, rich with subtle surface pattern. In recent years the range of work has been expanded to include handmade porcelain tiles and a range of small gift items. Liz also works to commission and can develop site specific pieces. Clients can request particular plants from their gardens to be inlaid into their light/tile, or a favourite pattern or texture.
Francesca Brecciaroli started photography only 4 years ago. Her shots usually show people in their everyday life. She likes to freeze moments that typically represent the society we live in and also children showing spontaneity and innocence in their actions. The pose masks the truth and ruins the beauty of photography in her opinion. This is her second exhibition.