Brockley Open Studios this weekend

This is Brockley Open Studios weekend starts today at 2pm and lasts until Monday. In total, 43 artists across Brockley will be opening up their amazing homes to showcase their work.


If you've not been then you are missing out on one of the things that makes Brockley truly special.

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

No James Allen this year; what a shame. Most talented of the lot in my opinion.

Anonymous said...

Clarissa Porter in Tyrwhitt is the one to visit.

Hugh said...

Small matter of the football, yeh.

Anonymous said...

Arg. 2 Germany 1 now can we get back to the art?

Anonymous said...

Football IS the Art.

Dada said...

Every man his own football.

Croftonite said...

Just back from a wonderful, wandering afternoon - what a lovely event. As a newbie to the area, I am officially knocked out - had not previously looked around what I guess must be the Conservation Area. Wow. Beautiful art, and oh my god, some of the artists' gardens! My god. I have pond envy in a big way.

Hugh said...

Sorry but LOL at that footie prediction.

Anonymous said...

And what, may I ask leads you to expect sporting expertise and prediction on a thread devoted to Brockley Open House weekend?

quick brown fox said...

Agree that Clarissa Porter is one to visit. First time I went there I almost turned and went back out of the door immediately as I didn't like the first impressions I got. So glad I didn't, I ended up loving her pictures so much I bought one!

Geoff and Mimi Soan's workshops are well worth a visit too - will appeal to any age.

Hugh said...

And what, may I ask leads you to assert sporting expertise and prediction on a thread devoted to Brockley Open House weekend?

Anonymous said...

Open Studios please, Open House is in September.

Gerry L said...

You brought up the football, Hugh. In any event, what's to stop anyone doing both? And watching Wimbledon too if the fancy takes them.

Hugh said...

Gerry, read the thread.

Gerrry L said...

Er, I did.

really? said...

another day and another stupid internet argument

Anonymous said...

Oh go on then really, start a better one or say something on subject. Pshaw!

The Brockley Shades said...

It saddens us that the entity you know as "Hugh" (though we know it by many other names) has again caused discordance where all before was harmony.

Might we suggest to you substantial ones that its pronouncements be given a lesser weight.

It would be of great comfort to us to visit any of the fine houses and artworks if such were allowed, but...ah..

The Brockley Shades said...

It saddens us that the entity you know as "Hugh" (though we know it by many other names) has again caused discordance where all before was harmony.

Might we suggest to you substantial ones that its pronouncements be given a lesser weight.

It would be of great comfort to us to visit any of the fine houses and artworks if such were allowed, but...ah..

Brockley Jon said...

Visited Arnold Dobb's place for the first time this year. Some wonderful work there, he was really welcoming and he had the football on too, so best of both worlds.

And yes, big time house & garden envy, everywhere you go. A great chance to set foot in the kind of places that us 20-somethings (alright.... early 30-somethings) can only ever dream about owning!

Gerry L said...

I'll be doing the rounds tonight, but I haven't decided where to go yet. Any recommendations apart from those already mentioned?

Tyrwhitt Bea said...

Barbara Wiggins leather stationery is fav, lovely wallets/purses worth looking at, Clarissa's work was impressive, Ruth de Monchaux was really nice, and Mimi Soan works are so so cute...

Jeff Soan's wood work are also impressive.

Unknown said...

I was impressed by Helen Butlers work this year. Wish I was rich...

shardeloes_inhabitant said...

Brockley open studios - what a treat!

It's great to see that there are is so many local talented creative types about.

Great way to spend a gloriously sunny saturday afternoon.

Well done to the organisers and all those who took part. Capped it off with a pint at the Wickhams Arms too.

The weather was glorious and

Anonymous said...

quick brown fox, what was the bad 1st impressions you had at Clarissa Porter's? The paintings or the people?

Croftonite said...

Must admit to my shame I turned away from Clarissa Porter's too, then regretted it when I read all the rave reviews here. I just wimped out: I was by myself and there was a private party going on in the front garden that you I guess had to walk past or something, that seemed quite loud, and I don't know, just made me very shy and unsure where to go, so I kept going along the road. What an idiot I am.

quick brown fox said...

This was a couple of years back - it was the paintings - definitely not the people, Clarissa was there and was very nice. It was just slightly overwhelming in terms of the riot of colour that hit you when you walked into the hallway. But once I started looking at individual pictures I was totally sold on them and it was just a question then of finding the right one for my house! The first one I fell for had already been sold, I seem to recall - a woman with lots of moths flying around her - mainly black and yellow tones (sounds a bit odd, but it was really magical). I bought another one instead and still love looking at it.

Anonymous said...

@Croftonite - I agree that it can be a bit intimidating, especially if you are on your own. At one place I felt like a gatecrasher at a party, and at another I was the first to arrive and felt like I was intruding into someone's home (even though I'd been invited, sort of!) and then there's the risk of getting stuck making small talk with the host. Also how to get out of a place quickly once you've decided you don't like the pictures, without looking rude!

However, at most places once you're through the door it's fine and I suppose you just have to be a bit thick-skinned about it (as I'm sure do the artists when the 50th person in a row leaves without buying anything....!)

Croftonite said...

Anon, you're right on all counts. I did actually go to about a dozen other places and felt perfectly happy, it was just the Clarissa Porter address that I found off-putting, because of this private party going on at the same address, which somehow swung the balance for me and made it seem a bit too intimidating. But it won;t stop me next year, am still kicking myself for being a wimp.

Bea said...

James Allen is travelling round the world hence no art from him this year. But he has promised to do a commission for me when he returns. Hopefully soon!

Sadly didn't manage to make Open Studios this year ... but it's a really great event especially for nosy parkers like me who enjoy looking at gardens / houses as much as the art on display!

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