Be Smart About Art

Open Studios Tour (with printmaking demonstration): Camberwell Arts Festival

Visiting a studio / artist collective, printmaking studio and live/work spaces

Date: June 17, 2017, noon - June 17, 2017, 2 p.m. UK time (see time converter)

Location: Warrior Studios
Artichoke Printmaking Studio
Empress Mews Live/Work Studios

Speakers: Susan J Mumford

Price: BSAA Members 10 GBP; Non-Members 15 GBP

Join Be Smart About Art for our first-ever visit to Camberwell Open Studios, in conjunction with the Camberwell Arts Festival (est. 1984). Our tour will be led by Gita Joshi, Founder of Orso Major, with on-site input by Susan Mumford, BSAA Founder. 

The places we'll be visiting are provided below. 

**The full itinerary is below. Should you only be able to join part-way through, or if you're delayed, you can join the group as per the plan (noting that Susan will keep the event on time!). You'll also be able to call on the day if you need assistance finding the group: 07716 096 061.** 


10.45-11.00am: We'll meet just outside the entrance to Loughborough Junction.

(This train station is on the Thameslink Line, with St Albans at the North end and Sutton at the South End. Trains passing through St Pancras, Farringdon, Blackfriars, Elephant & Castle and more. It's also under a 15 minute walk from Brixton tube station.)

11.05am: Walking a couple of minutes from the station, we'll arrive at our first destination, Warrior Studios (Arch 264, 241 Coldharbour Lane). This space (est. 2013) is situated under the railway arches, housing twelve studios. While all residents work independently, the nature of their relationships with one another has evolved, in the form of a Collective. Furthermore, all members of Warrior Studios take an active role with Warrior Press.

11.50am: Having walked a couple of minutes down the road, we'll arrive at our second destination, Artichoke Printmaking (UNIT S1 BIZSPACE, 245 A COLDHARBOUR LANE, SW9 8RR). This is a long-established printmaking studio in London, and is accordingly used by a breadth of artists, including some big names. As studio owner Megan Fishpool will be on site working on prints, you'll have the opportunity to get an insider's view of this industrial space, complete with large printing presses used for etchings, linocuts and more. 

Our group will likely meet five to seven of Warrior Studios' artists. They'll show workspaces and provide insight into their practices, from ideas to processes. We'll also explore the work of the Collective, including editions produced and how they seek opportunities to show together.

Note on Warrior Studios: Not suitable for wheelchairs.

12.20pm: After strolling 10 minutes up the road (noting that a bus is also available), we'll arrive at our final destination, Empress Mews (Off Kenbury Street, SE5 9BT). This is a gated mews of modern live-work spaces. Five studios will be open (noting that only some units are occupied by artists). We'll meet the artists, who work in a wide array of mediums including homeware, prints, jewellery, illustration, painting and sculpture.

Carry on after the formal tour comes to a close!

You're encouraged to continue down Coldharbour lane to Denmark Hill where there are 4 spots to visit at the junction of Coldharbour Lane and Denmark Hill, namely Gallery 47, Mono Café with an exhibition of Robert McKenzie put on by Orso Major, GX gallery, and Nick Vaughan at Joiners Arms Yard Studios.

Other highlights of open studios for those who wish to continue include:

Vicarage Grove - the stunning garden studio of Lynette Hemmant at Camberwell Grove.

Vanguard Court ( about a mile from Empress Mews) you can see about 8 artists who are taking part in open studios, including Flux Jewellery School and ceramicist Chris Keenan.

Be sure to check out the online brochure in advance at

Here's the open studios page with the participating artists:

Think you'll need a break, or lunch at least?! There are plenty of spots to stop for food and drink if required.

We look forward to seeing Be Smart About Art Members and Visitors alike! 

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