Open Studios Weekend : 9-10 June 2018

I will be taking part in Open Studios this weekend. My studio #267, Telegraph Building, will be open 12-4pm Sat & Sun  


Open Studios Weekend, Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 June 2018, 12-6pm Harrington Way, Warspite Road, Charlton, London SE18 5NR

Thames-Side Studios is the largest single-site studio provider in the UK. With nearly 500 studios we are home to a great spectrum of talent and interests.

The large site houses The London Sculpture Workshop, Thames-Side Gallery and Thames-Side Print Studios as well an impressive array of artists, designers and makers across all disciplines including: Painting and drawing, fashion design, carpentry, jewellery, millinery, photography, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture and installation, tailoring, leather work, picture framing, stained glass making, writing, upholstery, illustration, shoemaking, textiles, conservation and restoration, graphic design, furniture making, film and video, skin care, architecture, woodworking, laser cutting, clock making, product design, bookbinding and more. See the Studio Holders Directory for a list of artists onsite (NB not all artists will be open).

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Bicycle: Thames River cycle path (16 mins cycle from Greenwich)
Bus: 161 / 177 / 180 / 472 to Warspite Road bus stop.
DLR: Woolwich Arsenal (1 minute walk to Plumstead Road and take Route Bus 177 towards Peckham Bus Station or 472 towards North Greenwich Station).
Road: A2 corridor, first roundabout east of Thames Barrier onto Warspite Road.
Train: From Cannon Street or London Bridge to Woolwich Dockyard (8 minute walk) or Charlton (12 minute walk).
Tube: North Greenwich then take any bus from stop A outside tube towards Thamesmead get off at Warspite Road stop.


2017 Open Studios weekend

2017 Open Studios weekend

Thames-Side Studios 12 - 6pm    Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 May , 2017

Harrington Way, Woolwich, London SE18 5NR.

With over 460 studios Thames-Side Studios is home to an impressive array of artists, makers and designers. Alongside those dusting down and opening their doors there will be activities and events on site in Thames-Side Print Studio, London Sculpture Workshop and galleries. 


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Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize

Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize

Remembered; a self portrait has been Selected for the Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize 2017. Painted from memory, first with granite and then pigment, the portrait embodies the picture I have of myself. The image found inside the head when called to express its external image mixes ideas of self with the those projected onto us by others.

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Working Together

A collaborative practice in which 4 artists; Rachel Ara, Laura Hudson, Francesca Own and Pete Ward spent 2 days together; working, talking, eating, drinking, thinking and making a collaborative work.

Collaborative work - Photograph Stuart Fiddes at White Moose Gallery 

Collaborative work - Photograph Stuart Fiddes at White Moose Gallery 

The timing of our collaboration coincided with Rachel and I having to downsize our studio, in which we had collected all sorts of objects that might be usefull or become part of an artwork in the future. We took some of these and off-cuts from the workshop to the studio space of aARTh artists Pete Ward and Francesca Owen. Materials on hand were a series of three 3 vista paintings found in a junk shop, 3 chairs, wood off-cuts, rope, string, frames, wallpaper sample book, plywood panels, shrink wrap, CCTV casings, alarm clock (not working), chalk and paint and natural materials.

Finished piece photograph Laura Hudson  at eARTh studios

Finished piece photograph Laura Hudson at eARTh studios


“In law and government, appropriation (from Latin appropriare, "to make one's own", later "to set aside") is the act of setting apart something for its application to a particular usage, to the exclusion of all other use”.

A play on the production of an artwork: setting out with existing paintings and chairs, along with the kinds of materials they were made from, in order to make things into what they are not. To create something wrong in order to remake anew.


Beginning, cohesion, agreement, opposition, reconciliation, negotiation, decision, playing against each others idea of ‘what art is’ stamping a monika, claiming the space, positions felt, ownership deferred, egging each other on, watching what changes and how each change affects the others.


Transposed, repositioned, reformed, refined, replaced, separated, tied-together, let-go-of, discarded, removed, changed, interwoven, interconnected, destroyed, generated, added, elaborated, reduced, refigured, re-imagined, replicated, retrofitted, agreed, reconciled, held-on-to, recreated.

While the objects moved around the space, activated by one or other of us, the formal iterations of their positions were like a choreographed dance. At one stage we marked the positions with chalk tracing the actions and movements of the objects in the space. Over time lines traced the history of forms on the floor, marking out an unknown action, a moment before change.  Change is inevitable, what will come next may not be.

Iterations on day 2 - chalk marked

Iterations on day 2 - chalk marked


Our collective piece forms part of painting together at White Moose Gallery. Artists Pete Ward and Francesca Owen re-created what we made together in their studio in the gallery, in its entirety bar a shard of blue splintered wood that went over the larger painting embedded in the floor. Although we disagreed about the rock at the time (Rachel and I wanted it out) it remained steadfast and on hindsight I like the fact that the rock is the only thing that will remain in 100,000 years time.

Annoying Stuart Fiddes (We annoy Ourselves!!!) is the title of our collaborative piece. We could have called it any number of things, ‘Blue Chip’ for one but this title made us smile. It pokes a little fun at; the fear artists have of annoying the wrong person, appropriation, and of deferring to the art market or the idea of the art world or even an assumed audience.


Interesting that none of us spoke of authorship or ownership during the two days, but i like to think we dealt with it by signing the found painting and assigning it to our perceived audience, Stuart Fiddes, a humorous sabbotage of the appropriation by artists to claim as their own the iamges of others.

Photograph Stuart Fiddes White Moose Gallery text by Pete Ward and Francesca Owen.

Photograph Stuart Fiddes White Moose Gallery text by Pete Ward and Francesca Owen.

Rachel Ara studied fine art at goldsmiths and furnture in Devon, Laura Hudson studied environmental art at Glasgow and moving image at st.martins,  Francesca Owen studied painting at the slade and art & environment at Falmouth,  Pete Ward studied graphics at Bristol and art & environment at Falmouth.

painting together is a project by North Devon based eARTh artists Pete Ward and Franceesca Owen that brings together concepts of contemporary art (dialogical, ecopsychology, environmental awareness and process based interdisciplinary collaboration) with the more traditional practice of paint making and painting from locally occurring earth pigments. Painting Together Exhibition continues at White Moose Gallery Barnstaple Devon England, until August 1st 2015