The inaugural Crystal Palace Artists’ Open House will launch next month, giving visitors access to more than 80 artists in their studios and local spaces for the first time.

Image: Andy Bate (Coopers Yard Studios – down the side of Iceland store, Westow Hill)

Covering the full spectrum of media – from painting, watercolour, sculpture, design, crafts, and photography – the event will celebrate the local creative community and put SE19 back on the map as a cultural destination for artists, collectors, Londoners and tourists alike, say organisers.

Image: Elz (14 Paddock Gardens off Westow Street – Open first weekend only)

“Open House is a passionate free initiative that will give an amazing platform to the Crystal Palace artists” says Anna Jacobs, founder of The Crystal Palace’s Open House and exhibiting artist.   “It will also offer visitors an exploration of hidden venues and off-the-beaten track studios. “I’m thrilled to announce that 80 artists and artisans have already signed up. “It will reveal Crystal Palace as an undiscovered creative gem.” 

Image: Madeleine Hill (at Smash Bang Wallop 40 Westow Street SE19)

SE19 is an underrated area of London filled with artists, designers, makers, musicians, poets, writers and performers. It has an incredible energy and community spirit, born from a unique cultural history going back to 1854, when the Great Exhibition’s Crystal Palace was moved from Hyde Park, say organisers.

Image Julie Norburn (Open second weekend only)

“Saturday 27th April 2019 will see the doors of the most unique artists thrown open with the launch of the first-ever Crystal Palace Artists’ Open House event. “Free of charge, visitors will have the opportunity to wander through Victorian houses and courtyard ateliers, discovering the eclectic range of work from emerging and established award-winning professional artists.”

Image: Ananya Rao-Middleton (At Jake Dunn Designs 69 Church Road)

Highlights will include access to artists such as conceptual painter David Dipré, organic and nature-inspired ceramicist Nadine Bell and extraordinary vintage pop photographer and artist Nicholas Slim. Further artists on the list include world-renowned street artist Mr Cenz, award-winning former artist in residence at Kew Gardens Jo Self, nominated as ‘Artist to watch in 2019’ by Artists & Illustrators magazine Tom Cox, and Royal Society of Sculptors’ and tutor at Yorkshire Sculpture Park Marcia Bennett Male.

Image: Mike Conrad (Open first weekend only)

Coopers Yard Studios, a dynamic group of creative businesses, with some extraordinary workshop spaces, will open its doors to the public and host a selection of artists in the programme. Beth Mander’s arts and crafts Paxton Centre on Anerley Hill will also feature remarkable exhibitions. More venues will be announced soon.

Image: Tom Cox

Vintage and antique shops on Church Road, independent brands selling beautiful homewares, clothes, trinkets and jewellery around the Triangle; restaurants, pubs and local coffee shops will also join this community event and present special events for the occasion.

Image: Catherine Shaw ( Coopers Yard Studios – down the side of Iceland store, Westow Hill)

The event is free for visitors and open to everyone. Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th April 2019 Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th May 2019 11am – 6pm

Follow the Crystal Palace Artists’ Open House on Facebook: Crystal Palace Artists Open House; on Twitter: @PalaceOpen ‏and Instagram: @artistsopenhouse.crystalpalace

Crystal Palace: Accessible from Brixton, by Bus 3.

By trains: Brixton to Sydenham Hill, 15 minutes.
Victoria to Crystal Palace, via Gipsy Hill – 28 minutes
London Bridge to Crystal Palace, via Gipsy Hill – 30 minutes
West Croydon to Crystal Palace, via Norwood Junction – 13 minutes

For full details on the artists exhibiting please visit: (Source: Crystal Palace Artists’ Open House)


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