Anna Jacobs moved from Dulwich to Crystal Palace six months ago, having shown at the Dulwich Artists Open House for the past eight / nine years. Here she tells News From Crystal Palace how her idea for an Artists Open House in Crystal Palace took off….
“Dulwich has been a fantastic event to take part in so when I moved to Crystal Palace I thought: ‘Great – I’ll apply for Crystal Palace Artists Open House – and swiftly discovered there wasn’t one!.
“So I walked round the Triangle a few months ago just to start getting to know the local community, what’s happening, talking to lots of people.
“I started asking them if they thought there might be an appetite for a Crystal Palace Artists Open House and there was an overwhelmingly positive response.
“I then posted on Crystal Palace Local just to test and see if the wider community would like something to happen here. “Again, there was a really positive response with lots of offers of help.”
Image: Yi Lin
Image: Elizabeth Knapp (Open first weekend only)
Image: Louise Heywood Make Up (Open second weekend only)
“A small team formed including Beth Mander from the Paxton Arts Centre on Anerley Hill; Glen Keegan from Just Giclee on Stoney Lane offered to sponsor the event through designing all our marketing material and printing all our initial flyers calling for artists to take part.
“Artist Martin Jessup, who has a studio on Haynes Lane, designed the Artists Open House logo. “Liz Stovell of Untold Jewellery offered to take on some of the admin and Peggy MacSweeney offered to take photographs.
Image: Suzanne Pink
Image: Anna Jacobs
“Martin and Co, estate agents on Church Road came on board almost straight away sponsoring signposts outside all the Open Houses which will really help people know where all the venues are.”
And there was major support from Rachel Gluyas who organises Dulwich Artists Open House.
“Rachel mentored me when I was organising this and gave me invaluable advice” adds Anna. “It’s all happened so fast.
Image: Anna Cliff
Image: Liz Stovell – Untold Jewellery
“At our first meeting we thought we would get 25 / 30 artists – and would be really thrilled if we got 40.
“There was just this fantastic response. “We’ve ended up with 82.”
Anna admits it’s been much bigger to organise than she thought. “But I felt we wanted to keep it small and manageable.
“I wanted to do this small and well.”
Image: Corin Ashleigh Brown
Image: Mr Cenz
‘TASTER’ AT DO SOUTH
Support has also come from Do South on the corner of Westow Street and Central Hill which is hosting a ‘taster’ show from today (Thursday April 25th)
“It’s a really prominent glass fronted shop right on the Triangle” says Anna. “I thought that if we had certain works from a variety of artists in there it would help passers-by get a sense of the quality and the range and work of the Open House.
“Because this is a new event for Crystal Palace we need a big message to get through to understand how it works.”
Image: Boadicea Decorative Antiques (Coopers Yard Studios – open first weekend only)
Image: Coopers Yard
Image: Gipsy Hill Workshops
Image: Paxton Centre
Image: Katy Saphire Flaming Nora (at Jake Dunn Designs 69 Church Road)
Image: Eddie Bird
MORE IMAGES for Artists Open House can be found accompanying our news item: INAUGURAL ARTISTS’ OPEN HOUSE TO LAUNCH IN CRYSTAL PALACE AND CELEBRATE THE LOCAL CREATIVE COMMUNITY March 15th 2019
DATES: Artists Open House takes place on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th April and again on Saturday 4th May and Sunday 5th May from 11 am to 6pm on each day. Free brochures listing all the venues are available at various shops cafes, etc around the Triangle. Some artists are only participating on the first weekend, some only on the second weekend.
LOOK FOR THE LOGO!: There will be Martin and Co estate agent boards outside each venue, all featuring the Artists Open House logo:
- 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: crystalpalaceart.co.uk (Source: Crystal Palace Artists’ Open House)