A stone’s throw outside SE7, this, but well worth a mention – it’s the Open Studios at Second Floor Studios & Arts in Warspite Road later this month.
Tucked away on the riverfront, it’s a fascinating warren of studios rented by painters, photographers, sculptors, designers, jewellery makers and more besides. It’s part of a five-year plan to convert seven old industrial units into over 300 workshops and studios, together with education facilities, gallery space and a cafe.
New facilities include the Thames Barrier Print Studio, one of London’s largest spaces for fine art print-making.
It’s one of south-east London’s best-kept secrets, and even if you’d normally hesitate before going to see anything that sounds artistic, you’ll be sure to find something which will catch your eye, and maybe even something you want to take home.
The opening night is on Thursday 17th November from 5pm-9pm, with the studios open on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th from 11am-6pm, at Mellish Industrial Estate, at the end of Warspite Road (turn left just before the road ends, into Harrington Way). More at secondfloor.co.uk and the Second Floor blog.
The image on the flyer is Decline the Bough – pen/pencil on wood, © 2011 David Bray.