I’ve been to quite a few open studios in my time. I’ve walked down an out of the way, seemingly deserted corridor and peered into an almost empty, badly-painted white space and seen the face of the already crest-fallen artist drop a little lower as I grimaced and spun on my heel effectively dismissing their efforts of the last one or two years in a couple of seconds.
So I’ve decided to open my studio for the weekend as it sounds like a lot of fun and it meets most of the criteria. It’s out of the way (up a staircase away from most of the other studios); it’s very small with very little natural light (perfect for displaying art) and has a sense of its own history (it used to be part of the toilet block) and for a while in the 1970s it was the headquarters of Throbbing Gristle and Genesis P-Orridge.
I’ve been in my studio since January last year and in that time have drawn and painted guns, bullfighters, Apu from The Simpsons and random scenes of violence. More recently I’ve been intervening with a pack of playing cards that was recently given away with Arena magazine.
The private view is on Friday 28 October between 6 and 9pm and beverages will be available. The open weekend continues on Saturday and Sunday from midday to 6pm. Nineteen other studios will also be open besides mine. Martello Street is closely situated (as an estate agent would say) to fashionable Broadway Market with it’s many pubs, bars and restaurants. On Saturday daytime you’ll find a “Farmers’ style market” selling tomatoes from the Isle of Wight, second-hand jeans and other such unnecessary crap at the Market.
Martello Street Studios – entrance on Martello Terrace
10 Martello Street
London E8 3PE
Adjacent to London Fields BR Station
Buses 26, 48, 55, 106, 254, 277, D6 and get off on Mare Street
My phone number 07710 452 158