Artists will open their doors to members of the public when a popular west London returns this summer.
The Open Art Spaces in Kensington, Chelsea and Fulham will run from June 24-26 and July 1-3, giving visitors exclusive access to the studios and work of some of the area’s most talented artists, including residency artists at the Victoria and Albert Museum and fine art graduates at Kensington and Chelsea College.
The festival, which is in its fourth year, is returning to its summer schedule after being held in autumn, will see approximately 100 local artists, studios, colleges, and headline sponsor Faron Sutaria’s branches host informal exhibitions.
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The festival prides itself on allowing members of the public to view and buy art in the very space it has been created and to get behind the scenes and talk directly with artists and makers.
The event is organised by Kensington local Julie Brodsgaard, a Christie’s educated curator of modern and contemporary art . She explains: “Open Art Spaces is all about showing how much exciting fine art is created in our local area and it’s about supporting these artists and the conditions for creative output. I’ve been amazed at the talent found amongst us and I feel that it is important to make this accessible to everyone in our area.
“Our festival is a chance for art enthusiasts to gain exclusive access to the work of their local artists through a platform that facilitates both affordable prices and exciting encounters and talks with the artists in their own studio, home or workplace.”
A broad spectrum of art forms - from fine art painters and illustrators, to silversmiths and sculptors - are to be included.
Estate agents Faron Sutaria will also be hosting a string of exciting exhibitions in its local offices in South Kensington, Earl's Court, Notting Hill , Chelsea and Fulham.
Entry to all Open Art Spaces venues is free, and artist profiles, maps, and opening times can be found on the festival's new website www.openartspaces.com or by picking up a brochure from your local library, cultural centre or a branch of Faron Sutaria from early June.