One of the things I love most about living in London is turning a corner in an industrial estate in say, Bermondsey SE1, and finding say, a pop up charity art exhibition in a studio and homelessness centre that has apparently been there for the past five years.
On until Sunday, the artists who rent studio space (around £200 a month) at SE1 Studios are opening their doors and showing off their wares to the public. There’s an exhibition on the ground floor, run jointly by arts education charity Bow Arts and homelessness charity Crisis, which costs £4 and is well worth a look.
Then on floors 3 and 4 are the artists’ studios – everything from furniture design to millinery to huge canvases and Andrea Francke’s temporary bookshop – including work by my very talented sister Helene Charara. All the artists are up and coming local London artists. You can have a nosey around for free, grab some postcards and business cars and chat to the artists and writers – at last night’s opening it was bring your own alcohol but no promises for this afternoon.
You can find SE1 Studios at 46 Willow Walk, SE1 5SF. Find out more here.