When Valentines Mansion in Ilford was restored in 2009, the top floor, historically the servants’ quarters, was transformed into six contemporary studios for local artists and designer makers. Today, it is a thriving hub of artistic activity with 10 individuals practicing their diverse mediums from the inspirational setting of Valentines, from stunning fused glass, to jewellery and inventive ceramics, to intricate mosaics and striking contemporary paintings.
Normally a private workspace for the artists, the Open Studio events provide a great opportunity for the public to step inside the creative spaces, meet the artists and see how their work is made and maybe even pick up a few unique handmade items long the way.
Throughout the day, the crowds are treated to special demonstrations by the artists – tips on how to paint, displays in carving in to ceramics, or maybe even how to print on to ceramics.
Meet our Artists
Jason Rose specialises in contemporary acrylic paintings, with his inspiration lying in his life experiences, combining imagery from loved ones, meaningful places and dream imagery.
Lisa Atkin took up pottery after a pro-longed illness and is now an experienced stained glass, potter and 3D designer.
Anne Eggebert makes site-specific works using video, teletechnologies, photography, drawing and installation to explore the cultural articulation of landscape and how we describe it in the 21st century.
Louise Moore is a talented ceramic artist, mainly working with historic sites. Her photographs are cleverly transferred on to a clay surface using a special photographic screen printing process.
Sarah Partridge specialises in ceramics, sculpture and mosaics and takes inspiration from forms found in nature, featuring spirals and orbs with smooth and textured surfaces.
Amanda Seljubac specialises in stained glass, pottery, stone carving and one several of her commissions in stained glass is on permanent display in The Chapel of Canon Palmer catholic School in Seven Kings. You will also find some of her work in our walled gardens.
Wendy D’Souza Daniels is currently focusing on her love of painting, but is also an enameller and silversmith. Her work has been exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum and Goldsmith’s Hall.
Julian Walker Specialises in installation and performance, Julian has worked with several major museums, has exhibited internationally, has published a number of texts on cultural history, and works as an educator with the British Library, the British Museum, and other institutions.
Introducing ….Carly Lechner specialises in portraiture, seascapes and traditional landscapes and her work has now started to sell internationally. Carley has a passion for the old masters such as Monet, Degas and Paul Cézanne which has helped inspired some of her paintings to date.
With free entry and special demonstrations throughout the day, it’s no wonder this is one of the most popular events at Valentines and with a day full of artistic delight, maybe you’ll be inspired to take up a new hobby or pastime, or even book on to one of our workshops to learn more?
Artists Open Studios
Sunday 31 May, 11am-3pm, Free entry.
Coming soon…..Journeys – An Exhibition by the Valentines Mansion Studio Artists. Starts Sunday 5 July, free entry, for full details visit our web site.