“I think artists always have to sort of strive to find, you know, find their place in the world I think is that kind of thing. I’m not sure that if things are handed to you on a plate, whether you become complacent.”
Wayne Chisnall, not only a sculptor, but a multidisciplinary artist in the painting, drawing, prints and writing fields. Much of his practice involves the reworking of found objects that have a certain ‘resonance.’ By using materials already loaded with meaning and associations, he’s able to play with people’s expectations and create narratives that lurch between the humorous and the uncanny. [ Waynechisnall.blogspot.com]
“I like the critical mass of people and also of course the art galleries. If you’re having a bit of a block the best thing you can do for yourself is to go and see some art.”
Katie Pratt is an abstract painter that makes a variety of size paintings ranging from two meters to a standard A4. Her oil paintings progress from a chaotic beginning towards meticulous, systemic order. Imagery is generated through successive strategies which recall how material inconsistencies within the paint have been categorised and organised, in an intricate correlation of complex networks. [Katiepratt.net]
“I wanted to relate the point that a balance of social and flexible work/exhibition space is key. It is super valuable for someone developing their practice and there’s not much of that great balance going around in the city at the moment.”
Olha Pryymak is a painter and multidisciplinary artist. One facet of her practice involves participation which includes staging encounters around herbal tea drinking. These tea session performances stem from her Ukrainian herbalist family history and borrows from traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Her recent bodies of work contain painted collages of these encounters, framed by contemporary wellness trends, animated by the voices of the women who participated in them. [opryymak.com]
“So it’s the kind of space where there is enough room to just throw stuff everywhere, forget about it, and then find it again. There’s something really magical about that.”
Edward Crooks owns a design studio that makes installations, interiors, architecture and illustration. The studio enjoys frequent collaboration across disciplines, working with craftspeople including filmmakers, stonemasons, carpenters, and ceramicists to develop projects in context. [Edwardcrooks.co.uk]
“Photography is like a language that allows me to express things and document things.” – Keleenna
By profession, he is an investment banker but has worked towards a career in photography over the last few years. He is inspired by both British and African culture and uses photography as a way to document, take mental notes, and tell a story; consistently taking and storing visuals that he encounters. With a strong economics background, he uses this to his advantage as he believes there is a creative element to it as you are consistently trying to solve and understand abstract answers. He has a strong focus on street photography and also engages with fine-art works too.
“I would be happy to pay twice as much what I pay for my studio if it meant a younger artist could stay in London and pay less and make it more affordable for them. “
Pen has worked in the arts all her life; creating her own works and teaching at universities. She took early retirement and decided to leave the lecturing and academia behind her so she could focus on her own artwork. She is deeply interested in contemporary art and has a particular interest in the concept of “Late Style” – looking at artists who, as they’ve gotten older, have developed a whole new style. She noticed that her work had completely changed over the years and has decided that she is going to embrace the paradigm of practice – the practice in which most art history has been written about – painting. Whilst she has explored a variety of mediums, she now tends to stick to paint, however, not always using a brush.
“I also think it could be helpful if the developer has an interest in music, they don’t have to be a musician themselves, but if they have an interest then it could help the conversation.”
Wale is currently a student at Warwick University where he is studying Management in Business, but he is also establishing himself as a musician, as his songs currently feature on platforms such as Spotify. He has always possessed a natural ability to be creative and from a young age was intrigued by experimenting and recreating music which he has now turned into a career goal for himself since 2014 when he first started releasing music.Read More
Rebecca lives in East London, not too far away from the studio. She has worked as an actor for almost 15 years, where she started in theatre and then moved on to TV.
“I love London – I’m a big fan, I think it’s an amazing city, it’s just got everything and I think artistically, it is an interesting sort of melting pot of different people and influences” – Rebecca CalderRead More
“I’ve lived in London for almost 20 years, and the best thing about it is it grows with you and whatever interests you – the best is here so you are constantly inspired, so yeah, it definitely has a creative influence on me.”
– Mark Tintner
Mark is a filmmaker and an academic; working in moving image from ideation to distribution. At the moment, he is working for a global organisation called Viacom in a senior position and will shortly be moving into a role which focusses more on drama work in terms of moving image. On the academic side, he is a Postgraduate course leader for MA Moving Image at Ravensbourne University.Read More
“London is such a fantastic place to practice and we are very spoilt with all of the things that are going on, but actually, I wonder even if that cultural life will start to de-centralise as you get concentrations of people in other parts of the country”
– Lydia Thornley
Lydia is an East-London based artist of many trades – she is a Graphic Designer, Creative Director and Live Illustrator.
Her background is broad and she has gained a wealth of knowledge throughout all avenues of graphic design, whilst also continually looking for the next project she can add value to, or the next artistic skill she can build upon.