“I think sometimes there’s a focus on amenities like kombucha on tap and stuff, instead of actually creating a culture, and creating an environment that’s conducive to just focus on deep work. I would really love to see an immediate shift towards that, because I think at the moment there’s not a lot of depth to some of these spaces. “
Christabel Balfour is an artist and tapestry weaver living and working in south east London. She has been weaving for the last eight years; beginning with sculptural amorphous pieces designed to cluster on the floor or hang from the ceiling. She progress slowly into classical tapestry now specialising in rugs and woven wall-hangings. [christabelbalfour.com]
“It is cross collaboration that can make somewhere more than what it is; like it’s more than just studios, it’s more than spaces, it’s fostering a community spirit. It’s finding ways of adding value to a space.” -Ian Berry
Ian Berry is a textile artist working with denim to create intricate, full of depth works of art. At first glance many believe his works are blue toned photographs or indigo coloured oil paintings. His work has been seen in many countries and written about in major media in all corners of the globe. [ianberry.org]
“I’ve definitely found that space, where even if the artists are doing quite different work from us, it’s beneficial to have that interaction with them. I think you can learn a lot from artists who have a completely different discipline.”
Jairo Zaluda and Nicola Green are a creative double act collaborating in printmaking, collage, screen printing and installation. Their current work is an extension of their fascination with: alternating mental states as depicted in literature and the arts; the boundary between what is real and imagined; interacting with communities to provide expressive and immersive experiences; the exploration of combining digital, silkscreen, and collage to compliment their ongoing projects. [saatchiart.com/jairoandnicola]Read More
“I want to say something like- when I’m in the studio, I almost feel like a kind of released animal in a way. It’s place for freedom.”
Zavier Ellis is a curator, artist, gallerist, collector, lecturer, and publisher. He has curated exhibitions internationally including Frankfurt, Berlin, Los Angeles, Naples, and Rome. He’s an avid collector while still maintaining a studio practice and has exhibited with world class galleries and museums. [zavierellis.com]
Housing that displays an extreme style contrast to neighbouring housing and/or the surrounding environment.
“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]
What do you need your space for? To work? To live? To coexist with others? How we use our space at home has drastically changed now that we are only allowed to leave but for a few exceptions due to COVID- 19.
Would you rather have a few meters more of living room space instead of garden space? Vice versa? Which amenities are most important to you? Where do you feel the most inspired? The most comfortable?
How will you alter your space to fit your needs?
“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]