Friday 17 May 6-9pm
Saturday 18 May 11- 5pm
Sunday 19 May 11 – 5pm
Come and explore six floors of artists’ studios, meet professional artists and see where creativity happens! Whether you’re an art aficionado or simply curious, you’re sure to find something to intrigue and inspire you at Phoenix, the largest artists’ studio group in the South East. With guided tours, special activities for children, the chance to put your feet up in our new café, and much more.
We remember the work of Phoenix studio member Monica Ross with An Act of Memory, a commemorative exhibition.
Bring the little ones to our Family Studio! Artist Jenny Staff will transform the room into a creative, colourful making-space for families. Explore the installation, play with fabric and add to our bunting extravaganza before choosing your favourite Phoenix artist and setting out to find them in their studios.
Creative Courses Showcase: meet current and former students and see work made on our Arts Courses.
Book a ticket for one of three guided tours we're running throughout the weekend. More info here.
IN THE STUDIOS
Emma Johnson is having a seconds and old stock sale all weekend in her basement studio (BS3/4)
Join Alice Stewardson (BS3/4) for some throwing demos in her ceramics studio.
Kay Aplin (BS1) transforms her studio into The Tile Shop, with loads of tiles for sale for all three days.
Katy Beinart (1N3) hosts an open workshop in her studio on Saturday 18th May, 2-4pm, Spaces of Socially Engaged Practice. An open conversation workshop to discuss and debate where and how socially engaged practice takes place, and where and how it should be exhibited or shared. All welcome, artists, practitioners, participants and those with a general interest. Tea and cake will be served. See Katy's website for more information.
Linda Grieve (1N10) in her workshop for a short glass cutting workshop, 2pm and 3pm on Saturday and Sunday. Limited places available - sign up on the day!
Writer Mick Jackson gives a 20 minute talk about ideas, where to find them and what to do with them once you’ve tracked them down in our first floor meeting room, 1:30pm on Saturday and 11:30am on Sunday.
Liz Toole has designed some limited-edition tea-towels, based on a design by her friend Victor Stuart Graham, which will be on sale in her studio (1S3) with all proceeds going to the Martlets.
Photographer Denise Felkin (2S6) will have a preview copy of her forthcoming book, Mum's Not the Word: Childless Childfree available to look at.
Pay-what-you-feel for a 1 minute mono-print portrait in Sophie Hulf's studio (2N6) on Saturday and Sunday 1pm-3pm.
Emily Jolley (3N4) will be making tools in her studio. The tools will be made from an assortment of found materials and then carefully manipulated into make making instruments. Come and see the process between 11-2 on Saturday and Sunday.
Take part in a one-hour introductory class on autobiographical writing led by Sue MacLaine (3C3), 11:30am on Saturday and 3:30pm on Sunday.
Natasha Bidgood (3S2) offers dress-up portraits in her studio, for free / donations.
Drop in to Maria Tilyard's workshop (3S3) between 12pm - 4pm on Saturday or Sunday for an embroidery workshop. Patch embroidery or bring along a garment to embroider on to
Fergus Heron (3S9) gives a short talk about his working process in the studio at 2pm on Saturday and Sunday: The role of the studio in a photography practice with a working process that combines practice and theory; encounter and observation, camerawork and picture construction, printing, review and reflection.
Visitors can see Lichen Strip, a 44 meter intervention on the balcony, a collaborative piece by Stig Evans (4N2) and Philip Cole (4S1). Read more about the installation here.
Drop into Kate Strachan's studio (4N6) for a Children’s Textile Workshop: make a textile collage using fabric scraps with lots of colours, shapes, and patterns. Available 12 - 4pm Saturday and Sunday. Age range 4 -10 accompanied by an adult. Max 3 people at a time.
Explore colour, pattern and shape with paper and glue with Becky Blair (4S5) at her Cut Out And Collage workshop, Saturday and Sunday 1-2pm.
Join Hugh Fox (4C1) in his studio to take part in his Kipple project. Kipple - is a word coined by science fiction writer Philip K. Dick. It refers to the rubbish which simply builds up without any human intervention.