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SFSA Open Studios - November 2010 - London’s best-kept art secret revealed - 100 artists open their studios to the public

London’s best-kept art secret revealed – 100 artists open their studios to the public

Location – Second Floor Studios & Arts, Mellish Industrial Estate, Harrington Way (off Warspite Rd), Woolwich, London SE18 5NR

Second Floor Studios & Arts, one of the largest communities of artists in the UK, will open its doors to the public on November 18, 20 and 21 for a special Open Studio.

The Open Studio at Second Floor Studios & Arts (SFSA), based on the Thames in South East London, will showcase works from more than 100 artists, many leaders in their field and all acclaimed visual and fine arts professionals.

Among the 100 artists opening their studios are painters, sculptors, print-makers, photographers, graphic and digital designers, animators, illustrators, fashion and jewellery designers, mosaic experts, wood and glass specialists, and interactive sound installation artists. Much of the work on display will be seen for the first time, and visitors will get the chance to view the artists at work and watch as art is created.

Commenting on the Open Studio, SFSA Project Director Matthew Wood said: “The Open Studio is a rare chance to see professional artists at work, to meet with them, ask them about their inspiration, techniques and work. To get up close and personal with art and artists of this calibre is a special experience and we are thrilled that our 100-strong artist community will be able to share their work with the public this November.”

Since 1997 SFSA has offered affordable studio space to arts professionals, creating a community of artists that has grown year on year. The not-for-profit project is undertaking a major strategic growth and development plan across its Woolwich site.  Working in partnership with Emafyl Properties, SFSA will deliver studio space for up to 300 artists, an education centre and outreach programmes, open access print studios and a 3000sq.ft gallery, creating one of Europe’s largest centres of affordable studio space for artists, craft-makers and designers.

The SFSA Open Studio will be open to viewings on the evening of Thursday 18 November (5pm until 9pm) and from 11am until 6pm on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 November 2010. Selected works will be available to buy direct from the artist.

The SFSA project is located immediately off the A206 dual carriageway near Woolwich. There is access from the A2/M2, M20 & M25. Charlton and Woolwich Dockyard Main Line stations and The Docklands Light Railway are in close proximity. Regular bus routes (180, 177, 161, and 472) serve the local area.

Picture: Title: ‘Lynsey’ Copyright 2010 Michael Nunn (Oil on Canvas 18″x 22″)

For more information, please contact:

Matthew Wood – Project Director, SFSA – studios@secondfloor.co.uk

Sarah Priddis – PR Manager, SFSA – sarah.priddis@gmail.com

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