Second Floor Studios & Arts – [SFSA]

Freedon Of The Press – Opening at no format, Thursday 15th November

Posted in Events, New Works, Open Studios by Second Floor Studios & Arts on October 25, 2012

Celebrating the art of print at it’s very best created by Thames Barrier Print Studio artist members.

Thames Barrier Print Studio, London’s most spacious printmaking studio based on the South bank of the Thames in Woolwich, opened one year ago and has been welcoming artist members from throughout the city and beyond ever since.

Freedom Of The Press, in the outstanding visual arts space no format, represents the diversity in scale, subject and medium our members have used in their printmaking practice – from intimate works mastering traditional techniques to experimental works spanning a range of print processes. Our growing membership is made up of artists with years of experience, recent graduates, newcomers to the processes and people revisiting a past pleasure. They all however share one thing in common: a passion for making original prints.

Like many artforms the art of printmaking has been practiced for centuries. Our members skillfully carry on this tradition but with a contemporary spin. One of the oldest processes, relief printing, offers bold dramatic results by carving an image into a piece of wood or lino, inking up and taking an impression – as seen in the ‘imagined landscape’ woodcuts of Julian Davies inspired by his visits to Tokyo.

With traditional etching Nick Richards captures the ever-changing mood and activity of the River Thames, his style reminiscent of the Old Masters and Angela Brookes uses photo etching to capture the beauty of the natural world including her delicate studies of the honesty plant.

Screenprinting, originally used in industry, was made popular as an artform by Andy Warhol and offers fantastic scope in the use of colour and graphics. In her new work, Chinese-Canadian artist J Yuen Ling Chiu uses a layering process overprinting flat sumptuous colour with texture, pattern and photographic images inspired by her memories of (and relationship with) Hong Kong.

Emerging graduate Daniel Clark has produced an ambitious, quirky piece – a very large drypoint print inspired by domestic folklore to be wall-hung with his animation of hands working on an etching plate projected on to it.

Letterpress (a unique print studio facility) has recently experienced a resurgence in popularity, particularly with graphic designers looking for a hand produced process in contrast to creating type on a computer. This exhibition logo was printed on a small Adana press by young letterpress enthusiast Kim Vousden.

These are examples of but a few. With over 200 prints on show and available for sale, encompassing landscape, portraiture, narrative, figurative and abstract, vibrant colour, subtle line, large and small in scale, Freedom Of The Press literally offers something for everyone.

Original prints are an excellent affordable option for festive gifts or personal acquisitions – suitable for the seasoned collector and first time buyer alike. This fabulous eclectic exhibition provides the visitor with an insight into the freedom Thames Barrier Print Studio members enjoy creatively with the infinite possibilities of the printing press.

Exhibition runs from 15 November – 2 December, Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11am-5pm.

Carolyn Nicoll on 07815 090648 /


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The UK’s largest single site affordable space project studio for artists and crafts and designer makers opens its doors to the public this November.

Posted in Arts, Events, Open Studios, SFSA Members by Second Floor Studios & Arts on October 16, 2012

This November London’s burgeoning art community will open its doors to the public, enabling art lovers and anyone with a passion for crafts and design to experience the works of over 200 SFSA members.

The biannual Open Studio at Second Floor Studios & Arts (SFSA) is an integral part of their yearly programming and commitments to community engagement, giving Londoners the chance to meet its community of more than 200 professional arts and crafts practitioners in their creative spaces; to discuss, view and buy their work. The Open Studio will be open to the public on Thursday 15th (5pm – 9pm), Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th (11am – 6pm) November

A stone’s throw from the Thames Barrier, SFSA is an affordable studio provision and creative space championing the practice of art, crafts and design in London. It is an arts community in the truest sense. Four years into a five year plan, once complete SFSA will provide affordable arts space, studios and facilities for more than 300 artists. The development currently houses more than 200 artists and crafts makers from the fields of painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, digital design, animation, illustration, fashion and jewellery design, mosaic, glass-making, cabinet-making and interactive sound installation.

The Thames Barrier Print Studio (TBPS) at SFSA, one of London’s most spacious professionally equipped open access fine art printmaking studios, will be open with a series of print technique demonstrations throughout the weekend. TBPS will also be celebrating the art of print at its very, very best with its inaugural exhibition of studio members works in the no format gallery on site entitled ‘Freedom Of The Press’

SFSA’s recently open river fronted arts café CANTEEN will be serving scrumptious homemade food and beverages throughout the Open Studios weekend.

Second Floor Studios & Arts Open Studios – November 2012

Thursday 15th (5pm – 9pm), Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th (11am – 6pm) Location –

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

About the Studios

All studios are self-contained with good natural light and range from 150-1500sqft, and start at £154 pcm. SFSA contributes to the Affordable Studios sector and is a member of the National Federation of Artists’ Studio Providers.

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no format – Gallery Programme October to December 2012

Posted in Uncategorized by Second Floor Studios & Arts on October 5, 2012