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 /enquiries@thamesbarrier-printstudio.co.uk

Or

Matthew Wood on 07946 554574 / studios@secondfloor.co.uk

www.noformat.co.uk

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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.

SFSA website:

www.secondfloor.co.uk

no format gallery:

www.noformat.co.uk

Second Floor Studios & Arts Open Studios Thursday Night Opening – Open all weekend 11am – 6pm

Posted in Events, New Studios, New Works, Open Studios, SFSA Members by Second Floor Studios & Arts on May 18, 2012

CANTEEN – SFSA’s new social enterprise arts cafe!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEVER PROMISED POUND LAND – Ray Richardson, Cathie Pilkington and Mark Hampson – opens at no format this Thursday (3rd May) 5pm – 10pm

Posted in Events, New Works, Open Studios, SFSA Members by Second Floor Studios & Arts on April 30, 2012

NEVER PROMISED POUND LAND – Ray Richardson, Cathie Pilkington and Mark Hampson – no format gallery

Opening night – Thursday 3rd May 2012, 5pm – 10pm

Exhibition runs until Sunday 27th May (Open Thurs, Fri, Sat and Sun – 11am – 5pm)

Welcome to a world, but not the real world.  The concept of the real world has of course, been hotly debated by a long list of Philosophers, Mathematicians, Physicists and Creative’s.  Everyone from Plato, Aristotle, Wittgenstein, and Rubin to the velveteen rabbit and her fellow toy, Pinocchio have had their questions.  In Never Promised pound Land we are presented with a probable and parallel world created by, the combined inventions yet distinctly different narrative based practices of, Ray Richardson, Cathie Pilkington and Mark Hampson.

Mark Hampson

Cathie Pilkington

Ray Richardson

More info here: noformat.co.uk

no format – Second Floor Studios & Arts, Harrington Way (off Warspite Road), Woolwich, London, SE18 5NR.

no format –  is located immediately off the A206 dual carriageway near Charlton and 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. Jubilee Line North Greenwich (O2) then 161 or 472 from bus stop A to Warspite Road. Regular bus routes (180, 177, 161, and 472) serve the local area.

London’s leading artist community opens its doors – Summer Open Studio Exhibition at Second Floor Studios & Arts

Posted in Events, Open Studios, SFSA Members by Second Floor Studios & Arts on March 22, 2012

This May London’s burgeoning art community will open its doors to the public, enabling art lovers to get so close you could smell the paint, and feel the wood shavings.

The biannual Open Studio at Second Floor Studios & Arts (SFSA) gives Londoners the chance to meet the artists and watch them work in their private studios. The community of more than 160 professional arts and crafts practitioners will open their studios to the public; inviting visitors into their creative spaces to discuss view and even buy their work. The Open Studio will be open to the public on Thursday 17th (5pm – 9pm), Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th (11am – 6pm) May

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. A multi-million pound development, once complete SFSA will provide 160,000sqft of affordable arts space, studios and facilities for more than 300 artists. The development currently houses more than 160 artists from the fields of painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, graphic and digital design, animation, illustration, fashion and jewellery design, mosaic, glass-making, cabinet-making and interactive sound installation.

Throughout the Open Studio No Format, London’s newest art gallery located at SFSA, will host ‘Never Promised Pound Land’, an exhibition of works by Ray Richardson, Cathie Pilkinton and Mark Hampson.

The Thames Barrier Print Studios at SFSA, one of London’s most spacious open access fine art printmaking studios, will be open with a series of print technique demonstrations throughout the weekend. The new CANTEEN terrace arts cafe will be open for teas, coffees, homemade foods and a summer BBQ.

Second Floor Studios & Arts Open Studios – May 2012

  • Thursday 17th (5pm – 9pm), Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th (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. www.nfasp.org.uk

About the Never Promised Pound Land exhibition

http://www.noformat.co.uk/#/never-promised-poundland/4557990868

Photos of no format gallery opening at last weeks SFSA Open Studios – Rachel Levitas – Paintings

Posted in Events, New Works, Open Studios, SFSA Members, Uncategorized by Second Floor Studios & Arts on November 25, 2011

 

Rachel Levitas – Paintings – Inaugural exhibition opening at no format next week – South East London’s newest contemporary visual arts gallery

Posted in Arts, Events, New Works, Open Studios by Second Floor Studios & Arts on November 11, 2011

An exhibition of paintings by Lewisham based artists Rachel Levitas is the inaugural opening for no format – South East London’s newest contemporary visual arts gallery, based at the Second Floor Studios & Arts project – London.

This exhibition of the work by artist Rachel Levitas spans four years from 2007-11; this period of seismic re-alignment in the political and economic landscape is mirrored in the completion of a ten year body of work,  the emergence of new subjects and stylistic change.
The late paintings from the Tulip Mania series are prophetic works which pre-date the financial crisis. They compare excessive consumerism and reckless speculative indulgence with the craze for tulip bulbs in 17th century Holland. The Burning Books paintings included in the exhibition examine the rise of fundamentalism, the futility of trying to destroy knowledge and presage a violent conclusion to the pre-bust era. These contemporary history paintings were produced over many months, even years; the surface frequently reworked by redrawing, the marks becoming part of the painting’s patina.
The party comes to an abrupt end in 2010 with the first of the Urban Fox series as these bold and beautiful opportunists slink into streets deserted by bankrupt revellers. By contrast these images are rapidly made, wet in wet, using techniques that record fleeting night visits. The foxes represent the rise of forces previously suppressed moving into the space left by a collapsing economy; creativity emerging and adapting and perhaps too something darker, fear of the future.

Rachel Levitas grew up in Durham. She studied Fine Art at Camberwell School of Art, Advanced Printmaking at Central St Martins and Postgraduate Painting at the Royal Academy Schools where she was awarded the Turner Gold Medal for Painting. Recently Rachel has been awarded first prize at the prestigious Lynne Painter-Stainers for her painting Urban Fox III.

www.noformat.co.uk

http://www.rachellevitas.com

 

SFSA – Open Studios – Over 160 visual and fine artists and crafts and designer makers will open their studios to the public this November

Posted in Arts, Events, New Works, Open Studios, SFSA Members by Second Floor Studios & Arts on September 29, 2011

SFSA May Open Studios home page feature on FAD!

Posted in Arts, Events, New Studios, New Works, Open Studios, SFSA Members by Second Floor Studios & Arts on May 9, 2011

 

 

SFSA May Open Studios – home page feature on FAD! – more here: http://www.fadwebsite.com/

Affordable, Secure, Permanent – Second Floor Studios & Arts feature in Spoonfed this week

Posted in New Studios, Open Studios, SFSA Members by Second Floor Studios & Arts on April 27, 2011

Tom Jeffreys visits one of the largest sets of artist studios in Europe, right by the Thames Barrier down in Woolwich.

The issue of gentrification is a complex one, but by and large it can be reduced to a fairly simple narrative. It happened to Montmartre in Paris; it happened to SoHo in New York; in London, Shoreditch and Hackney Wick are in various states of ‘regeneration’, while Peckham and Deptford are naturally next in line. Artists move to an area because it’s cheap. Galleries spring up, followed by cafés and bars. Then the developers come, and the corporations and the bankers. Soon the artists are priced out, and the very people who made the area desirable in the first place are forced elsewhere in the never-ending search for affordable studio space.

And this where Second Floor Studios and Arts comes in. Based down in Woolwich, where the battered old Royal Isis is moored, right on the river by the Thames Barrier, SFSA aims to provide affordable, high-spec studio space to artists and assorted creative types. But the thing that really sets the organisation apart is the commitment to long-term security that they offer their artists.

I’m here on a glorious April morning to have a look round, chat to some of the artists, and meet Matthew Wood, the Project Director, ahead of the Open Studios here in mid-May. The immediately striking thing is the scale of this enterprise. There’s already 140 artists here – including Rachael Dalzell, Daisy Delaney and Sarah Priddis as well as, entertainingly, a canoe-making firm and an indoor climbing wall – but, working in partnership with Emafyl Properties, SFSA is aiming to provide studio space for up to 300 artists. Combined with an education centre, state-of-the-art print studios and 3,000 square foot gallery space, this makes it one of the largest projects of its kind in all of Europe.  

We take a whistle-stop tour round the site – both the existing, and impressively light, studios, and the areas that are still to be finished off. Matthew is a whirlwind of information and enthusiasm – this is clearly a project he’s passionate about, and he needs to be. This is a massive undertaking, and one that needs somebody with an exceptional vision: not just in terms of converting old warehouses and constructing new buildings, but also in terms of understanding and commitment to long-term, affordable studio space for artists.

And he’s clearly doing something right. I chat at some length with contemporary artist Helen Pynor who, as well as taking part in the Open Studios, also has a solo show at GV Art in Marylebone opening this May. The exhibition demonstrates Helen’s consistent interest in the relationship between the biological and the social body, in terms of the histories of the hundreds and thousands of people who have drowned in the Thames over the years. I first encountered Helen’s work in Sydney, where Helen’s from, a couple of years back, and it’s a real treat to be able to visit her studio here. It’s a studio she clearly cherishes too: “it’s incredibly conducive to working, because the river’s right there. And in terms of what I’m doing at the moment around boats – I’m seeing boats all the time.”

There seems to be a sense of community here too, which must be a blessing – artists spend too much time on their own I often think. “There are the regulars who are here a lot,” Helen says. “We have lunch together or chat over tea, when you want a break from things. I really appreciate that.” And this sense of community is something that events like Open Studios can only help to foster. Not only does it bring the artist together in a joint enterprise, but it’s an amazing opportunity for visitors too. As Helen puts it: “You can meander round with conversation, in a way that doesn’t happen so much as in a gallery.” And she’s right – in half an hour or so, we discuss organ transplants, exchange rates, and nineteenth century shipbuilding techniques. “It’s less formal,” Helen explains. “Studios are much more relaxed, messier spaces, that provide an opportunity for people to see work that’s still in progress.”

The Open Studios here is going to be brilliant – it’ll bring new people to Woolwich, and maybe it’ll contribute in some small way to the regeneration of the area. But if it does happen then at least this time the artists will still have a permanent home – thanks to the vision of Second Floor Studios.

Open Studios is at Second Floor Studios and Arts from 12th to 15th May 2011.
Helen Pynor – Breath is at GV Art from 5th May to 2nd July 2011.

Image credits, left to right: 1 – SFSA; 2 – Liquid Ground 1, Helen Pynor ©2010. C-Type photographic print on glass 160x11cm. Edition of 5 +1AP. Courtesy the artist and GV Art – On exhibition at GV Art, 6 May – 2 July 2011

Spoonfed feature online here: http://www.spoonfed.co.uk/spooners/tom-699/affordable-secure-permanent-second-floor-studios-5100/