Local artists open their homes and arts

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Madeleine Marsh, an artist who creates original jewellery from ceramics she finds on the foreshore of the river Thames

A major pop up exhibition of work from local artists is set to turn Hammersmith and Shepherds Bush into a creative hub this month.

More than 70 artists are opening their homes and studios as part of a free event showcasing work including paintings, sculpture, photos, ceramics, printmaking, textiles and jewellery.

The Artists at Home event takes place from 16-18 June. First held more than 40 years ago with just a few artists, the event has grown in size to include dozens of professional painters, sculptors, printers and photographers.

At each of the 57 open studios and homes taking part, artists are on hand to share their experiences of how they create their original artworks.

Jill Revie, one of the organisers of the event, said: “It is a real novelty to be able to see not only such a wide range of different types of art and craft but also to meet and talk to the artist and see where they work.

“This year more than ever, we feel people will enjoy a little escapism to discover wonderful art on their doorsteps.”

For the artists taking part, it’s a unique and lively way to meet art fans and share a love of the creative industries.

Madeleine Marsh, an artist who creates original jewellery from ceramics she finds on the foreshore of the river Thames, is exhibiting her work in Iffley Road, Hammersmith, along with painter Keith Davidson.

“The nice thing about Artists at Home is that you always meet someone that interests you, or find something that surprises you,” she explained.

“I have always lived in walking distance of the Thames and for me it’s the hidden heart of London.”

The exhibition launches on Friday 16 June from 6-9pm, then runs on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 June from 11am to 6pm.

For more information and to find a map of the sites (which also includes artists in Chiswick) visit: www.artistsathome.net.

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