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Artist Interview with Jo Matei

Artist Interview with Jo Matei

Jo Matei is in studio 282

Jo Matei is in studio 282

Jo Matei joined Wimbledon Art Studios in February this year and is looking forward to taking part in her first Wimbledon Art Fair this May. After quitting her full time job in health care, Jo has taken the leap to a more flexible work pattern so she can dedicate more time to her art. Let’s see how she’s getting on…

Hi Jo, welcome to Wimbledon Art Studios, how are you enjoying it so far?

I love the vast networking opportunities that the Studios provide. There’s a great social and community environment and would like to continue discovering more of the amazing artists of Wimbledon!

What are you most looking forward to about your first Wimbledon Art Fair?

Jo Matei

Jo Matei

I am excited to be able to show my paintings to people who are genuinely passioned about art and to share my experience with them.

Tell us about your work?

I’m a realist portrait painter. However, I am interested in discovering new ways of self-expression and am keen on abstract paintings. At the moment I am experimenting with colours and forms and will let this phase of exploration guide me further. At the moment, I am working on developing a few painting collections that are based on themes inspired by the fetish world, as well dealing with topics related to dreams and the morbid aspects of human existence.

What’s your background? How did you get into art?

Jo Matei

Jo Matei

My background is completely different from the art world, I graduated as a healthcare professional in 2013. During my first and only art class in 2016, I had the amazing opportunity to meet and be guided by a talented art teacher who unveiled the secrets of oil painting to me. Ever since I could not let go of the brush and canvas, becoming my main means of creation.

Thanks Jo, we look forward to seeing you in studio 282 at Wimbledon Art Fair from the 9-12 May.

VIDEO: Interview with Brad Kenny

Video: Artist Interview with Brad Kenny

With just one month to go until Wimbledon Art Fair, we’ve been up with portrait painter Brad Kenny on his influences, how he came to be at Wimbledon Art Studios and the fantastic community we have here.

Visit Brad in studio 267 at Wimbledon Art Fair from the 9-12 May 2019.

Your Guide to the November 2018 Wimbledon Art Fair

Your guide to the award-winning
Wimbledon Art Fair

This locally renowned 4-day event is an exclusive opportunity to see behind-the-scenes of the artist’s studios and buy affordable contemporary art, crafts and gifts directly from over 150 of the most talented artists and makers in London.

Here’s a quick guide to everything you need to know to ensure a great visit to Wimbledon Art Fair.

When is the Art Fair open?
Thursday 15th & Friday 16th: 2pm - 10pm
Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th: 11am - 6pm

Do I need a ticket?
There's no need to book your FREE ticket to the Wimbledon Art Fair, but if you do you could win £200 to spend at the show! Entries close at midnight on Tuesday 13 November and the winner will be announced via our Facebook page on Wednesday 14 November - enter here

Maeve Doyle Opens Wimbledon Art Fair

Maeve Doyle Opens Wimbledon Art Fair

Can I come to the Official Launch Night?
Yes, you can. We're delighted to announce that BBC Arts Correspondent, Gallerist and Industry Expert, Maeve Doyle, will be here to officially open our 44th show on Thursday 15 November from 6.30pm - 10pm. There will be complimentary bar and live music from The Spenders too. We do have limited spaces available, so please make sure you RSVP here by 13 November to avoid disappointment.

Live performance from Heidi Petite

Live performance from Heidi Petite

Are there any other events?
Head to Wimbledon Art Fair on Friday 16 November for our Late View Night. From 6pm-10pm, enjoy complimentary drinks, whilst listening to a live performance from Heidi Petite and viewing affordable contemporary art.

Which artists will be exhibiting at the Art Fair?
We have 150 of London's most exciting contemporary artists, exhibiting in the May 2018 Wimbledon Art Fair. Plan your visit and discover the artists here.

How do I get there?
The Art Fair takes place at Wimbledon Art Studios, SW17 0BB
By car: We have limited parking available, please use public transport where possible. 
By rail: Our nearest stations are Tooting Broadway (Northern Line) and Earlsfield (National Rail)
By bus: The 44/77/270 run along Garrett Lane, between Tooting Broadway and Earlsfield Stations. 
The 493 can be taken from Wimbledon Railway Station, along Plough Lane. Alight at the Wimbledon Stadium Stop.

Will there be anything for the children to do?
Yes, plenty! Our sponsors Jackson-Stops will have kids’ activities on Saturday and Sunday, plus our artists are holding a variety of workshops and demonstrations for the whole family.

Are there any other activities?
From pottery demonstrations to Abstract Art talks, there's plenty to see and do.

How long should I spend at Wimbledon Art Fair?
As long as you wish! We recommend that it takes 4 hours to explore the whole of the Art Fair (don't worry, that includes a tea break too!). Don't have much time? Take a look at the exhibiting artists, circle your favourites and visit them. A member of staff can point you in the right direction, if you need a hand.

Is there food and drink available at the Art Fair?
Yes, we have Home Community Cafe providing culinary delights over the weekend and Cafe 2 U providing a selection of hot drinks. You can also enjoy a glass of Prosecco, beer from By The Horns Brewery or seasonal mulled wine too.

I'm in a wheelchair, will I be able to see the studios?
Yes, of course. There is wheelchair-friendly access to 7 out of the 8 floors, so there's plenty to see. Accessible toilets and blue badge parking bays will also be available. 

Can I pay by card at the Art Fair?
Yes, we can accept all major cards in the payment office and at the bar.

How can I support the Art Fair?
As a not-for-profit organisation, we are very grateful for any support we receive. There will be a number of donation stations across the 8 floors. Recommended donation is £4, which will go a long way to helping fund the show and supporting our artists. 

When is the next Art Fair?
The next Wimbledon Art Fair is the 9 - 12 May 2019. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with all our news until then. 

If you have any questions, you can get in touch on 0208 947 1183 or enquiries@wimbledonartstudios.co.uk

We look forward to seeing you at the show

Artist Interview with Perla Mignanelli

Perla Mignanelli is an Italian painter, who recently joined Wimbledon Art Studios. Inspired by gothic art, women and her surroundings, we’re keen to find out more about Perla and her practice.

Hi Perla, so what do you enjoy about being an artist here at Wimbledon Art Studios?

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The creative environment - there are so many various and talented artists sharing knowledge and skills, spending time together and help each other out. You’re surrounded by people who believe in what they do.

Tell us about your work, what are you known for?

I mainly do painting and mixed media on canvas, mostly portraits.

What should we expect to see at the upcoming Wimbledon Art Fair?

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Inspired by Frida Kahlo and Mexican Art, my latest collection of paintings is part of what I call decorative art. I’m experimenting with displaying canvases layered on top of each other at different angles.

Where else can we see your work?

I have an exhibition at The Brick Lane Gallery from the 9 - 21 October 2018.

Thanks Perla, we look forward to visiting you in studio 282 at Wimbledon Art Fair, from the 15 - 18 November 2018.

Artist Interview with Zoe Anker

From painting to ceramics, photography to printmaking and everything in between, Wimbledon Art Fair offers the opportunity to explore the working studios of London’s most exciting contemporary artists and makers, and buy art directly from the person who made it.

With just two months to go, we’ve been chatting to printmaker Zoe Anker

Hi Zoe, so it’s safe to say you love bright colours - is that your inspiration?

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Yes, it is! I love colour, I love to travel and I love graffiti.

So how would you describe your practice?

I am a printmaker, specialising in screen printing. I am known for my vivid colours and my use of geometric shapes.

What can we expect to see at this November’s Wimbledon Art Fair?

My body of work for the next show will see a continuation of juxtaposition of colour and shape. I’ve also been working on some larger scale pieces which I will be including too.

Have you got any other exhibitions coming up?

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Yes, I am exhibiting at Gallery@OXO at the end of September, as part of the annual A Letter in Mind charity fundraiser. Each artist donates a piece of work on an envelope, which will be sold for £85 each. All money is raised for The National Brain Appeal, which funds to advance treatment and research at The National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery and the Institute of Neurology, so it’s a lovely event to be part of.

And finally, what do you enjoy about being at Wimbledon Art Studios?

Having been in and around Wimbledon Art Studios for a few years now, I mainly enjoy the social and community environment. It’s great to be surrounded by such a diverse array of amazing artists… I love being here!

Thanks Zoe, we look forward to seeing you in studio 103 at Wimbledon Art Fair, from the 15 - 18 November 2018.

Your Guide to the May 2018 Wimbledon Art Fair

Your Guide to the May 2018 Wimbledon Art Fair

Wimbledon Art Fair returns from the 10 - 13 May 2018 

This locally renowned 4-day event is an exclusive opportunity to see behind-the-scenes of the artist’s studios and buy affordable contemporary art, crafts and gifts directly from over 150 of the most talented artists and makers in London.

FAQs:

When is the Art Fair open?
Thursday 10th & Frday 11th: 2pm - 10pm
Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th: 11am - 6pm

Do I need a ticket?
There's no need to book your FREE ticket to the Wimbledon Art Fair, but if you do you could win £200 to spend at the show! Entries close at midnight on Tuesday 8 May and the winner will be announced via our Facebook page on Wednesday 9 May - enter here

Can I come to the Official Launch Night?
Yes, you can. We're delighted that Kate Bryan, Sky Arts judge and Soho House Head of Collections, will be here to officially open Wimbledon Art Fair on Thursday 10 May from 6.30pm - 10pm. There will be complimentary bar and live music too. We do have limited spaces available, so please make sure you RSVP here by 5.5.18 to avoid disappointment. 

Which artists will be exhibiting at the Art Fair?
We have 150 of London's most exciting contemporary artists, exhibiting in the May 2018 Wimbledon Art Fair. View the full catalogue here

How do I get there?
The Art Fair takes place at Wimbledon Art Studios, SW17 0BB
By car: We have limited parking available, please use public transport where possible. 
By rail: Our nearest stations are Tooting Broadway (Northern Line) and Earlsfield (National Rail)
By bus: The 44/77/270 run along Garrett Lane, between Tooting Broadway and Earlsfield Stations. 
The 493 can be taken from Wimbledon Railway Station, along Plough Lane. Alight at the Wimbledon Stadium Stop.

Will there be anything for the children to do?
There certainly is! Award-winning sugar artist Jacqui Kelly will be teaching Chocolate Honey Bear workshops on Sunday, plus there's a decoupage station, face painting, screen printing & more.

Are there any other activities?
From pottery demonstrations to Abstract Art talks, there's plenty to see and do.

How long should I spend at Wimbledon Art Fair?
As long as you wish! We recommend that it takes 4 hours to explore the whole of the Art Fair (don't worry, that includes a tea break too!). Don't have much time? Take a look at the exhibiting artists, circle your favourites and visit them. A member of staff can point you in the right direction, if you need a hand.

Is there food and drink available at the Art Fair?
Yes, we have Little Reds Pizza and Mood Food Cafe providing culinary delights over the weekend and Cafe 2 U providing a selection of hot drinks. You can also enjoy a glass of Prosecco, beer or seasonal Pimms too.
Making a day of it? Pop into Ben's Canteen for a delicious brunch or hearty burger before or after the show. 

I'm in a wheelchair, will I be able to see the studios?
Yes, of course. There is wheelchair-friendly access to 7 out of the 8 floors, so there's plenty to see. Accessible toilets and blue badge parking bays will also be available. 

Can I pay by card at the Art Fair?
Yes, we can accept all major cards in the payment office and at the bar.

How can I support the Art Fair?
As a not-for-profit organisation, we are very grateful for any support we receive. There will be a number of donation stations across the 8 floors. Recommended donation is £4, which will go a long way to helping fund the show and supporting our artists. 

When is the next Art Fair?
The next Wimbledon Art Fair is the 15 - 18 November 2018. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with all our news until then. 

If you have any questions, you can get in touch on 0208 947 1183 or enquiries@wimbledonartstudios.co.uk

We look forward to seeing you at the show

Your Guide to the Wimbledon Art Fair

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The newly named Wimbledon Art Fair launches in a weeks time and this November, it's going to be bigger and better than ever. 

Over 150 artists open their studio doors for four days, welcoming you to browse, discover and buy directly from them. Immerse yourself in our creative community and explore a collection of unique artworks and gifts. 

Highlights of the weekend include:

THURSDAY 16 NOVEMBER at 6.30pm
OFFICIAL LAUNCH NIGHT

Keith Brymer Jones, ceramicist and judge on BB2's The Great Pottery Throw Down, is here to launch the 25th Wimbledon Art Fair. Plus there's a free bar and live music... one not to be missed! RSVP here by 12.11.17.

FRIDAY 17 NOVEMBER at 7pm
ART AUCTION IN AID OF ST GEORGE'S HOSPITAL CHARITY

Join us as we auction a unique collection of original contemporary artworks, donated by our established and emerging artists.

The money raised from this auction will help the Arts Team at St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to continue to expand their art collection, as well as supporting their innovative arts programmes that enhances the well-being of the 3.5 million patients who visit the Trust each year.

FAQs:

When is the Art Fair open?
Thurs 16 & Fri 17 Nov: 2pm - 10pm
Sat 18 & Sun 19 Nov: 11am - 6pm

Do I need a ticket?
There's no need to book your FREE ticket to the Wimbledon Art Fair, but if you do you could win £200 to spend at the show! Entries close at midnight on Tuesday 14 Nov - enter here

Which artists will be exhibiting at the Art Fair?
We have over 150 artists taking part in the 25th anniversary show, this November. You can view the full catalogue here

How do I get there?
The Art Fair takes place at Wimbledon Art Studios, SW17 0BB
By car: We have limited parking available, please use public transport where possible. 
By rail: Our nearest stations are Tooting Broadway (Northern Line) and Earlsfield (National Rail)
By bus: The 44/77/270 run along Garrett Lane, between Tooting Broadway and Earlsfield Stations. 
The 493 can be taken from Wimbledon Railway Station, along Plough Lane. Alight at the Wimbledon Stadium Stop.

Will there be anything for the children to do?
There certainly is! Art-K will be in studio 221, with lots of activities for the kids. Plus there will be workshops with Jacqui Kelly of Totally Sugar, screen printing with Jane Bain and many more. Pick up your activities programme from the reception desk when you arrive.

Are there any other activities?
From pottery demonstrations to Abstract Art talks, there's plenty to see and do.

Is there food and drink available at the Art Fair?
Yes, we have Mood Food Cafe providing culinary delights over the weekend and Cafe 2 U providing a selection of hot drinks. You can also enjoy a glass of Prosecco, beer or festive mulled wine at the bar.
Making a day of it? Pop into Ben's Canteen for a delicious brunch or hearty burger before or after the show. 

I'm in a wheelchair, will I be able to see the studios?
Yes, of course. There is wheelchair-friendly access to 7 out of the 8 floors, so there's plenty to see. Accessible toilets and blue badge parking bays will also be available. 

Can I pay by card at the Art Fair?
Yes, we can accept all major cards in the payment office and at the bar.

How can I support the Art Fair?
As a not-for-profit organisation, we are very grateful for any support we receive. There will be a number of donation stations across the 8 floors. Recommended donation is £4, which will go a long way to helping fund the show and supporting our artists. 

When is the next Art Fair?
The next Wimbledon Art Fair is the 10 - 13 May 2018. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with all our news until then. 

If you have any questions, you can get in touch on 0208 947 1883 or enquiries@wimbledonartstudios.co.uk

We look forward to seeing you at the show

Artist Interview with Ariadna Dane

Having launched her artistic career at the May Open Studios, we were keen to catch up with Ariadna Dane to see what she's been up to since the last show. 

Hi Ariadna, how have you settled in to life at Wimbledon Art Studios?
Very well, thank you. I love the atmosphere of creativity, friendliness and support for each other that we have in the studios. During my first week here, I spend a lot of time just knocking at studio’s doors, trying to get to know as many people as I could. I received such a warm welcome from the residents - this made me feel instantly at home. 

We're glad to hear it! The May Open Studios marked the start of your artistic career, how do you think it went? 
It was so exciting to show my work for the first time. Although I have been interested and involved in art throughout my life, my background is in finance, which is a completely different world. The May Open Studios exhibition, went better than I expected. It was very encouraging to make my first sales, have some meaningful feedback from the visitors and gain a representation from a well-known art consultancy.

So what can we expect from you at the next show?
Having spent the beginning of this year experimenting and researching, I have now created two bodies of work: Organic Wreaths and Basal Elements, which I will exhibit at the November show. Both feature ink on paper and cutouts. The former is a colourful work while the latter is monochrome.

The creative process is very “alive” thanks to the mediums and techniques I use and the resulting work also continuously changes: the cutouts create distinctive shadows, as the lighting changes throughout the day. I love it that there is life to my work, especially since I am inspired by all things natural. 

I continue experimenting, as I want my work to constantly evolve and change, so be prepared for some exiting new results. 

To find out more about Ariadna's work visit ariadnadane.com or find her in studio 414 at the Wimbledon Art Fair from the 16th - 19th November 2017.