Crystal Palace Artists’ Open House launches this weekend

The inaugural Crystal Palace Artists’ Open House is launching this weekend (April 26) and will give visitors access to more than 80 artists in their studios for the first time.

Covering the full spectrum of media – from painting, watercolour, sculpture, design, crafts, and photography – the event will celebrate the local creative community and put SE19 back on the map as a cultural destination for artists, collectors, Londoners and tourists alike.

Anna Jacobs, founder of The Crystal Palace’s Open House, and exhibiting artist, said: “Open House is a passionate free initiative that will give an amazing platform to the Crystal Palace artists. It will also offer visitors an exploration of hidden venues and off-the-beaten track studios.

I’m thrilled to announce that 80 artists and artisans have already signed up. It will reveal Crystal Palace as an undiscovered creative gem.”

Nicolas Smirnoff, head of events and marketing at Pace Gallery and Trustee of Art Night, said: “Drawing inspiration from luminaries such as painters Camille Pissarro and William White Warren who both visited the area in their lifetime and depicted local scenes and landscapes, this event will honour contemporary artists and activate exceptional sites.”

In the past, legendary concerts by the likes of Pink Floyd, Lou Reed, and Bob Marley were staged in Crystal Palace Park. Today the area features the world’s oldest dinosaur sculpture park designed by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins and hosts the International Film Festival, the Crystal Palace Festival and for the first time this year the Southport Weekender Festival.

Highlights will include access to artists such as conceptual painter David Dipré, organic and nature-inspired ceramicist Nadine Bell and extraordinary vintage pop photographer and artist Nicholas Slim. Others include world-renowned street artist Mr Cenz and award-winning former artist in residence at Kew Gardens Jo Self, who was nominated as “Artist to watch in 2019”.

Free of charge, visitors will have the opportunity to wander through Victorian houses and courtyard ateliers, discovering the eclectic range of work from emerging and established award-winning professional artists.

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