Traditionally Open Studios has taken place every year with over 40 artists opening their doors and revealing their creative milieu and latest works. This year we have invited 25 artists to participate and create new work that responds to the site, the unique architectural environment of the studios, and the rich and intriguing ecology of Deptford Creek. These works will add to the visitors’ experience of Open Studios by activating the stairwells, corridors, and exterior yard with challenging, humorous and distinctive work. Films, subtle sounds, objects and performers will be found as visitors meander through the building. A.P.T artists will be there to talk about their work and downstairs in the gallery will be additional work by them in an exhibition ‘A Threshold’ selected and curated by four new graduate artist-members of A.P.T.
Chris Marshall has curated APT LIVE and explains his motivation: “Curating APT LIVE initially involved a tentative search for artists that I thought would be willing to take part in this new initiative and support A.P.T. This speculative approach was precipitated by the enthusiastic responses from the artists creating a momentum that has driven the venture forward resulting in a substantial programme of live events. Each artist has had the freedom to develop their own ideas and responses formulated from visits to A.P.T and subsequent conversations and dialogue. Independently they have produced responses and there seems to have been a natural process and evolution resulting in ideas that have a common focus on the environment of A.P.T. Much of the work is experimental with artists challenging themselves and taking risks, which as far as I am concerned is what the creative process is all about. What happens will be edgy, especially for me, but I have complete faith in the contributions of each artist.”
In addition to the APT LIVE artists selected by Chris Marshall and Nicola Rae we are pleased to welcome nine artists who are sharing a studio with an A.P.T artist. All will be in their studios over the weekend to talk about new work and discuss their practice.