AboutLive music open event: Saturday 1st June 11am - 3pm
End of show viewing: Tuesday 6th June 2013 6pm - 9pm
Now in its second year, the Chelsea Fringe sees the gardens, community spaces, galleries, artist studios and local businesses of the area open their doors to the public and delight them with a huge variety of horticulture-based events.
The exhibition will begin before one has even entered the building with Innovation Imperative's Tetra Shed; âa unique garden office' which allows its users to be both surrounded by nature and yet separate from it. The path then continues into the courtyard of the studios, which will have been transformed for the summer by Danny Wootton, Art and design manager and Mark Lutyens, Landscape designer.
The courtyard will also be home to the work of the renowned milliner, Pip Hackett whose sculptural hats were also a part of the Cultural Olympiad in the summer of 2012. Joining her in this space will be Margarita Trushina whose current installations use complex lighting technologies and deal with the conflicts of indoor and outdoor space. Lastly, the courtyard will hold a number of sculptures by internationally acclaimed sculptor, Emily Young who has drawn comparisons to that of Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth.
From this point visitors will also be able to explore the studios and works of two artists. Catherine Parkinson works with mosaic, a medium that is one of the few that functions both in interiors and out of doors and Felicity Powell whose artistic process uses wax to create images on the reverse of mirrors.
The trail then leads us to the atrium of Great Western Studios where visitors will be greeted by the work of Raya Jallad Sadi whose sculptures of animals fuse the versatile mediums of mosaic and sculpture.
The path finishes in the institutions own gallery space where a selection of artists deal with the theme of nature in different ways. Julie Goldsmith merges the worlds of the natural and the imagination in her mixed media mythical creations. Sophie Molins works closely with all things ecological and has created a series of photographs in which trees are depicted with such character that they are reminiscent of portraits. Richelle Rich's mixed media works look at the human side of nature, particularly Mother Nature and the maternal. Traditionally a painter James Bigham has moved away from this medium and created a series of works in which he has focused on the importance of journeys and travel by mapping the routes he has taken. Wendy Bain is a colourist who has produced a series of works which focus on the brilliance of nature by using vivid colour and gold and silver leaf.
Assisting with the exhibition, Hatty Davidson a freelance curator and arts writer.
This is the first year in which Great Western Studios has taken part in the event and its diverse studio holders, which include sculptors, architects, landscape designers, photographers and painters who lend themselves perfectly to the assorted event. Cluster of 104 studios, covering 8 creative sectors and 36 disciplines.
Studio designed as a great range of public & privates spaces
Great Western was built in 2009 on the plan of an old paint factory. Its public and private spaces were designed to replicate the ranges of scales and textures found in the city.
We have the intimate domestic scale of the café garden courtyard, the entrance courtyard under the urban intersection of the Westway, the stunning, modern 45m long 12m high atrium, the industrial Canal courtyard under the Westway and finally the Grand Union canal fronting the studios with its ironic ârural estate fencing' enclosed lawn a very public, part landscape & part post industrial canal wharf setting.