West End Studios, Medway’s oldest and longest running art space, will be celebrating 30 years of working together at an exhibition which runs from Tuesday 1 to Saturday 13 November at Creek Creative, Faversham.
The Studios, situated above the Health House health food shop in Chatham, were founded in 1986 as an artists’ co-operative with the belief that sharing a space would help members grow and deal with the difficulties of making art. The only member of the original 13 members John Robinson (aged 91) still has studio space there.
Over the years some of the region’s best known artists have emerged from this hotbed of creativity. The exhibition will show work by existing members but also from those who have passed through its doors over the last three decades, including Stephen Turner, Nicola Barker, Louise Nevett, Sarah Wright, potter Pam Dodds and the late Barbara Hancock.
The exhibition is varied in both medium and vision, with work from Ann Welch, famous for her icons, many of which grace the walls of Greek Orthodox Churches, Winifred Baker’s deep symbolic paintings and Louise Nevett’s works exploring memory and food. Also exhibiting are newer members Like A Magpie, Sharon Edwards and stencil artist and muralist Caz Miqui AKA 1 Stop.
‘West End Studios: Thirty Years On’ is at Creek Creative, 1 Abbey Street, Faversham ME13 7BE from Tuesday November 1 to Sunday 13 November 2016. Closed Mondays.
Private View: Thursday 3 November 2016, 6pm to 8pm. All welcome.
Top image: Estuary by Richard Curtis