Arches Studios is situated beneath Southampton’s Central Bridge in Grade II listed Victorian arches which once housed a cattle market. The arches are now redeveloped to give studio space to local artists, potters, sculptors, printmakers, illustrators, craftsmen and filmmakers.
I visited on Sunday afternoon at the tail end of the annual Open Studios weekend, when residents open their studios to the curious. Although I had arrived too late to observe the tug-of-war between artists and curators (artists won), a meditation class was still happening in a marquee, Malaysian street food and craft beer were still being served and there was a glow-in-the-dark drawing wall available for creative output in neon.
I roamed the studios and have listed below in alphabetical order (of their first names), some of the residents I was able to grab a card for, along with where you can find them online:
Asten: www.astenholmeselliott.com | Beverley: www.beverleydaniels.co.uk |Chris: www.cudlipsculpture.com | Emily: etsy.com/uk/shop/SeeEmilyClay | Jaimé: jaimakessculpture.wixsite.com/arts | Jodie: www.jodiewalters.org | Joss: www.josslopez.com | Kristine: erminasa.tumblr.com |Lizzie: www.lizzjonesart.co.uk | Nathan: www.n-evans.com | Pauline: www.paulinepratt.com | Peter: https://twitter.com/PeterAMcginnis | Stewart: www.stewartbeckett.com .
On arrival, I immediately found Nicola. She was about to leave for a food-shop but assured me that she’d be back later. I then found her studio space at the back of arch 10. Her artistic practice concerns communication and technology and systems and you can visit her work online, here: www.nicola-anderson.tumblr.com
When she returned, Nicola gave me the liberty to put on the montage anything interesting that I found around the area, so I collected grass and groundsel and an assortment of flora colonizing pavement cracks and wall fissures.
I also found a discarded lock shackle
Nicola then sent me to say hello to Susan at City Eye.
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