Arches Studios is situated beneath Southampton’s Central Bridge in Grade II listed Victorian arches which once housed a cattle market. Today, they have been redeveloped to give studio space to Southampton artists, potters, sculptors, printmakers, illustrators, craftsmen and filmmakers.
I visited on a Sunday afternoon during the annual Open Studios weekend when residents opened their studios to the public. Unfortunately, I had arrived too late to see a tug-of-war between artists and curators (artists won) but a meditation class was still happening in a marquee, Malaysian street food and craft beer were being served and there was a glow-in-the-dark drawing wall.
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 found Nicola, and then found her studio space at the back of arch 10. Her artistic practice concerns communication and technology and systems. You can visit her work online, here: www.nicola-anderson.tumblr.com
Nicola told me to put on the montage anything I found around the area so I collected 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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