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 whose card I grabbed, 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. Nicola said she met Susan when sending her children to attend film school at City Eye.