Pocket Number-18: Arches Studios, Captain’s Place

38033452_10100631638915217_5689867253768519680_nArches 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 37977220_10100631638875297_7807182596214882304_n38147568_10100631638880287_4760044917659533312_nopen 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  

38160637_10100631638785477_5615336922504232960_nWhen she returned, Nicola gave me the liberty to put on the montage anything interesting that I found 38217177_10100631638805437_201839612958605312_naround 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.

Pocket Number 19: Susan at City Eye >>


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