Keeping It Local:

Some businesses and even some private homes have already been decked with fairy lights, trees and tinsel, but next weekend, the first in December marks the kick-off for festive fun and retail.

If, like me, your idea of hell is a crowded shopping centre or overheated department store there are artists’ studios in both Camberwell, SE5, and Walworth, SE17, open next weekend. And I’m sorry to tell you you’ve missed it, but today there was a sale of locally produced honey at Lettsom Gardens with the best lucky dip ever – everyone was a winner.

Back to next weekend. On Saturday I’m leading a guided walk around Walworth, my home patch.

The walk begins outside Kennington tube at 10.45, and ends outside opposite the Open Studios outside a café where dogs are welcome. It costs just £10pp and there’s no need to book in advance. Continue reading

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The Walworth Walk

I’ll be leading the Walworth Old and New walk Saturday 3rd December, meeting outside Kennington tube station at 10.45am.

From the Saxons to the present day, Walworth has had many incarnations.



Famous as the birthplace of Charlie Chaplin, Walworth has belonged to a court jester, temporarily housed St Thomas’ Hospital, seen the first giraffes in a public collection in the United Kingdom, been the force behind achieving age related pensions, and has been mentioned in literature from Charles Dickens to Muriel Spark. Continue reading

Walworth Walk, Weather and Open Studios

On Saturday I am leading my bi-annual walk around Walworth, finishing at the Artists Open Studios at Pullens’ Yards.

Walworth Walk

Walworth Walk

Just in case you can’t read the details on the picture, The walk starts outside Kennington tube station at 10.45am, and costs £10, or £8 for over 65s and full-time card-carrying students.

I’ll have some leaflets about the Open Studios with me too. There’s lots going on.

Open Studios June 2016

Open Studios June 2016

The week’s weather forecast shows an up and down graph; some sunny basking days; some summer storms; some cloud; humidity.

Today we’ve had all of the above already, and it’s not yet three in the afternoon. Continue reading

Open Studios

Clements Yard

Last night was the preview of the Open Studios. I went by to see old friends and leave flyers for some of my walks.

Starting in Iliffe Yard, I was confused to find Kate Scott’s studio being used by other people. I had been hoping to get some more plates and mugs, and maybe replace the bowl I broke last year.

Being an artist is a fairly precarious existence, and for a ghastly few moments, I thought Kate had packed up her kiln and sought other employment.

Fortunately Barbara Wakefield, whose studio is also in Iliffe Yard, was able to enlighten me. Kate has been commissioned by Conran, so she is a bit busy this summer. Barbara, who has a show in Mayfair coming up in September, makes heart-breakingly delicate ceramics. I rummaged in her bargain box, bought a plate, and resisted these darling little hearts, just £5 each.

Heart, Barbara Wakefield

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It’s the Weekend and I’m Walking the Elephant

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“To the Elephant.”

Twelfth Night, III,3,1540, William Shakespeare

Naturally the most exciting event this weekend is my guided walk around the Elephant and Castle on Sunday morning. Just in case you’ve missed my previous post, the walk starts at 10.45 from outside the Bakerloo Line tube Station on London Road. It costs just £9, or £7 if you are a full time student or over 65.

Finishing at lunchtime, you can then mosey down the road to the Electric Elephant cafe for a spot of lunch then visit the Open Studios at Pullen’s Yards.

A perfect Sunday!