Exhibiting at the Dulwich Festival - Artist Open House in East Dulwich 2014


Today I finalized my exhibition at a gourmet pub and restaurant on East Dulwich’s High street in London – the Palmerston. The guys there have been exhibiting local artists on their walls for about 10 years – doing a great service to the community and the artists whose work they are showing. I’ve decided to display a variety of works – all original pieces – I decided that the place could handle originals rather than limited edition prints.

 

I’ve also decided to mix my two styles – the colourful contemporary larger-scale artwork with the modern vintage hand-made stencils which have a much more vintage vibe. The space is big enough (two rooms, I had to go back today to add some more artworks) to handle a mix of works. And really what I would most love from exhibiting at the Palmerston (in addition to some sales of course ?) is feedback on what people respond to and what they like and why. Don’t get me wrong, I love art and I have very specific ideas about what I think looks good and what I want to create. But at the end of the day I want to make things that people want to own and look at on their walls. And buy. Without customers who like my art enough to purchase it to beautify their surroundings, my art is just a hobby. Not a business.

The great thing about Dulwich in May is the annual Dulwich Festival gets bigger and bigger every year. It includes all sorts of events over a two week period including music and literature. And in recent years, Artist Open Houses where artists open their own homes (or work with local venues such as I'm doing to exhibit their work. It’s a fantastic opportunity to showcase the creative talent of South London. As part of the open house, the Dulwich Festival creates really useful brochures with maps that are user friendly and help you see and plan your art walk.

I’m a relatively new resident to this part of London having moved here about a year and a half. I’m still learning the geography and layout of Southeast London. Last year, my husband and I randomly came across some of the Artist Open House brochures in a local coffee shop and decided to have a bit of a wander. It was a great experience to see such a variety of art and explore some places that I hadn’t seen before. And I couldn’t be more excited to be exhibiting my art as part of this festival this year. Luckily, the Palmerston will have my work for longer than just the festival period. Already I’ve had some feedback via the lovely staff at the Palmerston that their customers have noticed the new artwork and complemented the colours. There is something about spring that makes everybody crave colour. Hopefully that will result in some more good feedback and some sales.

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