From 30 September to 2 October the artists of St Patrick’s Studios, took over the Hurtado Centre for the inaugural Wapping Open Studios. Enabled by our gracious hosts, my fellow artists and I transformed the canteen into a gallery space, adorning the temporary walls (shout out to Bernard’s marvellous carpentry skills) with our paintings, prints and drawings.
St Patrick’s is a community of artists based in the old school building in St Patrick’s RC parish, Wapping. We are textile artists, printmakers, icon painters and everything in between, but despite our different disciplines and backgrounds the exhibition celebrated our common ground and brought us together as a group.
Participating in Wapping Open Studios allowed us to bring our work and sensibilities out from the cloistered creative hub of the studio attached to the St Patrick’s presbytery and join a conversation with a wider reach within the local area and beyond.
Continuing on from the success of the open studios exhibition, selected works have been transferred to Husk Coffee and Creative space in Limehouse.
Blog written by Niki Gardham, one of the Wapping artists