Dulwich Festival Artists’ Open House 2017 – Meet the artists

The Dulwich Festival’s Artists’ Open House is a great opportunity for the public to see the huge array of artistic talent from over 250 artists living and working in South London.

Taking place across the two weekends of the Dulwich Festival, 13-14 and 20-21 May, at over 180 venues across Dulwich and its surrounding areas the artists will welcome local residents into their homes and studios for a unique opportunity to see their work in an intimate settingRepresenting a huge range of styles and disciplines we spoke to some of them to ask what they enjoy about being part of the Artists’ Open House.

Charlene Mullen is a homewares designer specialising in textiles and embroidery. After a career in the fashion industry, she set up her own studio designing luxury homewares. She opened up a shop and studio in Shoreditch in 2013. She has won international acclaim having work shown in London, Paris, Milan and New York, as well as being featured in leading interior design publications worldwide.

Charlene said, “It’s so great to meet local people and open your house up. You put it all out there and you have such a range of people come. I get lots of things out that I might not have in my shop as you never know what people are going to be interested in.”

Emily Jo Gibbs is a textile artist, who has established an international reputation for highly detailed embroidered portraits and still lifes. Emily was previously the Creative Director of Emily Jo Gibbs, luxury handbags and her work is in several museum collections including the V&A.

“I’ve been involved in the Artists’ Open House for 6 years. When I first took part with my then-new portraits and still lifes, a few people who I’d never met before gave me such lovely generous feedback it gave me real confidence that I was headed in the right direction with my art.”

Lucy du Sautoy graduated from The Art Academy in 2015 and has had her work on show at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

“I first did Artists’ Open House in 2012 and it was the first time I had ever shown my work to anyone outside college. I was terrified but I was amazed and delighted at the positive feedback I received. Showing your art is incredibly nerve racking and exposures the core of you as an artist on a very personal level. But I would encourage anyone who enjoys making art to show their work. After all, all art is made to be seen – and sharing what you love with others who might appreciate and get benefit from it themselves is a very special thing indeed.”

The Artists’ Open House takes place over the weekends of 13-14 May and 22-23 May across the following postcodes: SE15, SE21, SE22, SE23, SE24, SE26, SE27 and SE5. For more details visit: http://dulwichfestival.co.uk/artists-open-house/