This year’s Dulwich Festival Artists’ Open House – running over the consecutive weekends of 13-14 May and 20-21 May – will see over 250 south east London-based artists open their homes and studios. But where to start? We’ve undertaken the very tricky task of picking out 10 must-see artists…
1 Jo Lewis
Artist Jo Lewis works primarily with paper and watercolour and uses the ebb and flow of the Thames as inspiration. Drawn to shorelines, the places where water and land collide, her work has evolved from a life-long love of being in the landscape. 13-14 May and 20-21 May.
6 Woodsyre Sydenham Hill SE26 6SS; jolewisart.co.uk
2 Lucy du Sautoy
Lucy du Sautoy is an artist living and working in south east London. She graduated from The Art Academy in 2015 with a First Class Diploma and the same year she had her painting ‘Daydreaming’ on show at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. 13-14 May.
9 Stradella Road SE24 9HN; dulwichfestival.co.uk
3 Charlene Mullen
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 in 2008. Since then 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. 13-14 May.
29 The Hamlets SE5 8AW; charlenemullen.com
4 Emily Jo Gibbs
Emily Jo Gibbs is a textile artist, who has established an international reputation for highly detailed and exquisite portraits and still lifes. Her work has received critical acclaim, and is in several museum collections including the V&A. 13-14 May and 20-21 May.
6 Tarleton Gardens SE23 3XN; emilyjogibbs.co.uk
5 Lucy Bainbridge
Since graduating from an MA in Print at Camberwell College of Arts, Lucy Bainbridge has become an established printmaker making atmospheric cityscapes. 13-14 May and 20-21 May.
Bainbridge Studios, 1 Sydenham Place (off Lansdowne Hill SE27 0AR); lucybainbridge.com
6 Sarah Hamilton
Sarah Hamilton makes prints, homewares and cards in gorgeous contemporary colours. Join Sarah and friends for tea, cake and art in an unusual mid-century house with stunning views over Dulwich Wood towards the city beyond. 13-14 May.
49 Peckarmans Wood SE26 6RZ; sarahhamiltonprints.com
7 Cass Kirchner
Cass is a collector of found objects and detritus from the past, using these found objects she juxtaposes them into small fronted boxes. A story then unfolds, creating an atmosphere and memories of a life long gone. 13-14 May and 20-21 May.
37 Towton Road SE27 9EE; dulwichfestival.co.uk
8 Rowena Brown
Rowena’s award winning and collectable sculptures explore themes of self, isolation and community. Multi-layered surfaces allude to environmental damage and abandonment, yet they exhibit a stillness and solitude, prompting reminiscence and contemplation. 13-14 May and 20-21 May.
32 Poplar Walk SE24 0BU; rowenabrown.co.uk
9 Caroline Thomson
Memory’s ability to blur and distort a sense of place and time form the basis of Caroline Thomson’s paintings. She is influenced by, among others, Caspar David Friedrich and Peter Doig. 13-14 May and 20-21 May.
Garden Studio, 88 Copleston Road SE15 4AG; carolinethomson.com
10 Mia Cavaliero
For the last few years Mia has been creating a series of work based on her fascination with the geometry, colour and light of the quarries, peaks and copses in the Derbyshire Peak District. 13-14 May and 20-21 May.
210 Upland Road SE22 0DH; mia-cavaliero.squarespace.com