June marks the 30th anniversary
of one of the first open studio schemes in London. In 1973, the
artist Mary Fedden and her late husband Julian Trevelyan invited
visitors to see their work in the space where it was created.
The incentive was a grant of £5 for tea and biscuits!
Since then, more and more artists
have joined the scheme, the area has expanded and the reputation
grown. Artists at Home, or AAH as it is known, now includes over
40 artists and craftspeople living and working in parts of Hammersmith,
Chiswick and Shepherds Bush. There are painters, print-makers,
ceramicists, sculptors, textile workers, photographers and papier
mache artists. All the work is for sale at studio prices, ranging
from a few pounds to several hundred, but visitors are also welcome
to just browse.
The group is run by the artists
themselves, with support from local industry. This year, the estate
agents Fletcher Estates are Principal Sponsors. Derek Fletcher
says: "Historically, this area owes a lot to artists and
we are happy to be associated with AAH and to help ensure the
continuation of this local tradition."
Mary Fedden no longer opens her
studio but, to mark AAH's 30th anniversary, has written the foreword
to the guide. It also contains a map, a complete list of studios
open and an illustration of each artists' work.