Havelock Walk Studio winter festival certainly had a lot of things you wanted to have! Have, hold, touch, look at but certainly not lock up…I felt very privileged to peruse priceless pieces of passion, as local artists opened their studios to passers by in pursuit of a hand made Christmas gift.
I’ve often wondered what was behind the closed studios doors of this wonderful little street in Forest Hill. Turns out its a whole treasure of artists…. making, creating, braking, being bold, burning, shaping, showing the world a walk through their creative minds of beautifully crafted pieces of work.
There’s a whole community network down here all supporting one another and proving that art, craftsmanship and community is far from being consumed by our on line computer crazy; eyes down; click click ‘I’ll have another ikea carbon copy cupboard please’. It’s alive and you can see it, touch it, smell it and even talk to the makers behind it.
From paintings; pots and plates to wooden elm bowls; baubles; boobs drawn on dishes; book marks; cards and so much more. Canvas and Cream opened its back doors to serve up banter, brioche, salt beef and booze. Whilst The Signal gave away drinks vouchers to customers who bought from the local artists.
There was live music, mulled wine, mince pies, parlour games and smiles a plenty. There was something for everyone, with prints and pieces that even a penniless poet could purchase, becoming all the richer for being welcomed into this wonderful creative community.
My friend and I left with gifts, grins and a gate that is always open down on Havelock Walk. The artists are there working and selling all year round; The C&C Gallery plays host to artists from around the world, holding exhibitions and events through the seasons. The Signal invites musicians and singers to play to the punters…and I find myself even more fond of this friendly Forest Hill! A lovely festive feeling to finish off the weekend!
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