We went along to the open artist’s studio night, but became enthralled by the vibrant atmosphere of the surrounding area. There is a fantastically colourful indoor market, Brazilian beats and stacked platters of spicy nachos.
At the centre of all this however is Brixton studios, in association with The Artist’s Studio Company, which works with derelict or unused buildings to provide artist’s with space of their own. This gives an eclectic mix of people a chance to work and exhibit in a microcosm of urban culture. The work ranges from woven seaweed sculpture to huge Lucien Freud-style portraits and hand-printed wallpaper and textiles.
These studios, as well as others across London, will be available to visit but Brixton Village is perfect to spend a whole day drifting around. Visit the vintage boutiques, the handmade Italian icecream parlour or stop by for an Indonesian curry in one of the many restaurants. Personally I would recommend WAG (wheat and gluten) Free Cafe‘s homemade real hot chocolate: it’s perfect for a chilly November evening.
Wallpaper by Matthew Meadows – www.matthewmeadows.net
London SW9 8PS