Studio artists at Valentines Mansion work from their private space on the top floor of the building, which was historically the servants quarters. This area was restored back in 2009 into six contemporary spaces for local artists and makers. Open studio days provide a chance for the public to visit the studios, meet the artists and see how their work is made. From basketry to fused glass and painting to ceramics, our artists are skilled in a variety of mediums. Annual exhibitions in our Gallery showcase the diverse talents of the studio artists at Valentines Mansion. Many of the artists hold popular craft workshops for all ages.
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Meet our Studio Artists
With a passion and a need to “make” with her hands, Lisa’s creative journey continues to see her working in an ever expanding variety of mediums which have included stained glass, ceramics, mosaic, felt making and green wood working, but more recently basketry. She has undertaken a highly regarded, 2 year intensive course in all aspects of basketry, exploring techniques from around the globe from Neolithic times right through to the use of contemporary materials. Lisa’s work is in response to possibilities within these materials, reacting intuitively and taking inspiration from natural forms, the land and our place in the web of life.
Anne’s work explores how our encounters with the representation of landscape (both local and distant) impact on how we perform place. She lives and works in London and teaches Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, UAL. Anne has recently exhibited in Urban Landscape and Memory (Bizkaia Aretoa, Bilbao, 2014); Cartographies of Life and Death (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, 2013) as well as less conventional spaces such as in a shed on Essex village greens, the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, the Queens Tower, Imperial College, as well as Kettle’s Yard Cambridge and the Tate St Ives. In 2017, Anne’s work was shown in Care of the Self at the Korean Cultural Centre, Vienna.
Louise’s ceramics are inspired by architecture and archaeology. She has a fascination with history and the idea of discovering aspects of the past through objects or buildings that evoke tales and memories of time and place. Louise visits historic sites to soak up the atmosphere, takes photographs and makes drawings, which are then manipulated on the computer to create images for transferring onto the clay surface using a photographic screen printing process, building layers of moments observed. Louise is currently involved in developing arts projects with National Trust properties.
The inspiration for Jason’s paintings comes from many sources: friends and family; special places he has visited, dreams and visions he has; his favourite animals (including horses, wolves, butterflies and dolphins) and from his interest in the environment, spirituality and quantum mechanics. Jason regularly undertakes portrait commissions of people, their children and their pets for birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions.
While studying fashion design, Amanda explored textiles, millinery, embroidery and illustration both in utility and abstract applications. She developed as an artist in the field of pottery, stone carving and most notably stained glass. She is constantly exploring new ways of expression and developing ideas of incorporating all the mediums that she has studied.
One of Amanda’s commissions in stained glass is on permanent display in The Chapel of Canon Palmer Catholic School in Seven Kings.
Julian Walker is currently working with printmaking and sculpture. He trained at The Cass and St Martins, was the Natural History Museum’s first artist in residence, a New Contemporary (1999), winner of the Art in Business Award (2002), and once, according to the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper, a ‘Young British Artist’. He now lectures in print history, and teaches at the British Library.
Emily, a native New Yorker, has been a Redbridge resident since 2016. A lover of art, history, and architecture, Emily is a multidisciplinary artist and architectural designer. Classically trained in architecture through the Les École des Beaux-Arts method and in Traditional Chinese Painting, Emily believes the best tool is our hand – everything starts from within to create beauty without. Here at the Valentines Mansion Artist’s Studio, Emily’s creative endeavours include traditional art and design methods such as drawing, water colouring, traditional Chinese painting, and “creating” all together!
Dennica is a fabulous creative artist who works with media materials such as textiles, acrylic and recycled pieces in the production of her works – we’re delighting to have Dennica join our team of artists. She works heavily in the sip and paint industry holding events with pre-sketched canvases and producing art kits for virtual workshops.