Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Finding Your Way Round Swindon Open Studios - 2. The Town Centre

The first post introduced you to people taking part in the central Library, this one leads you from there to Artsite in Theatre Square, SN1 1QN, where there is a member's exhibition and also studio users at Artsite will be there to show you around the studio space at Artsite. There should be a flag outside, similar to the one outside the library.
From Artsite, it's a short walk to see the Booth House Art Group exhibiting at Recycles, Princes St, SN1 2BF, you will be able to see entries in the 2014 art competition on the theme of cycling.
From there, you can head back towards Victoria Hill, turn left into Groundwell Road, and Wells Street where Mark Worrall and David Robinson are sharing a studio at 19, Wells Street, SN1 2JJ.
They have produced a 3 page invitation and both look at perspectives of Swindon, here's a piece of Mark's work:
 and David Robinson's Cheltenham House from Witney St.
 Leaving Wells St, retrace your steps and walk into the Town Centre and to the Big Screen at Wharf Green where you will see 4 short films on the 'Western Flyer' project on the second weekend only.
 From the town centre, walk towards Faringdon park and you will see Park Lane, turn into there and find 22A, Park Street, SN1 5EL, where Eleanore May and Jake Stark are sharing studio space.
They advertise homemade cake, a very warm welcome and a large scale installation and sketch books; this is their brochure image, and there's a painting in the Window Gallery:
From Park Street, make your way to Victoria Hill, walk up as far as Cross St on your right, walk down there and at the end of the road you will see the Beehive pub, SN1 3JS, where Lynette Thomas and Sophie Corrigan are sharing the newly refurbished walls. Lynette's fabulous stained glass mosaic appears in this exhibition:
Below a close up of one of Sophie Corrigan's pieces:
You may stay there for some time in the congenial atmosphere of the Beehive, or be keen to get onto Stage 3, Swindon Old Town.

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