A date for your diary

BEAT 2018 promises to be bigger and better than ever before! This year we will have over 280 artists in 88 venues across the borough, including work from professional, experienced artists to first- time exhibitors. There will be something for everyone; painting, textiles, metalwork, mosaics, mixed media, prints, digital art, jewellery, ceramics, sculpture – even furniture!

The venues range from individual artist’s studios to large group exhibitions in studio complexes or churches and the brochure will enable you to plan your visit, taking in the art you particularly like and discovering new ways of working. It might even inspire you to reignite your own artistic skills and join the BEAT artists next year!

All the artists live or work in the borough and Ealing features in many of the pictures. Charlotte Berridge is well known for her charming stylised illustrations of Ealing landmarks and Bronwen Dace’s paintings of Walpole Park will remind you what it looked like in the snow! Jessica Rose is showing etchings of Hanwell Lock and you can see atmospheric watercolours of Cleveland Park at Tom Caley’s studio.

Gardeners will be enthralled by Sarah Peart’s beautifully intricate botanical drawings as well as the vibrant close-up paintings of flowers by Annie Leach and huge majestic blooms by Alex Ebdon.

There are abstract paintings to be found at Helen Trevisiol Duff’s studio in Hanwell. If you prefer depictions of the urban environment, Lee Croxford’s paintings will delight you with the beauty of his architectural portraits and ‘in – between places’ such as empty car parks and sunlit alleyways.

If you like portraiture, you will be blown away by the dynamic and engaging portraits by Stella Tooth. Stella is an ex-journalist who seeks to capture the narrative behind the moment. Music lovers will find her work particularly interesting as she is resident artist at the Half Moon Putney and paints performing musicians - both well-known artists and street buskers. A portrait artist of a different kind is Professor Foolscap who uses printed words or musical notation to create a portrait which changes from a picture to a text as the viewer approaches.

Amongst the mixed- media artists you will find Sharon Walters, who explores the concept of beauty and race, and Houria Niati whose work is about identity and culture. Nick Cash uses advertising posters and sellotape to produce exciting collages which he likens to the random nature of improvised music.

If photography is your thing there is plenty to see at BEAT; Caryn Eldridge’s engaging portraits of children, Benjamin Finch’s landscapes, Andrew Meredith‘s atmospheric explorations of scale and ambiguity, Petros Katradis‘s black and white scenes of everyday life and different takes of street photography by Maggi Marmion, Tim Bourne and Ray Malcolm. Rajan Adhikari’s cryptic cityscapes cast a new angle on familiar London scenes.

But it’s not all about two-dimensional art...
Mosaics have gained popularity in recent years and you will be amazed at the variety of styles within this art form. Rosanna Henderson incorporates pebbles and jewels to add texture and depth; Wendy Freeman makes mosaics within a shape such as a bird or a flower basket and Kitty Hartnell uses all manner of materials in her work. Kaleidoscope Mosaics is perhaps the newest mosaic artist, having taken up the medium after being inspired by previous BEAT events.

There are textile artists such as Magdalena Zofia Wynne–Griffiths, who ‘paints‘ with brightly coloured felted wool; Deep Panesar who creates silk scarves and Boydell and Truex who work in embroidery and applique.

And more.... there is jewellery – dramatic silver statement pieces by Ange B Designs; pretty beaded necklaces by Von Smith and silver work by Muoto jewellery - and stained glass by Val Cloake. An amazing array of handcrafted puppets can be seen at the Holder and Tchiprout studio and more traditional sculptures of human and animals at Kim Bennett’s studio.
Wood is used by Chris Punch in his beautiful streamlined furniture inspired by Belizean folk designs and by Gordon Cookson and Kitty Hartnell works in various metals to produce striking sculptural pieces which could be displayed in house or garden.

Printmakers include Alex Ebdon who produces delightful linocuts of birds and foliage found in his Northfields garden. His wife Anna, who goes under the name of Lady Ebdon, creates personalised vintage prints using the pages of pre-loved books. There are silk screen prints by Neera Sehgal and Haskett Print and monoprints stencilled or sprayed onto an unusual array of grounds by Rosa Osborne. Carolyn Fallek‘s prints are mostly inspired by nature while Mark Jorgensen, who is exhibiting alongside Graham Storey – Apps’ abstract aquatints, uses etching techniques in his prints of buildings and street scenes.

If you think original artwork is beyond your budget you might be surprised to find smaller paintings and prints are very affordable. Most artists sell greetings cards and many allow you to order giclee prints of their work.

September 7-9 and 14 – 16. Two weekends of art and discovery!

Nicky Campbell