You may have walked past the entrance to our yard, Blenheim Court, many times before and never realised that behind the metal gates and broken down motors is a thriving community of artists, ceramicists, artisans and other makers. For the 26th year we are opening our doors for our twice-annual Open Studios, this summer coinciding with the Dulwich Open House and Dulwich Festival.
We are delighted to invite our friends, neighbours and the public to take a look around, ask questions and hopefully tempt them to buy our works on sale: there is a huge range from towering metal birds to tiny silver plated squid, ceramic bowls to palm sized globes and cactus pots to chefs knives. You might have come across Blenheim Forge, Jane Muir and The Little Globe Co, well now is the chance to see where they produce their works and talk to the makers themselves.
We are situated a stones throw from Peckham Rye station, off Blenheim Grove, easily identifiable by the Dulwich Open sign and our sandwich board. Don't be nervous to step into the yard and have a good look around, half the fun is seeing inside the studio spaces which, from the road, just appear as a line of railway arches but house such a diverse range of activities.
So please come and see us and discover the wealth of creativity Peckham has to offer.
We look forward to seeing you!
Check out the other artists exibiting during this year's Artist Open House at the Dulwich Festival Website
And do have a look at this Peckham Peculiar Article about our studios.
Way back in 1990 a dozen graduates from Central St Martins & Camberwell art colleges simultaneously and coincidentally decided to set up their studios in the railway arches of Blenheim Court. Due to its limited access our yard had been neglected and largely abandoned. But this cul-de-sac restriction has helped it thrive as a creative hub and soon all nine railway arches had been occupied by creative businesses.
Rather than being an organised studio network, our yard became a flock of independent creatives who continue to benefit, 25 years on, from working alongside likeminded, supportive neighbours, sharing resources, knowledge and milk.
We currently number 25 artists and makers, working in a wide variety of disciplines, including painting, printmaking, sculpture, metalwork, cabinet making, and a large number of ceramicists.
Work from our studios has spread throughout the area, not only in peoples homes, but in our local streets as railings, gates, chimney pots, planters and street furniture, adding to the architectural embellishment that gives Peckham it's unique character.
Although it might take a little boldness to walk through our entrance arch flanked by car repair garages, we hope you will visit our hidden world to see why we love our yard so much.
Our heartfelt thanks goes to all of our lovely local community who took the time to put pen to paper, or voice positive support for our studios.
In 2012 we heard of plans that included our yard in the station redevelopment. We feared this would have seen the end of our studios.
We were really touched to have received such valued support from hundreds of members of the local community who wrote to the council to support us.
We breathed a huge collective sigh of relief when, at the government hearing into the scheme, the inspector noted that Blenheim Court was exactly the creative local economy that Southwark Council identified as making Peckham a creative hotspot; stating in his report:
"there is a marked degree of inter-dependency and
co-operation which.. has fostered the development of a thriving and coherent creative community."
You will find The Arches Studios tucked away between the two railway lines that run through Peckham Rye Station. The entrance to our yard is found on Blenhein Grove that runs along the south side of the railway viaduct. Walk through the open arch between Blenheim Motors and Beta Autos.
48-50 Blenhein Grove
London SE15 4QL
If you have any queries or requests about our studios, please feel free to contact us on the email address below.
If you want to contact any of our artists, please use the artist's individual websites or email links displayed under their names in the side bar.
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The artists and makers taking part in
the Summer Open Studios are:
Eunice De Pascali
Print & Silversmithing