This trail takes you around Artists’ Open House venues beside Ruskin Park. The park is named after the Victorian writer who lived on Denmark Hill.
Start at the entrance to Ruskin Park close to Kings College Hospital. Follow the path which lies along the railway line and past the paddling pool to the exit onto Northway Road. At the end of Northway Road, turn left onto Cambria Road and past the Cambria pub, turn right onto Kemerton Road. Stop at 6A Kemerton Road (venue 87) to see the oil painting landscapes of Marie Lenclos (open 13th & 14th May only).
Continue on Kemerton Road toward Herne Hill Road. Turn left onto Herne Hill Road. The 48 Herne Hill Road (venue 136) is the last house before Alderton Road. On the top flat (open 13th & 14th May only), Elena Blanco is showing dreamy, evocative drawings of intriguing landscapes in sketchbooks, work-in-progress, and final pieces available for purchase.
Go up Herne Hill Road. After Alderton Road, take the fourth road on the right, Lowden Road. Continue past the road junction. You will find Camilla Gray, with recent oil paintings and watercolours at 136 Lowden Road (venue 132).
Return to the crossroads and turn right onto Poplar Walk and then turn right onto Fawnbrake Avenue, where there are two venues. At 115b Fawnbrake Avenue (venue 134), abstract artist Courtenay Kusitor presents works with an innovative mark-making style, casted on sustainable, handmade paper. Further on the road, 73 Fawnbrake Avenue (venue 133), Jorge Sanchez, a self-taught Filipino artist, is showing a range of recent work including portraits, abstracts, and landscapes.
Return to the junction with Poplar Walk and enter Ferndene Road. The second house on the right, 4 Ferndene Road (venue 131) (open 13th & 14th May only), is where you will find Carola Mathers, who paints in oil, watercolour, and mixed media, with many paintings reflecting climate change.
Going back to the crossroads, turn left into Poplar Walk. Up00cycled, Zoe Burt & Jenny Furey are hosted by Alison Furey at 10 Poplar Walk (venue 128) (open 13th & 14th May only). Alison makes statement pieces through plant dyeing, eco printing, quilting and reupholstery. Zoe explores art, textiles and cyanotypes through a lens of sustainability and environmental connection. Jenny is a printmaker, favouring etching.
Head southeast on Poplar Walk and take the first turning left onto Haredale Road. Turn right onto Herne Hill Road and the next venue is on the left, 145 Herne Hill Road (venue 127). Rebecca Lea Williams’ colourful, energetic screen prints and watercolours and her mother Val Fricker’s innovative stoneware ceramics, paintings and wall hangings will be displayed in Rebecca’s garden studio and home.
Head downhill on Herne Hill Road and take the first right onto Ferndene Road. David Whyte is exhibiting black and white photography reproduced in limited editions using Polymer photogravure at 28 Ferndene Road (venue 130) along with Chrissy Silver who will be showing her beautiful porcelain lamps using botanical pressings from flowers.
Continue along Ferndene Road and take the first right onto Sunset Road. At 20 Sunset Road (venue 88), (open 13th & 14th May only) Lucie Blake, artist and art psychotherapist has drawings and mixed media informed by myths, fairy tales, literature and film, family memories and stories.
If you continue up Sunset Road, you reach Denmark Hill. From here you can walk down the hill to Camberwell or go right towards Herne Hill.
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