It is that special moment again, when the three Pullens Yards fling open their iron gates, and invite the world in – the Winter Open Studios 2016.
Sir Terence Conran called Pullens Yards the “centre of London’s hand crafts”.
Over 50 studios host a rich variety of artists and artist-makers; ceramicists, illustrators, jewellers, printmakers, furniture makers, rug, bag, doll and scarf makers, and more. Several artists of world renown will be showing; painter Frank Bowling, ceramicist Daniel Reynolds, lute and guitar makers Stephen Barber & Sandi Harris, and popular florist JamJar Flowers.
It’s free to enter, just come and stroll around. There are three Yards, each with a distinctive character.
The studios are where the artists work, day to day. The artists themselves will be present in most of the open studios, and visitors will have a rare opportunity to see and talk to them about how they work. All of the crafts practiced in the Yards have one thing in common, everything is hand made. In an increasingly robotic, mechanised, generic world, every piece in the Yards is unique. They vary in price, from a few pounds to a few hundred, but any would make truly special Christmas gifts.
Pottery, drawing and flower-arranging workshops or demonstrations for children and adults are planned, local walks will be taking place by @guidedbyisobel, many artisanal food stalls will be present in addition to our own award-winning Electric Elephant Café, and both Piccalilli Caff & Orbit Beers have stalls.
The architecture and atmosphere of Pullens Yards are worth experiencing, the original cobbled streets are some of the last left in London. The studios have housed craftspeople, working with their hands, for a hundred and twenty years. Over this length of time what most of the crafts-people produce has evolved: at one time the Yards boasted lace makers, fan makers and cabinet makers. These have been replaced by today’s filmmakers, jewellers and artist potters. A few crafts have remained the same, furniture designers and letterpress printers are here now, just as in the days of Queen Victoria.
Visit our website for more information on individual artists:Watch this space for further information and pictures…
SUMMER OPEN STUDIOS & SALE
Clements Yard, Iliffe Yard & Peacock Yard
All the usual elements will be there to make this year’s Summer event a must visit occasion for all the family. Come and meet some of the UK’s finest Artists, Artisans, Makers, Digiital Creatives, and much more.
Once again not only will the Yards’ own award-winning Electric Elephant Café keep visitors fuelled with first-class food & drink, but we will again host the excellent Piccalilli Caff & Orbit Beers, amongst other top-notch caterers; while musical entertainments will help the weekend to go with a swing.
Friday 10th June – 6.30–9.30pm
Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th June – 11am-6.00pm
Download a pdf of the full brochure here: Open Studios summer 2016 leaflet
SUNDAY EVENING AT THE PULLENS CENTRE:
The time is rapidly approaching for the three Pullens Yards – Clements Yard, Iliffe Yard & Peacock Yard – to join forces and open their workshop & studio doors to welcome visitors to this Winter’s Open Studios Weekend.
Please take a look at our new, still developing, Open Studios website:
Here are links to two short films about some of the makers who will be opening their doors this time:
The event takes place, as ever, on the first weekend of December:-
Friday 4th December – 6.30-9.30pm
Saturday 5th December – 11.00am-6.00pm
Sunday 6th December – 11.00am-6.00pm
Please come along and join us for festive fun, gifts, food & drink, musical entertainment and the usual fine display of the myriad talents housed in these fine Victorian workshops.
You can download a pdf version of the brochure for this year’s Winter event here:
You can also find interesting images & information from the three Yards on Facebook and Instagram:
Here, too, are some recent posts to Instagram with info about the Winter Open Studios event:
Friends of the Pullens Yards and other hidden gems of the Elephant & Castle area may be interested in the following forthcoming event:
City Hunt comes to Elephant and Castle this half-term; with special kids hunts happening on the 24, 25th and 28th October!
This interactive urban game will take you through the streets of Elephant and Castle, tracing back the rich history of this area in a bid to win one of several exciting prizes. On your journey you may bump into some of the characters who have animated this area in the past. Prizes include a £250 bike voucher at Cycle PS, Zombie Apocalypse Survival Training and a meal at the Hilton Hotel, but there are over 100 prixes to be won so get stuck in!
Here in Peacock Yard, we’re just beginning to get back to normal business after our recent Summer Open Studios 2015 (and to start the preparation for our Winter 2015 event!).
Here, meanwhile, is a message just received containing a link to a blog describing one visit to the Summer festivities:
I thought you might be interested to know that Charles Saumarez Smith recently blogged about his recent visit to Pullens Yard:
Please feel free to share.
Mhairi Grant, Executive Office Administrator
Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD
This year’s Summer Open Studios will once again be held in conjunction with the London Open Garden Squares Weekend and will take place on:
Friday 12th June – 6.30-9.30pm
Saturday 13th June – 11am-6.00pm
Sunday 14th June – 11am-6.00pm
Please note: The Stead Street Car Park is now closed as a result of council building works; apologies for having inadvertently included it on this event’s flyer.
For more information on the Open Squares event, please go to:
After their roaring success at our Winter Open Studios 2014, we are also happy to welcome back Treblemakers to Pullens Yards for the Summer event; please come along and hear them perform on Friday 12th June, between 7.00 & 8.30pm:
Pullens Yards on YouTube:
- 3003 Group in association with Pullens Yards Open Studios proudly present the short film:
- Also on Friday evening, 5th December: 6.30-7.30pm, in Peacock Yard:
To view or download the flyer for the event please click here: Pullens winter 2014
Meet artists, makers and designers at Pullens Summer Open Studios. This year we have several new artists, quirky visiting artists and plenty of gorgeous ceramics, jewellery, art, furniture, fashion and more to buy (including sample sales, so get in!). Have a peek inside over 50 studios set around three beautiful Victorian yards in this vibrant creative hub. The yards will be buzzing with energy, live music and (hopefully) sunshine.
Quench your thirst and tempt your taste buds at the Electric Elephant Cafe. And bring the family – our fun and educational ART WORKSHOPS include pottery, peg dolls and more. It’s a real community event – and we’re so easy to get to from practically anywhere in London (just 1 stop south of Waterloo).
CLEMENTS YARD, SE17 3LJ
And this summer we’re again part of Open Garden Squares weekend, 14-15 June 11am-5pm. Visit Iliffe Yard Garden along with other local gardens, including Fielding Street Allotments and the Walworth Garden Farm.
Pullens Summer Open Studios
13-15 June 2014
Friday 13 June 6.30pm-9.30pm
Saturday 14 June 11am-6pm
Sunday 15 June 11am-6pm
Tube: Kennington, Elephant & Castle
Bus: P5, 12, 35, 40, 45, 68, 168, 133, 148, 171, 176, 468
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