Artists' Last Show in their historic town centre home
Date: 10th Nov 2017
A group of fine artists, makers and designers will wave goodbye to their historic town centre studios at the weekend with a Last Show.
The site grew organically into the creative hub of High Wycombe when a number of studios set up their workspace on this historic site, in Leigh Street, which was used to house many of Wycombe's furniture making workshops.
One of the groups, Commercial Square Studios, was started by three graduates from Bucks New University fourteen years ago and are currently joined by other alumnus across the site including Beverley Matchette-Downes, Dorothea Reid, Daniel Wilson, Jackie Hughes, Kate Swift, Jane Hansford, Isabel Fallow, Liz Meier, Laura Manners, Catherine Bridget Phillips and Elizabeth Callinicos.
Unfortunately the area is due for redevelopment with a new site planned in partnership with Wycombe District Council in 2018, so the group are hosting studio exhibition and clearance sale on Saturday and Sunday (November 11-12) between 1-5pm.
Elizabeth, a jewellery designer, said: “I taught Jewellery & Silver Smithing and later 3D Craft & Product at Bucks New University for the better part of 22 years.
“It is testament to the Studio that many ex-students, staff and alumni from the Uni have walked through our doors, for studio space, teaching or just general advice and a true sense of community. The biggest thing that anyone of us misses on leaving Uni.”
Painting, textiles, jewellery, ceramics, sculpture and furniture will be on show accompanied by mulled wine and mince pies.
Organiser and illustrator/artist Nicola Rowsell said: “The Last Show is a celebratory event created for us all to get together with the people that have visited and supported the growth of our community and say goodbye to this unique setting.
“On a practical level and in preparation for our move to new premises, we have cleared our studios of archived work, filled as much of the wall space as we can and offer the Last Show as opportunity to show and sell these rediscovered pieces.”
Wycombe District Council’s redevelopment around Baker Street, High Wycombe, could be the artists’ new home as it is due to include ‘DesBox’ which is a new modular way of using converted shipping containers. They will be used to create new studios and workshops for creative industries, including arts and craftspeople.
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