I'm one of the group of SLWA artists, and on 1st May 2010 I did a tour of our first large exhibition, held at Bankside. Lots of people came to the tour, but some people who couldn't attend asked if I would put the text online, so here goes!

Introduction
 
Bankside is beautifully situated right on the South Bank of the Thames, just east of Blackfriars Bridge. It's home to the Royal Watercolour Society, the oldest Watercolour Society in the world, and to the Society of Painter-Printmakers. Its goal is to present works of art on paper produced by both groups, and it hosts many other exhibitions. The SLWA exhibition ran from 28 April to 3 May 2010.

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I did Artists’ Open House with Caroline Wright at her home in Nunhead. Hanging Caroline’s lyrical abstract paintings alongside my street photography is not an obvious curatorial choice. But, oddly, it worked.

Each day of both weekends we had a steady stream of visitors and by late afternoon when numbers swelled it felt quite like a party. We reckon that our personal marketing efforts brought in 80% of visitors, and the DOH booklet the remaining 20%. Fortunately, we acquired a healthy rash of red spots. I do think that making sales is gratifying.Chats with visitors ranged from the meaning of life to the joy of cakes and, yes, art. It was like a marketplace for energy and the exchange of ideas. Very sparky!Caroline and I felt honoured by everyone who had made an effort to see our work. If I had to sum up the experience I would say it was exhilarating and exhausting. But, definitely worth it.- Joan ByrneTracey and Howard Francis visit with new generation of artists.Caroline and Joan enjoy a tea-and-cake break.Visiting artists: Gin Dunscombe, film-maker, and Julie Bennett, who needs no introduction.But is it art?
 
Great thanks to Joan Byrne for giving us an insight into how Artists' Open House is for the participating artists. 
 
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Thanks to Leonie Cronin for sharing this. A lovely moment! If you have SLWA stories to share email

During her Arts and Humanities Research Council [AHRC] research project Rebecca Fortnum interviewed an important and influential sample of British women artists practicing internationally today. Her interviews and reflections were published as 'Contemporary British Women Artists: in their own words', (I.B. Tauris 2006).

The book is insightful and entertaining. It documents the thoughts, influences and processes of Jananne Al-Ani, Gillian Ayres, Claire Barclay, Christine Borland, Sonia Boyce, Maria Chevska, Tacita Dean, Tracey Emin, Anya Gallaccio, Lucy Gunning, Jane Harris, Runa Islam, Vanessa Jackson, Emma Kay, Tanya Kovats, Maria Lalic, Hayley Newman, Paula Rego and Jemima Stehli and Tomoko Takahashi.

Rebecca will talk about the book with SLWA.

Monday 17th May 6.30 - 8.30 pm. Upstairs room at Dulwich Library. Members and friends: £5 on the door. Non-members: £8.