Yves “The atmosphere was buzzing and it felt like the artworld was reawakening after two long uncertain years.”
Markfield Road Festival
I visited the Markfield Road Festival in Tottenham earlier this month, which hosted a range of events, talks, open studios, music and jam sessions. The atmosphere was buzzing and it felt like the artworld was reawakening after two long uncertain years and one the warmest summers on record.
I managed to speak with a number of artists in their studios about their practice over that time period. At Ten87 a music studios venue, Founder Rob Burn said they had to review their business model after the closure of their inhouse nightclub Five Mile, a victim of Covid. Instead, they’ve now turned the space into hireable state-of-the-art recording studios, much in-demand in London.
At Gaunson Creative Studios ceramist Josefina Isaza’s fine but very tactile sculptures sat in her studio bathed in late summer evening sunlight. We wore sunglasses to cut the glare through the large single-glazed windows, and she said it was difficult to be making in the space in those summer months, and nearly impossible to fire wares then with the extreme heat. Alice Perse Clarke has a studio in the eaves of the same building, where she presented bold closeup paintings of exotic plant life. She explained that over the summer, she worked in the studio in the mornings before the heat became unbearable and the fan only blew more hot air around. But, both expressed that despite the drawbacks, their studio was a prized possession – how crucial it was for the development of their practices, but how lucky they were to have the space; it wasn’t to be taken for granted.
Image: Yves Blais