"Looking for something unique as a Christmas gift this year? Why not visit the magical enclave of Johnson’s Island in its unique setting on the Grand Union Canal, between Kew Gardens and Syon Park in West London on the last weekend of November.
It is home to an eclectic collective of painters, printmakers, sculptors and ceramic artists who are opening their doors to the public in an annual open studios event, which spills over into the neighbouring Brewery Tap pub.
Once you cross the footbridge onto the old lock-keeper’s island, you cannot fail to be charmed by the haphazard cluster of wooden buildings which make up the artist’s colony – surrounded by house boats, wildlife and the lapping waters of the canal.
Enjoy a warm welcome and a drink under the twinkling fairy lights on Friday’s opening night, while you browse the artworks, which vary from greetings cards and prints, through to one-off sculptures, 3-D paintings, mosaics, oil paintings and more. The studios will remain open all weekend, offering a fascinating insight into the lives and work of the artists, their methods and inspiration.
“People are always surprised to find this treasure trove of talent hidden away only a few steps from Brentford High Street,” says Sam Dodson, who will be showing his fascinating and amusing collages, prints and paintings on canvas and glass. “We love welcoming visitors to our studios and will have an array of items for sale, or commission, so people can find something special to take home with them.”"
Preview night - Friday November 25th 6pm to 9pm
Saturday and Sunday November 27th-28th 11am to 6pm
Johnsons Island (Opposite the Brewery Tap)
Catherine Wheel Road,
Brentford TW8 8BD