Local Talent On Display

As Putney art students graduate

You don't have to trek to east London to see the exciting work being done by up-and-coming artists in the capital. It will be on your doorstep when a group of artists from Putney School of Art and Design's diploma course exhibit together in Wandsworth Town from 7-12 July. Oil & Water is Wandsworth Town's newest independent contemporary art gallery with a keen focus on local professional art. It showcases original paintings, original prints, limited edition prints, sculpture and ceramics.

Original paintings, mixed media works, screenprints and sculpture by eight artists will be on display and available to buy at Oil & Water contemporary art gallery. The exhibition is the culmination of two years of intensive practice at Putney's prestigious art school and will showcase exactly why southwest London remains a hub for artistic development.

"It's exciting," said diploma course director Jan Malaszek. "The artists have taken all the approaches, skills and knowledge gained from the course and gone on something of a voyage into the unknown to produce work that is a definite personal statement."

All of the artists have fitted the diploma course around varying work, family and personal
commitments to dedicate themselves to finding and fine-tuning their artistic voice. Themes from national guilt to everyday walks will be explored in the exhibition alongside pieces inspired by modern ruins, lost villages, ice skating and Bob Dylan songs.

The eight exhibiting artists are Philip Austin, Fenella Forbes, Louise Hunt, Anna Mayhew-Smith,
Agnieszka Mielcarek, Karen Rivlin, Anastasia Sevcova and David Williams.

The artists will be present at the gallery throughout the week and encourage anyone
looking to develop their own artistic talents to come and be inspired. The gallery's regular opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday 10.30am-5pm with a late opening on Thursday until 8pm. Sunday's opening hours are 10.30am-4pm.

Putney School of Art and Design's diploma is a two-year part-time course providing specialist,
structured study for students interested in contemporary visual arts.

June 25, 2015