Christmas Open Studio with Johnsons Island Artists

Discover the tiny hive of creativity in this unique site

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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. 

Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Mosaics, Mixed Media, Papier Mâché, Jewellery, Garden Sculpture, Cards, Prints, Ceramics 

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 paintings through to one-off sculptures, 3-D paintings, mosaics, greetings cards, prints 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 Tara Winona, whose sought-after wildlife paintings sell all over the world. “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.”

Dates: Friday NOVEMBER 27th 6pm to 9pm - preview

Saturday and Sunday NOVEMBER 28nd-29th 11am to 6pm

Open Studios


There is plenty of parking and access is easy by bus or rail. Please check Johnsons Island Artists for further details. Email or ring 07917 038 888

Johnsons Island Artists Catherine Wheel Road, Johnsons Island, Brentford, TW8  8BD

November 18, 2015

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