Sanctuary: Britain’s artists and their studios

Sanctuary: Britain’s artists and their studios

The shake-up of the British art scene is finally complete, and the enfants terribles are the new establishment. Not that the original establishment ever really left - they just took a back seat, happy to let the young turks take centre stage. Now the working practices of 120 distinguished members of the British artistic community, from Maggi Hambling through to the Chapman brothers, have opened up their workspaces and working methods for the definitive state of the nation monograph.

Sanctuary is subtitled ’Britain’s artists and their Studios,’ but it may as well be called a field guide to the habitats of the contemporary artist, so comprehensive is its overview of the working environments of 120 of the country’s best-known practitioners.

Here are the lofts, mews, sheds, warehouses and purpose-built studios of the new artistic elite, a diverse range of work spaces that help contemporary chart art’s shift towards large-scale productions - the factory-like set-ups of Tony Cragg or Antony Gormley.

There are smaller practitioners on display as well, offering a rich insight into the emerging creative enclaves that have helped re-draw London’s socio-economic map in the past few decades.

Each profile is made up of a Q&A that attempts to uncover the artist’s relationship to their studio and the wider world beyond it, be it in London’s East End or the wilds of Gloucestershire, and the role that space, time and solitude have on their work.


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