Posted 30th March 2018
As Easter arrives, and holidays are being planned, why not think "Artists Studio Museum Network"?
It's a Network set up by Watts Gallery - Artists' Village with the aim of broadening awareness of the special, charismatic spaces across Europe where artists once lived and worked.
There is a comprehensive and informative website including information about all the over 125 Studio Museums in the network (which includes 12 in London and 6 in Moscow, and many, many more in between).
If you are on holiday in the UK or elsewhere in Europe this year, take a look to see if you are close to one. They are invariably fascinating to visit (just like the Artists' Village) and visiting them presents an excellent opportunity to act as an ambassador for Watts.
I've visited a number, including 1) Leighton House: Frederick Leighton's home and studio, with its magnificent Arab inspired garden in Kensington, London; 2) Museo Joaquín Sorollo in Madrid; 3) Julia Margaret Cameron at Dimbola Lodge on the Isle of Wight; and 4) Antoine Bourdelle in Paris.
In May I'm due to visit the home and studio of Anders Zorn (Sweden's master painter), in Mora, Sweden. Zorn (1860-1920), who lived and worked there with his wife Emma Lamm, travelled widely, working in Paris, New York and St Ives, Cornwall. Zorn became particularly well known for his portraiture - his sitters included King Oscar II of Sweden and Theodore Roosevelt - but his work also included sculpture and etching. Zorn House, where the couple lived and displayed their considerable collection of art, is today situated next to the Zornmuseet, which displays the world's largest collection of Zorn's paintings.
When you're next in the gallery, ask me about the Artists Studio Museums Network and let me know where you have been.