London's best open studios: Where to see artists at work in London

Samuel fishwick
Beaky blinders: Ben Connors’s Tate work

Michaelangelo glimpsed a statue “in every block of marble” — or a hunk within a hunk, in the case of his David — and the process of watching an artist at work is a spectator sport in itself. These studios are throwing open their doors — and some will even let you join in.

Tate Britain

Poet Dean Atta and visual artist Ben Connors create art before your eyes on Monday for The Black Flamingo, an expanding mural of illustrated poems exploring queer people of colour.

Millbank, SW1, tate.org.uk

Cockpit Arts

Meet the makers at this open studio on June 9-11, where jewellers, glass makers, weavers and ceramicists demonstrate what they do.

Cockpit Yard, Northington Street, WC1, cockpitarts.com

Bow Row Open Studios

The biggest weekend in the Bow Road calendar brings together music, food, crafts and 150 artists.

Bow Arts, 183 Bow Road, E3, bowarts.org

Assemble

A retro-fit industrial space put together by the Assemble collective. There are carpentry demonstrations, stone-carving sessions and artists on hand to answer your crafty questions.

Bermondsey Campus Collett Road, SE16, assemblestudio.co.uk

The E17 art trail

A Walthamstow institution that has grown to include 7,000 exhibitors in 180 venues over 16 days. Expect plenty of hands-on activity.

From June 1, e17arttrail.co.uk

Are you a budding artist? Enter the Evening Standard Contemporary Art Prize in association with Hiscox and you could win £10,000. Visit standard.co.uk/artprize

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