Arthouse Open Studios – 23-25 June and 30 June – 2 July
Visit and buy artwork during Arthouse Open Studios, from artists such as Barnes resident, Mary Algar, in their own homes and studios.
Mary Algar is an astounding 91-year-old. She says she’s been an artist ‘all her life’ but first trained at Central St Martin’s, aged just 16, and then at the Courtauld Gallery during the second world war and remembers walking across a bombed-out Leicester Square. ‘I was a trained teacher by the age of 19,’ she says, and spent the next few decades teaching art in secondary schools – ‘at a time when there were some really great art teachers. We were valued.’ As for inspiration, she says: ‘Anything will set me off. The difficulty is catching up! My work doesn’t always end up as planned, but Matisse said not to worry about your mistakes, so pieces evolve. I’ve had work exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and am a member of of the South Bank printmakers. I travel there by tube, but I tend to move too slowly for the crowd!’
Mary still paints every day and her lovely home is crowded with her work. She also fits in time for tai chi, pilates and dance movement, which is why she is so agile. You can visit Mary at home over both weekends: 6 Lyric Road, Barnes, SW13 9PZ
Information about all Arthouse Open Studios over both weekends at: arthouseopenstudios.co.uk