Engaging with Proteins & Happy Birthday unit11studios

Back in December, Halina Bainbridge exhibited some felt beautiful pieces at Harbour Lights entitled Engaging with Proteins. unit11studios also celebrated its 7th birthday.


Hampshire Open Studios 2017

We’re taking part in Hampshire Open Studios once more. Browse through our artworks and look at the unique spaces where we create our work. Refreshments will be provided.

We will be open the following days and times only:

Saturday 19th August 10am-4pm

Sunday 20th August 10am-4pm

Saturday 26th August 10am-4pm

Sunday 27th August 10am-4pm

Bank Holiday Monday 10am-4pm


See below for the Facebook event:


Emma Louise Harris’ first solo exhibition ‘CMYK: Adventures in Colour’

Emma Louise Harris has just put up her first solo exhibition in Harbour Lights, Ocean Village.

In the last 5 years or so Emma has concentrated on honing her abstract painting skills, experimenting with colour palettes and painting techniques. At first Emma worked on small canvases and paper but has recently branched out into using larger canvases and is enjoying the freedom this brings.
Her paintings are abstract ‘dreamscapes’ that explore the joy of vibrant colours jostling against each other and do not generally depict anything specific from the physical world. However, small elements like leaves, trees and flowers do sneak into some of her paintings indicating Emma’s love of the natural world.

The exhibition runs from 2nd July to 31st July with an opening reception at 4pm on Saturday 8th July from 4pm. See the link below:


private view 09/09/16 mettricks guildhall


on friday 09/09/16 we had the private view at mettricks guildhall of our summer salon 2016 exhibition. our work has been touring the 3 southampton mettricks cafes since mid may and is now at its final location until 21st september.

a good time was had by all! the wine and conversation flowed, we received some lovely feedback and some sales were made.

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This August we took part in Hampshire Open Studios for the 3rd time and had our most successful year yet.

We opened for the first weekend only and had around 30 visitors over the two days. It was lovely to have people milling about the studio and asking us questions about our work. 2 of us ‘manned’ the studio on Saturday and another 2 covered the Sunday. As some of us work full time we couldn’t open up during the week but we’re hoping to take part again next year and open for longer.

Some sales were made and much networking took place!


Summer Salon 2016 Private View

Join us on Friday 9th September for the Private View of our Summer Salon 2016 exhibition.

Our show has been touring the Mettricks cafes this summer, starting in Mettricks Old Town, then Mettricks Bargate and finally Mettricks Guildhall where it will be until 21st September.

Meet the artists this Friday and maybe buy a beautiful original artwork.




unit11studios crit on 6.30pm 20th January 2015

subjects :

  1. report back / learning points from halina’s show at picture house Southampton November 2014.
  2. absorbing new influences – some comments and learning points after malcolm’s trip to india.


halina gave an account of her recent show at the picture house. generally a great success with a well attended private view, lots of interest and good level of sales. very pleased especially because it was her first art show with an almost unique theme.


  • discussion before the show and comments from unit11 members was very useful.
  • given that the work illustrated aspects of micro biology (in a rather unique way using fabrics and hand made felt) a key issue was the value of the work as an artistic image as opposed to its value as an illustration of something living seen through a microscope. captions and explanation was ultimately included and felt to be appropriate given levels of interest in this aspect.
  • take all materials needed with you when the show is being set up otherwise delays occur while materials are purchased. picture house space should have chairs and tables removed to allow space for hanging and private view.
  • provide a comments book and make it easy to indentify. include space for email addresses.
  • on pricing – get all the costs and make sure they are included. don’t sell yourself short.
  • wine and nibbles important at private view.
  • website important to support your show and provide info to interested parties.
  • provide flyers in advance to create interest and help explanation.
  • get a good photographer to create images of the work and make a record of the private view.
  • get advertising right and undertake well in advance of the shows start date.
  • think about commissions and how to respond to requests.



malcolm talked briefly about his trip to india in November 2014 and showed a few images he considered might influence his artistic practice. malcolm’s work already draws on travels abroad and incorporates dramatic and subtle reflections of seeing different places and people. there was discussion as to how new influences are absorbed as his work progresses.


  • consider, research (if necessary) and discuss influences and impressions but stay ‘cool’ about the work. past experience shows that influences manifest themselves in different ways. there is no point in forcing things.
  • there are two kinds of impressions. the first is about the visual. people, streets, architecture, colour. particular things such as a chaos of wires, piles of litter, land forms, camels…..the taj mahal, which might appear in work in as yet undefined ways. Also emotional reactions for example to the human condition in a very different place, to sights of wealth or poverty, to religious devotions (ganges at varanasi), and to conversations with people while away and afterwards.
  • so, its just About waiting and seeing. Colours Are already changing in recent paintings. there are hints of india already!


‘support’ joint exhibition with the arches @ orb gallery 29th nov – 14th dec

unitllstudios and The Arches are pleased to announce the inaugural exhibition of their collaborative project ‘Support’. Taking place at the newly opened Orb Gallery on Northam Road, the show will run from 30th November – 14th December with a private view on Saturday 29th November, 6-8pm.

Over the past few months unitllstudios and The Arches have been exploring how to support the development of individual practice and the contribution this makes to the local artistic community as a whole. Support began with both studio groups committing to attend fortnightly critiques of each other’s work and to an on going conversation about how this could assist in the realisation of a group exhibition. Intended as a long-term collaborative project the aim was to develop a working relationship between the artists and studios located less than two miles apart. What results is an interrogation of support structures and the necessity to bring creative practice to finite conclusions.

Participating artists: Scott Bradley, Malcolm Crocker, Christopher Cudlip, Jilly Evans, Sarah Filmer, Lydia Heath, Celeste Ingrams, Liz Jones, Helen Marland, Pauline Pratt & Steve White.


The Arches, located under the historic Central Bridge in Southampton, is one of many creative projects run by a space arts, offering local artists affordable studio space and assistance since 2004.
10 & 08 Captains Place, Terminus Terrace, Southampton
S014 3FE, http://www.archesstudios.org.uk, Tel: 023 80 338 778

Orb Gallery is a new contemporary art gallery, located on the historic Old Northam Road in Southampton, at the heart of Southampton’s grassroots cultural quarter. 90 Old Northam Road, St Marys, Southampton, SO14 0NZ
http://www.orbartgallery.wordpress.com, Tel: 07922 911 591

Support opens at Orb Gallery with a Private View on Friday 29th November, 6-8pm. The show will continue until Sunday 14th December. Gallery opening hours are Friday 3-7pm, Saturday & Sunday 12-4pm. 20% of all sales will go towards the newly formed Artists Union England. http://www.artistsunionengland.org.uk