Dulwich Festival is back again soon, and with it the wonderful Artists’ Open House opportunities. It’s thrilling to realise how many artists are now active in our street and just a few steps around the corner. Who knew? Surely we are fortunate to live in such a talented and creative area!
The actual dates for visits are 13-14 May & 20-21 May. A list of all the Open Houses in SE 24 – and more widely – is on the festival website.
Open Houses on Fawnbrake …
We can enjoy Open House visits to two artists here on Fawnbrake Avenue
This post is now restored, having been temporarily suspended to respect local requests for confidentiality. The filming duly took place, and work on the film reportedly continues in other locations.
Well-informed local friends report that on Monday 3rd April there will be a film crew filming in Herne Hill for a feature film called “We Live in Time”. In the morning they will be filming in Brockwell Park, and then at midday their attention turns to Station Square. Some parking bays will be suspended (but not all), and during takes the public will be prevented from walking / driving around for 3 minutes at a time.
There will be extras waiting nearby, and the two main actors are British / Hollywood stars (see below). Crew trucks will be parking on Dulwich Road. Most of the action takes place in Llewelyn’s and Lulu’s, then over by the Herne Hill sign under the bridge (good job that the Herne Hill Forum had it repainted), then by the station in the evening.
Checking with film industry gossip, it seems that Academy Award nominees Florence Pugh and Andrew Garfield are in negotiations to star in this production, described as a “funny, deeply moving and immersive love story.” John Crowley will direct, with Nick Payne as scriptwriter: StudioCanal developed the script.
After a two-year break, like Glastonbury (er, perhaps not quite the same …), Lambeth Country Show is back this year, on Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 July. It will run from 12 noon to 8pm on each day (last entry 7:30pm). Click herefor the publicity blurb.
The consequential street closures and parking bans near to Brockwell Park are pretty comprehensive. Even for those of us who live just a little further away from Brockwell Park, one inevitable impact is the complicated series of temporary traffic orders which impose one-way traffic systems on certain nearby roads and road closures, and parking suspensions too. And not just for the weekend of the Show.
Although the Country Show runs for only two days, the numerous traffic orders extend from 7 July until 24 July.
The list of temporary traffic and parking restrictions has been published in a recent issue of the South London Press newspaper. They are probably also published on Lambeth Council’s website but we haven’t found them there yet. On the other hand there are the usual laminated A4 notices attached to lamp posts all over the place, like this one spotted on Milkwood Road.
It would be unbelievably tedious to list all the orders here. But the South London Press have also posted the full legal Order on their own website .
Impact on Fawnbrake and neighbouring streets
Just to pick out two or three details that might affect us living in this corner of Herne Hill:
In Gubyon Avenue there will be one-way traffic system for all vehicles in the direction towards Herne Hill
There will be one-way traffic on Milkwood Road between the bridge in Herne Hill and Gubyon Avenue
Vehicles driving on Herne Hill will be banned from entering Gubyon Avenue
Vehicles driving down Fawnbrake Avenue towards the centre of Herne Hill will be banned from turning right into Gubyon Avenue
However there is a sort of opt out. The Notice says that the “one-way traffic systems, bans and suspensions would only apply at such times as shall be indicated by the placing or covering of traffic signs and ‘no parking cones’”.
So, as ever, we will need to be sharp-eyed looking for such signs.
The Artists’ Open House project, a major element of the annual Dulwich Festival every May, goes from strength to strength. The full programme now has nearly 100 pages! And the area covered reaches from Peckham Rye down to Crystal Palace and from Loughborough Junction across to the fringes of Forest Hill and Sydenham.
This year, we have an open house here on Fawnbrake at number 73 where Alan and Jorge are opening their house to show Jorge’s landscape, portrait and abstract paintings. There is more information about his work on his website www.sanchezart.co.uk
Here, as across the festival, the artists open their houses for visitors on 14–15 May and 21-22 May, normally between 11 am and 6 pm
The website for the whole of this year’s Artists’ Open House programme can be found here.