Crystal Palace Overground Festival – Inspired By The Subway

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Back at the end of June, I joined the masses at the Crystal Palace Overground Festival, and helped out on the Friends of Crystal Palace Subway  ‘Inspired By The Subway’ stall.

Market stall selling art
© James Balston

Regular readers of my blog will know my interest and artistic connections with the Victorian subway at the edge of Crystal Palace Park. The stall was there to promote the existence of the structure to people and also as a small platform for artists to sell their artworks inspired by the wonderful arches down there.

four people at a market stall
Four of the artists. © Jules Hussey

Despite the odd downpour, I found it great fun working with the other artists and volunteers throughout the day. Some of the artists selling their wares on the day included photographer James Balston, Sinead Taylor and Julian Davies.

man behind a market stall
Me manning the stall. © Joel Antunes

I found being able to meet people who like your work face to face was really inspiring, and not something you can appreciate if you sell work via the web (or through other shops).

Victorian subway
One of James’s prints. © James Balston
One of Sinead's prints. Photo © Jules Hussey.
One of Sinead’s prints. Photo © Jules Hussey.
illustration of sphinxes
One of my prints. Subway Sphinxes.
columns and arches
One of Julian’s photos. © Julian Davies
two people behind a stall
Two eager stallspeople. ©Matt Bannister

Thanks to everyone who let me use their photos, including Joel Antunes who took the black and white shot of me on my own. Keep your eyes peeled for some Subway related art at the forthcoming Open House Weekend in September 2014. More details can be found on the Friends of Crystal Palace Subway website. If you can’t wait until then, you can always visit my online shop: bannisterimages.bigcartel.com