A derelict space in London’s Brompton Quarter has captured our attention this week. A part gallery, part open studio has emerged from Anonymous Artists, themed on the 1865 Lewis Carroll novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – interest has been renewed after last week’s release of Tim Burton’s film Alice in Wonderland.
For those who don’t know the story of Alice, her adventures take us into a surreal and twisted world, where she meets otherworldly characters and stumbles across seemingly innocent scenarios. ‘Wonderlandism’ is the first in a series of pop-up studios where five designers – Lizzie Mary Cullen, Charlotte Kingsnorth, Jessica Light, Natalie Moore and Zoe Murphy – explore the parameters of this hypothetical universe using textiles, ceramics, products and illustrations.
‘Wonderlandism is off the wall thinking, combining acid-driven visions and Daliesque ways of interpreting the world around us,’ says Cullen. The space has been donated to the artists by South Kensington Estates. ‘We hope to stage one about four times a year, with each pop-up gallery exploring different concepts,’ she says.
Passers-by have been welcomed into the studio throughout the week as the designers question, create and develop their work. The grand unveiling of the installations will take place Saturday, 13 March.
Wonderlandism is at The Old Whittard Shop, 203 Brompton Road, London SW3 until 15 March.