Our pint-sized island was once used for the old station master’s and lock keeper’s offices, and originally formed part of Isambard Brunel’s Brentford Dock .
Now the island is home to 16 art studios, surrounded by dappling canal views, colourful narrowboats, a grumpy heron and the occasional flash of a kingfisher. It is a magical, creative space - where history, art and nature are woven together (as Samuel Pepys would agree when he sailed past for an illicit assignation with the Brentford lady in 1660!)
The artists work in a range of mediums including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography, mixed media, papier mâché, mosaics, jewellery and ceramics. Johnsons Island is nestled beside the first lock linking the Thames to the Grand Union Canal. To get there, pass the Brewery Tap on Catherine Wheel Rd before crossing a small footbridge ... and enter into another world.
Our doors are open to the public for open studios or by private appointment with the artists - please make sure you ring before visiting so we can let you in.
Here is a link to a programme that was on Radio 4 on 2 Feb 2013 about the island
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