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A window on the world of art

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A shop window on Borough High Street has been transformed into an artist's studio by local painter Dilek O'Keeffe.

A window on the world of art
A window on the world of art

Local Borough artist Dilek O'Keeffe has been painting works in the window of the New City Gallery for more than a month.

"I thought it would be great to show everyone how art is made and give people the chance to interact with me as the works develop," explains the artist.

"Most artists have to work on their own in a studio and people only get to see the finished work – so I think both miss out."

"I believe art is all about communication between the viewer and the artist – so it's terrific to involve people in the making process. This is such a great relaxed way to do it – and you don't have to wait for that scary moment when the work first gets hung on a gallery wall to hear what people think."

"I guess a lot of people remember me for "Consumerism 2 – Talent" when Kylie Minogue's lawyers scared the Royal Academy into withdrawing my work from the Summer Show. This made a lot of galleries afraid to show my work, which was a bit depressing, so it's also been great to find a way to bring my art back into the public eye."

"In some ways, it's the ultimate consumer art experience – an installation, an exhibition and a shop window for the finished works – plus everyone gets the chance to discuss or comment on the works and how they are made."

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