Britain's Artists and their Studios

  1. Edited and with interviews by Hossein Amirsadeghi
  2. Executive editor Maryam Eisler
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  • ISBN 9780500977071
  • 32.00 x 25.00 cm
  • Hardback
  • 600pp
  • With over 600 colour illustrations
  • First published 2012

The history of Western art can also be said to be the history of the studio, but surprisingly little has been written about the subject, especially modern or contemporary practice. Sanctuary opens doors normally closed to the public, inviting intrigue and even controversy.

‘Fascinating’ – The Times
'Sanctuary feels like the first truly necessary compilation book of contemporary artists that I can remember' – Daily Telegraph
'Thames & Hudson has a solid history of excellent, cutting-edge visual arts publishing … and this is no exception. A fascinating opportunity to peek behind the scenes into the private world of the art professional’ – F22 Magazine
'For anyone interested in modern British art, it is a gold mine– Art Fund newsletter
'Sanctuary is full of insights, revelations and thoughts on the modern art world and contemporary art practice, giving a vivid sense of what it means to be an artist at work today –

Sanctuary sample spread
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Artists have always invested their personalities in their working environments. Although artists today have new modes of working enabled by new technologies, studios continue to open a window on the creative act. The immense interest in the opening of Francis Bacon’s London studio to the public and its transplanting to Ireland signalled the dawning significance of the studio in critical thinking about new art and culture.

The studio has become a creative centre for experimentation often extending beyond the bounds of a single space. It has also, for some, become a hiding place. Sanctuary: Britain’s Artists and their Studios looks behind the scenes at both artists’ lives and their workplaces, encouraging them to explore their methods and personalities.

Surveying 120 artists living and working in Britain today, from the most noteworthy to new, upcoming talent, Sanctuary offers a feast of specially commissioned photographs while following each artist through their working routines. Tony Cragg, Antony Gormley, Jenny Saville, Anish Kapoor, Mark Wallinger, Phyllida Barlow, Jane and Louise Wilson, Thomas Houseago, Tracey Emin, the Chapman Brothers and many others.

In addition to individual interviews with all the artists featured in the book, three essays explore the meanings, configurations and personalities of a huge range of studio settings and environments in contemporary British art.

See the full List of Artists
See the full List of Contributors