A Grade ll listed house with extensive landscaped gardens, gifted for the use and enjoyment of the people by Henry Charles 'Inky' Stephens of the Stephens' Ink Company.

Art at Stephens House & Gardens

Artist in Residence - Julia Maddision

Julia's work deals with lies, longing, memory, sickness and sex.

Collecting discarded objects and the flotsam of forgotten lives, she reworks and rearranges them, slowly piecing together a museum of domestic misery and secrets; creating new narratives from untold and misremembered stories. Her artistic practice revolves around the themes of memory and personal histories.

The themes of Stephens House, its various incarnations and its proximity to where some of Julia’s earliest childhood memories were formed, will be explored through the use of installation, drawing and small scale sculpture. Working in the basement space which has a very particular atmosphere, almost like a stage set, she plans to "stage" work suggested by the underground, cell-like structure, its hidden tunnel, and its former use as a hospital. 

"Maddison's work is so elegantly explicit; these are images that may sit or stand or lie in plain sight, but pierce the skin and twist the root just where purity and sin bargain for sanity."  Julian Firth

See Julia's work in progress on Open Sunday 12th February 12pm-4pm



Artistic partnership with The East Finchley Open Artists called EFO Artists @ Stephens House

The East Finchley Open Artists (EFOA) are a group of local artists who are passionate about creative expression and work within a supportive community to promote local artists.

The artists in the group work with a variety of different media: painting, ceramics, jewellery, photography, silk painting, sculpture, printmaking, calligraphy, textiles, basketry, glass, felt-making and woodworking.

Stephens House & Gardens has a history of partnerships working with local artistic communities and individual artists, and is excited to begin this new partnership with the EFOA.  Stephens House & Gardens believes EFO Artists @ Stephens House will be a centre for the development of art and craft locally, providing a focal point for art appreciation and the fostering of new creative talents. This partnership aims to create a showcase of local artist’s work by providing the public with a beautiful historic backdrop. 


To learn more about  The East Finchley Open Artists please view their website http://www.eastfinchleyopen.org.uk

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