Go behind normally closed doors, see the inside of artists’ studios and talk to them about how they make their work, as Worcestershire Open Studios returns this bank holiday weekend.
The August bank holiday weekend from 23 to 26 August sees the return of Worcestershire’s largest free art event at over 80 locations around the county.
Worcestershire Open Studios, now in its fifth year, is an artist-led initiative that offers art adventurers the chance to speak to local artists and see where they create their work. Over 180 artists are taking part and will be inviting visitors into their home studios, shared spaces and galleries.
Sally Morgan, one of the event’s organisers and a participating artist, said, “Worcestershire Open Studios is such a fun-filled way to spend a bank holiday weekend. We’ve got more artists than ever taking part, so whether you’re an art lover, a crafter, a budding young artist or have never set foot inside an art gallery, you’ll definitely find something to interest you!”
Alongside fine art and abstract painters, visitors can discover art forms as diverse as glass fusing, printmaking on vintage machinery, handloom weaving, illuminated calligraphy, green woodworking, textile art and ceramics. Entry to all venues is free and some artists will also be offering visitors the opportunity to watch demonstrations and have a go at their art form.
Worcestershire Open Studios is also the perfect opportunity to start your Christmas shopping early or to pick up unique, locally-made art for your home, as most artists will be offering work for sale.
Take a scenic drive through some of the more rural parts of Worcestershire or plan a walking route around the artistic hubs of Worcester and Malvern. Wherever you choose to go, you are guaranteed a very warm welcome and the opportunity to talk to artists and makers about their techniques and materials.
A full list of participating artists and an interactive map showing their locations can we found at www.worcestershireopenstudios.org and in guides available in libraries, tourist information centres and other locations near you from July.
Worcestershire Open Studios is a not for profit organisation run by a group of artists who want to connect the region with local arts. The event was highly commended in the Visit Worcestershire Awards of Excellence 2018 and is sponsored by the Malvern School of Art and Bevere Gallery.