Artists across the city are busy preparing to welcome visitors into their studios, homes and shared spaces over the August bank holiday weekend (25-27 August) during Worcestershire Open Studios.
Now in its fourth year, the popular three-day event gives visitors a unique opportunity to delve into unseen creative spaces and talk directly to artists about their inspiration and creative processes.
A diverse collection of arts and crafts will be available to see and buy in a range of different media, including printmaking, painting, textiles, photography, ceramics, jewellery and mixed media.
Artist and Worcestershire Open Studios co-organiser, Sally Anne Morgan, says,
“Discovering some of Worcestershire’s fantastic artistic talent is the perfect way to spend a bank holiday weekend. Entry to all venues is free and some are also offering refreshments and demonstrations. Whether you’re an art lover, a family looking for a trip out, a budding artist, or just fancy a day exploring our wonderful county, you’ll definitely receive a warm welcome.”
Participants are located at 81 locations across the county stretching from Bewdley to Colwall and Badsey to Bromsgrove.
Worcester city participants include internationally recognised artists, Sara Hayward and Paul Powis, whose colourful and varied body of work is sure to grab visitors’ attention and art photographer, Richard Nicholls, showing a range of recent work including intriguing images printed on Polaroid instant film displayed in triptychs and sets. At Sewing at the Button Box a mixture of smaller items, such as cards and pin cushions, will be available to see and buy alongside children’s clothing and larger pieces of textile art work.
Groups taking part include members of Worcestershire Guild who will present an exciting collection of contemporary craft work including ceramics, furniture and jewellery. Portfolio 18 will be showcasing the work of artists belonging to Stone Fire Art School. Their subject matter spans from traditional representational works to more contemporary conceptual approaches to art practice. Bevere Gallery, co-sponsors of the event, Kestrel Gallery and Studio, Royal Porcelain Works and Worcester Arts Workshop are also taking part.
A guide containing details of all the artists, venues and opening times is available at libraries, Tourist Information Centres and other locations across the county and online at www.worcestershireopenstudios.org.uk
Worcestershire Open Studios takes place from Saturday 26 to Monday 27 August. Visitors to five or more studios will have the opportunity to enter a prize draw for £100 to spend on artwork created by one or more of the artists.