Time is running out for county’s creators

Media release 06/03/2018:

Entries are flooding in from artists, photographers, crafts people and art groups across the county for this year’s Worcestershire Open Studios. The popular three day event will once again take over the August bank holiday weekend, from Saturday 25 to Monday 27 August.

Last year, Worcestershire Open Studios saw work created by over 200 local artists on show in studios, homes, shared spaces and established galleries at 70 locations across the county. From Badsey to Hanbury, and from Colwall to Worcester, visitors travelled the length and breadth of the county eager to meet artists and see a diverse range of locally created artwork.

Anna Cumming at work Worcestershire Open Studios One of the participants was Upper Colwall painter, Anna Cumming. She says, “I participated for the first time last year and found it a very uplifting experience. I’m ever drawn to moody skies, turbulent seas, interesting reflections and the play of light, but this year I will be showing a whole new body of work featuring both local scenes and shorelines. I am happy to talk people through my work and share my processes and tips if visitors are interested, or they are free to browse at their leisure.”

Deb Stanley at her drawing board Worcestershire Open Studios Malvern artist Deb Stanley will also be taking part again. Deb, who uses coloured pencils and pastels to create highly detailed and realistic work, says, “I took part in Worcestershire Open Studios last year and enjoyed the weekend. Most of my work is sold over the internet so meeting members of the public and hosting a mini gallery was a big change and a lot of fun. Last year I was asked many questions about my processes and the materials I use, this year I will again be happy to answer questions and to show what can be achieved with a coloured pencil.”

Artists from Bewdley, Kidderminster, Redditch and Severn Stoke are amongst the many people signing up to take part for the first time along with Worcester’s Greening Pottery and Glass. Sarah and Chris Greening say, “Lots of people have asked if they can come and see our studios as they are interested in how the pottery and glass is created. Visitors will be able to see inside the pottery workshop and glass studio, chat to us both and see work in progress.”

Painter, print-maker and co-organiser, Sally Anne Morgan, said “Open studios are a brilliant opportunity for both established artists and those who are just starting out. There are many benefits including the chance to share work with new audiences, raise your profile, get feedback and make some sales. And of course for visitors, the event is a unique opportunity to see a diverse range of locally made artwork and meet the people who created it.”

The deadline for entries is 25 March – or sooner if all the places are snapped up before then.