About Worcestershire Open Studios

Worcestershire Open Studios was founded in 2015 and is the largest free art event in the county.

Run by artists, it showcases the creativity and passion of Worcestershire makers. It’s become a well-loved free annual event for artists and visitors alike. Last year the event took place across ten days for the first time, with over 11,000 studio visits. We had great feedback on the new format and have decided to carry it forward into 2023.

Worcestershire Open Studios is a not for profit organisation and is run by three artists, Sally Morgan, Richard Nicholls and Gillian Simpson. Sally and Richard have been with Worcestershire Studios since the start and this is Gillian’s third year as organiser.

We’d like to thank our sponsors Bevere Gallery for their continued support since we started in 2015. Elmslie House in Malvern have kindly agreed to continue their sponsorship with us in 2023. Our thanks also go to all the participating artists, visitors, volunteers and supporters for contributing to make Worcestershire Open Studios such a worthwhile and enriching event.

There’s lot of exciting things happening with Worcestershire Open Studios, if you’d like to keep up to date with what we’re doing please sign up to our email news updates to be kept informed, and follow us on social media.

Most of all we hope you enjoy Worcestershire Open Studios.
Sally, Richard and Gillian

Our Evaluation Report of the 2023 event is now available to download.

Open Studios sign hanging from a door handle

The organisers of Worcestershire Open Studios are:

Gilliam Simpson

Gillian Simpson is a painter predominantly of watercolours based in North Worcestershire, where she also teaches art and has been involved in establishing and fundraising for a Midlands art group for many years. She brings experience from a long career managing sales, marketing and technical teams in an international business setting, specialising in start-up and innovation projects.

Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan is a Worcester-based artist who has considerable experience of developing, managing and evaluating projects from her previous employment as a freelance consultant working with the business and charitable sectors and also her work in the public sector.


Richard Nicholls

Richard Nicholls is an artist and photographer based at Yew Trees Artist Studios at Bevere Gallery. Recent collaborative projects have been exhibited at the EPSY Photographic Award, the Kickplate Project’s 2020 Valleys’ Exhibition and more locally, as part of the Outdoor Art Gallery with work shown using empty shop windows in Worcester city centre. He also runs a graphic design company in Worcester providing publication and web design for individuals and businesses across the UK.