About Worcestershire Open Studios
Worcestershire Open Studios is a not for profit organisation, run by a group of local artists on a largely voluntary basis. Established in 2015, Worcestershire Open Studios is a popular annual event that usually takes place over the August bank holiday weekend. In 2019, over 180 artists and makers opened their studios, homes and shared spaces to visitors at 83 locations across the county.
Worcestershire Open Studios 2020
Uncertainty over the release of lockdown following the Covid-19 outbreak and the continuation of social distancing requirements has meant that the Worcestershire Open Studios 2020 event due to happen over the August bank holiday weekend will not take place this year.
However, we are continuing to support Worcestershire artists by displaying and promoting their work through this website and across our social media channels. You can Discover Worcestershire Artists with details about each artist, galleries of work, videos and links to artists’ own websites and social media pages.
Visitors can also learn more about our artists through a series of ‘Meet the Artist’ features on our blog. These will be updated on a regular basis over the coming months.
Artists will be able to submit new work throughout the year to form a series of themed galleries, these will be sponsored by local businesses and awards given out. More information on the first of these will be available soon.
We still plan to exhibit posters of artists’ work in Malvern’s Exhibition Walk outside Waitrose. The space is booked throughout August and September, however the dates are subject to change by Malvern Hills District Council in light of the current situation. Information will be passed on when we know more.
In the meantime, browse the artists’ pages, find out all about them and admire their work. If there’s a piece of work you like be sure to contact the artist through their own website or social media.
Testimonials and Feedback
Here is some of the feedback we have received from visitors, artists and others involved in Worcestershire Open Studios.
“A wonderful way to spend a Bank Holiday weekend. It felt like an art treasure hunt! I explored parts of the county I hadn’t visited before, talked to interesting people and bought affordable, original artwork direct from the artist. Will definitely visit again next year.” – Visitor
“This was my first time and I enjoyed it very much. We had a pretty much continuous stream of people throughout.” – Open studios artist
“Easy access to friendly, knowledgeable and skilled hosts.” – Visitor
“The organisation is faultless, brochure is very professional, and everyone seemed to enter the spirit of it.” – Open studios artist
“I had the most amazing three days and wonderfully interesting people and loads of sales.” – Open studios artist
“I would like to congratulate you on the wonderful success of the immense task you undertook to promote the studios, I am quite sure that your supreme efforts have been much appreciated by all concerned.” – Open studios artist
“Had a smasher of a day wandering around artists’ studios. Congratulations to everyone participating.” – Visitor on Twitter
“I would like to thank all of you for putting it all together, I know it must have been a great deal of work, I know I enjoyed it and from the people I have spoke to it has been very successful, so well done.” – Open studios artist
“We are extremely proud to be sponsors of Worcester Open Studios and feel closely linked with the whole project because many of the initiators and organisers are our Alumni students. The aims of open studios are in line with our ideals and ethos, some of our students have benefited from studying the business model, and we look forward to forging ever closer links in the future.” – Malvern School of Art, Malvern Hills College WCG – sponsor
The trustees and event organisers of Worcestershire Open Studios are:
Cherrie Mansfield‘s bold, expressive artwork is regularly exhibited at venues in the West Midlands and has also been shown in London and St Ives. She has substantial experience of managing projects and delivering successful community initiatives in both the public and voluntary sectors. She has organised group exhibitions, led a collaborative art project involving 200 people and, with Richard Nicholls, was commissioned to create bespoke designs for the windows of one of Worcester’s most striking buildings.
Richard Nicholls is a fine art 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.
Susan Birth lives in Worcester and is based at Yew Trees Artist Studios at Bevere Gallery. Her artwork has been exhibited both locally and in Mall Galleries, London. She has many years experience in managing commercial translation projects and still works as a part-time freelance translator alongside her art business. She recently won a commission for a community-based art project funded by Arts Council England.
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.