There are some great stories from artists who have participated in Worcestershire Open Studios and what happened to them and their artwork as a result of taking part in previous years. Here are some of them.
“I first took part in open studios in 2018, I so enjoyed welcoming guests to my home studio and art display. Since then I’ve been involved in a range of other events including pop-up galleries and art markets and I’ve had a successful solo exhibition. To cap it all one of my paintings has been selected from a record number of entries to appear in the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours 2019 Exhibition in London alongside paintings by some of Britain’s leading watercolour artists.
I like to convey my personal impressions of landscape and floral type images in my work with occasional forays into still life. I also love experimenting with new techniques and mixing up my media. This year my open studio visitors will be able to have a go at creating their own multicoloured/patterned/decorated/marbled/uniquely styled collage piece. I can’t wait!”
“I took part in Worcestershire Open Studios last year for the first time. I put the signs out on Saturday morning, and thought, “What if no-one comes?”… Shortly after, a couple from West Malvern walked down the drive, and spent a long time looking at my paintings and chatting, and I relaxed and thought, “this might be fun after all!” The sun shone all weekend, and visitors were cheerful and interested. Some wanted to discuss technique, which I was happy to do, and a surprising number bought my paintings. It was a very uplifting experience, and a massive confidence boost.”
“This year’s event is my third time participating. I thought year one was great, especially as I was paralysed with fear at the thought of doing it and then last year was absolutely brilliant and I have an exhibition at Elmslie House in October as a result.”
“I have taken part since its inception in 2015 and my art career and artwork have grown as a result. After the first event I started to run workshops at home in printing and was then asked to run workshops at a local gallery, who now hang my work. I have gathered a growing audience for my website, entered local and international print exhibitions and had my first solo exhibition in 2017. My style has developed year on year and I have also developed friendships through taking part and that has been one of the bonuses.”
“When redundancy from my job as a graphic designer loomed, I began looking for other artistic avenues to follow, particularly printmaking. I’d enjoyed it at art college years earlier, but had little time to pursue it.
I happened upon St. Peter’s Printmakers, in North Malvern, when visiting Worcestershire Open Studios, admired the work on display and had a chat with some of the artists. Andrew Judd runs the group and gave me the information and encouragement to come along and try a session of printmaking that September. I’ve been happily cutting linos and printing ever since.
We’ve acquired some excellent equipment at St. Peter’s, through funding and through gifts, including presses and drying racks. More importantly, we’ve accumulated a lovely group of printmaking enthusiasts, whose hugely varied work is an inspiration to us all. I’ve enjoyed many Friday afternoons at St. Peter’s Church, drawing, cutting and printing – and when the muse has a holiday, I can always chat with the others and enjoy their work and a cuppa! For me, this is one of the best products of Worcestershire Open Studios – finding fellow artists to create with.”