Go behind normally closed doors, see the inside of artists’ studios and talk to them about how they make their work, as Worcestershire Open Studios returns this August bank holiday weekend.
Artists in Malvern and the surrounding areas will be welcoming visitors to their studios, as part of Worcestershire’s largest free art event. There are over 80 locations around the county to visit, including almost 30 in the Malvern area.
Worcestershire Open Studios, now in its fifth year, is an artist-led initiative that invites art adventurers to speak directly to local artists and to see how and where they create their work.
Anna Cumming is an oil painter based in Upper Colwall and said, “My biggest inspiration is the sky. I walk on the Malvern Hills twice a day with my dogs. Sometimes we’re shrouded in mist and there is no view at all and sometimes it’s just breathtaking.”
Christopher Hughes is a watercolour artist and art tutor and will be opening his garden studio in Upton for the event. Christopher said, “My greatest inspiration is the countryside and landscape of Worcestershire and particularly the Malvern Hills. We have recently moved to Holly Green, just a few minutes away from hills, so now I spend even more time walking, painting and sketching on my own or with groups of students.”
In the artists’ hub of Malvern, there will be a choice of art forms as diverse painting, batik, printmaking, sculpting, illustration and photography to discover. Wherever you choose to go, you are guaranteed a very warm welcome.
Entry to all venues is free and some artists will also be offering visitors the opportunity to watch demonstrations and have a go at their art form.
Worcestershire Open Studios is also the perfect opportunity to start your Christmas shopping early or to pick up unique, locally-made art for your home, as most artists will be offering work for sale.
A full list of participating artists and an interactive map showing their locations can we found at www.worcestershireopenstudios.org and in guides available in libraries, tourist information centres and other locations near you from July.
Worcestershire Open Studios is a not for profit organisation run by a group of artists who want to connect the region with local arts. The event was highly commended in the Visit Worcestershire Awards of Excellence 2018 and is sponsored by the Malvern School of Art and Bevere Gallery.
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