Well-Loved Annual Art Event is Bigger and Better for 2022

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Ivan with reservoir painting

Malvern artists are amongst those who will be opening the doors of their studios as part of Worcestershire Open Studios in August. The well-loved free annual art event, returns this year bigger and better, running over ten days from 20-29 August 2022.

Artists and makers across Malvern will welcome you into their homes or studios giving you behind the scenes access into how they make their work. All studios are free to visit. There is a diverse range of artwork to see – painting, printmaking, jewellery, textiles, stained glass, woodwork, furniture making and lots more.

Across the county 108 artists are taking part across 91 venues, Malvern and the surrounding areas are well represented, with a third of the 108 artists taking part from this area. Artists are excited to share how they work and what they make. This is the first time the event is over ten days, so there’s more opportunity than ever to see the artists taking part.

“It gives you access to the vibrant and creative makers we have on our doorstep, to be able to meet them and enjoy looking at local art. Learn and ask questions, see the tools and materials they use, you may even have the chance to have a go.” said Gillian Simpson of Worcestershire Open Studios.

Ivan Maxwell Jones, artist, art tutor and painter of textured and expressive landscapes and abstracts said “Malvern is a thriving community of talented artists and Worcestershire Open Studios is a wonderful opportunity to meet people interested in art, to talk about the work and processes involved. I’m exhibiting my original paintings (in acrylics and oils) and limited edition giclée prints in The Old Bottling Works on Bellevue Terrace where I’ll set up studio for the week, so do drop by and see me there.”

Deb Stanley, a pencil pastel and digital artist based in Malvern said, “Most of my work is inspired by the natural world, animals, birds, bugs and flowers. My style is detailed and realistic, I’ve been told it has a photographic 3D quality when viewed from a distance. I have taken part in Worcestershire Open Studios for several years. It’s a great event where the public can view art in a relaxed, informal setting. There are always lots of questions about my process and I get valuable feedback on my work. I will have a large piece of work that I’ll be drawing during the event and will be happy to share my techniques and tips.”

Visitors are also encouraged to explore our beautiful county, and plan an inspirational day out. Printed guides are available from the Malvern Theatre or Tourist Information Centre, or can be downloaded from the website, and have all the detail on the artists taking part.

Full details are also available on the new Worcestershire Open Studios website, where you can search for artists by art form, location or, new this year, by theme. Check the website or printed guide for an artist’s opening times as these vary and not all artists are open every day.

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. It is a not for profit organisation and is run by a team of three organisers Sally Morgan, Richard Nicholls and Gillian Simpson. Sally and Richard have been with Worcestershire Open Studios since the start, and this is Gillian’s second year.

The event is sponsored by Bevere Gallery who has supported the event since the start and Elmslie House is a new sponsor this year.

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