It’s a special treat to be able to visit studios and find out how things are made and explore the creative journey which goes into making a piece and over 50 local artists in 39 venues are inviting you to visit them during Swindon Open Studios on Saturday 5, Sunday 6 September and Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September.
Many different media will be on show – from traditional oil painting and pencil drawings through to modern kiln glass and textiles. There will be also stone and metal sculptures as well as textiles, photography, lino cuts and mosaics. New for this year is a stop-frame animation workshop run by Create Studios, at Cineworld, Regent Circus.
There will be art to buy ranging from several hundred pounds for unique works down to more affordable pieces including prints and cards. And no-one should miss Tim Carroll’s £1-a-go art machine which will dispense an original work in a box.
Whether you want to browse or buy, all are welcome and the great thing is that Swindon Open Studios provides four free days at some beautiful venues, often with interesting gardens and many providing refreshments.
Some artists will be exhibiting in group settings, for example in Central Library and at Artsite, an artists-led charity, at the Post Modern studios and gallery. Nine makers of Every Cloud Arts and Crafts will be showing at Stanton Farmhouse in Stanton Park. Another group venue will be Twigs at Olive Tree Café, at Manor Garden Centre in Cheney Manor. These allow visitors to see many different styles and media in one place.
The brochure with details of the studio opening times is available on the website. Look out for it in libraries and shops.
Visit www.swindonopenstudios.org.uk for more information including participating venues and a location map.
See www.swindonopenstudios.blogspot.com to follow progress of preparations for this year’s open studios.
Watch the swindon open studios promotional film made by Nicky Walker
Top, Still Life, Jane Milner-Barry’s studio awaiting visitors. Below, John Maskalaniec at work in his studio