Swindon’s annual festival of the visual arts, the Open Studios, features a diverse range of artwork by over 50 local artists exhibiting at studios and public places across the town and the surrounding area
Swindon Open Studios is organised by a committee of volunteers who are passionate about art and keen to publicise the artists and their work. If you’re interested in art, or finding out about how artists work you will be very welcome at each venue which can be found at www.swindonopenstudios.org.uk
Two local artists who are opening their studio again this year are Terry Humphries and Susan Carr who studied at Swindon School of Art during the 1990s, both leaving with a degree in Design/Illustration.
Terry has taught art at Swindon College as well as running his own classes and courses, but his main artistic focus is his oil paintings produced en plein air (outside and from life), which was made popular by the Barbizon School of painting and the French Impressionists e.g. Claude Monet and August Renoir, during the 19th and early 20th Century. Terry’s favourite subjects include painting architecture, cityscapes and seascapes.
See his website: www.terencehumphries.co.uk
After graduating Susan spent two years as artist in residence at Hreod Parkway School in Swindon, followed by an MA in art therapy at the University of Hertfordshire. Since 2005 she has worked as an art therapist at the Prospect Hospice and in 2008 returned to university, this time Loughborough, for a PhD developing an art therapy intervention called portrait therapy. This is used as a way to help people who experience life threatening or chronic illnesses as an assault to their sense of self-identity.
As well as painting portraits, Susan also enjoys painting in oils en plein air, with her favourite venues being Old Town Gardens and Barbary Castle. Further information is available on her website: www.susanmcarr.co.uk
Terry and Susan will be exhibiting their paintings in Old Town Gardens on Saturday 3 and Saturday 10 September in their ‘Gallery Plein Air’ and also at their studio at home.
All the artists taking part in Open Studios offer original artwork for sale, and many have prints, postcards, greeting cards and other crafts.
Refreshments are available at many of the studios.brochures are available from the Central Library at Regent Circus, Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, the Post Office on Victoria Hill, The Hop Inn, Earle’s newsagents, Newport St, Pizza Express, The Beehive, 52, St.Margaret’s Road, SN3 1RX in the orange recycling bin and from artists taking part.
All the information is also available online at www.swindonopenstudios.org.uk