Socially-distanced Swindon art fair announced

By Barrie Hudson - 8 October 2020

Arts and CultureAttractions

The Swindon Open Studios Christmas Art Fair will be held over the weekend of 21 and 22 November.

The venue will be Eastcott Studios and MAMS Gallery on Eastcott hill, and it will be open from 10am until 4pm on both days.
Pieces will include glass mosaics by Jackie Primrose, ceramics by Lisa Lowe, prints by Deborah Battaglia, Swindon-themed gifts by Donna Bradley and jewellery by Rosie Tozer.
Deborah Battaglia said: "Swindon Open studios has, over the years, become a big event on the calendar for local art lovers, and autumn would usually be a time of great activity with artists? preparing to open their studios to the public.
"We are living through strange times with covid-19, and it was clearly not going to be possible for artists to welcome the public into their own homes.
"However, with the offer of Eastcott studios as an exhibition space, it has been feasible to put on a socially-distanced Christmas art market, with a gallery for paintings at the front of the building through to  a covered open-air courtyard for table-top stalls and ceramic studios.
"We have created a one-way system through the front gallery and into the covered courtyard, exiting at the rear of the building, with antibac stations along the way. 
"Visitors are requested to wear masks according to current regulations."
Deborah added: "
Some of our most popular artists will be exhibiting. Stalls will include glass mosaics, ceramics, jewellery, cards, Christmas cards and decorations, prints and paintings.
"This will be an ideal opportunity to support local artists and find that special Christmas gift, be it a beautiful and individual piece of art work or the purchase of a creative course or taster session.
"MAMS gallery Cafe will also be open for coffee and cake.
"We look forward to seeing you there!"

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