Highlighting the Visual Arts
Welcome to Open Studios West Berkshire and North Hampshire. This Directory of Artists is designed to highlight the visual arts and make it possible for you to travel throughout the region to meet and talk to artists in their studios.
This Directory of Artists is designed to highlight the visual arts and make it possible for you to travel throughout the region to meet and talk to artists in their studios.
In times of austerity all the arts have a central place and provide inspiration and certainty through the creative process.
There are exciting ideas to pursue in the studios. The great value in visiting them is to see how a work of art comes about. Read some of the artists' statements in this Directory; from them you will see what a wide range of art forms can be discovered; strong sculpture and painting, textiles including couture millinery and new to Open Studios, edible art! One artist explores the relationship between words heard and words seen: 'Pop along and look at my work over a cup of tea', she says!
There are over 100 artists in Open Studios. They are all represented in our flagship exhibition INSIGHT 2014, in the renowned gallery at New Greenham Arts. All the works are for sale, as they are in the studios, where you might like to acquire a work of art knowing its iconography. It is a good idea to begin your art trail from the INSIGHT exhibition. Take the Directory with you, make a note of the work that catches your eye and go straight over to the studio.
There are also some amazing satellite exhibitions to visit this year. In the Mezzanine Gallery at Newbury College an art group have put together a unique handover art project. Here, multi-media pieces have evolved through a journey, as the work has been passed between and worked on by each of the six artists. At the Corn Exchange there is an interesting exhibition called Traces. Some artists have been thinking directly about the building and others have examined the wider environment. Share the exploration with them. Over at Arlington Arts there is a sketchbook exhibition which has been ongoing since September 2013, with visits to sketch at the Ashmolean Museum and the Roche Court Sculpture Park among other special places. For this exhibition, Open Studios has ventured into the realm of an art prize. Go to the website at covertocover-sketches.blogspot.co.uk for more information.
The committee of Open Studios has worked hard all the year round to make sure that excellence is maintained. They would like to thank both sponsors and supporters for their help.
Open Studios is pleased to be associated with the International Newbury Spring Festival.
Pat Eastop MBE
Chair, Open Studios