10 great exhibitions in Open Studios West Berkshire and North Hampshire

Celebrating 30 Years of the annual local showcase for the Visual Arts
12 May to 3 June 2018

During the 30th year of Open Studios in West Berkshire and North Hampshire, 10 fabulous group exhibitions have been curated by Open Studios Committee members and collect the work of Open Studios artists. The hard work of all involved is noticeable in the quality of the work showcased and the variety of links created with the local venues.

Two open air sculpture themed exhibitions were curated by Jim Crockatt and can be seen at Shaw House and at the Japanese garden in Donnington Grove.

The West Berkshire Hospital Changing, growing exhibition explores work by ten artists responding to the theme of growth and change, whether in the broad sweep of landscape or in the detail of the natural world or transformation of materials; it was curated by Anne Jones.

Inspire at the Willis Museum, in Basingstoke, showcases the work of our North Hampshire Artists and was curated by Sharon Perris.

Back towards Newbury one can visit the always inspiring Sandham Memorial Chapel to see an exhibition of work by eleven artists curated by Kevin Akhurst. The artworks range from sculpture to painting and textiles, ceramics and jewellery. Please note that entry to the exhibition is free but to enter the chapel the normal National Trust fee applies.

Open Studios collaborative work with the Newbury Festival comes together in the Art in Music/Music in Art exhibition at the Corn Exchange that this year was curated by Sue Crook and Caroline Brown.

At the West Berkshire Museum you can stop at Gallery 6 to see Invisible Threads linking the work of a selection of artists living in West Berkshire, curated by Chrys Healy and also you can peruse the sketchbook from the Cover to Cover 2018 project in the museum library area. The artists’ sketchbooks respond to themes appearing in the West Berkshire Museum collections. Cover to Cover 2018 is organised by Isabel Carmona and in 2018 circa 20 artists took part on the sketchbook project with individual sketchbook contributions.

Near the Museum, at Newbury Library a selection of work by artists new to Open Studios in 2018 is presented, curated by Helen Peake.

And finally, all 2018 artists are represented in the flagship exhibition, INSIGHT 2018, which in 2018 is held at Arlington Arts, in the grounds of Mary Hare School for the Deaf, in Newbury. INSIGHT 2018 will be open Mon to Sunday from 11am to 5pm. We recommend that you use the show as a ‘taster’ for what you might see in the studios.

The Open Studios directory of artists is now out with full details of all the artists exhibiting and their opening times. You can get a free copy in public libraries, the Corn Exchange and other local venues and the artists themselves. Or you can visit the Open Studios website, www.open-studios.org.uk.


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Open Studios: John Brazendale chair@open-studios.org.uk or 07765 218296, or admin@open-studios.org.uk


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