Artists welcome visitors to their West Norfolk studios
Artists, makers and craftsfolk across West Norfolk have opened their studio doors and invited visitors to share their creative talents and celebrate visual art.
In one of the most successful schemes in the country. the Norfolk Open Studios is a free event which will run until October 10.
More than 320 artists are taking part throughout the county and in West Norfolk 28 artists are sharing how they work.
Several schools are exhibiting in the scheme, including Nelson Academy at Downham and Heartwood Primary at Swaffham, a number of art trails have been opened up and several workshops organised.
Ros Dixon, Norfolk Open Studios administrator, said: “We hope that the opportunity for visitors to be out and about exploring Norfolk at this magical time of the year, and meeting artists and seeing amazing artwork, will continue to offer much enjoyment and inspiration to people, as Open Studios always has.
“Visitors will find painters, sculptors, weavers, furniture makers, jewellery makers and lots more throughout the varied landscapes of Norfolk.”
Studios are free to visit and much of the work will be for sale. All details, including studio opening days, directions, art trails and additional events and demonstrations, can be found in the Norfolk Open Studios brochure and on the scheme’s website.
Three artists – Helga Joergens, Barbara King and David Lendrum – are exhibiting their paintings at Ringstead Village Hall.
The trio, who live in Ringstead, have taken part in Norfolk Open Studios for several years.
They said: “We will be creating art during the opening hours and are very excited to show visitors our work in progress and talk about our methods, particularly after lockdown.”
Printmaker Stanley Peach said: “My small home studio is based in King’s Lynn and the reason I wanted to be part of Norfolk Open Studios is to have the opportunity to meet other artists, members of the public and to hopefully inspire others. I have over 50 years’ experience and very much enjoy passing on my knowledge and working methods.”
Rosy Prue, who works with a wide range of media, said: “My studio is based at Abbey Farm in West Acre which is a lovely place to be – not least because it’s becoming a real hive of activity with an art gallery, microbrewery and cookery school also based there as well as a variety of other creative businesses and makers.
“It’s always nice if someone likes your work, of course, but it’s just as important to me that visitors leave my studio feeling inspired to find their own artistic voice and to have a go.”
Textile artist, Jo Rolfe, of Jasmine Cottage, Water Lane, Blackborough End, had her studio open and had a visit from Julie Reinger, of Radio Norfolk’s Treasure Quest programme on Sunday morning.
Jo had been contacted in advance and hid Julie’s next clue in her studio.
It also gave her a chance for an on air chat about Open Studios and what they are all about.
Brochures can be picked up from Tourist Information Centres, libraries, café and various art venues across Norfolk.