Artists from West Norfolk are taking part in this month’s Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios which is back for its 21st year.
This highly popular event gives art lovers the opportunity to see all manner of treasures from over 450 artists who will be showing their work in almost 250 different venues all over the county.
Visitors can see art in settings that range from professional studios to garages and spare rooms. Schools will also be taking part and 17 art trails offer the opportunity to visit a number of artists in a particular area on a plotted path, stopping at studios and local attractions in the area.
Some of the artists will be giving demonstrations or leading workshops and many will be serving tea and cake.
In West Norfolk there are many artists taking part, including painter Elizabeth Fitzgerald Carter, who is exhibiting in Colt’s Hall (Pearce’s) Barn, The Green, Shouldham from May 23-31; she channels her passion for time spent kayaking and sailing with friends into figurative acrylic paintings and ink drawings.
Louise Maclaren will be sharing her printing talents in a day of Intaglio Printmaking Demonstrations from her studio in Castle Acre on Sunday, May 24, and also features in The Castle Acre Trail set within the beautiful Nar Valley.
The area also plays host to the Great Massingham Trail for the first time, which with only a mile’s walking distance between the artist studios makes for a charming day out.
Studios will be open from 10am-5pm over three weekends, starting tomorrow and continuing on Sunday and bank holiday Monday, when Rosemary Bickerton, Sue Kingston, Peter Lawton, Baz Pratt and Karen Wadham will be showing a range of different styles of painting in various mediums, as well as sculptures and mosaics.
Artists taking part are working in a very diverse range of art forms and techniques, encompassing painted landscapes, textiles, jewellery, metal-forged sculptures, rug tufting, photography and wood turning.
Some of these are first timers, some have been exhibiting for a few years and a select few have been involved since the very first year.
Local schools taking part include Howard Infant and Nursery in Gaywood; All Saints Academy at Stoke Ferry; and Norman Church of England at Northwold.
Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios is organised by Norfolk & Norwich Festival in partnership with Norfolk artists and in association with Wex Photographic.
After a successful inaugural partnership in 2014, Wex Photographic are to sponsor the scheme for the next three years.
Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios, now firmly established as one of the largest and most successful schemes of its kind in the country, provides a simple way for artists to show and sell their work to a large and diverse audience.
It also encourages everyone, from ardent art-lovers to the curious first-time visitor, to get out and about, see art and meet artists in the informal surroundings of their studios away from the confines of the gallery.