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Artists open West Norfolk studios for 25th anniversary

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The much-anticipated annual art event – the Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios – springs into life again for its 25th anniversary year across three weekends from Saturday, May 25, to Sunday, June 9.

More than 250 venues across our beautiful county – from factories to front rooms, from churches to schools – play host to no fewer than 430 artists and makers in one of the largest and most successful schemes of its kind in the entire UK.

Some 30 artists are exhibiting in West Norfolk alone.

Westacre Theatre provides an unusually striking backdrop to artworks by well-known Great Massingham artists Karen Wadham, Sue Kingston and Peter Lawton.

Sue Kingston (10811630)
Sue Kingston (10811630)

They will fling open the theatre’s doors from 10am to 5pm on those weekends when everyone is welcome to view their latest work, see ‘behind the scenes’ with the creators themselves and talk about the techniques and skills which influence them; all for free and with no need to book.

This hub of painters forms part of the Castle Acre Trail which extols the considerable achievements of the creative talent within its local community.

The Trail is one of a number which, together with individual artists and galleries, last year attracted more than 36,000 visitors across Norfolk.

Karen Wadham (10811628)
Karen Wadham (10811628)

In its first year (1994), the scheme had just 15 galleries and 49 artists with some of the original artists still participating now, demonstrating the timeless appeal of visual art.

Print-making, ceramics, sculpture, glassware, and textiles are among the many disciplines on display.

Additionally, over the county boundary, Suffolk Open Studios are open for all five weekends in June, with more than 100 artists showing off their best pieces.

Peter Lawton (10811623)
Peter Lawton (10811623)

Watching artists at work in unique spaces continues to fascinate people in 2019 and will no doubt appeal in the many years ahead.

For more information please visit the following websites:

www.westacretheatre.com www.nnopenstudios.org.uk www.suffolkopenstudios.org


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