The Suffolk art community will be opening its studio doors in June as part of the Suffolk Open Studios initiative. Around 130 artists have signed up for the month-long event in June, inviting members of the public to view them at work and browse exhibitions.
Prior to the main event, from 16-28th May 2016, Suffolk Open Studios will be operating its “Art about Town” scheme, when its artists exhibit in local businesses, cafés and restaurants. This gives visitors a taste of what is to be seen during the main Open Studio Event, Hubs and Trails, which will run on the weekends of 4/5th, 11/12th, 18/19th and 25/26th June. Not all artists will exhibit on every weekend so it is important for visitors to check opening dates and times on the website or in the directory.
There will be a huge range of art on display across the county, including oils, watercolours, acrylics, photography, textiles, ceramics, jewellery, glassware, sculpture, 2D and 3D mixed media, printmaking, mosaics and much more.
The aim of the Open Studios network is to both literally and figuratively open doors between artists and their local communities. As Suffolk Open Studios chair Bridget Palmer says, “Art, in all its forms is for everyone to enjoy. We, as artists, make art because we love it. To share what we do and talk about what we love is what Suffolk Open Studios is about.”
Suffolk Open Studios has been running since 1993 and has grown from a group of around 15 local artists. At this point it now boasts 129 full members, 12 associate members and 5 art galleries. More and more artists are collaborating these days to create a great experience for visitors, with artist trails incorporating several studios, often with refreshments provided by the artists. Bridget Palmer reminds us that artists will have artwork to sell in their studios or hubs, though there is never any pressure on anyone to buy. If visitors choose to do so, it’s a great opportunity to buy interesting, affordable artwork, direct from the artist who made it. She says, “We would love it if you left our studios having gained some inspiration and insight into what being an artist is all about. After all as Picasso very famously quoted ‘All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up’.”
Visitors are guaranteed a warm, friendly welcome and a fascinating insight into the world of art. As usual Suffolk Open Studios will be publishing a free colour directory of all exhibiting artists, which includes details on where they are located and when they will be open. This is the essential guide for all art lovers.
There is no need to book when a studio is open; outside of those times however it would be prudent to book a visit. Information is also available via the website, www.suffolkopenstudios.org where artists can also find more details about becoming members.