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17th Oct, 2021

Artists prepare to open up the studio doors to visiting public

Rob George 20th Aug, 2021

ARTISTS in Worcester are amongst those who will be opening the doors of their studios to the public this bank holiday weekend as Worcestershire Open Studios returns.

The county’s largest free art event is returning for its sixth year from August 28 to 31 after being cancelled last year because of the pandemic.

Visitors are invited to go behind normally closed doors to see the inside of artists’ studios and shared spaces and to talk to them about how they make their work.

Across the county, 82 artists are participating at 58 different venues, including more than 20 artists in the city.

Sarah Roberts is a painter and printmaker and said: “I am an abstract painter working from my garden studio at my Worcester home. I’ll have a variety of work on show, large and small, original and some limited edition prints.

“I’ll also do some screen-printing demonstrations, so pop in and even have a go yourself.”

Tom Greenway who started a project during lockdown as The Lost Woodsman, said: “I am a green wood worker which means I mainly use hand tools on freshly cut wood.

“For the last open studios I made furniture but during lockdown I started a new anonymous project where I left small animal carvings around Worcester’s green spaces for people to find and keep.

“These animal carvings proved to be very popular and I would now like to sell them to raise money to buy local land to rewild into nature reserves, to help fight the biodiversity and climate crisis.

“I cut my own sustainable wood, and I aim for my craft to be 100 per cent pollution and carbon free.”

Entry to all venues is free and visitors will also be invited to enter a free prize draw. Event sponsors, Bevere Gallery, have donated a £250 voucher towards artwork or framing from their gallery.

There is also a prize of a £100 voucher, which can be used to purchase artworks from one of the participating artists.

Full details of how to enter will be available at each artist’s studio.

Visitors can plan their route with an interactive postcode search on the Worcestershire Open Studios website or by picking up a map in libraries and tourist information centres.

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