Welcome to Open Studios West Berkshire and North Hampshire 2021
Every May our artists open their studios and exhibitions free of charge and are happy to talk about their process with visitors. We work to make entering any art space a comfortable experience, to encourage and promote accessibilty to art and artists. Works are normally for sale but there is no obligation to buy, the focus is on enjoying your visit.
Alongside the open studios there is a showcase exhibition – Insight – which in 2021 has been postponed to late September.
Introduction from Richard Benyon
It is a complete privilege to have been asked to be the President of Open Studios. I have long admired this wonderful organisation and how it connects people with the creative world near to where they live.
Johannes von Stumm is one of my local heroes and will be a very hard act to follow. I look forward to meeting as many local artists and creative people as I can over my time in this role and doing what I can to assist the superb team running the organisation.
Connection with the arts has never been more important than now as we emerge from lockdown. Our local artists have had a really tough time and visiting their studios in May and later in September will be a welcome experience for them and uplifting for us. Nothing could be a more positive example of a return to normality than seeing the magnificent breadth of talent and creativity so close to where we live.
Previous Artists on Paul Presents.
Diana is a sculptor of bronze and ceramic limited-edition pieces and commissioned work. She also offers practical classes for people wishing to learn about sculpture and ceramics, host parties for children allowing them to play with clay, and do hand casting for family groups.
Julia creates glass art using traditional and modern stained glass techniques of lead, copper-foiling, and glass fusing. She enhances her work with kiln-fired paint, which means herimages become part of the glass permanently.